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Raindrops Don′t Swat Down Mosquitoes - ScienceNOW

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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From news.sciencemag.org

The drop should have the impact of a bus running over a human and drive the mosquito downward at a force up to 300 times that of gravity. Sadly for the mosquito′s next victim, the pest will survive this collision.

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Why Daydreaming Makes You Smarter and More Creative : The New Yorker

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Monday, June 11, 2012
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From www.newyorker.com

In recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have redeemed this mental state, revealing the ways in which mind-wandering is an essential cognitive tool. It turns out that whenever we are slightly bored—when reality isn’t quite enough for us—we begin exploring our own associations, contemplating counterfactuals and fictive scenarios that only exist within the head.

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Giant insects disappeared thanks to falling oxygen levels and agile birds Not Exactly Rocket Science Discover Magazine

Monday, June 11, 2012
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From blogs.discovermagazine.com

It took almost 18 months to collect the entire data set, but it clearly showed that the maximum wingspans of flying insects neatly tracked the oxygen in the atmosphere for their first 150 million years of evolution.

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Mysterious radiation burst recorded in tree rings : Nature News & Comment

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Sunday, June 10, 2012
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From www.nature.com

The radiation burst, which seems to have hit between ad 774 and ad 775, was detected by looking at the amounts of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 in tree rings that formed during the ad 775 growing season in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Vaughan Bell: the trouble with brain scans Science The Observer

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Science

From www.guardian.co.uk

Recently, to the chagrin of French scientists, politicians called for neuro-imaging to be used in the courts to decide on the guilt of criminals, after the technology made its dubious debut in the legal systems of India, Italy and the US.

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Do Plants Think?: Scientific American

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Category: Science

From www.scientificamerican.com

How aware are plants? This is the central question behind a fascinating new book, “What a Plant Knows,” by Daniel Chamovitz, director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University.

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When Continental Drift Was Considered Pseudoscience Science & Nature Smithsonian Magazine

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Saturday, June 9, 2012
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From www.smithsonianmag.com

We like to imagine that knowledge advances fact upon dispassionate fact to reveal precise and irrefutable truths. But there is hardly a better example of just how messy and emotional science can be than Wegener’s discovery of the vast, turbulent forces moving within the earth’s crust.

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Nature News Blog: Dissolved iron may have been key to RNA-based life : Nature News Blog

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Category: Science

From blogs.nature.com

The gradual oxygen onslaught could have caused a shift in RNA folding and catalysis from iron to magnesium as iron became more toxic and less soluble. Other researchers have suggested that a similar shift occurred around the same time from iron to manganese in protein enzymes.

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The Top Ten Strangest Self-Experiments Ever

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Science

From www.neatorama.com

There’s a long tradition among scientists of using themselves as subjects in their experiments if they can’t find anyone else to volunteer — or if they feel it would be unethical to ask another to take the risk.

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Nuclear Tuna Is Hot News, But Not Because It′s Going To Make You Sick : The Salt : NPR

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Science

From www.npr.org

What snarky headline writer could resist a story about "hot tuna?" Or how about "tuna meltdown?"

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