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    Were gerbils, not black rats, the carriers of the fleas infected with Yersinia pestis? Gerbils and Silk Road to blame for plague - life - 23 February 2015 - New Scientist
    Very interesting.
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    02-24-2015 04:49 AM
  2. SpO BoB's Avatar
    And I thought supper massive black hole was just a song...

    Black hole's blast stunts birth of stars - BBC News
    Very interesting :)
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    02-24-2015 11:48 AM
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    This was a great study to read about. However I found it first on The Guardian... which had a lot ignoramuses on it. Thankfully I found it here.

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/...lihood-allergy
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    02-26-2015 10:29 AM
  4. spideymaniac's Avatar
    Wow there's a topic like this? Interesting, gonna check some links here, thanks!
    02-26-2015 10:30 AM
  5. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Cool! I mean... um don't know what I mean.... I just found another reason to like chillies. :P

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/...vered?tgt=more
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    02-26-2015 10:34 AM
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    02-27-2015 08:27 AM
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    And when the Romans arrived they promptly asked "Where is our bread?"☺
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    02-27-2015 09:09 AM
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    That would be interesting.

    There's a website that's dedicated to battery technology - Basic to Advanced Battery Information from Battery University

    Though I appreciate the resource I think it's managed to confuse people more rather than help. The articles tend to be a bit on the technical side, even the conclusions. A lay person can easily get the wrong information out of it.

    I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to stress about battery life and just enjoy using my phone. I'll keep the main tips in mind when using my phone but on the whole I don't plan to got out of my way to be 100% perfect. That's too stressful.

    What I wrote on another thread over on AC was this when discussing batteries.

    Basically the simple premise is this if you want to keep your battery in the best of health.

    - Keep it at room temperature. Li-ion batteries hate extremes.
    - Don't keep it on charge, if you need to charge it over night it's better to get a charger that shuts off. Charging also increases temperature.
    - Don't fully discharge the battery on a regular basis. Only do this once a month.
    - Don't fully charge the phone all the time. Apparently 80% to a discharge of 40% is optimal life. Doesn't mean you can't charge your phone to 100% but your battery will degrade quicker.

    That's a quick summary for anyone who might wander by. :)
    Thanks for this. :)
    03-01-2015 07:52 AM
  9. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    So big sea creatures are the norm.

    Evolution 'favours bigger sea creatures' - BBC News
    That's pretty interesting. I always thought that sea creatures could afford to be bigger in size because of the support offered by the water in which they live. I don't think I read that in the article though. I guess my assumption only makes a little sense, but wouldn't be the main reason. Otherwise, the ocean would be full of gigantic organisms of every kind from blue whales to giant phytoplankton.
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    03-01-2015 07:59 AM
  10. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Watched this with my almost 5 year old yesterday....
    Owl Power ~ Full Episode | Nature | PBS

    Learnt some amazing stuff about owls...really fascinating...
    Let my class watch that episode too. I had no idea that owls were so awesome! :) And we were really blown away by the evolutionary design of their faces...like satellite dishes to focus sound to their offset ears! Awesome! I have to say, that we were all very jealous of the two people in the show because they had so many awesome pets too. ha ha
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    03-01-2015 08:03 AM
  11. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Match goes to Jimmy Kimmel and life-saving vaccines. ha ha If you have not seen this, please take five minutes to watch. Very funny, sarcastic, and true.
    I especially like the bit about people in Los Angeles being more afraid of gluten than measles. lol Crazy people in this world.

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    03-01-2015 08:08 AM
  12. horseybob's Avatar
    LOL! And tell your kids it's Ok to smoke...
    03-01-2015 04:52 PM
  13. worldspy99's Avatar
    Let my class watch that episode too. I had no idea that owls were so awesome! :) And we were really blown away by the evolutionary design of their faces...like satellite dishes to focus sound to their offset ears! Awesome! I have to say, that we were all very jealous of the two people in the show because they had so many awesome pets too. ha ha

    I'm glad I posted that link 😊
    03-01-2015 05:04 PM
  14. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Ya know, I'm really sick of that gold/white/blue/black dress, but I did think it was kind of a neat little trick on the brain. Anyway, I watched this show last night, and it touched on just how easy our senses are fooled. Pretty interesting watch if you have 45 minutes to spare. :)

    Brain Games | Season 1 Episode 1 | "Watch This"
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    03-04-2015 07:51 AM
  15. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Here is another cool little brain trick video. See if you can notice all of the changes that take place. I noticed a few, but was really shocked at just how much I missed.

    http://sploid.gizmodo.com/this-cleve...ium=socialflow
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    03-04-2015 07:54 AM
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    03-04-2015 11:40 AM
  17. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    So basically, I learned that my American diet is very, very bland. ha ha I do love Indian food though. Just don't get to eat it much. Not too many authentic Indian restaurants here in Northwest Arkansas. :P
    03-04-2015 11:50 AM
  18. worldspy99's Avatar
    So basically, I learned that my American diet is very, very bland. ha ha I do love Indian food though. Just don't get to eat it much. Not too many authentic Indian restaurants here in Northwest Arkansas. :P
    For that matter most Indian restaurants serve typical North Indian restaurant food. People in North India don't eat a bulk of those dishes on a daily basis in their homes...If you ever come to LA ping me...I can recommend some good places. Also if Atlanta is not too far for you, there are some really good authentic - regional restaurants tucked away in a strip mall which are very very good. Same with Boston, VA, NYC etc.
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    03-04-2015 12:38 PM
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    I recently just discovered the new Brain Games series! Who remembers the original? I used to watch it every monday in elementary school. Looking back, I'm assuming it was because my teacher was too hung over to teach on Mondays...
    03-04-2015 04:27 PM
  20. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    For that matter most Indian restaurants serve typical North Indian restaurant food. People in North India don't eat a bulk of those dishes on a daily basis in their homes...If you ever come to LA ping me...I can recommend some good places. Also if Atlanta is not too far for you, there are some really good authentic - regional restaurants tucked away in a strip mall which are very very good. Same with Boston, VA, NYC etc.


    Yeah... kinda like our "Mexican" restaurants here. haha
    Thanks! I will definitely be in touch of I'm in either of those places in the near future.
    03-04-2015 04:44 PM
  21. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I recently just discovered the new Brain Games series! Who remembers the original? I used to watch it every monday in elementary school. Looking back, I'm assuming it was because my teacher was too hung over to teach on Mondays...


    Never watched the original. The reboot is pretty good though.
    03-04-2015 04:46 PM
  22. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Discovery of jaw by ASU team sheds light on early human ancestor
    https://asunews.asu.edu/20150304-asu...ssil-discovery
    03-05-2015 12:40 AM
  23. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    So basically, I learned that my American diet is very, very bland. ha ha I do love Indian food though. Just don't get to eat it much. Not too many authentic Indian restaurants here in Northwest Arkansas. :P
    For that matter most Indian restaurants serve typical North Indian restaurant food. People in North India don't eat a bulk of those dishes on a daily basis in their homes...If you ever come to LA ping me...I can recommend some good places. Also if Atlanta is not too far for you, there are some really good authentic - regional restaurants tucked away in a strip mall which are very very good. Same with Boston, VA, NYC etc.
    That's a shame, but there aren't any good Indian restaurants around here either. The only one I know of is called Jaipur Junction, and it's an all you can eat buffet, so it has to be terrible.

    India is a huge country, so why there aren't any restaurants that serve foods from other parts of India here in the US is odd.

    I watched a show with Anthony Bourdain, where he travelled to different parts of India, and the food looked delicious, and it was very different across the country.

    I'd really like to try Indian food, but not something from an all you can eat buffet! I'd prefer quality, not quantity.
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    03-05-2015 01:02 AM
  24. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Here is another cool little brain trick video. See if you can notice all of the changes that take place. I noticed a few, but was really shocked at just how much I missed.

    Wow, this video has totally screwed up my brain
    I picked up some changes but I missed so much. I knew that would happen but I didn't think it was going to be that bad...
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    03-05-2015 04:19 AM
  25. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Discovery of jaw by ASU team sheds light on early human ancestor
    https://asunews.asu.edu/20150304-asu...ssil-discovery
    Hopefully they find more parts of a skeleton. Would be nice to get a fuller picture.

    Knowing quite a bit about evolution due to the books and videos I've read I'm not sure what I think of this statement.

    “One of the persistent questions that people have, and not just specialists, but everyone wonders about where did we come from? What are our ultimate origins?”

    Our ultimate origins are single cell bacteria.... if you go back about 4 billion years. Not entirely sure what he meant by that but I'm assuming he's referring to just homo sapiens evolution. In which case the 'ultimate' find is the ancestor closest to the branching point between other apes and us.
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 03-05-2015 at 07:04 AM.
    03-05-2015 04:48 AM
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