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Science Online

A room dedicated to online scientific communication. Previously: Science Blogging 2008.
Annie Lappi
Is this still an active group?
About a post a week. I'd say no. - Joe
Charles Stibs
Not sure how many people are left here, but ScienceOnline the organization has decided to dissolve. "ScienceOnline to cease operations, cancels 2015 conference"
Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause a Measurable Shift in Gravity -
Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause a Measurable Shift in Gravity
“The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region,” writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change. Apparently, melting billions of tons of ice year after year has implications that would make even Isaac Newton blanch. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Enzyme-Blocking Molecule Could Be Used To Fight Cancer And Many Other Diseases -
Exciting stuff and looks promising. However, enzymes don't just affect one protein/pathway, a single enzymes activity often plays an important role in a myriad of cellular pathways, so simply blocking this one enzyme sounds simple enough until you discover that doing so may result in undesirable side effects because you're also blocking some other vital cellular activity. Therefore any future research must also consider all cellular activity affected by blocking this one protein. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Irish teens' idea of using bacteria to improve crop yields wins Google Science Fair prize -
Irish teens' idea of using bacteria to improve crop yields wins Google Science Fair prize
After discovering nodules growing on pea plants in a family garden, which turned out to be the result of a reaction by the plant to bacteria in the soil, the teens began an investigation. They learned that the presence of certain bacteria can instill a sort of fear in a plant, causing it to speed up germination, so as to avoid being overtaken. They wondered what would happen if seeds were treated with a bacteria laden liquid before planting. To find out, they planted a garden with several different types of plants, some with treated seeds, others without, then tended the garden to see what impact the treatment would have. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Awesome find! - Halil
Extinctions during human era worse than thought | News from Brown -
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — It’s hard to comprehend how bad the current rate of species extinction around the world has become without knowing what it was before people came along. The newest estimate is that the pre-human rate was 10 times lower than scientists had thought, which means that the current level is 10 times worse. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The new study next examined evidence from the evolutionary family trees — phylogenies — of numerous plant and animal species. Phylogenies, constructed by studying DNA, trace how groups of species have changed over time, adding new genetic lineages and losing unsuccessful ones. They provide rich details of how species have diversified over time. - Halil
Superabsorbing rings could lead to better cameras and solar cells -
Superabsorbing rings could lead to better cameras and solar cells
Rings of excited atoms that harness a quantum effect to absorb light at an enhanced rate could be used in future technologies such as highly sensitive cameras, solar cells and systems for optical power transmission. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Asteroid Smashup Observed By Spitzer Could Result In Planet Formation -
Asteroid Smashup Observed By Spitzer Could Result In Planet Formation
Meng and experts from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Tokyo and several other institutions explained that this type of behavior was “consistent with the occurrence of a violent impact that produced vapor out of which a thick cloud of silicate spherules condensed that were then ground into dust by collisions,” and suggest that their observations offer a sneak-peak into the process of forming rocky planets such as Earth. - Halil from Bookmarklet
China pursues 52 km collider project -
China pursues 52 km collider project
Particle physicists in China have unveiled plans to build a huge 52 km particle collider that would smash electrons and positrons together to study the Higgs boson in unprecedented detail. The so-called “Higgs factory”, if given government approval, would be built by 2028 and put the country at the forefront of international particle physics. - Halil from Bookmarklet
“They maintain that this will be a Chinese project, although they also admit they don’t have the people to build it themselves, so assistance from the international community would be required,” says Foster. - Halil
It'll be huge... - Halil
After almost 80 years, a woman has won the Fields Medal. -
After almost 80 years, a woman has won the Fields Medal.
At a ceremony in Seoul last week, Maryam Mirzakhani, professor of mathematics at Stanford University, became the first woman in history to be awarded mathematics’ highest honour, the Fields Medal. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Raising extinct species may bring balance to wildlife -
I've said this before, lets save what we have instead of pumping untold millions in trying to resurrect what's been lost. If it's a recent extinction that has huge ecological benefit, then by all means bring it back, but we must save/preserve what we have or we're doomed to repeat the same mistakes, especially if governments think that all we need to do is mix a few test-tubes to bring back lost wildlife as a result of negligent conservation polices. We must never let governments become complacent and think science can save the day when all we need is to be more caring/protective about the environment. - Halil from Bookmarklet
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year. Added to the discharges coming from Antarctica, it means Earth's two big ice sheets are now dumping roughly 500 cu km of ice in the oceans annually. "The contribution of both ice sheets together to sea level rise has doubled since 2009," said Angelika Humbert from Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute. "To us, that's an incredible number," she told BBC News. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Watch Schrödinger's cat die (or live): Physicists capture the quantum particles' bizarre wanderings for the first time | Mail Online -
Watch Schrödinger's cat die (or live): Physicists capture the quantum particles' bizarre wanderings for the first time | Mail Online
‘Real-time tracking of a quantum system shows that it's a continuous process, and that we can constantly extract information from the system as it goes from quantum to classical,’ said Irfan Siddiqi, UC Berkeley associate professor of physics. ‘This level of detail was never considered accessible by the original founders of quantum theory.’ - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Corrupting Australia’s Temperature Record | Jennifer Marohasy -
Corrupting Australia’s Temperature Record | Jennifer Marohasy
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WHILE the average Australian, being sentimental and having a nationalistic streak, would like to believe their Bureau of Meteorology is honestly recording and reporting temperatures, in reality the science managers are corrupting the official record. Following is another example, another story, to add to the litany as detailed in my unanswered letter to Minister Hunt and recent series of blog posts on Bourke. KEN Stewart, a retired school principal, became interested in global warming some years ago. After the Bureau released their new so-called High Quality temperature dataset, he decided he would audit it – out of curiosity. He found that changes made to the original data could account for as much as one third of the reported global warming in Australia. His queries to David Jones, Head of Climate Monitoring and Prediction at the Bureau, were dismissed with comment that the “adjustments” have “a near zero impact on the all Australian temperature”. Which would beg the question, why... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier -
New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier
we're are apparently running out of fresh drinking water and this may well be the explanation - Halil from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth? -
Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?
The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
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نــــقل عفــــش 66591618 (الزهراء) أخصائيون/ فـك*نـقل*تركـــــيب* تغليـــف*** جميــع انواع الاثاث المنزلى والمكتبى وغرف النوم ( أيكيا- ميداس- اوروبى-صينى- محلى) خدمة 24 ساعة داخل المنزل شعارنا هو/ فـــــــــكر جديــــد + اداء متميز= ابــــــداع هدفنــــــا راحتكم وسلامة اغراضكم بعون اللــــــــه قسم خاص للتغليف vib خدمات النقل والتغليف/ packing-...
Eric Logan
Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown. -
Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown.
A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar programme is designed to develop immediate and long-term "warfighter-relevant insights" for senior officials and decision makers in "the defense policy community," and to inform policy implemented by "combatant commands." Launched in 2008 – the year of the global banking crisis – the DoD 'Minerva Research Initiative' partners with universities "to improve DoD's basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US." Among the projects awarded for the period 2014-2017 is a Cornell University-led study managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research which aims to develop an empirical model "of the dynamics of social movement mobilisation and... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
The militarization of social science. How the Pentagon is Bracing for Societal Collapse | Interview with Nafeez Ahmed. - Eric Logan
*Everything* can be weaponized -- without exception. - Sean McBride
Understanding ways to foment or discourage unrest using social media is just another form of herding investors and controlling market sentiment. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
True. - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
Why the Many-Worlds Formulation of Quantum Mechanics Is Probably Correct. -
Why the Many-Worlds Formulation of Quantum Mechanics Is Probably Correct.
Why the Many-Worlds Formulation of Quantum Mechanics Is Probably Correct.
HIV transmission networks mapped to reduce infection rate #HIV #AIDS
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have mapped the transmission network of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in San Diego. The mapping of HIV infections, which used genetic sequencing, allowed researchers to predictively model the likelihood of new HIV transmissions and identify persons at greatest risk for transmitting the virus. - Halil
Do they still teach safe sex education in schools? They did when I was at school eons ago. Why are we still seeing "newly" infected individuals? - Halil
Some schools do and many schools do not. I think if parents weren't so immature when it comes to sex talk, it wouldn't be an issue. I've already discussed STDs with my kids. I do it constantly, so they're not caught by surprise. - Anika
Eric Logan
It was advertised as the largest rush, even larger than the gold rush! The government had paid over $2,000,000 in bonuses for uranium discoveries in the past two years in 1955. Some prospectors were being paid over $150,000 per month. The fever in uranium prospecting could be illustrated from the many magazine covers of the period. As early as 1949, popular science magazines started highlighting the uranium prospecting as a hobby. The U.S. Atomic Energy Agency would analyze samples free of charge. A sample of 10 lbs. should be sent for analysis with the location and occurrence or quantity. The government was guaranteeing $3.50 per pound of recoverable uranium oxide. A bonus of $10,000 is authorized for discovery and production of high grade ores from new domestic products. No special governmental license or permit is needed to prospect for or mine uranium or thorium on public or private lands. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Leaked Memo On Climatology Exposes Growing Worry Within German Meteorological Society…”Unacceptable Unethical Developments” -
Leaked Memo On Climatology Exposes Growing Worry Within German Meteorological Society…”Unacceptable Unethical Developments”
Memorandum On the situation in the field of meteorology-climatology Based on observations made for quite some time, and due to the current occasion (IPCC 5), colleagues in the meteorological circles have been witnessing with worry how certain developments are becoming cemented into their scientific fields (foremost climatology) which from a scientific point of view simply cannot be accepted and do not comply to their professional ethics. These developments involve first of all something in the lines of a democratization of science: Everyone is allowed and should have a say in it. In meteorology-climatology every one includes a highly very visible army of organized, little known persons; in Germany this is almost the entire public! The changes that have taken place in science as a result have in our opinion (and that of others) led to very negative impacts on the quality standards of science. For example expressed and disseminated meteorological flaws can hardly be contained and cannot... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Fwd: What are dreams trying to tell us?It has been suggested that dreams are osme kind of mixture made up from originally unconnected information from different areas of the brain. Read More (via
Eric Logan
Scientists In Cover-Up Of ‘Damaging’ Climate View. -
Scientists In Cover-Up Of ‘Damaging’ Climate View.
Lennart Bengtsson, a research fellow at the University of Reading and one of the authors of the study, said he suspected that intolerance of dissenting views on climate science was preventing his paper from being published. “The problem we now have in the climate community is that some scientists are mixing up their scientific role with that of a climate activist,” he added. Professor Bengtsson’s paper challenged the finding of the UN’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the global average temperature would rise by up to 4.5C if greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were allowed to double. It suggested that the climate might be much less sensitive to greenhouse gases than had been claimed by the IPCC in its report last September, and recommended that more work be carried out “to reduce the underlying uncertainty”. The five contributing scientists, from America and Sweden, submitted the paper to Environmental Research Letters, one of the most highly regarded journals,... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Explains more fully his resignation. Prepare for the coming climate disruption hypocalypse. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
[Google; west antarctic ice sheet melting] - Sean McBride
I already have in the article it says between 200 and 1000 years minor detail of course. I would bet we actually have viable renewables way sooner. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Bengtsson was saying that the models don't match the observed data, and the reviewer for the journal said that requiring the models to match the observed data was harming the global warming cause and feeding climate sceptics; therefore the paper should be rejected. - MRW_8
"west antarctic ice sheet melting" HUNH? From Andrew Revkin corrected it this week: QUOTE. That’s why it’s important to get beyond headlines — including the titles of papers — in considering new research pointing to the inevitable “collapse” of ice... more... - MRW_8
Page not found -- the link doesn't work. - Sean McBride
Here is the link to pay attention to: [Murdoch-owned media hypes lone metereologist's climate junk science] - Sean McBride
From MRW's link: "So what does this mean for society? Curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and particularly the use of coal, makes sense for a host of reasons. But whatever happens on that front, there will be no new “normal” coastline for centuries to come. For mayors of coastal cities, that means the persistent rhetoric of “we will not retreat” is a form of denial as unscientific as the stances of those saying greenhouse gases don’t matter." - Sean McBride
[expert reaction to claims climate research was ‘suppressed’] Lennart Bengtsson: "I do not believe there is any systematic “cover up” of scientific evidence on climate change or that academics’ work is being “deliberately suppressed”, as The Times front page suggests." - Sean McBride
A garbled mess: "Here is the link to pay attention to: [Murdoch-owned media hypes lone metereologist's climate junk science] - Sean McBride" - MRW_8
One can see that you have an artistic temperament. - Sean McBride
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Ah well maybe someday. Governor Brown corrects statement about LAX and sea level rise. - Eric Logan
"Ununseptium" or the superheavy element Z = 117 could finally be ready to be added to the periodic table. -
"Ununseptium" or the superheavy element Z = 117 could finally be ready to be added to the periodic table.
An international collaboration has produced four atoms of the elusive element, which was first spotted in 2010. The measured decay properties of these atoms match the previous data, which strengthens the case for official recognition of 117 as a new element along with its decay-chain elements 115 and 113. In the process, the researchers also discovered a new isotope "lawrencium-266". - Halil from Bookmarklet
Not a word that just rolls off the tongue... - Halil
Not very imaginative, but it has a certain James Bond ring to it :) - Eivind
Using Mendeleev's nomenclature for unnamed and undiscovered elements, ununseptium should be known as eka-astatine or dvi-iodine. In 1979, IUPAC published recommendations according to which the element was to be called ununseptium (with the corresponding symbol of Uus),[24] a systematic element name as a placeholder, until the discovery of the element is confirmed and a permanent name is... more... - Halil
From my forays into chemistry so far, I'd say chemists really suck at naming things. (Although I have to admit the organic chemistry naming system makes sense once it's explained to you.) - Spidra Webster
The transactinide elements usually eventually get named either after the location of the facility that discovered it or to honor a scientist posthumously (except for seaborgium—Seaborg was still alive when they named it.) Ununseptium is just Neolatin for "one one seven" - Victor Ganata
Eric Logan
Die Klimazwiebel: Lennart Bengtsson leaves advisory board of GWPF -
Die Klimazwiebel: Lennart Bengtsson leaves advisory board of GWPF
"I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. If this is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety. I see therefore no other way out therefore than resigning from GWPF. I had not expecting such an enormous world-wide pressure put at me from a community that I have been close to all my active life. Colleagues are withdrawing their support, other colleagues are withdrawing from joint authorship etc. I see no limit and end to what will happen. It is a situation that reminds me about the time of McCarthy. I would never have expecting anything similar in such an original peaceful community as meteorology. Apparently it has been transformed in recent years. Under these situation I will be unable to contribute positively to the work of GWPF and consequently therefore I believe it is the best for me to reverse my decision to join its Board at the earliest possible time." - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Electromagnetic noise could set European robin adrift -
Electromagnetic noise could set European robin adrift
The internal magnetic compasses of migratory birds can be disrupted by weak, man-made electromagnetic interference, according to a new study carried out by researchers in Europe. The unexpected effect was seen in European robins, which were unable to orient themselves in the presence of broadband, radiofrequency noise believed to be caused by AM radio and electronic signals. - Halil from Bookmarklet
How did Nicolaus Copernicus and other astronomers discover the secrets of the solar system?Today, we all know that the Sun lies at the center of the solar system. However, this way not always the case. Read More...
The Mystery behind How did the Universe originate? Man has always wondered how the Universe originated. A number of theories have been put forward to explain its origin.
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