Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Study: 99.999% Certainty Humans Are Contributing To Global Warming


There is less than 1 chance in 100,000 that global average temperature over the past 60 years would have been as high without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, new research shows.

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97 Scientists Are Devoting 97 Hours To Debunking Climate Change Denial


Skeptical Science invited 97 of the world's top climate scientists to each write a short paragraph explaining why human-caused climate change is overwhelmingly accepted by the scientific community. It's called "97 Hours of Consensus," with a new statement going online every sixty minutes.

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Here's What Happens When You Don't Vaccinate


The latest figures: Between January 1 and August 29 of this year, nearly 600 confirmed measles cases were reported to the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The resurgence is the greatest the U.S. has seen since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000.

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Dreadnoughtus, A Newly Discovered Supermassive Dinosaur, By The Numbers


A newly discovered dinosaur named Dreadnoughtus schrani has laid claim to the title of world's largest terrestrial animal, thanks to the recovery of its "exceptionally complete" remains from Southern Patagonia, Argentina.

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What Spider-Man Would Really Look Like If He Was Drawn Like Spider-Woman


The image below, courtesy of The Oatmeal, is mildly NSFW (if clothed cartoon penis bothers you, then back away now) is a perfect summation of what's wrong with the variant Spider-Woman cover. This is the Spider-version of the gender-swapped boob window, and it's spot on.

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The First Successful Demonstration Of Brain-To-Brain Communication In Humans


For the first time ever, neuroscientists have demonstrated the viability of direct — and completely non-invasive — brain-to-brain communication in humans. Remarkably, the experiment allowed subjects to exchange mentally-conjured words despite being 5,000 miles apart.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Must Not Miss In September


September 2014 might just be the craziest month for new science fiction and fantasy books we've ever seen. We had a nearly impossible time whittling down our list of the month's most essential new titles. But here are 23 books that you absolutely cannot afford to miss this month.

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Monday, 8 September 2014

We are entering an era of acceptance for 'weird' pop culture


With the news over the weekend that Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing movie of 2014 in the US, it feels like we're seeing the start of something new in sci-fi and fantasy media - you don't have to hide your properties inherent 'weirdness' to find mainstream success any more.

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World's Largest Public Archive of SF And Fantasy Receives $3.5-Million


Earlier this month we learned that UC Riverside Library's Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy – the world's largest public reserve of SF/F books and materials – has come under threat by new management. Now, the Eaton Collection is the beneficiary of a $3.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

NASA Sets A 2018 Launch Date For The Rocket That Will Take Us To Mars


Three years after its unveiling, NASA managers have approved the development of the rocket that will carry astronauts into deep space.

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The Prisoner #1 Now Available


The long-awaited continuation of Marvel’s Dark Tower series is officially underway! Written by Robin Furth and Peter David, The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #1 is now available in comic book shops and as a digital download from Comixology.

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Library book dumping signals a new dark age


Sydney is not alone. Many of its books were given to the University of Western Sydney – and then dumped.

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

7 Things Librarians Are Tired of Hearing


We’ve all heard them. Probably more than once or twice. These are the reactions and responses librarians receive when they introduce themselves to those who aren’t in the field. It’s amazing how many people respond this way when I tell them I’m a librarian.

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Great Performances That Helped Prove Comic-Book Movies Could Be Art


Even among other genre films, comic-book movies used to be viewed as disposable pulpy fun. But we've now reached the point where serious A-list actors are vying for roles in superhero films. And actors are actually bringing their "A" game.

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The 10 Most Gruesome Torture Techniques From Medieval Europe


During the Middle Ages, torture was considered a legitimate way to extract confessions, punish offenders, and perform executions. Some methods were considerably crueler than others — these 10 being among the most barbaric and brutal.

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The Herd Mentality Of The Anti-Vaxxer Movement


It's not just the myth about autism that's driving down vaccination rates. Many parents believe that as long as most other children are vaccinated, their kids won't get sick.

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Lock In Is One Of John Scalzi's Most Accessible (And Relevant) Novels


In the near-future of John Scalzi's latest novel, Lock In, a pandemic called Haden's Syndrome sweeps the world. Some of its victims suffer flu-like symptoms, some die, and some experience 'Lock In', and are trapped in their own bodies, unable to move.

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Monday, 1 September 2014

XKCD Reveals Which Wikipedia Titles You Can Sing To The TMNT Theme Song


This is essential information we never realized we needed to know. Which Wikipedia article titles have the proper syllable count and stress pattern to sing to the tune of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? xkcd has the answer.

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How to Save the Net: Keep It Open


For all of its history, the Internet has enjoyed the fruits of an openness principle: the idea that anyone can reach any site online and that information and data should be freely exchangeable.

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How to Save the Net: A CDC for Cybercrime


The Internet may be made up of software and hardware, but it is an ecosystem that depends on a key human value: trust. The networks and systems must be able to trust the information we are sending, and in turn we have to be able to trust the information we receive.

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