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Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

With the highly anticipated release next week of the new (actually penned in the mid fifties) Harper Lee novel. I thought you might like a short synopsis of ‘Go Set a Watchman’. Jim – Deskarati Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird … Continue reading

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New Discovery in Particle Physics Raises Hope for a “Theory of Everything”

….so far the standard model has been very resilient, successfully able to explain everything that the experimental physicists managed to throw at it. That might be about to change. Two collaborations of scientists working at the LHC – one using … Continue reading

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Atmospheric vortices flow past an island seen from space.

Life is complex. So is fluid dynamics. Actually, you’d think fluid motion isn’t all that complicated. Liquids flow downhill, moving around stationary objects, and generally going from point A to point B. But in reality fluid motion is incredibly complex, … Continue reading

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Netflix Is About to Be Bigger Than ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox

The explosive, cord-cutting popularity of Netflix will finally torch the laurels of traditional broadcast television networks. Analysts predict that if Netflix were measured as a 24-hour station by Nielsen, it would have more viewers than ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox … Continue reading

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Hippocampal Neuron

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Rotary shadow electron micrograph showing the cytoskeleton of a hippocampal neuron, by Bernd Knöll of the University of Tübingen

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Stunning Image of Saturn’s Moon Captured from Just 300 Miles Above It

The pock-marked surface of this spherical chunk of rock looks a lot like images of our own Moon—but in fact, this is much, much further away. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft buzzed by Saturn’s moon Dione on June 16th, passing just 321 … Continue reading

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3D Printed Paper Bacteria Battery Created Thats Costs Just $0.05

Researchers at Binghamton University in New York have been able to create a new and very unique battery that costs just $0.05 in the form of a 3D printed paper bacteria battery. The paper bacteria battery has been inspired by … Continue reading

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Blaise Pascal

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It’s the birthday of Blaise Pascal, who was born in 1623 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Pascal’s father was a tax collector. To speed the calculations of taxes owed, Pascal, who was 19 years old at the time, invented a mechanical calculator. … Continue reading

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House Styles Around The World

No matter where you are in the world, there are very few things quite as important as having a roof over your head when you come home at the end of the day. This has been the case for thousands … Continue reading

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Scientists create the coldest molecules ever recorded – ScienceAlert

You might think you’ve been cold in your life – shivering on a windy shore or at the top of an exposed mountain peak – but in physics terms, you haven’t really been cold at all. Researchers in the US … Continue reading

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Humans aren’t the only animals that are self-aware, new study suggests – ScienceAlert

Self-awareness is often thought of as a uniquely human trait, but new research suggests that it may be more common than previously thought across the animal kingdom. In fact, the study argues that any animal capable of imagining the future … Continue reading

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The Falling Fish

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The toothed Arctic Lamprey fish (Lethenteron camtschaticum) looks a bit like a monster out of a horror film. With an eel-like body and a circular sucker-like mouth adorned with keratin ‘teeth’, the Alaskan population must be pretty glad these creatures … Continue reading

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Einstein saves the quantum cat

Einstein’s theory of time and space will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. Even today it captures the imagination of scientists. In an international collaboration, researchers from the universities of Vienna, Harvard and Queensland have now discovered that this world-famous … Continue reading

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Scientists have captured the first ever picture of thunder

When it comes to thunderstorms, lightning tends to steal the show, dazzling everyone with its spectacular displays, and overshadowing the powerful long-distance rumbles that accompany the atmospheric energy release. But now a team of scientists working at the Southwest Research … Continue reading

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Philae comet lander wakes up

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The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth. Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P by its mothership, Rosetta, last November. … Continue reading

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These tiny plastic chips can deliver therapeutic genes into cells

A graduate student is developing a cost-effective new method of delivering desirable genes into human cells using a tiny plastic chip. The technique could substantially reduce the cost and extend the reach of new cancer-killing immunotherapy treatments, which currently rely … Continue reading

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Gypsum tumulus in Germany

Gypsum tumulus in Germany

The great Jurassic limestone platform that covers much of Western Europe was born when the sea levels were higher due to the breakup of the supercontinent Pangaea. As new oceans opened at the nascent spreading ridges, entire ocean basins rose … Continue reading

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40-year-old algorithm proven the best possible

Comparing the genomes of different species—or different members of the same species—is the basis of a great deal of modern biology. DNA sequences that are conserved across species are likely to be functionally important, while variations between members of the … Continue reading

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Helium-shrouded planets may be common in our galaxy

They wouldn’t float like balloons or give you the chance to talk in high, squeaky voices, but planets with helium skies may constitute an exotic planetary class in our Milky Way galaxy. Researchers using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope … Continue reading

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Dawn probe sees Ceres’ spots in more detail

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The US space agency has released a new picture of the brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. Nasa’s Dawn probe has just retuned the image – one of the first snapshots to come down from the satellite since getting … Continue reading

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