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Inkfish: Flowers Use Velcro Cells to Keep Bees from Blowing Away

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Category: Science

From inkfish.fieldofscience.com

When a pollinator is at your front steps about to come in for a drink of nectar, you′d be foolish to let a gust of wind blow her away. That′s why most flowers have installed velcro doormats.

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Earth took ten million years to recover from Permian-Triassic extinction (Wired UK)

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Category: Science

From www.wired.co.uk

nly one in ten species of plant and animal survived the largest-known, most-catastrophic die-off of life on Earth, which is thought to have been the only mass extinction event to have significantly affected insects.

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BBC News - Supervolcanoes ′can grow in just hundreds of years′

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Category: Science

From www.bbc.co.uk

Eruptions on this scale could release enough ash to influence the global weather for years, and one theory holds that the Lake Toba eruption in Indonesia about 70,000 years ago had long-term effects that nearly wiped out humans altogether.

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Robotic Rehab Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk Again - ScienceNOW

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Category: Science

From news.sciencemag.org

By employing a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation, and robot-assisted rehabilitation, researchers have restored a remarkable degree of voluntary movement in rats paralyzed by a spinal cord injury.

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The International Meteorite Market - The Naked Scientists 2012.05.25

Monday, June 4, 2012
Category: Science

From www.thenakedscientists.com

Scientists don’t necessarily get first dibs on meteorites that plummet to earth.

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Do Dogs Feel Guilty? The Thoughtful Animal, Scientific American Blog Network

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Science

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

Charles Darwin observed that the types of behaviors associated with guilt â€" keeping one’s head down, and averting one’s gaze â€" are also seen in other social non-human primate species. On one hand, this should not be too surprising; guilt serves to reinforce social relationships and to minimize the effects of transgressions against social partners.

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Burning Desire for Efficiency Do the Math

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Science

From physics.ucsd.edu

The amount of energy it takes to heat water is so well-established, that it is the basis for several prominent units of energy.

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Why Is Memory So Good and So Bad?: Scientific American

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Science

From www.scientificamerican.com

If visual short-term memories are only gradually wiped away, then remnants of these memories should still be retrievable; but if these memories are wiped out all at once, then we shouldn’t be able to retrieve them in any form whatsoever.

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Like attracts like? : Nature News & Comment

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Science

From www.nature.com

Everything you thought you knew about electrostatics is probably wrong.

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Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World - NYTimes.com

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: Science

From www.nytimes.com

Each of the bugs will have a mission. Some will be designed to devour things, like pollution. Others will generate food and fuel. There will be bugs to fight global warming, bugs to clean up toxic waste, bugs to manufacture medicine and diagnose disease, and they will all be driven to complete these tasks by the very fibers of their synthetic DNA.

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