Best. Counter-scam. Evar.
from my friend Sam:
Yet another blog that will take up gigs of space, be accessable to anyone on the face of the earth, and will be read by (maybe) three people... If I'm lucky.
from my friend Sam:
Artist Plays Theremin With a Jellyfish
Why spend money on pharmaceuticals to treat your disease?
The Good News:
I'm interviewed in the article:
Here's a list of the Top Five Cookies
In this paragraph I will state the main claim that the research makes, making appropriate use of "scare quotes" to ensure that it's clear that I have no opinion about this research whatsoever.
In this paragraph I will briefly (because no paragraph should be more than one line) state which existing scientific ideas this new research "challenges".
If the research is about a potential cure, or a solution to a problem, this paragraph will describe how it will raise hopes for a group of sufferers or victims.
This paragraph elaborates on the claim, adding weasel-words like "the scientists say" to shift responsibility for establishing the likely truth or accuracy of the research findings on to absolutely anybody else but me, the journalist.
In this paragraph I will state in which journal the research will be published. I won't provide a link because either a) the concept of adding links to web pages is alien to the editors, b) I can't be bothered, or c) the journal inexplicably set the embargo on the press release to expire before the paper was actually published.
"Basically, this is a brief soundbite," the scientist will say, from a department and university that I will give brief credit to. "The existing science is a bit dodgy, whereas my conclusion seems bang on" she or he will continue.
I will then briefly state how many years the scientist spent leading the study, to reinforce the fact that this is a serious study and worthy of being published by
the BBC the website.
from my friend Sam:
Embedded in commercials, the bar codes will contain as much as five minutes' worth of Web information on a product.
"They are -- they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they're already into this experiment."
NY Times: ARTS | September 23, 2010
sometimes, all The Onion needs is a headline...
No Privacy in Your Cubicle? Try an Electronic Silencer
from the website:
One way to think of a person's position in society is in terms of four factors -
education, income, occupation and wealth.
visit the webpage, and just move your mouse over the 4 menu choices
to determine your percentile ranking in the 4 components.
I've noticed conflicting messages sent by two types of TV shows:
SCIENCE | September 21, 2010
It seems that the Time website had a typo
I just had to Google that one. The first site I have found with that apparent quote makes me think Time magazine's version is a typo. Should be psychics, not physics.
from my friend Shelly:
Pigeon flies past broadband in data speed race
Stephen Hawking on why the universe exists:
from my friend Sam
American journalist Harry Golden once wrote:
I have a rule against registering complaints in a restaurant, because I know that there are at least four billion suns in the Milky Way, which is only one galaxy. Many of these suns are thousands of times larger than our own, and vast millions of them have whole planetary systems, including literally billions of satellites, and all of this revolves at the rate of about a million miles an hour, like a huge oval pinwheel.
Our own sun and its planets, which includes the earth, are on the edge of this wheel. This is only our small corner of the universe, so why do not these billions of revolving and rotating suns and planets collide? The answer is, the space is so unbelievably vast that if we reduced the suns and the planets in correct mathematical proportion with relation to the distances between them, each sun would be a speck of dust, two, three and four thousand miles away from its nearest neighbour.
And, mind you, this is only the Milky Way -- our own small comer -- our own galaxy. How many galaxies are there? Billions. Billions of galaxies spaced at about one million light years apart. Within the range of our biggest telescopes there are at least one hundred million separate galaxies such as our own Milky Way, and that is not all, by any means.
The scientists have found that the further you go out into space with the telescopes the thicker the galaxies become, and there are billions of billions as yet uncovered to the scientist's camera and astrophysicist's calculations.
When you think of all this, it's silly to worry whether the waitress brought you string beans instead of limas.
Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2, is famous throughout the entertainment industry for being more than just a little self-righteous.
At a recent U2 concert in Glasgow, Scotland, he asked the audience for total quiet. Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands, once every few seconds.
Holding the audience in total silence, he spoke into the microphone, "Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies."
A voice with a broad Scottish accent came from the front of the crowd, piercing the quiet:
"Well, foockin' stop doin' it then, ya evil bastard!"
The New Year is 5771, so remember not to write 5770 on your checks.
May you be dipped in honey, and your apples inscribed in the Book of Life.
Here's your movie trivia stumper for the weekend.
As you know, Rosh Hashanah marks the "Birthday of the World."
Sep 9, 1776:
Robot Learns to Pair Socks… Incredibly Slowly
Scientists at UC Berkeley have programmed a robot to pair socks.
Well, sort of.
It's not about to sort your laundry for you, but if you've got one sock inside out,
this little guy will flip it and pair it with its mate… in about fifteen minutes.
Romans wore socks with sandals, new British dig suggests
New evidence from an archaeological dig has found that legionnaires wore socks with sandals.
Rust on a nail from a Roman sandal found in newly discovered ruins in North Yorkshire appears
to contain fibres which could suggest that a sock-type garment was being worn.
We take the stately laws of physics—laws which mathmaticians and scientists have spent centuries discovering and verifying—and apply them to the realm of human relationships, to see if they shed useful light on our daily lives.
Prologue.We hear two stories of everyday life which are more easily understood if one knows some of the laws of physics, specifically the Mediocrity Principle and the Casimir Effect. Then Particle Physicist and NPR Correspondent Dave Kestenbaum explains why physicists hate it when non-scientists try to apply these laws and principles to their daily lives. (8 minutes)
Act One. Occam's Razor.In Los Angeles, Cris Beam reports on a family named the Paladinos that had a theory that explained their lives. And then, at some point, that theory came to seem inadequate. It didn't seem to match the data and evidence at hand. So they switched to a different theory. (30 minutes)
Act Two. The Trajectory And Force Of Bodies In Orbit.
Act Three. Conservation Of Energy And Matter.
Am J Gastroenterol. 1993 Jan;88(1):122-6.
Department of Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson (Rutgers) Medical School, New Brunswick.
A 33-yr-old white male presented with bloody diarrhea, leukocytosis, and left lower quadrant direct and rebound tenderness after a self-administered concentrated hydrofluoric acid enema while intoxicated from intranasal cocaine administration. Intraoperative flexible sigmoidoscopy and a gastrografin enema revealed severe mucosal ulceration and edema in the rectum and sigmoid colon. Laparotomy revealed an ulcerated, necrotic, and purulent sigmoid colon and intraperitoneal pus. The patient underwent a limited sigmoid resection and a Hartman procedure. Five months later, the patient presented with a rectal stricture which was resected. This case demonstrates that a hydrofluoric acid enema can cause fulminant acute colitis and chronic colonic strictures.
What Do Panhandlers Really Do With the Money They Make?