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The bacteria that turns water into ice. Meet Pseudomonas syringae, a bacterium that causes disease in plants and helps make snow machines work.

The bacteria that turns water into ice

It all has to do with ice nucleation — the process that forms ice crystals in the atmosphere and, thus, snow. You probably know that raindrops and snowflakes form around something. There's always a central nucleus that serves as the backbone of the water molecule structure. Usually, when people talk about this process, they use soot or some other kind of particulate matter as the example of what a nucleus can be. But bacteria can also become the nucleus of a snowflake. Supercooled Helium Does Things That Don't Seem Possible. We all know helium as a gas for blowing up balloons and making people talk like chipmunks.

Supercooled Helium Does Things That Don't Seem Possible

It's also incredibly important as a coolant for medical devices and scientific instrumentation. However, what is less known is that helium has two different liquid states, one of which is truly strange, bordering on creepy. Helium I occurs between 2.18° and 4.22° Kelvin (that is -270.97°C to -268.93°C ). It has a few quirks of its own. For one thing it is almost impossible to see, so that scientists float things in it just to be able to work out where the surface is. Pokemon Artificial Intelligence Is Smarter Than You. Jellyfish are the most energy-efficient swimmers, new metric confirms.

When a man is tired of London house prices. ‘Since Londoners cannot seem to stop asking, “Is there a bubble?”

When a man is tired of London house prices

, I’ve been trying to figure out the answer’ I predicted the UK house price slump of 2007. I was even planning to devote an episode of my BBC2 series to the subject back in 2006, until my producers demanded a different topic. They argued that house prices would assuredly keep rising, so I would seem silly. The economics of apologies. Apologies are often hard – that’s the point.

The economics of apologies

An apology is due when trust is broken, and to restore trust the apology must be hard. This column discusses a model of apologies as costly signals with some recent experimental evidence. Following the recent wave of apologies by politicians,1 celebrities,2 and in particular by firms,3 there have been numerous commentaries about the nature of apology – in particular how it is pointless and overused.

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IBM's Watson Can Now Debate Its Opponents

What is understanding if not collating and acting on that information based on past assumptions, biological or socialogical programming. IBM's Watson Can Now Debate Its Opponents. Chomsky on Zizek and Lacan. 2048 - Hard. Join the numbers and get to the 2048 tile!

2048 - Hard

Note: this is not the original game, but one modified so the 2s and 4s appear in the worst place possible. To play the original game go here. Cubic Curve Calculator. A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science. A brief detour from chemistry, branching out into science in general today.

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science

This graphic looks at the different factors that can contribute towards ‘bad’ science – it was inspired by the research I carried out for the recent aluminium chlorohydrate graphic, where many articles linked the compound to causing breast cancer, referencing scientific research which drew questionable conclusions from their results. The vast majority of people will get their science news from online news site articles, and rarely delve into the research that the article is based on. Personally, I think it’s therefore important that people are capable of spotting bad scientific methods, or realising when articles are being economical with the conclusions drawn from research, and that’s what this graphic aims to do. Note that this is not a comprehensive overview, nor is it implied that the presence of one of the points noted automatically means that the research should be disregarded.

Scientists Discover New Shape When Playing With Rubber Bands. What do you yet when you cross a rubber band with an octopus?

Scientists Discover New Shape When Playing With Rubber Bands

A whole new shape, it turns out, with perversions. The Harvard researchers who made the discovery were seeking to make springs. They glued two strips of uneven length together and stretched them out while clipped at each end with strings thin enough that the strips could rotate freely. As the force stretching the strips out decreased the strips started to wind up like a telephone cord (ask someone over 30). While the new shape resembles a double helix the team noticed it had what they call perversions (see image above). Mantis Shrimp-Inspired Material is Stronger than Airplanes. The mighty, mighty mantis shrimp is a colorful and fearsome predator that can smash its opponent (and aquariums walls) to pieces using its arms that are covered with hard exoskeleton.

Mantis Shrimp-Inspired Material is Stronger than Airplanes

Researchers hoping to harness its power have now created a material that’s stronger than what’s used in airplane frames. Also known as a stomatopd (Odontodactylus scyllarus), the 4 to 6-inch long smashing predator has a fist-like “mineralized dactyl club” that can withstand thousands of high-velocity blows, which it delivers to its prey. The Great Filter. Sept. 15, 1998 by Robin Hanson Humanity seems to have a bright future, i.e., a non-trivial chance of expanding to fill the universe with lasting life.

The Great Filter

But the fact that space near us seems dead now tells us that any given piece of dead matter faces an astronomically low chance of begating such a future. There thus exists a great filter between death and expanding lasting life, and humanity faces the ominous question: how far along this filter are we? Combining standard stories of biologists, astronomers, physicists, and social scientists would lead us to expect a much smaller filter than we observe.

Lab gets funding to put 3D goggles on praying mantises. It sounds like the kind of research project that a future a Congressman might hold up as an example of wasteful government spending: gluing a praying mantis to a stick and putting mini-3D goggles on it. But this project is very real and pretty neat, and it should actually tell us something about neurobiology. (Plus, it's all being funded by a private foundation.) Symbol addition by monkeys provides evidence for normalized quantity coding. Author Affiliations Edited* by Jon H. Kaas, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, and approved March 28, 2014 (received for review March 4, 2014) Significance Symbol-literate monkeys can be trained to combine, or add, pairs of large numbers. Kevlar. New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins. Music information retrieval.

Music information retrieval (MIR) is the interdisciplinary science of retrieving information from music. MIR is a small but growing field of research with many real-world applications. Those involved in MIR may have a background in musicology, psychology, academic music study, signal processing, machine learning or some combination of these. Applications of MIR[edit] MIR is being used by businesses and academics to categorize, manipulate and even create music.

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