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The Scary Sun Gets Some High Level Attention

I am glad to see that someone with a bit more influence that I have is worried about the oncoming active solar cycle. A severe solar storm has the potential to take down telecommunications and power grids, and the country needs … Continue reading

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Your Brain Just Got More Complicated

Much more complicated. Neurons are complicated, but the basic functional concept is that synapses transmit electrical signals to the dendrites and cell body (input), and axons carry signals away (output). In one of many surprise findings, Northwestern University scientists have … Continue reading

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Let There Not Be Light

scientists at Yale University have built the world’s first anti-laser, in which incoming beams of light interfere with one another in such a way as to perfectly cancel each other out. World’s first anti-laser built Yesterday upon the stair I … Continue reading

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The Sun is Getting Scary

A few days ago, the sun exploded. Well, not entirely, or you would have noticed, but it set off an X-class flare, the “X” being the designation for the most powerful of these explosions, which produced lovely auroras but also … Continue reading

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What is the Most Intelligent Creature on the Planet?

A six month old human. Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and … Continue reading

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Was the Stimulus a Dead Fish or a Live One?

Paul Krugman: the stimulus can’t have failed, because it never happened. Once you take state and local cutbacks into account, there was no surge of government spending. Here’s total (all levels) government spending over the past 10 years: The Great Abdication … Continue reading

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A Valentine’s Day Gift from the Planet!

Awwww. Thanks, Mother Earth. Aren’t you sweet. This gift comes to us via Earth Science Picture of the Day  

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