Big freeze plunged Europe into ice age in months

In the film, 'The Day After Tomorrow' the world enters the icy grip of a new glacial period within the space of just a few weeks.


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Research highlights need for national HIV strategy

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that well over one million people in the United States are infected with HIV/AIDS.


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That was fun

Several people have notified me of this amusing editorial by the editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette, which compares me to a diseased pig and insists on addressing me as "Little Paul" throughout. It's poorly written and mostly pointless (well, other than its demand that we censor youtube), and I think there is only one virtue to it. It gives Bryan Appleyard an example to follow in his ongoing efforts to improve his writing.

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Very happy about new Tweetdeck list support & geolocation. Unhappy about continued lack of CTRL-Z undo and "not otherwise grouped" column.

mrgunn: Very happy about new Tweetdeck list support & geolocation. Unhappy about continued lack of CTRL-Z undo and "not otherwise grouped" column.

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The Mentally Unbalanced Views of Thomas Friedman [The Primate Diaries]

The New York Times Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Thomas Friedman, by his own definition, is insane. Many understood this when he published The Lexus and the Olive Tree and asserted that military socialism was a good thing because it promoted American business:

McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the U.S. Air Force F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. And these fighting forces and institutions are paid for by American taxpayer dollars.

However, this only makes Friedman insane for those that watched America's surge towards global economic saturation as a bubble of self-inflated hubris (as the current financial crisis is beginning to reveal). It takes a very specific kind of crazy to meet Friedman's own high standards.

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Naked Black Hole Builds Future Galactic Dream Home

Astronomers have captured a distant black hole creating the galaxy that will eventually become its home.
By sending a jet of gas and highly energetic particles into a neighboring galaxy, the black hole has touched off star formation at a rate 100 times the galactic average.
“Our study suggests that supermassive black holes can trigger the formation [...]

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@ivanoransky Yeah, that's a tough one, isn't it? Does make the report a little hard to interpret, though.

mrgunn: @ivanoransky Yeah, that's a tough one, isn't it? Does make the report a little hard to interpret, though.

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When Fluids Collide [Photo Synthesis]

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Fluids are a constant source of inspiration for high speed photography. Water and milk are two of the common liquids around us every day, but still their complex behavior is a source of wonder. Fluid scientists are still pioneering some of the basic equations that are responsible for the complex motion of fluids. In these pictures a drop of liquid is falling into a container of liquid. The first falling drop creates a recoil splash that shoots up out of the container. Just when the recoil droplet gets to the top of its motion a second falling droplet collides. The timing often happens by chance when pouring liquids, but here it is controlled with a microprocessor so each collision can be studied and photographed in detail. The motion is once again frozen in time with the help of a 1/60,000th of a second flash.

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COPE’s retraction guidelines

COPE’s retraction guidelines have now been published and are available to download (see Guidelines, http://publicationethics.org/guidelines).

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Solar panel costs ’set to fall’

30/11/2009 BBC The cost of installing and owning solar panels will fall even faster than expected according to new research.Tests show that 90% of existing solar panels last for 30 years, instead of the predicted 20 years. According to the independent EU Energy Institute, this brings down the lifetime cost. The institute says the panels [...]

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Royal Society releases ‘trailblazing’ research papers

rs trail.bmpThe world’s oldest scientific society turns 350 next year. Britain’s Royal Society is celebrating by making publicly available some of the key papers from its archive on a new Trailblazing website.

These range from Robert Hooke’s rather disturbing experiment with the lungs of a live dog in 1667 to recent papers on geoengineering to prevent climate change. Between times you can explore the atomic structure of insulin, Geiger and Marsden’s discovery of the reflection of alpha-particles from thin foil, and the first evidence that baby cuckoos will eject the natural inhabitants of nests they hatch in.

“The scientific papers on Trailblazing represent a ceaseless quest by scientists over the centuries, many of them Fellows of the Royal Society, to test and build on our knowledge of humankind and the universe,” says Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society (press release). “Individually they represent those thrilling moments when science allows us to understand better and to see further.”

Don’t start looking if you’re short of time though, the website is a timesink.

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