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October 10, 2014

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12:26 PM | Rediscovering Regina Derieva
Cynthia Haven at the Times Literary Supplement: The Russian poet Regina Derieva was born on the Black Sea in Odessa, and enjoyed the shifting rhythms of the sea: “Water is the ideal apparel. However many times you get into it,...
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11:41 AM | Regarding Diptychs
Eric Dean Wilson at The American Reader: Generally, a diptych is two panels of equal size joined together by some device, usually a hinge. The form follows a long tradition that began in late Western antiquity, when Romans appointed to...
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10:58 AM | Friday Poem
Ask The Moon 1 Wakeful past 3 a.m. near the frontiers of Nothing it’s easy, so easy to imagine (like William Blake) an archaic angel standing askew in a cone of light not of this world; easy at this cheating...
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10:37 AM | Yeah, Baby! Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Alan Cowell in the New York Times: Reaching across gulfs of age, gender, faith, nationality and even international celebrity, the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday awarded the 2014 peace prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India,...
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9:55 AM | Salman Rushdie condemns 'hate-filled rhetoric' of Islamic fanaticism
Anita Singh in The Telegraph: Accusations of 'Islamophobia' are being levelled at anyone who dares to speak out against the "hate-filled rhetoric" of Islamic fanaticism, Salman Rushdie has claimed in a speech condemning Isil and "this new age of religious...
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9:48 AM | A little knowledge: The significance of expertise passed on by direct contact
Editorial in Nature: For the last two decades of the twentieth century, a cold war rumbled on between the laboratories of physicists in Moscow and in the West over the quality of sapphire. The Russian scientists claimed to have measured...

October 09, 2014

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3:36 PM | joseph Cornell: the boxes, the films
Stefany Anne Golberg at The Smart Set: Less known are Cornell’s films; they are Cornell’s boxes in motion. The films are collages of industrial, scientific and home movies purchased from fellow collectors or pillaged from the trash bins of New...
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3:29 PM | He Has His Tools and Chemicals: A David Lynch Retrospective
Jonathan P. Eburne at the Los Angeles Review of Books: On the occasion of two major retrospective events in David Lynch’s career, we can return anew to Twin Peaks, in advance of the Showtime series. In late July, CBS and...
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3:24 PM | In one of the harshest camps for refugees of the Syrian conflict
Joshua Hersh at Virginia Quarterly Review: Refugees and the displaced never have it good, but by all accounts the conditions at Atmeh by late 2012, when its population was estimated at roughly 15,000 people, were especially wretched. (Atmeh’s population is...
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2:20 PM | Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?
Researchers are divided over what processes should be considered fundamental. From Nature: Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? Yes, urgently Without an extended evolutionary framework, the theory neglects key processes, say Kevin Laland and colleagues. Charles Darwin conceived of evolution...
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2:13 PM | The Diversity of Islam
Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times: A few days ago, I was on a panel on Bill Maher’s television show on HBO that became a religious war. Whether or not Islam itself inspires conflict, debates about it certainly do....
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1:46 PM | Debate: Are we alone in the cosmos?
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1:12 PM | The moment of uncertainty
An interview of Robert Crease, historian and philosopher of science at Stony Brook University, New York, on the cultural impact of Heisenberg’s principle on homunculus: What led Heisenberg to formulate the uncertainty principle? Was it something that fell out of...
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1:07 PM | The upside down world paradox
By Catarina Dutilh NovaesAs most kids (I suspect), my daughters sometimes play ‘upside down world’, especially when I ask them something to which they should say ‘yes’, but instead they say ‘no’ and immediately regret it: ‘Upside down world!’ The upside down world game basically functions as a truth-value flipping operator: if you say yes, you mean no, and if you say no, you mean yes.My younger daughter recently came across the upside down […]
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1:00 PM | THE LIFE OF A DESIGNER CELL
Oliver Morton in MoreIntelligentLife: The clear plastic bags contain a liquid somewhere between orange and pink; quite fetching, but more importantly an indication that the alkalinity is just right. They sit on metal shelves in a small, steel-lined room which,...
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12:54 PM | New ‘lab-on-a-chip’ could revolutionize early diagnosis of cancer
From KurzweilAI: A new miniaturized biomedical “lab-on-a-chip” testing device for exosomes — molecular messengers between cells — promises faster, earlier, less-invasive diagnosis of cancer, according to its developers at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Kansas...
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10:23 AM | Thursday Poem
Forgetfulness . The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one...
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9:02 AM | Another legal defeat for NZ anti-fluoridation activists
The NZ High Court has thrown out the appeal from an anti-fluoride group against the decision rejecting their request for a decision against community water fluoridation. The original case claimed that fluoridation violated human rights legislation and was beyond the … Continue reading →
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7:56 AM | Saved version for direct download of the chemlambda gui
It appears that the site which hosts my chemlambda gui is down. Here is a save of the the playall archive for the chemlambda gui. You may use it if the original site is down.  Instructions about how to use it in this video: Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: chemlambda, gui
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12:09 AM | Patient's dramatic response and resistance to cancer drug traced to unsuspected mutations
From MedicalXpress.com: The DNA of a woman whose lethal thyroid cancer unexpectedly "melted away" for 18 months has revealed new mechanisms of cancer response and resistance to the drug everolimus, said researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute...

October 08, 2014

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6:55 PM | Forgotten Aspects Of The First World War
Vedica Kant at Caravan: CLOSELY TIED IN with the West Asian campaigns is another, largely forgotten reality of the war—the magnitude of colonial troops’ involvement. The British campaign in Mesopotamia began wholly as an Indian Army operation, and nearly 40...
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6:52 PM | The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins
John Gray at The New Republic: For all his fervent enthusiasm for science, Dawkins shows very little interest in asking what scientific knowledge is or how it comes to be possible. There are many philosophies of science. Among them is...
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6:46 PM | Henry Cowell at San Quentin
Charlie Haas at Threepenny Review: When Cowell was a boy, his single mother was too poor to afford a piano, so “For one hour every day I practiced in my mind,” he wrote inHow and Why I Compose. “I sat...
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11:57 AM | Feeling Good about Feeling Bad
Nathan Thrall in the London Review of Books: Ari Shavit is a Haaretz columnist admired by liberal Zionists in America, where his book has been the focus of much attention. In April 1897 his great-grandfather Herbert Bentwich sailed for Jaffa,...
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11:52 AM | David Lynch's new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: All is not well. But we do not see that at first. The white house and the white picket fence are in perfect order. The sky is blue and bright. The flowers are red...
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11:41 AM | “The man with the beautiful eyes” by Charles Bukowski
The Man with the Beautiful Eyes from Jonathan Hodgson on Vimeo.
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11:38 AM | The history of the Digital Revolution
Christina Pazzanese in the Harvard Gazette: Isaacson ’74 is the best-selling author of landmark biographies of Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin. A former journalist who has headed CNN and Time magazine, Isaacson is currently CEO of the Aspen Institute,...
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10:13 AM | Wednesday Poem
Destiny They deliver the edicts of God without delay And are exempt from apprehension from detention And with their God-given Petasus, Caduceus, and Talaria ferry like bolts of lightning unhindered between the tribunals of Space and Time The Messenger-Spirit in...
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9:33 AM | The Metaphysical Club
From delanceyplace: Robert Gould Shaw, (portrayed by Matthew Broderick in the stirring 1989 film Glory), was a wealthy young Bostonian and a second lieutenant in the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry when he was approached by his father in late 1862 to...
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9:01 AM | Limits on action priming by pictures of objects
If I show you a picture of an object with a handle and ask you to make a judgment about that object (say, whether it's right side up or not) you will be faster to respond if you use the hand closest to the handle. This is called action priming (Tucker & Ellis. 1998) and there is now a wide literature using this basic setup to investigate how the perception of affordances prepares the action system to do one thing rather than another.There is, of course, a problem here. These studies all use […]
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