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."