Saturday, 31 July 2010

Exercise

With This Rinse, Performance Improves (New York Times, July 19, 2010)
* "Exercise scientists say they have stumbled on an amazing discovery. Athletes can improve their performance in intense bouts of exercise, lasting an hour or so, if they merely rinse their mouths with a carbohydrate solution. They don’t even have to swallow it."
* "It has to be real carbohydrates, though; the scientists used a solution of water and a flavorless starch derivative called maltodextrin. Artificial sweeteners have no effect."
* "And the scientists think they have figured out why it works. It appears that the brain can sense carbohydrates in the mouth, even tasteless ones. The sensors are different from the ones for sweetness, and they prompt the brain to respond, spurring on the athlete."

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Twitter

Pulse of the Nation: U.S. Mood Throughout the Day inferred from Twitter (Poster)
* This poster attempts to gauge the mood throughout the day of America's 7% Twitter Users.

Pulse of the Nation: U.S. Mood Throughout the Day inferred from Twitter (Youtube Video)

Monday, 19 July 2010

Scientology

Operation Clambake
* "DISCLAIMER: I, Andreas Heldal-Lund, am alone responsible for Operation Clambake. I speak only my own personal opinions. Critics of the Church of Scientology (CoS), including Wikipedia which is NPOV, are free to use images and text on this site that are made by me if proper credits are given."

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Stacked Words

Stacked Words
* "Apparently, having a stack of three or more of the same words is not good."

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Pre-prepared Meals

Gordon Ramsay restaurants found to be using pre-prepared meals (Guardian Newspaper, 18 April 2009)
* "It is not hard to guess what Gordon Ramsay said yesterday when he fell victim to a sting by the Sun newspaper, which caught his London gastro-pubs out using pre-prepared meals including boil-in-a-bag coq au vin at mark-ups of 500%. Whatever he said, it probably had an F in it."

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Steampunk

Steampunk (Wikipedia)
* "Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era Britain — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date."

Saturday, 10 July 2010

iParadigms

Journals step up plagiarism policing (Nature News, July 5, 2010)
* "Over the past two years, many publishers (including Nature Publishing Group) have been trialling CrossCheck, a plagiarism checking service launched in June 2008 by CrossRef, a non-profit collaboration of 3,108 commercial and learned society publishers."
* "The power of the service — which uses the iThenticate plagiarism software produced by iParadigms, a company in Oakland, California — is the size of its database of full-text articles, against which other articles can be compared."

iThenticate

Journals step up plagiarism policing (Nature News, July 5, 2010)
* "Over the past two years, many publishers (including Nature Publishing Group) have been trialling CrossCheck, a plagiarism checking service launched in June 2008 by CrossRef, a non-profit collaboration of 3,108 commercial and learned society publishers."
* "The power of the service — which uses the iThenticate plagiarism software produced by iParadigms, a company in Oakland, California — is the size of its database of full-text articles, against which other articles can be compared."

CrossRef

Journals step up plagiarism policing (Nature News, July 5, 2010)
* "Over the past two years, many publishers (including Nature Publishing Group) have been trialling CrossCheck, a plagiarism checking service launched in June 2008 by CrossRef, a non-profit collaboration of 3,108 commercial and learned society publishers."

CrossCheck Software

Journals step up plagiarism policing (Nature News, July 5, 2010)
* "Over the past two years, many publishers (including Nature Publishing Group) have been trialling CrossCheck, a plagiarism checking service launched in June 2008 by CrossRef, a non-profit collaboration of 3,108 commercial and learned society publishers."

Plagiarism

Journals step up plagiarism policing (Nature News, July 5, 2010)
* "Major science publishers are gearing up to fight plagiarism. The publishers, including Elsevier and Springer, are set to roll out software across their journals that will scan submitted papers for identical or paraphrased chunks of text that appear in previously published articles."

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Rich

Global Rich List
* "Just enter your annual income into the box below and hit 'show me the money'"

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Dyson Fan

Dyson fan set to be gadget of the summer (Telegraph Newspaper, July 5, 2010)
* "The new Dyson Air Multiplier fan created by British entrepreneur James Dyson. The fan draws air into its cylinder-shaped base and then forces the air out through a ring. With no blades, the jet of air appears to be coming from nowhere"

Friday, 2 July 2010

Major League Eating

Kobayashi, Hot Dog Champ, Declares Free Agency (Wall Street Journal) July 2, 2010
* "Perhaps taking a cue from LeBron James, who became a free agent this week, competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi is declaring his independence and striking out on his own. To do so, he’s willing to sit out this weekend’s hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island, the largest and best-known event in his, er, sport."
* "The six-time winner of the iconic event says that a contract proposed by Major League Eating, the sanctioning body for the Nathan’s contest and about 80 others, is too restrictive."

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Lady GaGa

Ellen DeGeneres

Greyson Chance - Broken Heart (Ellen DeGeneres Show , 26 May, 2010)

Greyson Chance

Greyson Chance - Broken Heart (Ellen DeGeneres Show , 26 May, 2010)

Damian Aspinall

Damian Aspinall's Reunion In West Africa With Wild Gorilla, Kwibi (Animal Planet)
* "This is the emotional story of Damian Aspinall reuniting with an adult male gorilla named Kwibi whom he hadn't see for over 5 years. Damian raised Kwibi in England, at Howletts Wild Animal Park, but then released him into the wild in West Africa, when he was 5 years old."

Fruit Bat

Cambodian Fruit Bats (Flickr)
* "This fruit bat colony has lived in the grounds of this monastery since the Khmer Invasion in Cambodia, where they were driven from their caves. The population was nearly destroyed by hungry locals as they no longer had the protection from the caves, but once they settled in the trees of the monastery, they were safe from the locals dinner plates and have remained there ever since."

Monday, 14 June 2010

Molokini

Molokini (Wikipedia)
* "Molokini is a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater which forms a small islet located in Alalakeiki Channel between the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe, part of Maui County in Hawaiʻi. It has a diameter of about 0.4 miles (0.6 km), and is located about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of Makena State Park and south of Maʻalaea Bay. It is a popular tourist destination for scuba diving, snuba and snorkeling.The islet is a Hawaiʻi State Seabird Sanctuary."

Molokini - Partially Submerged Volcanic Crater (Hawaii) (ALCHEssMIST Images)

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Maui

Maui (Wikipedia)
* "Maui is a leading whale-watching center in the Hawaiian Islands due to Humpback whales wintering in the sheltered ʻAuʻau Channel between the islands of Maui county. The whales migrate approximately 3,500 miles (5,600 km) from Alaskan waters each autumn and spend the winter months mating and birthing in the warm waters off Maui, with most leaving by the end of April. The whales are typically sighted in pods: small groups of several adults, or groups of a mother, her calf, and a few suitors. Humpbacks are an endangered species protected by U.S. federal and Hawaiʻi state law. There are estimated to be about 18,000 humpbacks in the North Pacific.[citation needed]Although Maui's Humpback face many dangers, due to pollution, high speed commercial vessels, and military sonar testing, their numbers have increased rapidly in recent years, estimated at 7% growth per year."
* "Image was acquired by Spaceborne Imaging Radar- C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) onboard the space shuttle Endeavour on April 16, 1994."

Monday, 7 June 2010

Kumi

Zakumi Football (Soccer) World Cup Mascot (2010) (Alchemipedia)
* ""Zakumi" is a composition of "Za" coming from South Africa's international country code (ZA) and "Kumi", which translates translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa."

Soccer

Zakumi Football (Soccer) World Cup Mascot (2010) (Alchemipedia)
* ""Zakumi" is a composition of "Za" coming from South Africa's international country code (ZA) and "Kumi", which translates translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa."

Football World Cup (2010)

Zakumi Football (Soccer) World Cup Mascot (2010) (Alchemipedia)
* ""Zakumi" is a composition of "Za" coming from South Africa's international country code (ZA) and "Kumi", which translates translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa."

Zakumi

Zakumi Football (Soccer) World Cup Mascot (2010) (Alchemipedia)
* ""Zakumi" is a composition of "Za" coming from South Africa's international country code (ZA) and "Kumi", which translates translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa."

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Cricket (Insect)

Sex Lives of Crickets Revealed (Scientific American)
* "Infrared cameras have enabled scientists to determine what makes for a successful cricket sex life. David Biello reports."

Natural and Sexual Selection in a Wild Insect Population (Science, 4 June 2010)
* Abstract "The understanding of natural and sexual selection requires both field and laboratory studies to exploit the advantages and avoid the disadvantages of each approach. However, studies have tended to be polarized among the types of organisms studied, with vertebrates studied in the field and invertebrates in the lab. We used video monitoring combined with DNA profiling of all of the members of a wild population of field crickets across two generations to capture the factors predicting the reproductive success of males and females. The factors that predict a male’s success in gaining mates differ from those that predict how many offspring he has. We confirm the fundamental prediction that males vary more in their reproductive success than females, and we find that females as well as males leave more offspring when they mate with more partners."

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Digg

Digg is Deadd
* "According to the latest Compete.com data (April, 2010) Digg lost an astounding 13.8 million unique visits from March to April, 2010 -- a near 36 percent drop. Apparently sensing impending doom, Digg founder Kevin Rose has made several announcements of retooling Digg, but nothing has materialized."

Saturday, 29 May 2010

GIMP

5 Websites To Learn GIMP Online
* "Are you into photo editing and image manipulation? If that’s a ‘yes’ then I’m sure you’ve heard of the GNU Image Manipulation Program, codename GIMP. The GIMP photo editor is a free and light alternative to Adobe Photoshop and is very capable of handling all of your image processing needs. If you’ve mastered MS Paint and don’t have deep enough pockets for Photoshop, GIMP is for you."

Nicole Dryburgh

Nicole Dryburgh Obituary (Guardian Newspaper)
* "Nicole Dryburgh, who has died of a brain haemorrhage aged 21, is best known for writing about her experiences after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 11. Her first book, The Way I See It (2008), described her attempt to rebuild her life after the diagnosis. The illness was treated successfully by surgery and radiotherapy, but Nicole was left blind and confined mainly to a wheelchair."

Mimosa

Mimosa (Botany) (Wikipedia)
* "Mimosa is a genus of about 400 species of herbs and shrubs, in the subfamily Mimosoideae of the legume family Fabaceae. The generic name is derived from the Greek word μιμος (mimos), meaning "mimic.""

Mimosaphant

Stress, Asthma Exacerbations And Children
* "Children are remarkably resilient. Children can also be mimosaphants: a creature with the delicacy of a mimosa when its own sensitivities are threatened, but the grace of an elephant when dealing with the sensitivities of others."

Google Operands

Master the Google Operands – Search Like a God & Save Time
* "Here are some tips to optimize and streamline your Google searches, and furthermore a handful of tricks that will save you time."

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman, child star of TV's 'Diff'rent Strokes,' dies at 42 [Washington Post]
* "Gary Coleman, 42, the diminutive, wisecracking child star of the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," whose adult life collapsed into a tabloid calamity, died Friday at a hospital in Provo, Utah. He suffered a brain hemorrhage after falling at his home in Santaquin, Utah."

Gary Coleman DEAD: 'Diff'rent Strokes' Actor Dies In Utah, Wife Shannon Price At His Side [Huffington Post]
* "Gary Coleman is dead. He was taken off life support on Friday morning and passed away, both TMZ and Radaronline.com first reported. His wife Shannon Price and her father were at the hospital."
* "Coleman died Friday at 12:05 PM MDT."
* "Coleman, 42, was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on "Diff'rent Strokes." Word got out that he was hospitalized Thursday and in critical condition."

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Cognitive Bias

Visual study guide to cognitive biases (scribd)
* "The text for this presentation isBeta! Itʼs from a wiki page that is still evolving. Keep this in mind while you read this document. Some of the cognitive biases in here might be incorrect wiki entries. Hopefully this document will inspire more cognitive professionals to chip in to make the wiki spotless! Eventually, this document will be rereleased in pristine form. Until then many of you have asked for a beta release. Here it is. Also, the images have been updated for better remixing and sharing rights. Rather than using permission based images, now all the images are public domain or free non-commercial use by anyone."
* "Operation Fix The Cognitive Bias Wiki Has Begun!"

Koro

Disappearing trick (Mind Hacks)
* "Koro is the unfounded fear that the genitals are retracting into the body or have disappeared. It is usually classified by Western psychiatry as a 'culture bound syndrome' as it typically appears Asian or African cultures in various forms but an article in the Journal of Sexual Medicine notes that it has shown up in most cultures at one time or another."
* PubMed link - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17727356

Grading

Friday Sprog Blogging: grading.
* "The Free-Ride offspring are pretty sure what I do for a living is grade papers. But seeing as how they're both students, I thought I'd ask what the view of things is like on the other side of the red pen."
* Nice post.

Quantum Communication

Experimental free-space quantum teleportation (Nature Photonics)
* Chinese scientists in China have succeeded in teleporting information between photons over a free space distance of 16 km (10 miles).

Quantum Teleportation

Experimental free-space quantum teleportation (Nature Photonics)
* Chinese scientists in China have succeeded in teleporting information between photons over a free space distance of 16 km (10 miles).

Synthetic Life

Synthetic Life Special Edition (University of Oxford, Practical Ethics)
* "Blogs, papers and other resources relating to news of first synthetic life form"