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Wave-Particle Duality And Quantum Uncertainty - Two Sides Of The Same Mystery?
If you think of quantum physics in terms of information about a system, it is a lot less complicated, according to a new paper. In that context, features of the quantum world previously considered distinct  -  wave-particle duality and the quantum uncertainty principle - are ...
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Weighing Trees - Now With Lasers
A terrestrial laser scanning technique that allows the structure of vegetation to be 3D-mapped to the millimeter is more accurate in determining the biomass of trees and carbon stocks in forests than current methods, according to a paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The study authors ...
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Guest Post: Ben Allanach, On Open Access
Ben Allanach, guest blogger, is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. He is grumpy about the way that public funds are being unnecessarily directed to scientific publishing houses. So I am offering this space to him to hear what he has to say about that...Recently, ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
The Origin Of Theta Auroras Revealed
Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the sun's effect on Earth, but many aspects of these spectacular displays are still poorly understood. One particular type of very high-latitude aurora is known as a theta aurora -- seen from above it looks like the Greek letter theta, an oval with ...
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The Rabbits Of 1859: Australia's Worst Christmas Present?
Rabbits can strip grasslands bare and chew through young woody trees. John Schilling/Flickr, CC BY-NDBy Andrew Bengsen, University of New EnglandOn Christmas Day 1859, the Victoria Acclimatisation Society released 24 rabbits for hunting, to help settlers feel more at home.Given the millions of ...
By The Conversation
APSIM Oil Palm Makes It A Modeled Crop
An oil palm system model based on the Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM) framework and called APSIM Oil Palm is aimed at helping growers of the crop maximize the yields of their plantations, while minimizing detrimental environmental impacts.   "Oil palm has become a major ...
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Shale Gas Is Here To Stay - Here Are Ways To Keep It Safe And Productive
Though the New York governor recently made a pretense of banning fracking in the state (it was already not allowed) and the California governor said they should do the same thing, they're both being a little hypocritical. New York would have brown-outs without the energy they buy from Pennsylvania ...
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A Line In The Sea: NOAA Picks 'Tipping Points' For Sea Level Related Flooding
Predictions about specific effects of climate change were once common - but they turned out to be spectacularly wrong so there are fewer these days. In 2006, former Vice-President Al Gore said by 2016 it would be too late to do anything, while the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ...
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Coming Out Of The Closet: Moths Deserve Some Love Too
Butterflies aren't the only ones with snazzy stripes. Ben Sale, CC BYBy Callum Macgregor, University of HullAsk people to describe what they associate with butterflies, and you will probably get an image of a sunny summer’s day, with a beautiful peacock drifting gently on the cooling breeze.Ask ...
By The Conversation
Why Some People Are Better Navigators: Brain's 'Homing' Signal Identified
It's no secret that some people are better at navigating than others, but it has been unclear why. In order to successfully navigate to a destination, you need to know which direction you are currently facing and which direction to travel in. For example, 'I am facing north and want to head east' ...
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A Vegetarian Carnivorous Plant...Wait, What?
A carnivorous plant is a delight for people because everyone knows plant don't catch and eat animals - except some do. Like us, they need animals for nutrition. Do carnivorous plants also sometimes shake off nature and become vegetarians? It seems so. The aquatic carnivorous bladderwort, which ...
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Diabetes: High Blood Sugar In Young Children Linked To Slower Brain Growth
Young children with type 1 diabetes have slower brain growth compared to children without diabetes, finds a new study in Diabetes. The authors suggest that continued exposure to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, may be detrimental to the developing brain. They studied brain development in children ...
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IPad Before Bed Could Be Messing Up Your Sleep
Use of a light-emitting electronic device like an iPad in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact overall health, alertness, and the circadian clock which synchronizes the daily rhythm of sleep to external environmental time cues, according to a new study which compared the biological effects ...
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Parkinson’s Disease Reverted In Rats
Scientists have demonstrated that mobility can be restored in patients with Parkinson's disease, the major degenerative disease of the motor system worldwide. The experiments used stem cells to generate dopaminergic nerve cells and reactivate the production of dopamine in the brains of rats ...
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The Evolution Of Trichromatic Color Vision In Humans
The evolution of trichromatic color vision in humans occurred by first switching from the ability to detect UV light to blue light between 80 and 30 million years ago and then by adding green-sensitivity(between 45-30 million years ago to the preexisting red-sensitivity in the vertebrate ancestor ...
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Blame City Life, Not Fast Food, For The Surge In Diabetes
City folk may not think much of rural living - but they are healthier.A new study finds that diabetes, once rather uncommon, is now affecting 387 million people worldwide - and 77 percent of it is in developed nations.The reason is stress, write the authors of a paper in the Journal of Clinical ...
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Mental Illnesses Run In Families, So How Can We Protect Children?
Children should be taken into consideration when helping adults with mental health issues. ShutterstockBy Sam Cartwright-Hatton, University of SussexMental illness runs in families. This is well known and uncontroversial. There is much that we could do to reduce this risk, but we currently do almost ...
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Why I’ll Talk Policy With Climate Change Deniers But Not Science
What rising sea level? Peter, CC BY-SABy Mark Maslin,University College LondonThere are many complex reasons why people decide not to accept the science of climate change. The doubters range from the conspiracy theorist to the skeptical scientist, or from the paid lobbyist to the raving lunatic ...
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To Build Character In Kids, Forget Focusing On Self-Esteem
An overdose of self-esteem won't build character. ShutterstockBy Kristján Kristjánsson, University of BirminghamIn the last few months the UK’s two main political parties have entered into an apparent bidding war over which of them can elevate the teaching of character highest on their educational ...
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Life's Big Questions Require Science Literacy
Everyone needs to understand the basics of science to participate fully in the democratic process. shutterstock.By Jonathan Garlick, Tufts University.Science isn’t important only to scientists or those who profess an interest in it. Whether you find fascinating every new discovery reported or ...
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‘Get A Lovely Bust For Christmas’: 1930s Tips For How To Be A Festive Woman
Good Needlwork magazine shows you how to get better bosoms. Image: Dave WhattBy Jo Brewis, University of LeicesterWhen my good friend and long-term collaborator Sam Warren was given a pile of women’s magazines from the 1930s by her grandmother Jane Frampton, we found among them 11 Christmas issues ...
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Only One Third Of Dr. Oz Show Recommendations Is Believable, Finds Analysis
Televisiom programs such as "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Doctors" have attracted massive followings, primarily due to having charismatic hosts who clearly mean well, coupled with a public desire to know the science basis for how we function. But in the quest to have new content so often each week ...
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Babies In Your 30s Is Not Modern - Your Great-Grandmother Did It Too
Freeze your eggs or your career? ShutterstockBy Jenna Healey, Yale UniversityThe shift towards late motherhood – commonly defined as motherhood after 35 – is often presented as a story of progress and technological liberation from the biological clock.The narrative goes something like this ...
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W-Band Wireless: High Speed Internet, Outdoors And Everywhere
A European team is working on the world’s first W-band wireless system -  millimeter wave technology for high speed wireless mobile and fixed point Internet - as part of a £2.8 million TWEETHER project.Millimeter waves - found in the spectrum between microwaves and infrared waves - are ...
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