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Three days in the life of Earth as seen by GOES-17, soon slated to be our latest operational weather satellite

By Tom Yulsman | November 18, 2018 6:53 pm
The newest U.S. weather satellite has moved into its operational position over the Pacific Ocean and is sending back stunning imagery despite a problem with its primary instrument.
You can get a taste of that imagery in the animation above, showing the full disk of our planet over three days between Nov. 19 and 22, 2018. Click the image, and then make sure to zoom in and explore.
Here’s another example of beautiful imagery from the satellite, designated GOES-17:
CATEGORIZED UNDER: EARTHREMOTE SENSINGSELECTTOP POSTSWEATHER

NEUROSKEPTIC

Medical Ethics: “When a Dying Patient Confesses to Murder”

By Neuroskeptic | November 18, 2018 2:51 pm
What should a doctor do if a dying patient confesses to killing people decades ago? This is the question posed by a fascinating case report in the Journal of Clinical Ethics, from New Zealand-based authors Laura Tincknell and colleagues.
The facts of the case are fairly straightforward. A 70-year old man with advanced cancer was expected to die imminently and was admitted to a hospital pallative care ward in severe pain. While being assessed by a junior doctor, the man expressed a wish  …
CATEGORIZED UNDER: ETHICSLAWPAPERSSELECTTOP POSTS
Source: Curio.xyz

CITIZEN SCIENCE SALON

Part Three of Curio Series: Q&A with Co-Founder, Conor Nugent

By Guest | November 18, 2018 1:09 pm
This post is part three of a three-part series about how Curio can help citizens recognize, appreciate, and care for the highly beneficial green spaces around them. Special thanks to Megan Ray Nichols for putting all this together. Portions of this interview appeared in part one of this series.
Part One | Part Two | Part Three
What are the goals of this project? Our goal is to help connect people with both their local environment and the people who care for it. With more and m …
CATEGORIZED UNDER: CITIZEN SCIENCEEDUCATIONENVIRONMENT
MORE ABOUT: CURIOTREESURBAN MAPS
Photo by Aleksejs Bergmanis

CITIZEN SCIENCE SALON

Part Two of Curio Series: A Word From Co-Founder, Paul Hickey

By Guest | November 18, 2018 1:02 pm
This post is part two of a three-part series about how Curio can help citizens recognize, appreciate, and care for the highly beneficial green spaces around them.
Part One | Part Two | Part Three
When I was 8 years old, a friend of mine fell from the very top of an extremely tall cypress tree. I remember it well, because he grabbed my arm as he toppled backwards and took me with him. If life were a cartoon, there would have been a whistling noise as we fell and just a tiny puff …
CATEGORIZED UNDER: CITIZEN SCIENCEEDUCATIONENVIRONMENT
MORE ABOUT: CURIOTREESURBAN MAPS
This is an image of a user of Curio.

CITIZEN SCIENCE SALON

Part One of Curio Series: Protect Urban Forests With Curio

By Guest | November 18, 2018 9:36 am
This post is part one of a three-part series about how Curio can help citizens recognize, appreciate, and care for the highly beneficial green spaces around them.
Part One | Part Two | Part Three
The word “forest” can conjure an image of distant, thickly wooded area, straight from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Curio, an app and website, brings trees a little closer to home. This is a platform for people worldwide to tell their own tree stories, discovering and mapping “ur …
CATEGORIZED UNDER: CITIZEN SCIENCEEDUCATIONENVIRONMENT
MORE ABOUT: CURIOTREESURBAN MAPS

THE CRUX

What Studying Primate Communication Tells Us About The Evolution of Human Language

By Bridget Alex | November 17, 2018 10:00 am
Kanzi is a linguistic all-star among apes. From an early age, the captive bonobo learned over 400 symbols representing words, which he points to, in order to communicate with people. He understands even more spoken English and basic grammar, and followed verbal directions as well as a 2-year-old human during a study conducted in the late 80s.
Having watched Kanzi clips more times than I care to admit, I’m ceaselessly amazed by his communication skills. But still, as the most linguistica …
CATEGORIZED UNDER: LIVING WORLDTOP POSTS
MORE ABOUT: EVOLUTIONLANGUAGEPRIMATE

D-BRIEF

SNAPSHOT: 3-D Printing Parts For Historic Ringling Bros Train Car

By Alison Mackey | November 17, 2018 9:00 am
Old train parts have been made new, thanks to the magic of 3-D printing. A project led by the University of South Florida is turning to the technology to help restore The Wisconsin, the personal train car of John Ringling, one of the founders of the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus. The 122-year old relic now resides at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida.
Of course, century-old train parts are hard to come by, and the train car’s lush interior has been long been closed to the  …
CATEGORIZED UNDER: TECHNOLOGYTOP POSTS

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Discovered under Greenland ice: a massive meteor impact crater the size of New York City

By Tom Yulsman | November 16, 2018 3:16 pm
A very curious feature has long been visible in satellite images of Greenland’s massive ice sheet, but until now, no one really knew for sure what formed it.
You can see the feature for yourself in the satellite image at right — look for the conspicuously semi-circular edge to the ice sheet.
As it turns out, that semi-circular shape hints at what’s below a layer of ice more than a half mile thick: a massive impact crater that has been hiding in plain site.
Research sh …
CATEGORIZED UNDER: UNCATEGORIZED
MORE ABOUT: GEOLOGY

D-BRIEF

The Bitter Truth: Coffee Lovers’ Love of Caffeine is Wired in their DNA

By Anna Groves | November 16, 2018 2:54 pm
Are you a coffee drinker? This banal get-to-know-you question becomes strange when you really think about the anticipated dichotomy of a firm yes or no answer. A few people might dabble in the delicious, charming, soul-warming beverage (you can see where my allegiances lie), but many more seem to either love or hate the bitter stuff.
People on either end of the coffee spectrum might think of the other, are you seriously tasting what I’m tasting? It would make sense if the answer was no …
CATEGORIZED UNDER: MIND & BRAINTOP POSTS
MORE ABOUT: SENSES

D-BRIEF

Simply Seeing and Smelling Food Preps the Liver for Digestion

By Amber Jorgenson | November 16, 2018 2:18 pm
After a long day’s work, sometimes you can’t help but drool over that hot, tempting meal sitting in front of you. Well, it turns out that your liver can’t either.
A new study published in Cell Reports on November 15 suggests that simply seeing and smelling food preps your body for delicious digestion. The research shows that the specific neurons activated in freshly-fed mice were also activated in mice exposed to just the sight and aroma of food. These inaccessible treats caused the …
CATEGORIZED UNDER: HEALTH & MEDICINETOP POSTS

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