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Where is the centre of the universe?

Monday, November 3, 2014
Category: Science

From math.ucr.edu

There is no centre of the universe!  According to the standard theories of cosmology, the universe started with a "Big Bang" about 14 thousand million years ago and has been expanding ever since.  Yet there is no centre to the expansion; it is the same everywhere.

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What do animals see in the mirror? Self-recognition and social behavior (VIDEO).

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
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From www.slate.com

The six horses in a 2002 study were “known weavers.” When stabled alone, they swayed their heads, necks, forequarters, and sometimes their whole bodies from side to side. The behavior is thought to stem from the social frustration brought on by isolation.

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Who Really Found the Higgs Boson - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus

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Friday, October 24, 2014
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From nautil.us

To those who say that there is no room for genius in modern science because everything has been discovered, Fabiola Gianotti has a sharp reply. "No, not at all," says the former spokesperson of the ATLAS Experiment, the largest particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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When Dogs and Robots Collide, Somebody Needs a Talking To - WSJ

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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From online.wsj.com

Seeking help, Mr. Hearn found an online forum dedicated to the hundred-dollar Roomba buzzing with similar stories of pet assailants. Owners were offering advice. Among the most popular: Chastise the vacuum in front of the dog.

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Yao Ming: the basketball giant made in China by order of the state

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
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From www.smh.com.au

FAR from being a chance creation, Chinese basketball giant Yao Ming was knowingly bred for the sport, forced into it against his will and subjected to years of dubious science to increase his height, a new book claims.

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Bush Administration 2012 climate emissions goal met - Capital Weather Gang - The Washington Post

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Friday, October 17, 2014
Category: Science

From www.washingtonpost.com

“This step will set America on a path to slow the growth of our greenhouse gas emissions and, as science justifies, to stop and then reverse the growth of emissions,” the Bush White House said.

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Differences in acoustic features of vocalizations produced by killer whales cross-socialized with bottlenose dolphins

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Category: Science

From scitation.aip.org

Limited previous evidence suggests that killer whales (Orcinus orca) are capable of vocal production learning. However, vocal contextual learning has not been studied, nor the factors promoting learning.

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Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? : Nature News & Comment

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Science

From www.nature.com

Charles Darwin conceived of evolution by natural selection without knowing that genes exist. Now mainstream evolutionary theory has come to focus almost exclusively on genetic inheritance and processes that change gene frequencies.

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Captive orcas speak dolphin

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
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From news.sciencemag.org

Two years ago, scientists showed that dolphins imitate the sounds of whales. Now, it seems, whales have returned the favor. Researchers analyzed the vocal repertoires of 10 captive orcas (Orcinus orca), three of which lived with bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and the rest with their own kind.

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THE LIFE OF A DESIGNER CELL

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Science

From moreintelligentlife.com

The clear plastic bags contain a liquid somewhere between orange and pink; quite fetching, but more importantly an indication that the alkalinity is just right. They sit on metal shelves in a small, steel-lined room which, at a steady 37?C, is more than warm.

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