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April 24, 2014

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2:28 AM | Eugenics in film: GATTACA
Tomorrow in class, where we have recently been discussing Mendelian Genetics and its twisted perversion,Eugenics; we will be watching the dystopian film, GATTACA. The story is good enough, but what I find compelling is the way that society has become the way it is. The population has been recently ‘improved’ by the production (?) of ‘designer […]
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1:15 AM | Oh, The Things You Can See From On High
I spent a little while looking at today’s images from NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites with their amazing MODIS imager that sends back true colour images from an altitude of around 700 km. Here are a few things I spotted in just a short period of browsing this evening. Click any image for a much larger view. Here is a view of just some Sahara sand blowing north into Greece …
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12:17 AM | U.S. Border Patrol Has Become A Part-Time Record Label to Discourage Illegal Immigration
It all started back in 2006 when the U.S. Border Patrol Agency was searching for new ways to combat illegal immigration from Mexico. An increasing number of Mexicans were trying to cross the border illegally, and Border Patrol was finding it more and more difficult to combat the issue. So the agency paid an undisclosed sum to […]

April 23, 2014

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10:41 PM | Why Are American Eggs Illegal In Britain and British Eggs Illegal In America?
It all comes down to the debate over whether or not it’s a good idea to wash eggs before putting them on the shelves. In the United States, USDA standards require that all eggs must be washed before being sold to consumers. The standards specify that American eggs must be washed with an odorless detergent and water that […]
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9:53 PM | Look Who’s Talking
Although they don’t have language the way humans do, animals can clearly communicate with each other (otherwise, why would they make sounds at all?). We usually view animals’ vocalizations as reflexive (a yelp in response to pain) or very general … Continue reading →
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9:43 PM | Proposed seawater-based air conditioning could benefit farmers
By Alexandra Branscombe WASHINGTON, DC – Discharged seawater pumped from the ocean and used for a renewable air conditioning system would overload surface waters with minerals that could potentially be captured instead for use in agriculture, according to a noted oceanographer. Pumps designed to move thousands of tons of water from the sea floor to a proposed Honolulu air-conditioning plant would bring up phosphates located hundreds of feet below the …
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4:23 PM | Return on investment in faculty rarely captured by university CFOs
“Mr. President, We are not employees of the university. We are the university.” With these words, Isidore Rabi, a distinguished faculty member at Columbia University, interrupted Dwight Eisenhower, who had started off a speech by addressing the faculty as “employees … Continue reading →
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4:08 PM | Science on Screen
You know, I’m pretty happy with the present state of science on the small screen. This week, we had the opportunity to choose between three excellent shows with real scientists explaining fundamental principles to a wide audience. These shows are: Cosmos with Neil Tyson Your Inner Fish with Neil Shubin Wonders of Life with Brian […]
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3:01 PM | What It Looks Like to Base Jump From the Burj Khalifa, the World’s Tallest Building (Video)
“We don’t like to scare ourselves- that’s not the goal. People think you base jump because you are crazy or you like to get scared…but, I mean, we like to fly, you know? We like to have fun.” From the video description on YouTube: “Skydive Dubai sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Vince Reffet and Fred […]
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:28 PM | Birth and death of zipper combinators (I)
Because zipper logic is a graph rewriting system which does not use variable names, just like GLC and chemlabda,  it needs ways to multiply, distribute or kill  things. See  Chemlambda, universality and self-multiplication  for multiplication, distribution or propagation phenomena. In this post we shall see how zipper combinators die or are born, depending on the sense […]
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2:25 PM | Illustrating the Epic Battle Between Cells and Viruses Using a Sweet Cartoon (Video)
If you’re not familiar with the TED organization, you really ought to be. TED, which stands for technology, education and design, is a series of conferences where great minds give presentations (known as TED talks) on the topics I just mentioned. While browsing videos of these presentations on their website, TED.com, I stumbled upon this awesome […]
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1:37 PM | What drugs can astronauts take in space?
It is really, really inconvenient to get sick in space. At least, that’s what I took away from some recent reporting on astronaut microbiomes and zero-gravity…
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1:17 PM | Thinking of doing a list experiment? Here’s a list of reasons why you should think again
Someone wrote in: We are about to conduct a voting list experiment. We came across your comment recommending that each item be removed from the list. Would greatly appreciate it if you take a few minutes to spell out your recommendation in a little more detail. In particular: (a) Why are you “uneasy” about list […]The post Thinking of doing a list experiment? Here’s a list of reasons why you should think again appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, […]
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1:07 PM | Guest posting: Many journals have determined that they can assist in data sharing
Today we have a guest posting from F1000′s Iain Hrynaszkiewicz covering the topic of medical data sharing One of the world’s most influential medical journals recently highlighted data sharing as an important issue to be addressed if we are to improve the quality of reporting of biomedical research. However, the journal may have overlooked strong and far-reaching support for data sharing in some publishing and research communities. In an editorial published last month in JAMA, […]
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1:03 PM | A Better Way to Cope With Persistent Bad Memories
New technique holds promise for those experiencing disturbing emotional flashbacks.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Possibility of Selectively Erasing Unwanted Memories Reconstructing the Past: How Recalling Memories Alters Them Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade The Genetic Predisposition to Focus on the Negative Mind Pops: Memories […]
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2:31 AM | April 22nd Summary Post: LCD displays the time!
Today, I had the goal of making my LCD display a real time clock. In the previous two weeks, I had worked with Simon to write an arduino code for a real time clock as well as work with the Hello World example to figure out the display of the LCD. Therefore, I worked on […]
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2:12 AM | Packable, stackable, wearable dinosaurs
Ever wished you could be a dinosaur?Your wish has been granted in the form of: wearable dinosaur costumes! I've seen these sorts of costumes in live performances of Walking with Dinosaurs, and in various other street-art shenanigans, but it had never occurred to me that you could just buy one for yourself! These magnificent beasts are available via&nbsp [...]
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12:15 AM | A record-breaking brown dwarf: as cold as ice and just 6 light years away
About a year ago I wrote about how Kevin Luhman at Penn State had discovered a pair of brown dwarfs that were the just 2 parsecs (about 6 lightyears) from the Sun. Well he’s gone and done it again, discovering another brown dwarf at about 2pc, only this time it’s colder, much, much colder. A […]

April 22, 2014

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11:26 PM | Fishing for sharks – the story of salt
Every year, there are around 75 shark attacks reported worldwide. In the same amount of time, nearly 100 million sharks are killed by humans – often for their fins. Despite these staggering statistics, our society still views sharks as mindless killers, as the barbarous intruders into our highly-populated coastal waters. While it is easy to […]
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