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    Choose your cutlery carefully: what you eat with changes how food tastes - Science Sushi | DiscoverMagazine.com

    In a study published today in the open access journal Flavour, Harrar and Spence show that even something as overlooked as our cutlery can change our perception of foods.

    Eating with a heavy spoon made participants feel the yogurt was cheaper, less dense, and generally less likeable, even though they rated it as sweeter. Literally, the feel of a spoonful of yogurt altered how rich the yogurt tasted. The authors suggest that this was in part due to prior expectations: because plastic spoons are usually light, the heavier spoons clashed with expectations, and that mental discontinuity affected the taste of the food itself.

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    BBC News - Mouse cloned from drop of blood

    This week, scientists cloned a mouse from cells found in a drop of mouse blood. That's different from other cloned mice, whose creation relied on more invasive sampling from the liver, bone marrow, and lymph nodes (read: the original animal was euthanized). Cloning mice is valuable for scientific research — it's handy to have your subjects be as alike one another as possible. Now, scientists have a way to do that without having to kill the original mouse.

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    What the Night Sky Would Look Like If the Other Planets Were as Close as the Moon - Atlantic Mobile

    Space artist Ron Miller has created a series of images that illustrate the sizes of the other planets in our solar system in a way that makes them a bit more accessible, showing what they would look like if they were 240,000 miles away -- the approximate distance of the moon from the Earth.
    'Dat Jupiter.
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    Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways | The Verge

    These "brain-eating amoebas" — known to doctors and scientists as Naegleria fowleri, or N. fowleri — aren’t believed to kill often. In the US, researchers estimate that between three and eight people die from N. fowleri disease, commonly referred to as PAM (primary amebic meningoencephalitis) each year. But that might not be the case for long. In recent years, N. fowleri has popped up in unexpected locations, which some experts suggest is a sign that warmer waters — caused by brutal summer heat waves and rising temperatures across the country — are catalyzing their spread.

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    World’s first telescopic contact lens gives you Superman-like vision | ExtremeTech

    An international team of researchers have created the first telescopic contact lens; a contact lens that, when it’s equipped, gives you the power to zoom your vision almost three times.

    The main breakthrough is that this telescopic contact lens is just 1.17mm thick, allowing it to be comfortably worn. Other attempts at granting telescopic vision have included: a 4.4mm-thick contact lens (too thick for real-world use), telescopic spectacles (cumbersome and ugly), and most recently a telescopic lens implanted into the eye itself. The latter is currently the best option currently available, but it requires surgery and the image quality isn’t excellent.
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    Obviously, these scientists don't realize that x-ray vision or heat vision would be much more fun, Superman-wise.
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    Incan mummies were drunk before death http://www.the-scientist.com/?articl...-Before-Death/

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexisyque View Post
    Incan mummies were drunk before death http://www.the-scientist.com/?articl...-Before-Death/
    Early in the article, the reporter writes this:

    Three Inca children found mummified in a shrine near the peak of a 6,700-meter Argentinian volcano consumed vast quantities of corn alcohol and coca, the plant from which cocaine is derived…
    In the next paragraph, the reporter then writes the following:

    … researchers discovered that the children ingested alcohol and cocaine for about a year before their death…
    Considering the mummies are from the late 15th to early 16th century, and the process for refinement of cocaine was not invented until the mid-19th century, it is unlikely the children ingested cocaine. The reporter either mistakenly or sensationalistically transmogrified the presence of coca into cocaine. There is a really big difference between natural coca and refined cocaine, although the cocaine is derived from the coca plant; and I have a feeling it's incorrect to transpose them.

    Sorry for the rant. For some reason, I'm on a crusade against poor journalism lately most of the time.

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