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Why Launch An Airbnb For Event Spaces? Venues Just The “Tip Of The Spear” Says Eventup CEO

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LA-based, Science-backed startup Eventup launched this morning, providing people who want to rent or rent out spaces for events like parties and conferences with an easy-to-use platform from which to do so. In the same space as Venuetastic, but with a wider array of venue options that go beyond...
Why Launch An Airbnb For Event Spaces? Venues Just The “Tip Of The Spear” Says Eventup CEO

Revenge is ours: extracting energy from a cockroach

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I love science. The joy of discovery in pure research combines with applied science to leave me fantasizing about future technology. Add in the occasional WTF moment and the comedy inherent in poorly prepared presentations, and you have the perfect occupation. Unfortunately, science sometimes attracts people who pull the...
Revenge is ours: extracting energy from a cockroach
Replica Portal Gun goes up for pre-order in Japan

Now This Is Interesting: A Climate Prediction From 1981

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It is very much worth checking out an item on Real Climate, from two Dutch scientists. They have found a paper by James Hansen and others from 1981, before climate change was even an occasion for political disagreement.Hansen is now famous in the world of climate studies, and infamous to...
Now This Is Interesting: A Climate Prediction From 1981

For cold water corals, warming is beating acidification to drive a growth spurt

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The release of excess CO2 from the combustion of fossil fuels, deforestation, and other processes doesn’t just affect our air; it also affects our oceans. The oceans absorb as much as 30 percent of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which lowers their pH. Thus, our emissions have...
For cold water corals, warming is beating acidification to drive a growth spurt

Marketplace For Event Venues ‘Eventup’ Brings In 1.8M From Lightbank, NEA And More

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Like an Airbnb but for events spaces, Eventup is announcing a $1.8 million seed round today, with financing led by Eric Lefkofsky’s Lightbank and followed on by NEA, Crosscut Ventures, New World Ventures and others including LA-based incubator Science. While startups like Venuetastic have the bars part of the events...
Marketplace For Event Venues ‘Eventup’ Brings In 1.8M From Lightbank, NEA And More

Copyright defendant: Porn may be, um, unprotected

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A woman accused of illegally downloading porn strikes back by claiming that it doesn't promote science or useful arts and therefore can't be copyrighted....
Copyright defendant: Porn may be, um, unprotected

6 Skills Every Startup Team Needs

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So many tech startups begin the same way: One founder, one dream and a plan to make it happen. Most businesses stay that way - there are many more solo entrepreneurs than business owners with employees. But to succeed, most startups need a much broader set of skills and...
6 Skills Every Startup Team Needs

VIDEO: The science of smiling

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Why software that can interpret human feelings is the future...
VIDEO: The science of smiling

How Big Data Gets Real

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Big Data is moving up a classic modern curve, from discovery to science, and on to engineering and mass use. We are not as far along as a lot of people selling the boom would have you believe, but lots of good businesses are being built that will make a...
How Big Data Gets Real

This Tesla coil gun will shock you

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Inspired by a graphic novel, one author-turned-mad-scientist creates a steampunk shooter that fires sparks in the name of science. [Read more]...
This Tesla coil gun will shock you

Why A Case Testing The Theory That Porn Cannot Be Covered By Copyright Could Be Important

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It really was just a few months ago, that we noted an interesting footnote in a legal ruling, in which a judge speculated briefly on the question of whether or not porn can be covered by copyright. There have been a few courts that have suggested, in fact, that pornography...
Why A Case Testing The Theory That Porn Cannot Be Covered By Copyright Could Be Important

World's collide as Super Mario Bros and Portal become Mari0 (video)

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Remember when the amalgamation of Super Mario Bros and a Portal gun seemed like the most amazing, yet impossibly lucid pipe dream? As it turns out, the cake named "Mari0" by developer-house Stabyourself actually wasn't a lie. But lest you thought this just a redo of Super Mario Bros...
World's collide as Super Mario Bros and Portal become Mari0 (video)

Google Earth adds balloon and kite aerial imagery, invites you to contribute

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Google Earth already offers quite a variety of ways to explore the planet, but the folks in Mountain View never seem content to leave things alone for long. Their latest addition is some aerial imagery of a slightly different sort -- images shot from ordinary balloons and kites. That...
Google Earth adds balloon and kite aerial imagery, invites you to contribute
Seeing a power law in data doesn't make it real

VIDEO: How Apple's cash could help science

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Physicist Brian Cox on why he thinks the computer giant Apple could help science with its cash mountain....
VIDEO: How Apple's cash could help science
Reconnaissance agency offers NASA two Hubble-class telescopes

New RFID tags ditch the antenna to improve tracking on metal surfaces

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Researchers at North Dakota State University have developed an RFID tag that neatly solves the the problem of metallic interference — it uses the metal it's attached to as an antenna. Traditional RFID tags contain both an integrated circuit and antenna for broadcasting information. While this works well for...
New RFID tags ditch the antenna to improve tracking on metal surfaces

‘Girls Who Code’ Seeks to Train Women for Tech Fields

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A shortage of female workers in science and engineering has long posed an image problem for Silicon Valley. Now a one-time congressional candidate is trying to make a difference....
‘Girls Who Code’ Seeks to Train Women for Tech Fields

Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete?

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"I think at some point you need to provoke people. Science is meant to make people uncomfortable."...
Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete?

Reverse alchemy: replacing precious platinum with ignoble iron

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Homogeneous catalysis, in which the catalyst is mixed directly in with the reaction components, sees widespread use in industrial settings. The catalysts themselves are often complex organometallic compounds that contain a precious metal atom/ion—platinum, rhodium, palladium, rhenium—at their molecular center. From an engineering standpoint, a reactor for a homogeneously catalyzed...
Reverse alchemy: replacing precious platinum with ignoble iron

Scientists develop rewritable digital storage built into DNA; biological binary exists

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We've seen DNA flirt with computing and storage before, but a biological system that can record digital data? That's something different. Stanford researchers used natural enzymes to create rewritable data storage built directly into living cells' DNA. The enzymes can flip DNA sequences back and forth, enabling a programmable,...
Scientists develop rewritable digital storage built into DNA; biological binary exists

Another reason to buy gold: nanoparticles help to kill brain tumors

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Stanford scientists have used lab-made gold nanoparticles to highlight malignant tissue in the brain, making it easier for surgeons to cut out tumors while leaving healthy bits in tact. Measuring just five millionths of an inch in diameter, these tiny glistening orbs are injected into the patient and then...
Another reason to buy gold: nanoparticles help to kill brain tumors
Un-Personalize Yahoo With Its New Editorial Algorithm Visualization

Nature Editorial: If you want reproducible science, the software needs to be open source

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Modern scientific and engineering research relies heavily on computer programs, which analyze experimental data and run simulations. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a scientific paper (outside of pure theory) that didn’t involve code in some way. Unfortunately, most code written for research remains closed, even if...
Nature Editorial: If you want reproducible science, the software needs to be open source
A lack of sex drives flies to drink

Help To Save The World: Go Online

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Too often we read that the Internet is making us stupid or fat, or destroying the "fabric of society." Indeed, judging by the all the digital jeremiads it's a wonder that anybody dares to use it at all, since it's clearly irredeemably bad in every way. So it's refreshing to...
Help To Save The World: Go Online
More evidence links a family of insecticides to bee colony collapse

Link between cell phones and cancer may be unjustified

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A new U.K. science review says not to worry about brain tumors while chatting on mobile phones because "evidence overall has not demonstrated any adverse effects on human health." [Read more]...
Link between cell phones and cancer may be unjustified

Facebook's Ads Are Terrible, It's Amazing The Company Will Do $4 Billion In Ad Sales -- Analyst

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Skip the Facebook IPO unless you can buy it at the pricing range of $28-$35 , says BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield, in a big report (paywalled). Based on Greenfield's model, he thinks the company will be trading at $41.50 in twelve months, therefore buying the IPO at the high end...
Facebook's Ads Are Terrible, It's Amazing The Company Will Do $4 Billion In Ad Sales -- Analyst
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