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IED Shockwaves Inject Hidden Damage in Troops, Study Claims

Tens of thousands of American combat veterans, many seemingly uninjured, carry higher risks of developing neurological disorders – and perhaps future organ ailments – simply because they were “exposed” to IED shockwaves, the Institute of Medicine reported Thursday.<p>As the signature weapon in Iraq …

Why Did This Top Science Journal Editor Expose A Blogger's Pen Name?

The pseudonymous Isis the Scientist had her name revealed after a confrontation on Twitter.<p>If you're in the scientific field, or even if you're just a regular reader of, say, this site, you're probably familiar with <i>Nature</i>, one of the top scientific journals in the world. They're the publishers of …

Women in Science

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Grizzlies an issue as Endangered Species Act turns 40

The first species to be pronounced fully recovered under the Endangered Species Act was the brown pelican, in 2009.<p>Forty years ago Saturday President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act, credited with saving hundreds of U.S. species from extinction, including the bald eagle, the American …

Federal Jobless Benefits Set To End For More Than 1 Million

Federal jobless benefits going to 1.3 million Americans will officially expire on Saturday after Congress failed to extend them before leaving for the holiday.<p>NPR's Tamara Keith says it "means anyone who has been out of work and getting benefits for more than 6 months will see their weekly checks …

APOD: Sharpless 308: Star Bubble (2013 Dec 24) Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Husted http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131224.html Explanation: Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon. That corresponds to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated distance. The massive star that created the bubble, a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright one near the center of the nebula. Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and are thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova phase of massive star evolution. Fast winds from this Wolf-Rayet star create the bubble-shaped nebula as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of evolution. The windblown nebula has an age of about 70,000 years. Relatively faint emission captured in the expansive image is dominated by the glow of ionized oxygen atoms mapped to violet hues. http://www.crabnebula.us/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131224 #APOD

Alarming Study Shows How Your Mac’s Camera Can Secretly Spy On You

When your Mac’s iSight camera is running, a tiny green light lets you know that it’s turned on. Or at least it’s supposed to. New research from Johns Hopkins University shows how hackers can remotely control the iSight camera in certain Macs without turning on the accompanying LED indicator …

Johns Hopkins University

Obama’s NSA Task Force Recommends Major Reforms

Today, the much-anticipated findings of President Obama’s National Security Agency task force have hit the wire [PDF]. The non-binding 200 page report of 40-plus recommendations calls for the end of many of the most controversial programs.<p>Here are the big takeaways:<p><b>1. The government would no longer</b> …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

10 Ideas for Decorating With Artwork

Framing

Flower Glossary: Carnation

A few years ago, I underwent a major flower transformation. After disliking the majority of carnations because of their relatively small heads (in …

Australia’s Infinite Stairway to Heaven

<i>Diminish and Ascend</i> is a sculptural installation by artist David McCracken that, from certain angles, looks like a never-ending staircase. Part of the annual event known as Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia, the staircase is one of the most eye-catching pieces at the outdoor exhibition this …

Australia

Brazil debates internet law in wake of NSA scandal

<b>Along with Russia, China and Iran, Brazil was one of the countries of most interest for US intelligence agencies, according to the leaks from the US National Security Agency (NSA).</b><p>But whereas those other countries may not have appeared too surprised by the extent of US spying, Brazil was …

Surveillance

Steve McCurry’s Most Beautiful and Powerful Photo Stories

A brand new book by acclaimed photographer Steve McCurry brings together the most beautiful and powerful photo stories he's shot in the last 30 years. For the first time ever, McCurry shares the stories behind his iconic images. Inside you'll find 14 of his most important assignments like rail …

India

The Sixteen/Christophers – review

Henry Purcell was as much a musical father to Britten as Schumann was to the young Brahms, or Chuck Berry to the Rolling Stones. So it was fitting that the Sixteen's contribution to the Britten centenary celebrations combined the church anthems of both composers in a musical dialogue spanning 250 …

Artists can do more than engineers to push innovation in tech

Some actors fully immerse themselves in their roles. They become their character for the duration of the shooting by adopting their accents, mannerisms, and personalities. Very rarely do they stay in character beyond the wrap party.<p>And then there’s Ashton Kutcher. After playing Steve Jobs in the …

Singularity

Avril Lavigne on New Self-Titled Album & Working w/ Husband Chad Kroeger

The whole point of drinking is the hangover

With Professor David Nutt's synthetic beer, we’d never learn to live with the consequences of our behaviour<p><b>Professor David Nutt</b>, the scientist who was the Labour government’s drugs adviser, this week appeared on the Today programme seeking investment for substances that mimic the effect of …

Flashback: Bubble Wrap Necklace, from Jewelry Upcycled, by Sherri Haab

Looking at the delicate discs that make up this pendant, I’ll bet you’d never guess they were made from humble bubble wrap!<p>Potter Craft shares a PDF project excerpt today from Jewelry Upcycled: Techniques and Projects for Reusing Metal, Plastic, Glass, Fiber, and Found Objects. Click the link below …

Project: Stamped Candles

Make a beautiful holiday table centerpiece with a grouping of stamped candles, the 100 Proof Press blog has all the info. These would also make …

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Ordinary Men Hilariously Pose as Sexy Motorcycle Models

When Arun Sharma, the general manager of Portland, Oregon-based Ducati dealership MotoCorsa, got a lot of flak on his Facebook page for sharing images of a beautiful model draped sexily over a red Ducati, he decided he would do something different. A few weeks later, he asked the same photographer …

Motorcycles

In Photo Essay, A Humanizing Look At Security Guards

This provocative art project challenges the fine line between public and private space.<p>A guard house is meant to be a symbol of authority, a physical representation that says if you want in, you’ll have to pass by this person whose job it is to keep riff raff like you out.<p>But behind the lens of …

Believe It Or Not, Chloe x Halle’s First Song Was 'Terrible'

Music<p>Your trusted destination for top music news, music industry information, and concert details.<p>TRL<p>20gayteen is going strong<p>TRL<p>How are you …

The world's oddest jobs – in pictures

Nancy Rica Schiff is a professional photographer hunting down people working in the world's most unusual occupations, be it dog food tasters, armpit sniffers or dinosaur dusters

What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster

<i>This week on-air and online, the tech team is</i> exploring the sharing economy<i>. You'll find the stories on this blog and</i> aggregated at this link, <i>and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Just</i> email, <i>leave a comment or</i> tweet.<p>Perhaps no company showed how the Internet could turn sharing …

Ultimate Garlic Peeling Trick -- How to Peel 20 Cloves in 20 Seconds!

10 Surprising Things We Learned From Eminem’s Facebook Q&A

Despite his recent admission that social media isn’t really for him, Eminem took to Facebook yesterday and fielded questions that ranged from his rap …