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Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …

APOD: Sprite Lightning in Slow Motion (2014 Oct 13) Video Credit: H. H. C. Stenbaek-Nielsen (U. Alaska, Fairbanks), DARPA, NSF http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141013.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3StAXEbGSM Explanation: What causes sprite lightning? Mysterious bursts of light in the sky that momentarily resemble gigantic jellyfish have been recorded for over 25 years, but their root cause remains unknown. Some thunderstorms have them -- most don't. Recently, however, high speed videos are better detailing how sprites actually develop. The featured video is fast enough -- at about 10,000 frames per second -- to time-resolve several sprite "bombs" dropping and developing into the multi-pronged streamers that appear on still images. Unfortunately, the visual clues provided by these videos do not fully resolve the sprite origins mystery. They do indicate to some researchers, though, that sprites are more likely to occur when plasma irregularities exist in the upper atmosphere. http://reentry.arc.nasa.gov/s-nielsen.html http://www.gi.alaska.edu/ http://www.darpa.mil/ http://www.nsf.gov/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141013 #APOD

When Scientists Give Up

Ian Glomski thought he was going to make a difference in the fight to protect people from deadly anthrax germs. He had done everything right — attended one top university, landed an assistant professorship at another.<p>But Glomski ran head-on into an unpleasant reality: These days, the scramble for …

Scientists reconstruct speech through soundproof glass by watching a bag of potato chips

Subtle vibrations can be translated back into audio<p>Your bag of potato chips can hear what you're saying. Now, researchers from MIT are trying to figure out a way to make that bag of chips tell them everything that you said — and apparently they have a method that works. By pointing a video camera …

The Science Of Settling: Calculate Your Mate With Moneyball

In case you missed the buzz on Facebook, scientists recently determined that "beer goggles" do in fact exist, though not precisely in the way we thought. Consuming alcohol, it seems, tends to elevate desire and reduce inhibitions more than alter our actual perception of another person's …

Google will partner with wireless carriers to make Project Loon a reality

Google's Project Loon aims to bring balloon-powered internet to remote regions around the world, and that's an ambitious goal any way you slice it. But we're starting to hear more about how Google plans to make its moonshot idea a reality. At the TechCrunch Disrupt NY conference earlier today, …

Inside the tech aiming Aereo through TV's legal hoops

Aereo's founder admits it: They looked like low-rent terrorists.<p>Chet Kanojia, founder and chief executive of the TV-streaming company, had a vision to bring broadcast TV to the Internet. But first, he and Chief Technology Officer Joe Lipowski needed to find a signal, a place in New York where tiny …

Five wonder materials that could change the world

"The history of materials is a history of mistakes," says Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, who traces his own fascination with materials to the moment he was stabbed in the back with a razor while ambling to school one day.<p>The remark is spot on. Over the …

Son Uses Grandfather's Heartbeats to Help Save Mom's Life

Dr. Daniel Mason, a prominent cardiologist, had a big heart, taking an active interest in each one of his grandchildren's summers on New Jersey’s …

The Blood Harvest

Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology.<p>The thing about the blood that everyone notices first: It's blue, baby blue.<p>The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood, though, isn't the color. It's a chemical found only in …

If physicists are smarter than social scientists, are religious people dumb?

A recent study in the <i>Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion</i> by Edward Dutton (University of Oulu, Finland) and Richard Lynn (University of Ulster, Northern Ireland) proclaims that physicists are more intelligent than social scientists.<p>Why, you ask? Because, of course, they have higher …

The not so Golden State

IN THE gold rush of the late 1840s, chancers dreaming of quick riches flocked to San Francisco. It is the same today, only this time they are armed …

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Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie

Monsanto's new veggies are sweeter, crunchier, and more nutritious—with none of the "Frankenfoods" ick factor. Nicholas Cope<p>In a windowless basement …

Thomas Jefferson Needs A Dead Moose Right Now To Defend America

They were so young, the folks who invented America. James Madison, on July 4, 1776, was 25. James Monroe was 18, Alexander Hamilton, 21, Marquis de Lafayette, 18, Aaron Burr, 20, Betsy Ross, 24, Gilbert Stuart, 20. Ben Franklin, of course, was much older, grander and world famous. But he was the …

Before You Take Another Selfie in the Name of Personal Branding, Read This

I know. You have an image to keep up! Your public demands more information! Still, take a pause before you post.<p>The guy who sat down beside me noticed my shirt and said, "Hey, are you a cyclist?"<p>"I like to ride bikes, but I wouldn't call myself a cyclist," I said. "I'm nowhere near that …

Why are we still reporting on the "wind chill"?

<i>Wind chill dropped as low as</i> <i>52 below zero</i> <i>in parts of the Midwest on Thursday, with similar conditions expected for early Friday. Meanwhile, parts of</i> …

Ban the Black Box: We Have Better Ways to Capture Plane Crash Data

Author: Jerry Adler. Jerry Adler Magazine<p>Date of Publication: 06.28.11.<p>Time of Publication: 12:00 pm. 12:00 pm<p><i>Ed: Now that wreckage from EgyptAir</i> …

They're Watching You at Work

What happens when Big Data meets human resources? The emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote.<p>In 2003, thanks to Michael Lewis and his best seller <i>Moneyball</i>, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane, became a star. The previous …

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Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.<p>In August, <i>Science</i> published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points.<p>It was widely seen as a …

The Quest to End the Flu

The methods used to make flu vaccines are slow and sometimes unreliable, and new viruses threaten to outrun them. Can researchers find a way to stay ahead?<p>On April 28, 2009, a box containing a newly isolated virus showed up at Doris Bucher’s lab. She and her colleagues at New York Medical College …

The Republican Party Isn't Really the Anti-Science Party

Conservative conflict with science on evolution and global warming has been exaggerated—while liberals get a free pass for their own failings.<p>In his first State of the Union Address in 1790, George Washington told Congress, “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the …

Why the U.S. Is So Good at Turning Immigrants Into Americans

As a glance at Europe shows, it's not as easy as it looks.<p>When chipotle and kimchi abound in the suburbs and Univision co-hosts a presidential debate, it is easy to forget how sudden and extraordinary our ethnic makeover has been. Americans middle-aged or older were born into a country where …

Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy?

The professor who teaches Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory claims, "This course will change your life."<p>Picture a world where human relationships are challenging, narcissism and self-centeredness are on the rise, and there is disagreement on the best way for people to live harmoniously …