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"

Monday, 17 May 2010

Kibera

ThePlacesWeLive.com (Magnum Photos)
The Slums of the world:
* Caracas, Venezuala
* Dharavi, Mumbai, India
* Jakarta, Indonesia
* Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Jakarta

ThePlacesWeLive.com (Magnum Photos)
The Slums of the world:
* Caracas, Venezuala
* Dharavi, Mumbai, India
* Jakarta, Indonesia
* Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Dharavi

ThePlacesWeLive.com (Magnum Photos)
The Slums of the world:
* Caracas, Venezuala
* Dharavi, Mumbai, India
* Jakarta, Indonesia
* Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Caracas

ThePlacesWeLive.com (Magnum Photos)
The Slums of the world:
* Caracas, Venezuala
* Dharavi, Mumbai, India
* Jakarta, Indonesia
* Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Slum

ThePlacesWeLive.com (Magnum Photos)
The Slums of the world:
* Caracas, Venezuala
* Dharavi, Mumbai, India
* Jakarta, Indonesia
* Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Chemistry

{trans-1,4-Bis[(4-pyridyl)ethenyl]benzene}(2,2‘-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) Complexes and Their Supramolecular Assemblies with β-Cyclodextrin
* Inorg. Chem., 2004, 43 (11), pp 3521–3527
* Interesting male & female molecules.

Gorilla

What real friendship means. (WIMP.com)
* Kwibi was brought up by Damien Aspinal in England.
* When Kwibi was 5 years old he was brought back to Africa to live free and wild.
* Damien Aspinal returns to Africa 5 years later to find Kwibi.
* Emotional reunion.

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."

Friendship

What real friendship means. (WIMP.com)
* Kwibi was brought up by Damien Aspinal in England.
* When Kwibi was 5 years old he was brought back to Africa to live free and wild.
* Damien Aspinal returns to Africa 5 years later to find Kwibi.
* Emotional reunion.

Pursuit

Is the Pursuit of Happiness Making Us Miserable? (FORA.tv)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Miserable

Is the Pursuit of Happiness Making Us Miserable? (FORA.tv)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Happiness

Is the Pursuit of Happiness Making Us Miserable? (FORA.tv)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Sunday, 16 May 2010

FG Syndrome

FG Syndrome (Alchemipedia)
* "Described in 1974 by Drs. John M. Opitz and Elizabeth G. Kaveggia."

Okinawa

Kuroshio Sea - Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Alchemipedia)
* "Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (沖縄美ら海水族館) located in Okinawa, Japan."

Aquarium

Kuroshio Sea - Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Alchemipedia)
* "Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (沖縄美ら海水族館) located in Okinawa, Japan."

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Kuroshio Sea - Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Alchemipedia)
* "Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (沖縄美ら海水族館) located in Okinawa, Japan."

Kuroshio Sea

Kuroshio Sea - Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Alchemipedia)
* "Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (沖縄美ら海水族館) located in Okinawa, Japan."

Medicine

Knowledge versus certainty in skepticism, medicine, and science (ScienceBlogs)
* "If there's one universal trait among humans, it seems to be an unquenchable thirst for certainty. This should come as no surprise to those committed to science and rational thinking because there is a profound conflict between our human desire for certainty and the uncertainty of scientific knowledge. The reason is that the conclusions of science are always provisional. They are always subject to change based on new evidence. Although by no means the only reason, clearly this craving for certainty the human mind appears to demand is likely to be a major force that drives people into the arms of religion, even radical religions that have clearly irrational views, such as the idea that flying planes into large buildings and killing thousands of people is a one-way ticket to heaven. However, this craving for certainty isn't limited to religion. As anyone who accepts science as the basis of medical therapy knows, there's a lot of the same psychology going on in medicine as well."

Skepticism

Knowledge versus certainty in skepticism, medicine, and science (ScienceBlogs)
* "If there's one universal trait among humans, it seems to be an unquenchable thirst for certainty. This should come as no surprise to those committed to science and rational thinking because there is a profound conflict between our human desire for certainty and the uncertainty of scientific knowledge. The reason is that the conclusions of science are always provisional. They are always subject to change based on new evidence. Although by no means the only reason, clearly this craving for certainty the human mind appears to demand is likely to be a major force that drives people into the arms of religion, even radical religions that have clearly irrational views, such as the idea that flying planes into large buildings and killing thousands of people is a one-way ticket to heaven. However, this craving for certainty isn't limited to religion. As anyone who accepts science as the basis of medical therapy knows, there's a lot of the same psychology going on in medicine as well."

Certainty

Knowledge versus certainty in skepticism, medicine, and science (ScienceBlogs)
* "If there's one universal trait among humans, it seems to be an unquenchable thirst for certainty. This should come as no surprise to those committed to science and rational thinking because there is a profound conflict between our human desire for certainty and the uncertainty of scientific knowledge. The reason is that the conclusions of science are always provisional. They are always subject to change based on new evidence. Although by no means the only reason, clearly this craving for certainty the human mind appears to demand is likely to be a major force that drives people into the arms of religion, even radical religions that have clearly irrational views, such as the idea that flying planes into large buildings and killing thousands of people is a one-way ticket to heaven. However, this craving for certainty isn't limited to religion. As anyone who accepts science as the basis of medical therapy knows, there's a lot of the same psychology going on in medicine as well."

Knowledge

Knowledge versus certainty in skepticism, medicine, and science (ScienceBlogs)
* "If there's one universal trait among humans, it seems to be an unquenchable thirst for certainty. This should come as no surprise to those committed to science and rational thinking because there is a profound conflict between our human desire for certainty and the uncertainty of scientific knowledge. The reason is that the conclusions of science are always provisional. They are always subject to change based on new evidence. Although by no means the only reason, clearly this craving for certainty the human mind appears to demand is likely to be a major force that drives people into the arms of religion, even radical religions that have clearly irrational views, such as the idea that flying planes into large buildings and killing thousands of people is a one-way ticket to heaven. However, this craving for certainty isn't limited to religion. As anyone who accepts science as the basis of medical therapy knows, there's a lot of the same psychology going on in medicine as well."

Science

Knowledge versus certainty in skepticism, medicine, and science (ScienceBlogs)
* "If there's one universal trait among humans, it seems to be an unquenchable thirst for certainty. This should come as no surprise to those committed to science and rational thinking because there is a profound conflict between our human desire for certainty and the uncertainty of scientific knowledge. The reason is that the conclusions of science are always provisional. They are always subject to change based on new evidence. Although by no means the only reason, clearly this craving for certainty the human mind appears to demand is likely to be a major force that drives people into the arms of religion, even radical religions that have clearly irrational views, such as the idea that flying planes into large buildings and killing thousands of people is a one-way ticket to heaven. However, this craving for certainty isn't limited to religion. As anyone who accepts science as the basis of medical therapy knows, there's a lot of the same psychology going on in medicine as well."

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Migaloo (White Humpback Whale)

Migaloo (White Humpback Whale of Australia) Migaloo Means White Fella In Aboriginal (Alchemipedia)
* Migaloo is an adult male humpback whale.
* Migaloo is the only properly documented white humpack whale in the world.


White Humpback Whale Migaloo From Australia (Coffs Harbour, 2005) (ALCHEssMIST Images)

Humpback Whale # Migaloo (Wikipedia)

Posted by ALCHEssMIST - Alchemipedia - Cetacographer - Nirvana alliance.

Appendectomy

Christmas 2009 Auto-appendectomy in the Antarctic: case report (BMJ)
* "The Russian surgeon Leonid Rogozov’s self operation, undertaken without any other medical professional around, was a testament to determination and the will to life."
* "A job like any other, a life like any other" — Leonid Rogozov

Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic (Wikipedia)
* "Nicholas James Vujicic (December 1982) is a preacher, a motivational speaker and the Director of Life Without Limbs, a non profit Christian organization. He regularly gives speeches across subject of disability and hope."

Look at yourself after watching this. (WIMP.com)
* Motivational video about Nick Vujicic.


Nick Vujicic (Attitude Is Altitude)

Levitation

Levitation Physics Video (WIMP.com)

SweetSearch

SweetSearch
* "Search engine for students.
* "Every Web site in SweetSearch has been evaluated by our research experts."

Google Chrome Extensions

Google Quick Scroll
* "Google Quick Scroll is a browser extension that helps you find what you are searching for faster."

Search Engine

10 Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web
* "The Invisible Web refers to the part of the WWW that’s not indexed by the search engines. Most of us think that that search powerhouses like Google and Bing are like the Great Oracle…they see everything. Unfortunately, they can’t because they aren’t divine at all; they are just web spiders who index pages by following one hyperlink after the other."

SweetSearch
* "Search engine for students.
* "Every Web site in SweetSearch has been evaluated by our research experts."

Invisible Web

10 Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web
* "The Invisible Web refers to the part of the WWW that’s not indexed by the search engines. Most of us think that that search powerhouses like Google and Bing are like the Great Oracle…they see everything. Unfortunately, they can’t because they aren’t divine at all; they are just web spiders who index pages by following one hyperlink after the other."

Friday, 14 May 2010

Lost Letter Study

Lost letter days:
* "One of the most delightful ways of testing social opinion has got to be the 'lost letter' technique, where researchers 'lose' paid up letters addressed to various controversial organisations to see how many get dropped back in the post box."

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Clickthrough Hijacking

Clickthrough Hijacking - A Pernicious Internet Practice (Alchemipedia)
* "refers to obtaining search result clickthroughs derived from copying portions of a legitimate webpage or blog."

Search Result Clickthrough Hijacking A Real Problem
* "Some websites are simply being set up to hijack search result clickthroughs from other legitimate websites or blogs. The technique appears to be mostly occurring through the copying of sitemap feeds from legitimate websites & blogs. It is undoubtedly being used by some unscrupulous SEO sites."

Spamdexing

Spamdexing (Wikipedia)
* "Spamdexing (also known as search spam, search engine spam or web spam)[1] involves a number of methods, such as repeating unrelated phrases, to manipulate the relevancy or prominence of resources indexed by a search engine, in a manner inconsistent with the purpose of the indexing system."

See Also:
Clickthrough Hijacking

School Performance

Excellent school performance at age 16 and risk of adult bipolar disorder: national cohort study
* James H. MacCabe, Mats P. Lambe, Sven Cnattingius, Pak C. Sham, Anthony S. David, Abraham Reichenberg, Robin M. Murray and Christina M. Hultman
* The British Journal of Psychiatry (2010) 196, 109–115. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.108.060368
* " findings provide support for the hypothesis that exceptional intellectual ability is associated with bipolar disorder."

Bipolar Disorder

Excellent school performance at age 16 and risk of adult bipolar disorder: national cohort study
* James H. MacCabe, Mats P. Lambe, Sven Cnattingius, Pak C. Sham, Anthony S. David, Abraham Reichenberg, Robin M. Murray and Christina M. Hultman
* The British Journal of Psychiatry (2010) 196, 109–115. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.108.060368
* " findings provide support for the hypothesis that exceptional intellectual ability is associated with bipolar disorder."

Facebook

Facebook Infographic (Mashable)

DocumentaryHeaven

DocumentaryHeaven Site
* "Documentary Heaven was set up early July 2009 to provide the public with a vast collection of documentaries spanning across every genre out there."

Maya

Laser Beams Penetrating Thick Canopy Detect Thousands of New Structures, Show Maya Adept at 'Building Green' (ScienceDaily, 12 May 2010)
* "A flyover of Belize's thick jungles has revolutionized archaeology worldwide and vividly illustrated the complex urban centers developed by one of the most-studied ancient civilizations -- the Maya."

Social Communication

Mirror Neuron System Functions Normally in Individuals With Autism (ScienceDaily, 12 May 2010)
* "A team of neuroscientists has found that the mirror neuron system, which is thought to play a central role in social communications, responds normally in individuals with autism. Their findings, reported in the journal Neuron, counter theories suggesting that a mirror system dysfunction causes the social difficulties exhibited by individuals with autism."

Autism

Mirror Neuron System Functions Normally in Individuals With Autism (ScienceDaily, 12 May 2010)
* "A team of neuroscientists has found that the mirror neuron system, which is thought to play a central role in social communications, responds normally in individuals with autism. Their findings, reported in the journal Neuron, counter theories suggesting that a mirror system dysfunction causes the social difficulties exhibited by individuals with autism."

Mirror Neuron

Mirror Neuron System Functions Normally in Individuals With Autism (ScienceDaily, 12 May 2010)
* "A team of neuroscientists has found that the mirror neuron system, which is thought to play a central role in social communications, responds normally in individuals with autism. Their findings, reported in the journal Neuron, counter theories suggesting that a mirror system dysfunction causes the social difficulties exhibited by individuals with autism."

Archaeopteryx

X-Rays Reveal Chemical Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs (ScienceDaily, 11 May 2010)
* "Researchers have found that a 150 million year old "dinobird" fossil, long thought to contain nothing but fossilized bone and rock, has been hiding remnants of the animal's original chemistry. Using the bright X-ray beam of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, located at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, an international team of paleontologists, geochemists and physicists has revealed this transformative glimpse into one of the most important fossils ever discovered: the Archaeopteryx, a half-dinosaur/half-bird species."

David Willetts

New UK science minister: 'two brains' Willetts (New Scientist Blog, 13 May 2010)
* "David Willetts has been named minister for universities and science by the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government."

BlackBerry Tablet

BlackBerry Tablet to Launch This Year [REPORT] (Mashable, 13 May 2010)
* "Research in Motion is set to enter the tablet computing market with plans to unveil a 8.9-inch BlackBerry device later this year."

Exclusive BlackBerry tablet information
* "We have confirmed with multiple sources that the 8.9″ BlackBerry tablet will be strictly a “companion” device."

Giant Oarfish

Giant Oarfish, 'King Of Herrings,' Surfaces In Sweden For First Time Since 19th Century (VIDEO) (Huffington Post)
* "A maritime expert says a 12-foot (3.65-meter) Giant Oarfish - the world's largest bony fish - has been found in Swedish waters for the first time in 130 years."

Autopsy

History of Medicine: Unwitting martyr (Wellcome Trust)
* "Professor of Forensic Medicine at Vienna General Hospital in Austria, Dr Kolletschka died in 1847 after pricking his finger with a knife during an autopsy. With the advent of antibiotics still 100 years away, death was then a commonplace complication of seemingly insignificant wounds."
* "What was remarkable about Dr Kolletschka’s misfortune was its inspiration to a young Hungarian doctor at the hospital – Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. Reading Kolletschka’s post mortem report, Semmelweis was struck by the similarity between his symptoms and those of women dying at an alarming rate of puerperal fever (a form of septicaemia) at the hospital."
* Penny Bailey, Writer, Wellcome Trust.

Puerperal Fever

History of Medicine: Unwitting martyr (Wellcome Trust)
* "Professor of Forensic Medicine at Vienna General Hospital in Austria, Dr Kolletschka died in 1847 after pricking his finger with a knife during an autopsy. With the advent of antibiotics still 100 years away, death was then a commonplace complication of seemingly insignificant wounds."
* "What was remarkable about Dr Kolletschka’s misfortune was its inspiration to a young Hungarian doctor at the hospital – Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. Reading Kolletschka’s post mortem report, Semmelweis was struck by the similarity between his symptoms and those of women dying at an alarming rate of puerperal fever (a form of septicaemia) at the hospital."
* Penny Bailey, Writer, Wellcome Trust.

Semmelweis

History of Medicine: Unwitting martyr (Wellcome Trust)
* "Professor of Forensic Medicine at Vienna General Hospital in Austria, Dr Kolletschka died in 1847 after pricking his finger with a knife during an autopsy. With the advent of antibiotics still 100 years away, death was then a commonplace complication of seemingly insignificant wounds."
* "What was remarkable about Dr Kolletschka’s misfortune was its inspiration to a young Hungarian doctor at the hospital – Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. Reading Kolletschka’s post mortem report, Semmelweis was struck by the similarity between his symptoms and those of women dying at an alarming rate of puerperal fever (a form of septicaemia) at the hospital."
* Penny Bailey, Writer, Wellcome Trust.

Dr Ignaz Semmelweis

History of Medicine: Unwitting martyr (Wellcome Trust)
* "Professor of Forensic Medicine at Vienna General Hospital in Austria, Dr Kolletschka died in 1847 after pricking his finger with a knife during an autopsy. With the advent of antibiotics still 100 years away, death was then a commonplace complication of seemingly insignificant wounds."
* "What was remarkable about Dr Kolletschka’s misfortune was its inspiration to a young Hungarian doctor at the hospital – Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. Reading Kolletschka’s post mortem report, Semmelweis was struck by the similarity between his symptoms and those of women dying at an alarming rate of puerperal fever (a form of septicaemia) at the hospital."
* Penny Bailey, Writer, Wellcome Trust.

Vienna General Hospital

History of Medicine: Unwitting martyr (Wellcome Trust)
* "Professor of Forensic Medicine at Vienna General Hospital in Austria, Dr Kolletschka died in 1847 after pricking his finger with a knife during an autopsy. With the advent of antibiotics still 100 years away, death was then a commonplace complication of seemingly insignificant wounds."
* "What was remarkable about Dr Kolletschka’s misfortune was its inspiration to a young Hungarian doctor at the hospital – Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. Reading Kolletschka’s post mortem report, Semmelweis was struck by the similarity between his symptoms and those of women dying at an alarming rate of puerperal fever (a form of septicaemia) at the hospital."
* Penny Bailey, Writer, Wellcome Trust.

Septicaemia

History of Medicine: Unwitting martyr (Wellcome Trust)
* "Professor of Forensic Medicine at Vienna General Hospital in Austria, Dr Kolletschka died in 1847 after pricking his finger with a knife during an autopsy. With the advent of antibiotics still 100 years away, death was then a commonplace complication of seemingly insignificant wounds."
* "What was remarkable about Dr Kolletschka’s misfortune was its inspiration to a young Hungarian doctor at the hospital – Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. Reading Kolletschka’s post mortem report, Semmelweis was struck by the similarity between his symptoms and those of women dying at an alarming rate of puerperal fever (a form of septicaemia) at the hospital."
* Penny Bailey, Writer, Wellcome Trust.

Dr Jakob Kolletschka

History of Medicine: Unwitting martyr (Wellcome Trust)
* "Professor of Forensic Medicine at Vienna General Hospital in Austria, Dr Kolletschka died in 1847 after pricking his finger with a knife during an autopsy. With the advent of antibiotics still 100 years away, death was then a commonplace complication of seemingly insignificant wounds."
* "What was remarkable about Dr Kolletschka’s misfortune was its inspiration to a young Hungarian doctor at the hospital – Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. Reading Kolletschka’s post mortem report, Semmelweis was struck by the similarity between his symptoms and those of women dying at an alarming rate of puerperal fever (a form of septicaemia) at the hospital."
* Penny Bailey, Writer, Wellcome Trust.

Runaway Star

NASA Runaway Star Image
* "This image of the 30 Doradus nebula, a rambunctious stellar nursery, and the enlarged inset photo show a heavyweight star that may have been kicked out of its home by a pair of heftier siblings. In the inset image at right, an arrow points to the stellar runaway and a dashed arrow to its presumed direction of motion. The image was taken by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope."

Horse Boy

The Horse Boy (PBS)
* "When their son is diagnosed with autism, one Texas couple seeks the best medical treatment. Nothing works — until they discover their son’s connection to horses, and take a spiritual journey to Mongolia on an epic quest for healing."


THE HORSE BOY trailer (YouTube)
* "How far would you travel to heal someone you love? An intensely personal yet epic spiritual journey, The Horse Boy follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in a desperate attempt to treat his condition with shamanic healing."

The Horse Boy (Wikipedia)
* "The Horse Boy is the title of an autobiographical book and a documentary feature film that follow the quest of Rupert Isaacson and his wife to find healing for their autistic son Rowan."

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Albino

The Variegated Damsel and The Beautiful Spotted Boy
* "Piebaldism is a form of partial albinism, usually without the attendant eye problems and skin thickening, rendering piebald individuals both extraordinary to look at, and rather beautiful."

Piebaldism

The Variegated Damsel and The Beautiful Spotted Boy
* "Piebaldism is a form of partial albinism, usually without the attendant eye problems and skin thickening, rendering piebald individuals both extraordinary to look at, and rather beautiful."

Football (History)

London's 'Devilish Pastime': Football
* "So it seems that for as long as boys have wanted to kick a ball, there are people who have wanted to watch them do it."

James Lind Alliance

Addressing medicine's fatal uncertainties: the James Lind Alliance
* "Established in 2004, the JLA unites patients and clinicians (the whole professional gamut, from doctors to nurses and the rest) to identify and prioritise questions about treatment uncertainties, and thus formulate a research agenda. Named after the 18th century Scottish naval surgeon who did the clinical trial that cured scurvy, a major part of JLA work culminates this week in online publication of a guidebook, enabling people to do it for themselves."

Cardiovascular Events

Effects of fibrates on cardiovascular outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Lancet)
* "Fibrates can reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events predominantly by prevention of coronary events, and might have a role in individuals at high risk of cardiovascular events and in those with combined dyslipidaemia."

Fibrates

Effects of fibrates on cardiovascular outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Lancet)
* "Fibrates can reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events predominantly by prevention of coronary events, and might have a role in individuals at high risk of cardiovascular events and in those with combined dyslipidaemia."

Monday, 10 May 2010

Bare-Knuckle Fighting

Elizabeth Stokes, Lady Bare-Knuckles
* "The most famous of all the early lady fighters is Elizabeth Stokes. Born Elizabeth Wilkinson, date unknown, by 1722, she was advertising in the newspapers of her upcoming fights and that same year she met Hannah Hyfield, 'the Newgate Market basket-woman' for a prize of 3 guineas. They fought with half a crown in each of their fists, and the first to drop a coin lost. Elizabeth won, despite 'the good thumping' Hannah had promised her in the paper."

Elizabeth Stokes

Elizabeth Stokes, Lady Bare-Knuckles
* "The most famous of all the early lady fighters is Elizabeth Stokes. Born Elizabeth Wilkinson, date unknown, by 1722, she was advertising in the newspapers of her upcoming fights and that same year she met Hannah Hyfield, 'the Newgate Market basket-woman' for a prize of 3 guineas. They fought with half a crown in each of their fists, and the first to drop a coin lost. Elizabeth won, despite 'the good thumping' Hannah had promised her in the paper."

Obesity

A goodly, portly man: Daniel Lambert
* "Daniel Lambert is the famous fat man of the Georgian period. Born in Leicester in 1770, Lambert's father ran the a house of correction in an extremely rough district, and after an apprenticeship elsewhere, Daniel took over his father's job aged nineteen. His teenage years had been interesting and he was a larger than life character in the parish already, having fought a bear, by accident, when it tried to kill his friend's dog, and narrowly escaping being crushed by a collapsing house whilst watching it burn."

Daniel Lambert

A goodly, portly man: Daniel Lambert
* "Daniel Lambert is the famous fat man of the Georgian period. Born in Leicester in 1770, Lambert's father ran the a house of correction in an extremely rough district, and after an apprenticeship elsewhere, Daniel took over his father's job aged nineteen. His teenage years had been interesting and he was a larger than life character in the parish already, having fought a bear, by accident, when it tried to kill his friend's dog, and narrowly escaping being crushed by a collapsing house whilst watching it burn."

Sigmund Freud

The ego trip (Guardian, 6 May 2006)
* "Denial, defence mechanisms, repression - Freud's words are firmly established in our discourse. But, 150 years after his birth, do his ideas add up to much?"
* "But we still have scant knowledge about how such processes give rise to a coherent sense of self, and here I agree with Ramachandran, that this is the greatest scientific and philosophical riddle of all. It is quite possible that there is no solution to be found, that the self, like the soul, will turn out to be an illusion. This, after Copernicus, Darwin and Freud, would be a fourth, and possibly fatal, blow to human pride."

First World War

The Battle of the Somme – Its Significance
* "1. The battle prevented Germany from occupying Verdun and eventually perhaps the whole of France."
* "2. Allied forces regained some portion, albeit small, of German occupied lands."
* "3. In the process of pushing back the German camp, the allies dealt a huge blow to the morale of the Germans."
* "4. The huge losses in human lives which far outweighed any military advantages gained during the battle was a clear sign that new developments in war technology had by that time out-classed military techniques resulting in the clumsiness and indecisiveness of operations not only at Somme but characteristically in the entire First World War."

Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme – Its Significance
* "1. The battle prevented Germany from occupying Verdun and eventually perhaps the whole of France."
* "2. Allied forces regained some portion, albeit small, of German occupied lands."
* "3. In the process of pushing back the German camp, the allies dealt a huge blow to the morale of the Germans."
* "4. The huge losses in human lives which far outweighed any military advantages gained during the battle was a clear sign that new developments in war technology had by that time out-classed military techniques resulting in the clumsiness and indecisiveness of operations not only at Somme but characteristically in the entire First World War."

Epigenetics

Genomics goes beyond DNA sequence (Nature News, 10 May 2010)
* "Sequencing company Pacific Biosciences, based in Menlo Park, California, has now developed an integrated system that simultaneously reads a genome sequence and detects an important epigenetic marker called DNA methylation. "I think it's an important step forward, although I think it is a baby step," says Joseph Ecker, a plant geneticist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, who was not involved in the work."

DNA Methylation

Genomics goes beyond DNA sequence (Nature News, 10 May 2010)
* "Sequencing company Pacific Biosciences, based in Menlo Park, California, has now developed an integrated system that simultaneously reads a genome sequence and detects an important epigenetic marker called DNA methylation. "I think it's an important step forward, although I think it is a baby step," says Joseph Ecker, a plant geneticist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, who was not involved in the work."

Acetylation

Genetic Switch Could Restore Memory (Wired Science, 7 May 2010)
* "If memory formation works the same way in people, scientists might be able to counter memory loss by boosting acetylation. One challenge: acetylation has many roles in the body, so a drug would have to boost this process specifically in the brain."

Memory

Genetic Switch Could Restore Memory (Wired Science, 7 May 2010)
* "If memory formation works the same way in people, scientists might be able to counter memory loss by boosting acetylation. One challenge: acetylation has many roles in the body, so a drug would have to boost this process specifically in the brain."

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Photo: Icelandic Volcano Begins Erupting Again (Wired Science, 7 May 2010)
* "Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano began erupting again earlier this week. This image, captured May 6 by the European Space Agency’s Envisat satellite, clearly shows the grayish brown ash of the plume blowing east."

Beste Satellite Image of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Ash Plume Yet
* "The plume of ash and steam rising from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano reached five to six kilometers (17,000 to 20,000 feet) into the atmosphere on May 10, 2010"

Beautiful time lapse of footage from Icelandic volcano. (WIMP.com)

Grimace

Mice Show Pain on Their Faces Just Like Humans (Wired)
* "Mice in pain have facial expressions that are very similar to human facial expressions, according to scientists who have developed the “mouse grimace scale.” The pain expressions of mice could help researchers gauge the effectiveness of new drugs."

Facial Expression

Mice Show Pain on Their Faces Just Like Humans (Wired)
* "Mice in pain have facial expressions that are very similar to human facial expressions, according to scientists who have developed the “mouse grimace scale.” The pain expressions of mice could help researchers gauge the effectiveness of new drugs."

Pain

Mice Show Pain on Their Faces Just Like Humans (Wired)
* "Mice in pain have facial expressions that are very similar to human facial expressions, according to scientists who have developed the “mouse grimace scale.” The pain expressions of mice could help researchers gauge the effectiveness of new drugs."

Mouse

Mice Show Pain on Their Faces Just Like Humans (Wired)
* "Mice in pain have facial expressions that are very similar to human facial expressions, according to scientists who have developed the “mouse grimace scale.” The pain expressions of mice could help researchers gauge the effectiveness of new drugs."

Johann Sebastian Bach

A Short Biography of Johann Sebastian Bach
* "The Bach family was well-respected in Eisenach, Thuringia, for its musicians. Johann Ambrosius Bach, the father of Johann Sebastian Bach, was court trumpeter to the Duke and managed the local musical events. On March 21 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach was born. Ten years later - his parents dying within 6 months of each other- the boy was orphaned. Bach was adopted by his uncle, Johann Cristoph, himself an accomplished student of Pachelbel. It was with him in Ordruf that the young Bach immersed himself in playing the classics on the organ and the harpsichord."

WordPress 3.0

WordPress 3.0: The 5 Most Important New Features (Mashable)
* "WordPress has long been known as a dedicated blogging platform, giving users the tools they need to publish their message and interact with readers. However, with the official release of version 3.0, set to drop this month, the platform will be much closer, if not well within the territory of a content management system (CMS)."
* "The list of new features in WordPress 3.0 isn’t very long in comparison to previous releases. However, the changes that are coming will certainly have a significant impact, particularly if you use WordPress as a CMS."

Alastair Campbell

Adam Boulton harangues Alastair Campbell on Sky News (Guardian)
* "In the video you get to see the tone deteriorating through their talk of coalitions to the point 4 mins 30 secs in where Boulton starts jabbing at Campbell: "I'm fed up with you telling me what I think."
* "Host Jeremy Thompson joins in to tell Tony Blair's former spin doctor he has been "provocative". It's a remarkable and heated piece of footage from a remarkable day in politics."

Adam Boulton

Adam Boulton harangues Alastair Campbell on Sky News (Guardian)
* "In the video you get to see the tone deteriorating through their talk of coalitions to the point 4 mins 30 secs in where Boulton starts jabbing at Campbell: "I'm fed up with you telling me what I think."
* "Host Jeremy Thompson joins in to tell Tony Blair's former spin doctor he has been "provocative". It's a remarkable and heated piece of footage from a remarkable day in politics."

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Groper

Picture Of A Large Groper With Fish Shoal

Social Interaction

Rationality & Game Theory - The Centipede Game & Chess Players (ALCHEssMST)
* "The centipede game (introduced by Rosenthal, 1981) is one mathematical game which tests the conflicts between self-interest and mutual benefit in human interactions. The traditional centipede game had a limit of 100 rounds (hence the name)."

Hyper-rationality

Rationality & Game Theory - The Centipede Game & Chess Players (ALCHEssMST)
* "The centipede game (introduced by Rosenthal, 1981) is one mathematical game which tests the conflicts between self-interest and mutual benefit in human interactions. The traditional centipede game had a limit of 100 rounds (hence the name)."

Chess Player

Rationality & Game Theory - The Centipede Game & Chess Players (ALCHEssMST)
* "The centipede game (introduced by Rosenthal, 1981) is one mathematical game which tests the conflicts between self-interest and mutual benefit in human interactions. The traditional centipede game had a limit of 100 rounds (hence the name)."

Centipede Game

Rationality & Game Theory - The Centipede Game & Chess Players (ALCHEssMST)
* "The centipede game (introduced by Rosenthal, 1981) is one mathematical game which tests the conflicts between self-interest and mutual benefit in human interactions. The traditional centipede game had a limit of 100 rounds (hence the name)."

Game Theory

Rationality & Game Theory - The Centipede Game & Chess Players (ALCHEssMST)
* "The centipede game (introduced by Rosenthal, 1981) is one mathematical game which tests the conflicts between self-interest and mutual benefit in human interactions. The traditional centipede game had a limit of 100 rounds (hence the name)."

Rationality

Rationality & Game Theory - The Centipede Game & Chess Players (ALCHEssMST)
* "The centipede game (introduced by Rosenthal, 1981) is one mathematical game which tests the conflicts between self-interest and mutual benefit in human interactions. The traditional centipede game had a limit of 100 rounds (hence the name)."

Hunter-Gatherer Societies

WHY DO GOOD HUNTERS HAVE HIGHER REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS?
* Eric Alden Smith
*
Human Nature, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 343–364.
* "Anecdotal evidence from many hunter-gatherer societies suggests that successful hunters experience higher prestige and greater reproductive success."

Reproductive Success

WHY DO GOOD HUNTERS HAVE HIGHER REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS?
* Eric Alden Smith
*
Human Nature, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 343–364.
* "Anecdotal evidence from many hunter-gatherer societies suggests that successful hunters experience higher prestige and greater reproductive success."

Hunters

WHY DO GOOD HUNTERS HAVE HIGHER REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS?
* Eric Alden Smith
*
Human Nature, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 343–364.
* "Anecdotal evidence from many hunter-gatherer societies suggests that successful hunters experience higher prestige and greater reproductive success."

Machiavellianism

Why do nice girls fall for bad boys?
* "The "dark triad" of human behaviour consists of narcissism (or self-obsession), psychopathy (including callous, impulsive, thrill-seeking, risk-taking behaviour) and Machiavellianism (exploitative, manipulative and deceitful behaviour). Bad boys exhibit dark triad traits and their behaviour, according to one theory, is genetic, meaning they are unlikely to change their ways."

Psychopathy

Why do nice girls fall for bad boys?
* "The "dark triad" of human behaviour consists of narcissism (or self-obsession), psychopathy (including callous, impulsive, thrill-seeking, risk-taking behaviour) and Machiavellianism (exploitative, manipulative and deceitful behaviour). Bad boys exhibit dark triad traits and their behaviour, according to one theory, is genetic, meaning they are unlikely to change their ways."

Narcissism

Why do nice girls fall for bad boys?
* "The "dark triad" of human behaviour consists of narcissism (or self-obsession), psychopathy (including callous, impulsive, thrill-seeking, risk-taking behaviour) and Machiavellianism (exploitative, manipulative and deceitful behaviour). Bad boys exhibit dark triad traits and their behaviour, according to one theory, is genetic, meaning they are unlikely to change their ways."

Dark Triad Personality Type

Why do nice girls fall for bad boys?
* "The "dark triad" of human behaviour consists of narcissism (or self-obsession), psychopathy (including callous, impulsive, thrill-seeking, risk-taking behaviour) and Machiavellianism (exploitative, manipulative and deceitful behaviour). Bad boys exhibit dark triad traits and their behaviour, according to one theory, is genetic, meaning they are unlikely to change their ways."

Methane

Welcome to a new Eden – two billion miles from Earth (The Observer, 9 May 2010)
* "No other body in the solar system more closely resembles Earth than Saturn's moon, Titan. It has methane lakes and seas and scientists now believe that an underground ocean could even harbour life, says Robin McKie"

Titan (Saturn's Moon)

Welcome to a new Eden – two billion miles from Earth (The Observer, 9 May 2010)
* "No other body in the solar system more closely resembles Earth than Saturn's moon, Titan. It has methane lakes and seas and scientists now believe that an underground ocean could even harbour life, says Robin McKie"

Pope

Why Cardinal Newman is no saint (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "The Catholic Church plans to make Cardinal Newman a saint when the Pope comes to Britain. A private Vatican document supposedly proves he was responsible for a miracle of healing. It shows no such thing"

Consulta Medica

Why Cardinal Newman is no saint (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "The Catholic Church plans to make Cardinal Newman a saint when the Pope comes to Britain. A private Vatican document supposedly proves he was responsible for a miracle of healing. It shows no such thing"

Positio Super Miro

Why Cardinal Newman is no saint (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "The Catholic Church plans to make Cardinal Newman a saint when the Pope comes to Britain. A private Vatican document supposedly proves he was responsible for a miracle of healing. It shows no such thing"

Saint

Why Cardinal Newman is no saint (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "The Catholic Church plans to make Cardinal Newman a saint when the Pope comes to Britain. A private Vatican document supposedly proves he was responsible for a miracle of healing. It shows no such thing"

Catholic Church

Why Cardinal Newman is no saint (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "The Catholic Church plans to make Cardinal Newman a saint when the Pope comes to Britain. A private Vatican document supposedly proves he was responsible for a miracle of healing. It shows no such thing"

Cardinal Newman

Why Cardinal Newman is no saint (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "The Catholic Church plans to make Cardinal Newman a saint when the Pope comes to Britain. A private Vatican document supposedly proves he was responsible for a miracle of healing. It shows no such thing"

Bad

Six months old and he can tell good from evil (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "Scientists have discovered that babies can start to make moral judgments by the age of six months and may be born with the ability to tell good from bad hard-wired into their brains."

Evil

Six months old and he can tell good from evil (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "Scientists have discovered that babies can start to make moral judgments by the age of six months and may be born with the ability to tell good from bad hard-wired into their brains."

Good

Six months old and he can tell good from evil (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "Scientists have discovered that babies can start to make moral judgments by the age of six months and may be born with the ability to tell good from bad hard-wired into their brains."

Baby

Six months old and he can tell good from evil (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "Scientists have discovered that babies can start to make moral judgments by the age of six months and may be born with the ability to tell good from bad hard-wired into their brains."

Ageing

Girl frozen in time may hold key to ageing (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "American scientists are keenly studying the DNA of a 17-year-old girl who still has the body and behaviour of a baby"

Brooke Greenberg

Girl frozen in time may hold key to ageing (Times Online, 9 May 2010)
* "American scientists are keenly studying the DNA of a 17-year-old girl who still has the body and behaviour of a baby"

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Hypercube

Penteract (Five Dimensional Hypercube) (Alchemipedia)
* "A penteract, in five dimensional geometry, is the name for a five dimensional hypercube."

Penteract

Penteract (Five Dimensional Hypercube) (Alchemipedia)
* "A penteract, in five dimensional geometry, is the name for a five dimensional hypercube."

NoodleTools

NoodleTools Site
* "NoodleTools provides innovative software that teaches students and supports teachers and librarians throughout the entire research process."
No - Press Button

Qur'an

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Why are Muslims so hypersensitive?'
* "She says Islam is backward and the Qur'an is terrible. But Ayaan Hirsi Ali – whose provocative new book is extracted here – is not about to let a fatwa intimidate her. She talks to Emma Brockes"

Islam

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Why are Muslims so hypersensitive?'
* "She says Islam is backward and the Qur'an is terrible. But Ayaan Hirsi Ali – whose provocative new book is extracted here – is not about to let a fatwa intimidate her. She talks to Emma Brockes"

Muslim

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Why are Muslims so hypersensitive?'
* "She says Islam is backward and the Qur'an is terrible. But Ayaan Hirsi Ali – whose provocative new book is extracted here – is not about to let a fatwa intimidate her. She talks to Emma Brockes"

Acerbo Law

Acerbo Law (Wikipedia)
* "The Acerbo Law was an Italian electoral law proposed by Baron Giacomo Acerbo and passed by the Italian Parliament in 1923. The purpose of it was to give Mussolini's fascist party a majority of deputies."

Wet Nursing

Wet Nursing in Early Modern England.
* "wet nurses were used in all echelons of English society, some out of necessity and others out of choice. Even with the opposition presenting a unified front, the practice continued for centuries."

Skepticus Autisticus

Skepticus Autisticus Version of 'Spasticus Autisticus'

Skepticus Autisticus (Twitter)

Ronnie Scott's

Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Spasticus Autisticus@Ronnies (Youtube)
* Performance of 'Spasticus Autisticus' by Ian Drury & the Blockheads at Ronnie Scott's

Blockheads (Band)

Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Spasticus Autisticus@Ronnies (Youtube)
* Performance of 'Spasticus Autisticus' by Ian Drury & the Blockheads at Ronnie Scott's

Ian Drury

Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Spasticus Autisticus@Ronnies (Youtube)
* Performance of 'Spasticus Autisticus' by Ian Drury & the Blockheads at Ronnie Scott's

Spasticus Autisticus

Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Spasticus Autisticus@Ronnies (Youtube)
* Performance of 'Spasticus Autisticus' by Ian Drury & the Blockheads at Ronnie Scott's

Spasticus Autisticus (Wikipedia)

Memes

Dan Dennett on dangerous memes (TED Talks)
* "Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive."

Homeopathic Sleeping Pills

James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud (TED Talks)
* "Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world's psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I'll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)"

Sylvia Browne

James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud (TED Talks)
* "Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world's psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I'll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)"

Psychic Fraud

James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud (TED Talks)
* "Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world's psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I'll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)"

Psychic

James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud (TED Talks)
* "Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world's psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I'll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)"

Morality

Toward a Science of Morality (Huffington Post, 7 May 2010)
* "Carroll and Myers both believe nothing much turns on whether we find a universal foundation for morality. I disagree. Granted, the practical effects cannot be our reason for linking morality and science -- we have to form our beliefs about reality based on what we think is actually true. But the consequences of moral relativism have been disastrous. And science's failure to address the most important questions in human life has made it seem like little more than an incubator for technology. It has also given faith-based religion -- that great engine of ignorance and bigotry -- a nearly uncontested claim to being the only source of moral wisdom. This has been bad for everyone. What is more, it has been unnecessary -- because we can speak about the well-being of conscious creatures rationally, and in the context of science. I think it is time we tried."

Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton Related Articles in the New York Times

Creativity

Charting Creativity: Signposts of a Hazy Territory (NY Times)
* "John Gabrieli, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, cautions that there is always a gap between what happens in the lab and the real world: “It seems that to be creative is to be something we don’t have a test for.”"

Realism

Raymond Geuss on Realism and Utopianism in Political Philosophy (philosophy bites)
* "Raymond Geuss discusses the place of utopian thinking in political philosophy and its relation to realism in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. The conversation touches on wishful thinking, ideology and Foucault's notion of genealogy."

Utopianism

Raymond Geuss on Realism and Utopianism in Political Philosophy (philosophy bites)
* "Raymond Geuss discusses the place of utopian thinking in political philosophy and its relation to realism in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. The conversation touches on wishful thinking, ideology and Foucault's notion of genealogy."

Raymond Geuss

Raymond Geuss on Realism and Utopianism in Political Philosophy (philosophy bites)
* "Raymond Geuss discusses the place of utopian thinking in political philosophy and its relation to realism in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. The conversation touches on wishful thinking, ideology and Foucault's notion of genealogy."

Raymond Geuss (University of Cambridge)
* "Raymond Geuss works in the general areas of political philosophy and the history of Continental Philosophy."

LHCb

LHCb (Official Public Site)

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg (Wikipedia)

Space Alien Cartoon (Matt, Telegraph)
* 'Oh, all right then, take me to Nick Clegg'

Matt (Telegraph)

Space Alien Cartoon (Matt, Telegraph)
* 'Oh, all right then, take me to Nick Clegg'

Matt Cartoon Archive

Space Alien

Space Alien Cartoon (Matt, Telegraph)
* 'Oh, all right then, take me to Nick Clegg'

Bell's Theorem

Bell's Theorem (Wikipedia)
* "No physical theory of local hidden variables can ever reproduce all of the predictions of quantum mechanics."

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais “Devastated” by exclusion from Skeptics Trump Deck

Tracy King

Skeptic Trumps: Tracy King

Tim Minchin

Skeptic Trumps: Tim Minchin

Tim Farley

Skeptic Trumps: Tim Farley

Stewart Lee

Skeptic Trumps: Stewart Lee

Steven Novella

Skeptic Trumps: Steven Novella

Simon Singh

Skeptic Trumps: Simon Singh

SLSingh (Twitter)

Simon Perry

Skepic Trumps: Simon Perry

Sid Rodrigues

Skeptic Trumps: Sid Rodrigues

Sam Harris

Skeptic Trumps: Sam Harris

Robin Ince

Skeptic Trumps: Robin Ince

Richard Wiseman

Skeptic Trumps: Richard Wiseman

Richard Saunders

Skeptic Trumps: Richard Saunders

Rebecca Watson

Skeptic Trumps: Rebecca Watson

Rachael Dunlop

Skeptic Trumps: Rachael Dunlop

Phil Plait

Skeptic Trumps: Phil Plait

Penn and Teller

Skeptic Trumps: Penn & Teller

Paul Kurtz

Skeptic Trumps: Paul Kurtz

Nick Cohen

Skeptic Trumps: Nick Cohen

Michio Kaku

Skeptic Trumps: Michio Kaku

Michael Shermer

Skeptic Trumps: Michael Shermer

Marcus Chown

Skeptic Trumps: Marcus Chown

Kylie Sturgess

Skeptic Trumps: Kylie Sturgess

Jon Ronson

Skeptic Trumps: Jon Ronson

Jennifer Ouellette

Skeptic Trumps: Jennifer Ouellette

Jamy Ian Swiss

Skeptic Trumps: Jamy Ian Swiss

James Randi

Skeptic Trumps: James Randi

James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud (TED Talks)
* "Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world's psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I'll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)"

Iszi Lawrence

Skeptic Trumps: Iszi Lawrence

Hal Bidlack

Skeptic Trumps: Hal Bidlack

Greydon Square

Skeptic Trumps: Greydon Square

George Hrab

Skeptic Trumps: George Hrab

Evan Harris

Skeptic Trumps: Evan Harris

Eugenie Scott

Skeptic Trumps: Eugenie Scott

Derren Brown

Skeptic Trumps: Derren Brown

Robynn McCarthy

Skeptic Trumps: Derek & Swoopy

Derek Colanduno

Skeptic Trumps: Derek & Swoopy

Derek and Swoopy

Skeptic Trumps: Derek & Swoopy

David Colquhoun

Skeptic Trumps: David Colquhoun

Dara Ó Briain

Skeptic Trumps: Dara Ó Briain

Daniel Loxton

Skeptic Trumps: Daniel Loxton

Daniel Dennett

Skeptic Trumps: Daniel Dennett

Dan Dennett on dangerous memes (TED Talks)
* "Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive."

D.J. Grothe

Skeptic Trumps: D.J. Grothe

Christopher Hitchens

Skeptic Trumps: Christopher Hitchens

Chris French

Skeptic Trumps: Chris French

Bruce Hood

Skeptic Trumps: Bruce Hood

Brian Dunning

Skeptic Trumps: Brian Dunning

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Skeptic Trumps: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Why are Muslims so hypersensitive?'
* "She says Islam is backward and the Qur'an is terrible. But Ayaan Hirsi Ali – whose provocative new book is extracted here – is not about to let a fatwa intimidate her. She talks to Emma Brockes"

Ariane Sherine

Skeptic Trumps: Ariane Sherine

A.C. Grayling

Skeptic Trumps: A.C. Grayling

Catherine Deveny

Skeptic Trumps: Catherine Deveny

Crispian Jago

Skeptic Trumps Posts (Label) Crispian Jago Blog
* Showing newest posts with label Skeptic Trumps.

Skeptic Trumps

Skeptic Trumps Posts (Label) Crispian Jago Blog
* Showing newest posts with label Skeptic Trumps.

Faculty Of 1000 Biology

Faculty of 1000 Biology (Home Page)
* "is the next generation literature awareness tool. It is a revolutionary online research service that comprehensively and systematically highlights and reviews the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of a faculty of well over 2300 selected leading researchers ("Faculty Members")."

Qatar Holdings

Mohammed Al Fayed Sells Harrods Store (BBC News)
* "The world-famous Knightsbridge department store Harrods has been sold for a fee of around £1.5bn."
* "Owner Mohammed Al Fayed has agreed to sell the exclusive west London store to Qatar Holdings."

Harrods

Mohammed Al Fayed Sells Harrods Store (BBC News)
* "The world-famous Knightsbridge department store Harrods has been sold for a fee of around £1.5bn."
* "Owner Mohammed Al Fayed has agreed to sell the exclusive west London store to Qatar Holdings."

Mohammed Al Fayed

Mohammed Al Fayed Sells Harrods Store (BBC News)
* "The world-famous Knightsbridge department store Harrods has been sold for a fee of around £1.5bn."
* "Owner Mohammed Al Fayed has agreed to sell the exclusive west London store to Qatar Holdings."

Wind Farm

Offshore Wind Farm Picture

Hunting (Animal)

A Fox Hunting In The Snow

Fox

A Fox Hunting In The Snow

Animal Fight

Giraffe Fight Image

Fight

Giraffe Fight Image

Giraffe

Giraffe Fight Image

Volcano

Volcano Image

Friday, 7 May 2010

Sarah Tishkoff Ph.D.

Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)

Neanderthal Genome

Neanderthal genome reveals interbreeding with humans (New Scientist, 6 May 2010)
* "How closely are Neanderthals related to us? They are so closely related that some researchers group them and us as a single species."


Neanderthal

Neanderthal genome reveals interbreeding with humans (New Scientist, 6 May 2010)
* "How closely are Neanderthals related to us? They are so closely related that some researchers group them and us as a single species."


Quantum Anti-Zeno Effect

Quantum Anti-Zeno Effect (arXiv.org)

Zeno's Paradoxes

Zeno's Paradoxes (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Quantum Hamlet Effect

Quantum Hamlet Effect - a New Example

Erwin Schrödinger

Biography: Erwin Schrödinger The Nobel Prize in Physics 1933 (NobelPrize.org)

Newton's Laws

Newton's Laws
* hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/HBASE/newt.html

Schrodinger Equation

Schrodinger Equation

Mount Fuji

Rumbles hint that Mount Fuji is getting angry (New Scientist 5 May 2010)
* "would not be surprised if Fuji erupts in the very near future."

Wiley Online Library

Wiley Online Library

Division Sign

Division Image
* "Is an abstract representation of a fraction with one dot being divided by another dot."

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Teresia Constantia Phillips

The Green Canister: Mrs Phillips's Covent Garden Sex Shop
* Teresia Constantia Phillips's life is as extraordinary and outlandish as one can imagine of an 18thC courtesan.

Castration

'A tear in each note and a sigh in each breath': The Castrati
* Castration has been used as a punishment, for religious purposes, and also for musical purposes.

Castrati

'A tear in each note and a sigh in each breath': The Castrati
* Castration has been used as a punishment, for religious purposes, and also for musical purposes.

Don Shelton

Burking and Body-Snatching: The Deadly Side of Medicine in Georgian London
* Recent article, "in the Guardian regarding Don Shelton's latest paper in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, where he posits that surgeons William Hunter and William Smellie had women at their full-term of pregnancy murdered or 'burked' to provide bodies to further their obstetric studies."

Pregnancy

Burking and Body-Snatching: The Deadly Side of Medicine in Georgian London
* Recent article, "in the Guardian regarding Don Shelton's latest paper in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, where he posits that surgeons William Hunter and William Smellie had women at their full-term of pregnancy murdered or 'burked' to provide bodies to further their obstetric studies."