Jerri Birkofet

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The 2015 Food Lover's Cleanse Guidelines

Here's all the guidelines you need to know for the 2015 Food Lover's Cleanse<p>Happy New Year! Champagne-filled revelry and holiday excess has hit hard the past few weeks, but the official start of the 2015 Food Lover’s Cleanse is upon us (January 2). I would imagine that most of us are ready for a …

Nutrition

Mother lists herself as a victim in Georgia hot car death

The mother of a Georgia toddler who died after being left in a car for hours in the sweltering heat says she is a grieving mother caught up in "the storm around my family."<p>"The rush to judgment by the public and the mainstream media has left me with little confidence in our legal system and our …

APOD: Four Billion BCE: Battered Earth (2014 Aug 05) Illustration Credit: Simone Marchi (SwRI), SSERVI, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140805.html Explanation: No place on Earth was safe. Four billion years ago, during the Hadean eon, our Solar System was a dangerous shooting gallery of large and dangerous rocks and ice chunks. Recent examination of lunar and Earth bombardment data indicate that the entire surface of the Earth underwent piecemeal upheavals, hiding our globe's ancient geologic history, and creating a battered world with no remaining familiar land masses. The rain of devastation made it difficult for any life to survive, although bacteria that could endure high temperatures had the best chance. Oceans thought to have formed during this epoch would boil away after particularly heavy impacts, only to reform again. The above artist's illustration depicts how Earth might have looked during this epoch, with circular impact features dotting the daylight side, and hot lava flows visible in the night. One billion years later, in a calmer Solar System, Earth's first supercontinent formed. http://www.boulder.swri.edu/~marchi/ http://www.boulder.swri.edu/ http://sservi.nasa.gov/ http://www.nasa.gov/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140805 #APOD

Did you feel that? USGS releases new earthquake hazard map

The<p>U.S. Geological Surveyreleased new earthquake hazard maps for the nation on Thursday, expanding seismic risk areas along the East Coast and in California, among other areas.<p>The maps and supporting documentation are used by municipal planners, insurers and emergency response agencies and are …

Pacific Northwest

7.9-magnitude earthquake strikes near Alaska

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a local tsunami warning after a powerful earthquake struck on June 23 in the Aleutian Islands.<p>The U.S. …

Stars' Chemistry Key to Their Planets' Ability to Support Life

Born in a disc of gas and rubble, planets eventually come together as larger and larger pieces of dust and rock stick together. They may be hundreds …

The Mistaken Assumptions That Changed Physics History - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality

“Don’t assume,” they always say.<p>Last month, Avi Loeb, an astrophysicist at Harvard, published an essay on how mistaken assumptions have delayed the …

Nipping the STEM gender imbalance in the bud

Today's generation of girls shouldn't simply be participants in the STEM careers of tomorrow, they should be pioneers, argues the Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf<p>While the digital revolution and strong competition in the globalised economy has seen emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and …

Social spiders die off without personality mix - Futurity

New research finds that personality can determine a spider's specialization—caregiver or hunter-warrior.

Zoology

Cold dead star may be a giant diamond

Astronomers aren't being poetic when they say this star is a diamond.<p>Scientists have identified what is possibly the coldest white dwarf ever detected. In fact, this dim stellar corpse is so cold that its carbon has crystallized, effectively forming a diamond the size of Earth, astronomers …

How Leopards Helped Make the Fossil Record

I have to apologize to carnivores. In an article about how to become a fossil, published last summer, I wrote that I wasn’t enamored with the idea of being deposited in the fossil record as bone scraps in carnivore dung. That’s still true, but I should have done more than make a passing joke about …

Paleontology

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? New Study Offers Strong Evidence

<b>Zebra stripes evolved to keep pesky insects at bay, according to the most thorough study to date on the subject.</b><p>All three species of zebra have bold stripes in comparison to other African grazers like buffalo and antelope. This so-called stripe riddle has puzzled scientists—including Darwin—for …

Hummingbird Genes Trace Existence ‘on the Extremes’

WASHINGTON — For such small creatures, hummingbirds have racked up an huge list of claims to fame.<p>They are the smallest birds and the smallest warm-blooded animals on Earth. They have the fastest heart and the fastest metabolism of any vertebrate. They are the only birds that can fly backward. And …

Birds

Library of Science and Medical Illustrations

By<p>somersault18:24<p>We're passionate about science and will bring this passion to you!<p>Follow for updates on what somersault18:24 is creating.<p>Leverage …

Data Visualization

Drake Equation: Estimating the Odds of Finding E.T.

The Drake Equation is used to estimate the number of communicating civilizations in the cosmos, or more simply put, the odds of finding intelligent …

Aliens

Watch ‘father of inflation’ learn of gravitational waves discovery

Physicist Andrei Dmitriyevich Linde is one of the main authors of inflationary universe theory. Watch his emotions as he learns his theory was proven …

Dark Matter

Do Microbes Sleep?

Welcome to the second installation of my three-part series on sleep, in which I ask whether or not the creatures that I write about most often on this blog—plants, microbes, and insects—have sleep or circadian behaviors. This week: microbes.<p>So, do microbes sleep? Let’s look at one flavor of …

Giant solar blast barely missed us in 2012 - Futurity

On July 23, 2012, coronal mass ejections—the most intense eruptions on the sun—sent a pulse of magnetized plasma into space and through Earth's orbit.

Astronomy

Moss Comes Back To Life After 1,500 Years

This moss was around at the dawn of the Roman Republic.<p>Scientists drilled into the permafrost beneath an old moss bank on Signy, an island northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula, finding a bit of brown moss that had been frozen for more than 1,500 years, according to radiocarbon dating. Just to see …

To survive, specialized flies play 'hide and seek' - Futurity

Extremely specialized predator-prey relationships between flies and wasps can explain why Peru's rain forests are extraordinarily diverse, say …

It’s a Bug! It’s a Pain! It’s Super-Lice!

They’re crawly and they’re creepy. Mysterious and eerie. They’re altogether icky. They're the louse-y family and they have haunted human hair (and nether regions) for millennia. For parents, the arrival of these microscopic creatures on the scalps of children can lead to quite the headache as …

Leaf me alone: ancient insect blended in with foliage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sometimes it is better not to be noticed.<p>A number of insect species look so much like sticks or leaves that they simply blend in with the foliage, providing camouflage that helps keep them out of the beaks of hungry birds hankering for a big bite of bug.<p>But this is no recent …

Why Bitcoin Needs More Women

There's really no such thing as an average Bitcoin user.<p>That's according to Lui Smyth, a London-based Bitcoin researcher who surveyed more than 1,000 Bitcoin users last year to get a demographic picture of the community. (He’s doing another survey this year.)<p>Smyth found Bitcoin users are atheists …

Genetic mix lets Tibetans thrive at high altitudes

A new study looks at the genetic adaptations that allow Tibetans to live at high elevations despite low oxygen levels.<p>Genetic adaptations found in …

25 Times Everyone Was BAFFLED, According To The Daily Mail

Thank you for bringing these incidents to our attention, BY DAILY MAIL REPORTER.<p>1) "The chemistry flops: Pupils baffled by O-level exams from the Sixties"<p>2) "The Chinese mummy that aged 300 years in a day: Experts baffled by 'perfectly preserved' body that turned BLACK just hours after its coffin …

Celebrity pet: the rediscovery of Charles Darwin’s long-lost Galapagos tortoise

It’s Charles Darwin’s birthday (he would be 205 today) and Galapagos Day (the islands were claimed by Ecuador 182 years ago), the perfect cue for a story about a special reptilian pet<p>Name: 1874.6.1.6<br>Species: <i>Chelonoidis darwini</i><br>Dates: 1834-1837<br>Claim to fame: Darwin’s pet tortoise<br>Where now: Natural …

2 of the Most Common Substances on Earth Are Anomalies

Solids are heavier than liquids, as a rule—because they are denser, as a rule. Two exceptions to this rule are, incidentally, the most abundant …

Chemistry

Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …

Universe