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It"s been a while since BPotD has featured a contribution from frequent commenter Eric in SF@Flickr, so here"s one from his weekend trip to Point Reyes, California (original image via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool). If you"re a relatively recent reader of BPotD, you may not know that Eric also runs orchidphotos.org. Thanks again
Including all of its five subspecies, Orobanche californica (or California broomrape) is native from........Go to the Science-blog
(Added on 8/27/2010 11:08:11 PM)
The integration of single-spin magnetoelectronics into standard silicon technology may soon be possible, if experiments confirm a new theoretical prediction by physicists at the Naval Research Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The scientists predict that a family of well-known silicon surfaces, stabilized by small amounts of gold atoms, is intrinsically magnetic despite having no magnetic elements. None of these surfaces has........Go to the New-technology-blog
(Added on 8/26/2010 11:19:36 PM)
Origin of Large Underwater Hydrocarbon Plume
Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have detected a plume of hydrocarbons at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a residue of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The 1.2-mile-wide, 650-foot-high plume of trapped hydrocarbons was detected during a ten day subsurface sampling effort from June 19-28, 2010........Go to the Science-blog
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Failure better teacher than success
While success is surely sweeter than failure, it seems failure is a far better teacher, and organizations that fail spectacularly often flourish more in the long run, as per a newly released study by Vinit Desai, assistant professor of management at the University of Colorado Denver Business School.
Desai's research, reported in the Academy of Management Journal, focused on companies and organizations that launch satellites, rockets and........Go to the Media-blog
(Added on 8/24/2010 7:11:19 AM)
It might seem counterintuitive to craft a feature-length documentary around a viral clip concerning one man"s explicit outtakes during a 1989 industrial video production, but Winnebago Man director, producer and cowriter Ben Steinbauer has truly made an entertaining portrait with a complicated range of emotions
Jack Rebney is the most famous man you"ve never heard of-an RV salesman whose hilarious, foul-mouthed outbursts circulated........Go to the Media-blog
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New system to reduce heating costs in cold climates
A new type of heat pump being developed at Purdue University could allow residents in cold climates to cut their heating bills in half.
The research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, builds on prior work that began about five years ago at Purdue's Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, said James Braun, a professor of mechanical engineering.
Heat pumps provide heating in winter and cooling in summer but are not efficient in extreme cold........Go to the Science-blog
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How the first step affects
Energy from hydrogen researchers from all over the world work on this solution to overcome the energy crisis. Amongst other things they try to use the sunlight as driving force for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen. In trying to copy the photosynthesis in the laboratory a team of researchers of the Universities of Jena and Erlangen-Nrnberg and of the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena (Gera number of) made a huge........Go to the Science-blog
(Added on 6/24/2010 11:02:24 PM)
Why SEO Is Harder Than It Used to Be
Remember the good ole days when having an informative title for your Internet page was enough to get you ranked pretty high in the search engines and (as a result) drive traffic to your site? That was a decade ago - in 2000. Bill Clinton was President, Destiny's Child had a couple of hit singles, and the St. Louis Rams won Superbowl XXXIV that year. Things have changed a lot since then.
Daily SEO Tip recently........Go to the Media-blog
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Whole Life or Term Life Insurance?
© madnzanyWhen it comes time for you to consider buying life insurance, you will want to buy life insurance that will meet your needs the best. This means that you will need to consider term vs. whole life insurance. They are quite different in how they work and in costs, too.
Term life insurance is clearly the more affordable option of the two. It will cost considerably less than whole life because it has very little in the way of........Go to the Media-blog
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Men are more vulnerable to relationship ups and downs
Contrary to popular belief, the ups and downs of romantic relationships have a greater effect on the mental health of young men than women, as per a newly released study by a Wake Forest University sociology professor.
In the study of more than 1,000 unmarried young adults between the ages of 18 and 23, Wake Forest Professor of Sociology Robin Simon challenges the long-held assumption that women are more vulnerable to the emotional........Go to the Media-blog
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When it comes to security, think 'natural'
Security systems could be more effective if officials looked at how organisms deal with threats in the natural world, University of Arizona scientists suggest in the May 20 edition of the journal Nature
The authors are working with security and disaster management officials to help put some of their recommendations such as decentralizing forces and forming alliances into practice.
"Anytime you have the illusion of full security, you get........Go to the Media-blog
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Detecting fake wine vintages
Two decades of atomic bomb testing in the atmosphere are yielding an unexpected bonus for consumers, researchers reported here today at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). It's a new test to determine whether that Bordeaux or burgundy is from a fine vintage year and commands premium price or actually is a counterfeit vin ordinaire or cheap plonk worth much less.
Graham Jones, Ph.D., who headed the research,........Go to the Science-blog
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Mobile Phone Service Providers Look To Snare New Customers With Free Gadgets
As technology in the mobile phone industry has advanced so rapidly over the last 12 months - particularly with the advent of many new smart phones - and with such a large selection of similar handsets available from different manufacturers offering similar features at equally competitive tariffs, mobile phone service providers are now seeking new marketing angles and unique selling points in order to try and differentiate themselves in a highly........Go to the New-technology-blog
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Today"s BPotD is the second in the series of BPotD"s contribution to the 2010 UBC Celebrate Research Week
Lindsay organized today"s entry, selected the links, and introduces Dr. Suzanne Simard
Dr. Suzanne Simard is a professor with the UBC Faculty of Forestry, where she lectures on and researches the role of mycorrhizae and mycorrhizal networks in tree species migrations with climate change disturbance. Networks of mycorrhizal fungal........Go to the Science-blog
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A Guide to Choosing from Different Types of Headsets
Technology is so advanced these days that life is becoming more and more effortless with each passing day. Take for example the recent introduction of G4 Bluetooth by Cardo Systems. These little devices are basically designed for bikers so that they can converse with each other while riding on the same bike or on different bikes. Hence, even bikers also can keep in touch with each other while riding bikes. There are different types of headsets........Go to the New-technology-blog
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Information is Good, But It Can Also Steal Your Soul
Seth Godin had a blog post a week or so ago about data - and how everyone wants more data, so they can prove their point.
We live in the Information Age now. There's a common misconception that we entered the Informatin Age as a byproduct of computers. But we had an infatuation with data before computers were very common. It makes me think of the McNamara Fallacy, named for Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. At a time when computers........Go to the Media-blog
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Genes, environment, or chance?
Biologists attribute variations among individual organisms to differences in genes or environment, or both. But a newly released study of nematode worms with identical genes, raised in identical environments, has revealed another factor: chance.
It's another source of variation for researchers to consider. "Scientists have been exploring whether organisms evolve different ways to cope with genetic and environmental variation," said author........Go to the Science-blog
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