Random Neat Stuff Archive
This is an archival list of the neat and/or thought provoking stories
that don't fit easily in other sections and which have overflowed from
the general links
- 2013/07/24: CDreams: Britain's Royal Family: Cut This Anti-Democratic Dynasty Out of Politics
The monarchy embodies inequality and fosters conservatism. An elected head of state is embarrassingly overdue
- 2013/07/20: IndiaTimes: Helen Thomas, long-time White House reporter, dies
- 2013/07/16: LWeinstein: Meet the Guys: The Jerks of Computer Science
- 2013/07/15: Guardian(UK): Femen-inspired postage stamp angers French right
- Wiki: Hare Psychopathy Checklist
- 2013/07/09: Tyee: How Not to Elect a Sociopath -- Simple test could weed out candidates incapable of acting in public interest
- 2013/07/09: RSSeNews: RSS commission new research into public perceptions of statistics
A new survey by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London shows just how wrong public opinion can be on key social issues such as crime, benefit fraud and immigration.
- 2013/07/12: CSM: Man swims five hours to shore as family holds onto capsized boat
John Franklin Riggs swam for five hours, resting once on a crab pot buoy, toward shore to help his family after their boat capsized two miles off the shore of Maryland.
Mr. Riggs climbed rocks along the shoreline in the dark and knocked on the door of the first house he saw early Wednesday.
Angela Byrd, who lives at that house, may have slept through Riggs' knocks had it not been for her dog, the Daily Times reported. "He came to the right house," Ms. Byrd told the paper. “He said, ‘I’ve been swimming since sundown; I need help.'"
She called 911 and rescuers were soon on their way to the 16-foot Carolina Skiff.
- 2013/07/06: BBC: Canada train blast: At least one dead in Lac-Megantic
- 2013/07/04: CBC: U.S. prayer-healing parents lose homicide appeal -- 11-year-old daughter died from undiagnosed diabetes in 2008
A U.S. couple who prayed instead of seeking medical help as their daughter died was properly convicted of homicide, a court ruled Wednesday in a decision that dramatically limits legal immunity for parents who turn to God rather than science to heal their children.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the state's immunity provisions for prayer treatment parents protect them from child abuse charges but nothing else.
- 2013/07/02: SciAm:OI: What Really Happens When Lightning Strikes Sand: The Science Behind a Viral Photo
- 2013/06/29: CBC: Grandmother dodges tankers on 58-km North Coast swim
Swim to raise money to fight prostate cancer began in Prince Rupert at 6 p.m. Friday
A 44-year-old grandmother from B.C.'s North Coast was in the ocean for 27 hours as she completed a 58-kilometre swim to raise money and awareness for the fight against prostate cancer.
Dayna McKay began swimming from Prince Rupert harbour to her island community of Lax-Kw'alaams, a village also known as Port Simpson, at 6 p.m. PT Friday night.
- Wiki: To Have and Have Not (film)
- 2013/06/21: CBC: Northern Ont. canoe trek turns into rescue mission -- Students from Blind River high school encounter lost couple during outdoor education trip
- 2013/06/21: IndiaTimes: One in three women suffers domestic violence: WHO
- 2013/06/12: UnderstandingSociety: Hacking on Kuhn
- 2013/06/12: TreeHugger: Poor coyote pup rescued from cactus hell in Arizona
- 2013/06/03: SlackProp: On "Geek" Versus "Nerd"
- Wiki: List of common misconceptions
- 2013/06/07: QuarkSoup: Keeping Portland Weird
- 2013/06/07: APOD: NGC 6903: The Butterfly Nebula
- 2013/06/05: EPOD: Ice Sail in Pothole
- 2013/06/01: IBTimes: Far-Right Extremists Chased Through London by Women Dressed as Badgers
- 2013/05/30: DerSpiegel: Unprotected: How Legalizing Prostitution Has Failed
When Germany legalized prostitution just over a decade ago, politicians hoped that it would create better conditions and more autonomy for sex workers. It hasn't worked out that way, though. Exploitation and human trafficking remain significant problems.
- 2013/05/28: CDreams: And On The 8th Day, God Created Hackers and Bikers
- 2013/05/28: CDreams: Burning Tulsa: The Legacy of Black Dispossession
- 2013/05/28: WSWS: California: Police confiscate cellphones of witnesses after beating man to death
- 2013/05/23: ACLU: An Unexpected Reaction: Why a Science Experiment Gone Bad Doesn't Make Me a Criminal by Kiera Wilmot
- 2013/05/23: SciAm:TTA: Once Upon A Time, The Catholic Church Decided That Beavers Were Fish
- Wiki: Internet of Things
- Wiki: St. Louis Blues (1958 film)
- Wiki: W. C. Handy
- Wiki: Richard Sonnenfeldt
- 2013/05/13: CCurrents: Robinson Jeffers: America's Neglected-At-Our-Peril Poet-Prophet
- 2013/05/15: BBC: Workplace whistle-blowers 'ignored', survey suggests
Some 60% of whistle-blowers who voice fears about their workplace receive no response from their managers, a survey suggests.
The charity Public Concern at Work also said that of 1,000 whistle-blowers it questioned, 19% were disciplined or demoted after speaking up.
A further 15% were dismissed altogether, it added.
The charity said the survey showed why speaking up at work "may seem futile or dangerous to many individuals".
- 2013/05/10: IndiaTimes: Survivor found in rubble 17 days after Bangladesh factory collapse: Fire chief
- 2013/05/09: Macleans: 10 years later, ‘Star Wars Kid’ speaks out
- 2013/05/07: SlashDot: Ender's Game Trailer Released
- 2013/05/07: CNN: Microsoft prepares U-turn on Windows 8
Analysts warned that changing course would be a significant admission of failure for CEO Steve Ballmer - The combination PC and tablet software was widely panned by reviewers - Microsoft has also admitted to a range of other slips with the launch of Windows 8
- 2013/05/07: CNN: Special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen dies at 92
- 2013/05/03: DerSpiegel: Total Recall: Mini-Camera Records All (and Perhaps Too Much)
Swedish company Memoto is developing a camera that automatically documents the lives of users by snapping a photo every 30 seconds. The gadget could threaten privacy on both sides of the lens, critics warn.
- 2013/05/03: EUO: High prison populations result of policy, not crime: study
- 2013/05/03: CSM: US suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged
The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday.
The trend was most pronounced among white men and women in that age group. Their suicide rate jumped 40 percent between 1999 and 2010.
But the rates in younger and older people held steady. And there was little change among middle-aged blacks, Hispanics, and most other racial and ethnic groups, the report from the CDC found.
- Thomas Friedman Op/Ed Generator
- 2013/05/01: EUO: French PM criticises use of English among ministers
- 2013/05/01: IndiaTimes: Indonesian policewomen wow protesters with Gangnam Style
- 2013/04/30: BBC: New adverts 'could track your eyes' in supermarkets
An advertising system which is able to track your eye movements while you shop has been created by researchers based at Lancaster University.
- 2013/04/27: Wonkette: Sad Dubai Bus Driver Tried To Rape Wrong Female Sailor
- 2013/04/25: Guardian(UK): 10 of the worst examples of management-speak
- 2013/04/24: DerSpiegel: 'Sextremist' Training: Climbing into the Ring with Femen
Women's rights activists with Femen have arrived in Germany, and they have patriarchy in their crosshairs. They're holding training sessions for young women, teaching them how to evade security at protests -- all while bearing their breasts in the name of feminism.
- 2013/04/26: CBC: U.S. tourists swim 14 hours to survive Caribbean shipwreck
- 2013/04/26: al Jazeera: FEMEN, Eastern European women and the Muslim sisters
The Western drive for "enlightenment" of other people has directly or indirectly affected millions of non-Western women.
- 2013/04/25: CBC: Winnipegger's assisted suicide completed in Swiss garden -- Susan Griffiths spends final moments with family members
Susan Griffiths was serenaded with children's songs as she slipped into a coma and died on Thursday just outside Zurich, Switzerland.
It was, by all accounts, exactly as she wanted it. But that was little comfort to the loved ones she left behind.
- 2013/04/23: Grist: This sustainable vibrator started out as a joke, until everyone wanted one
- 2013/04/23: TStar: Canada won’t close gender gap for 228 years at current pace: Report
Women in Canada are as healthy and educated as men, but gender equality plummets when it comes to economic and political opportunities, according to a new study
- 2013/04/22: BBC: Richie Havens, the folk singer who opened the legendary 1969 Woodstock rock festival, has died of a heart attack at 72
- 2013/04/18: Gawker: Unluckiest Luckiest Man Survives Both Marathon Bombing and Waco Blast
- 2013/04/18: CBC: Suicides prompt First Nation to declare state of emergency -- Lack of resources, mining development 'exhaust' Neskantaga First Nation
A small First Nation in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency after two suicides in less than a week, bringing the toll to seven deaths and 20 suicide attempts in Neskantaga in the past year.
Leaders in the community, which lies in Ontario’s remote James Bay lowlands about 480 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, say pressures from nearby mining development are contributing to the problems.
About 400 people live in Neskantaga, and a recent health report said about half of them struggle with addictions -- three quarters them younger people.
- 2013/04/15: SoS: Google Glass Enables New Forms of Cheating
- 2013/04/17: CBC: Cape Breton singer Rita MacNeil dies at 68
- 2013/04/15: NYT: A Madman, but Angelic by Robin Williams
- GDELT: Global Data on Events, Location and Tone
- 2013/04/12: Guardian(UK): GDELT: a big data history of life, the universe and everything
The Global Data on Events, Location and Tone promises to be the ultimate big database - and an amazing tool for data journalists. But what is it?
- 2013/04/11: CSM: Komodo dragon attack repelled by woman with a broom
- 2013/04/11: JCMorton: Sleeps more
- 2013/04/10: DerSpiegel: 'The Art World Is Rotten': Giacometti Forger Tells All
Robert Driessen is one of the most successful art forgers in the world. Over his 30 years of work, he came to specialize in creating forgeries of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. Now living in Thailand, out of the reach of European authorities, Driessen wants his story told.
- 2013/04/10: WSWS: _The Gatekeepers_ from Israel and a film version of Jack Kerouac’s _On the Road_
- 2013/04/09: CBC: Rape, bullying led to N.S. teen's death, says mom -- Rehtaeh Parsons told police she was raped at a party when she was 15
The mother of a teenage girl from Nova Scotia who killed herself after allegedly being raped and photographed by four boys is speaking out, to tell the story behind her daughter’s tragic death.
Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, died on Sunday in hospital after attempting suicide a few days earlier.
- 2013/04/09: G&M: Bullying blamed in death of Nova Scotia teen
A Nova Scotia teenager died by suicide a year and a half after she was sexually assaulted and then subjected to bullying that included sharing a photograph of the assault, her family says.
They said Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old high-school student from Cole Harbour, near Halifax, struggled emotionally after she was sexually assaulted and a police investigation ended without criminal charges.
- Wiki: Talleyrand
- 2013/04/01: SciAm: How to Count Komodo Dragons
Camera traps worked about as well as physical traps at detecting the presence of Komodo dragons--and, in certain areas, did even better, an analysis reveals. The finding is significant because Komodo populations are threatened by human activities
- 2013/04/04: al Jazeera: Just what is the real purpose of marriage?
- 2013/04/03: CBC: Fisherman rescues humpback whale with piece of lumber -- Whale became entangled in fishing lines during the Easter weekend
- Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
- 2013/04/03: BBC: The Great British class calculator
People in the UK now fit into seven social classes, a major survey conducted by the BBC suggests.
The new classes are defined as:
- Elite - the most privileged group in the UK, distinct from the other six classes through its wealth. This group has the highest levels of all three capitals
- Established middle class - the second wealthiest, scoring highly on all three capitals. The largest and most gregarious group, scoring second highest for cultural capital
- Technical middle class - a small, distinctive new class group which is prosperous but scores low for social and cultural capital. Distinguished by its social isolation and cultural apathy
- New affluent workers - a young class group which is socially and culturally active, with middling levels of economic capital
- Traditional working class - scores low on all forms of capital, but is not completely deprived. Its members have reasonably high house values, explained by this group having the oldest average age at 66
- Emergent service workers - a new, young, urban group which is relatively poor but has high social and cultural capital
- Precariat, or precarious proletariat - the poorest, most deprived class, scoring low for social and cultural capital
- Wiki: Caroline Norton
- 2013/04/01: CBC: Man and dog rescue 2 girls from icy Edmonton river
1st girl pulled to safety, then dog rescues man struggling to save 2nd girl
A man and his dog saved two girls who fell into the icy North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton Sunday afternoon.
- 2013/03/30: CCurrents: Hey Christian: Resurrect This!
- Wiki: Eostre
- 2013/03/25: al Jazeera: Hijacking feminism
Powerful women are introducing a new form of feminism devoid of social justice, argues Rottenberg.
- 2013/03/20: CSM: Patrick Stewart wedding: Ian McKellan says he'll perform the ceremony
- 2013/03/16: al Jazeera: Smacking: An 'acceptable' form of child abuse
The UK government has sunk to a new low by defending the rights of parents who smack their children, writes author [Siobhan Courtney]
- 2013/03/14: CDreams: 37 Percent of People Completely Lost
- 2013/03/14: IndiaTimes: Amsterdam's oldest prostitute twins retire after bedding 355,000 men
- Wiki: Daylight saving time by country
- 2013/03/06: CBC: Stompin' Tom Connors dies at 77
- 2012/07/05: arXiv: Statistical Basis for Predicting Technological Progress by Bela Nagy et al.
- 2013/02/28: PLoS One: Statistical Basis for Predicting Technological Progress by Béla Nagy et al.
- 2013/03/05: JCMorton: Oh dear -- more chaos at work!!!!!
- 2013/03/01: CBC: Iceland tests find meat pies contain no meat at all
- Wiki: Greek Alphabet
- 2013/02/27: al Jazeera: Fred Korematsu: Why ignore a true hero?
While similar icons like Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King Jr get recognition, Fred Korematsu is glossed over.
- 2013/02/23: CSM: War psychology research expands, troops found to suffer 'moral injuries'
A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, former Marine Capt. Timothy Kudo thinks of himself as a killer — and he carries the guilt every day.
"I can't forgive myself," he says. "And the people who can forgive me are dead."
With American troops at war for more than a decade, there's been an unprecedented number of studies into war zone psychology and an evolving understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder. Clinicians suspect some troops are suffering from what they call "moral injuries" — wounds from having done something, or failed to stop something, that violates their moral code.
Though there may be some overlap in symptoms, moral injuries aren't what most people think of as PTSD, the nightmares and flashbacks of terrifying, life-threatening combat events. A moral injury tortures the conscience; symptoms include deep shame, guilt and rage. It's not a medical problem, and it's unclear how to treat it, says retired Col. Elspeth Ritchie, former psychiatry consultant to the Army surgeon general.
"The concept ... is more an existentialist one," she says.
- Wiki: Leo McKern
- 2013/02/24: ABC(Au): Doctor Who Dalek designer Cusick dies
The designer of the iconic Dalek villains from the long-running cult science fiction series Doctor Who, Ray Cusick, has died aged 84.
- 2013/02/23: JCMorton: From Uvajuq - how death came into the world
- 2013/02/22: BBC: Magic Slim, the American blues guitarist and leading figure in the Chicago blues scene, has died aged 75
- 2013/02/20: SF Gate: On a hunch, fishermen find crash site, 2 sisters
- 2013/02/22: CBC: Nunavut mom jailed after telling daughter to kill herself
- 2013/02/20: CBC: Ashley Smith's mother says daughter was scared in prison
- 2013/02/21: CBC: Ashley Smith's mother says no one accountable for daughter's death
- 2013/02/15: ACLU: New Report Blames Failed Policies For 790% Jump in Federal Prison Population
- 2013/02/14: al Jazeera: To end rape, we need the F-word
Although the word "feminism" is stigmatised, ending a culture of violence against women is a very feminist concept.
- 2013/02/14: al Jazeera: Waging a battle against sexual and domestic violence
Women will never achieve equality as long as they are treated as "the frail sex in need of strong men to protect" them.
- 2013/02/14: al Jazeera: V-Day: One billion 'rising' against women abuse
One in three - more than one billion - women and girls on the planet are beaten or raped during their lifetime.
- 2013/02/13: DerSpiegel: Photo Gallery: Germany Goes Crazy at Rose Monday Parades
- 2013/02/12: WpgFP: TV station's emergency alert system hacked; viewers warned zombies 'rising from their graves'
- 2013/02/07: CBC: Taser use on hearing-impaired boy preventable, report says
- Wiki: M. R. D. Foot
- Canada's Missing
- 2013/01/31: CBC: Canada's missing persons cases featured on new website
- 2013/01/29: DerSpiegel: Robin Hood or Grinch?: 'Cookie Monster' Holds Golden Biscuit Ransom
Bahlsen is one of Germany's most famous food companies and its Leibniz line of cookies are enjoyed by millions. Last week, the company's emblem golden biscuit was stolen in Hanover. A ransom letter for the hostage has now been sent -- by a character claiming to be Cookie Monster.
In what is either the tale of a mean-spirited Grinch or a misguided modern-day Robin Hood, a Hanover newspaper on Tuesday received a ransom letter from the purported thief of the golden emblem of a beloved German cookie company. The letter includes an image of Sesame Street's Cookie Monster and the threat that if Hanover-based Bahlsen, the company that makes the Liebniz brand of cookies, doesn't supply the treats to all the rooms at a local children's hospital -- it won't see the golden ornament again.
"I have the cookie! And you want it," the letter read, according to the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. The letter is reportedly signed by a "Cookie Monster," and includes an accompanying photo of a person wearing a Cookie Monster costume sticking the golden cookie in its mouth.
- 2013/01/22: BP: This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works
- 2013/01/24: Smithsonian:B: The Most Infamous Komodo Dragon Attacks of the Past 10 Years
- 2013/01/24: CBC: Paddlewheel Restaurant serves its last meal
- 2013/01/22: BBC: Boulder crashes into Utah home
A Utah woman is recovering from four hours of surgery after a car-sized boulder crashed through her bedroom wall while she slept.
- 2013/01/23: ABC(Au): Fine dropped against comedian whose goat ate grass
- 2013/01/21: CBC: Internet swoons for Spanish runner who helped rival win
- Edward Tufte
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): Sandy Hook 'truthers' and the paranoid quest for meaning where there is none
The truth conspiracy theorists unwittingly reveal is the seductive power of sinister but imaginary causes amid real tragedy
- 2013/01/12: UnhandledException: The Truth about Aaron Swartz’s "Crime"
- InternetArchive: The Aaron Swartz Collection
- 2013/01/10: SlashDot: IBM's Watson Gets a Swear Filter After Learning the Urban Dictionary
IBM's super-computer Watson briefly went from smart to smart ass with the help of the Urban Dictionary. According to Eric Brown, an IBM research assistant, he and his 35-person team wanted to get Watson to sound more like a real human. After teaching IBM's super-computer the entire Urban Dictionary, however, Watson simply couldn't distinguish polite discourse from profanity. Watson unfortunately learned all of the Urban Dictionary's bad habits, including throwing in overly-crass language at random points in its responses; in answering one question, Watson even reportedly used the word "bullshit" within an answer to one researcher's question. In the end, Brown and his team were forced to remove the Urban Dictionary from Watson's vocabulary, and additionally developed a smart filter to keep Watson from swearing in the future.
- 2013/01/03: LA Times: The NRA's hidden power
By exploiting people's fears, the National Rifle Assn. shapes everyday politics related to crime and insecurity --- something gun control activists may not grasp.
- 2013/01/03: VF: Kurt Eichenwald: Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment
- 2013/01/02: NewYorker: A Pickpocket’s Tale -- The spectacular thefts of Apollo Robbins
- Wiki: Kwanzaa
- Wiki: St. Louis Blues (1958 film)
- Wiki: W. C. Handy
- 2012/12/28: HuffPo: Belgium To Prosecute Scientology As Criminal Organization; Church Faces Charges Of Extortion, Fraud
- 2012/12/30: SlashDot: Moscow Plane Crash Caught On Passerby's Dash Cam
- 2012/12/18: TreeHugger: Bird Removed From Zoo Display For Hurling Expletives at Guests
- 2012/12/29: IainClaridge: Christmas GIF
- 2012/12/21: BrainPickings: 100 Diagrams That Changed the World
- 2012/12/29: CCurrents: She Is Dead, But Can We Be Said To Live?
- 2012/12/28: SoS: Becoming a Police Informant in Exchange for a Lighter Sentence
- 2012/12/27: RawStory: Indian teen kills self after police pressure her to marry rapist
A 17-year-old Indian girl who was gang-raped committed suicide after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers, police and a relative said on Thursday.
Official figures show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year in India were against women.
- 2012/12/27: DailyMail(UK): Now Piers Morgan tells Americans the Bible is 'flawed' (and he doesn't think much of their US constitution either)
- 2012/12/21: BBerg: Daily Gun Slaughter in U.S. Obscured by Newtown Rampage
American civilians own some 270 million firearms, 89 for every 100 residents, more than any other nation, according to the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. There were an average of 85 gun deaths each day in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including two accidents, 53 suicides and 30 homicides.
- 2012/12/27: WSWS: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey --- not so unexpected as all that
- 2012/12/22: CBC: Infant dies in Nunavut plane crash
Other passengers suffer non-life threatening injuries on flight from Winnipeg
A plane en route to Nunavut from Winnipeg has crashed with nine people aboard, killing a six-month-old child, RCMP say.
Perimeter Aviation charter flight 671 was carrying seven passengers — including the infant — a pilot, and a co-pilot when it aborted a landing and crashed as it approached Sanikiluaq at approximatley 6:13 p.m. ET. RCMP said in a news release the plane was a Fairchild Metro 3/23 twin-engine turbo prop that crashed close to the end of the runway, south of the airport.
- 2010/02/20: WpgFP: More ominous issue underlies Youth for Christ flap
- 2012/12/20: PostMedia: More arrests in maple syrup caper
Police continue to crack down on the great maple syrup caper, with 14 more arrests on Wednesday. This brings to 18 the number of individuals who have been brought before a judge for their alleged part in the $20-million theft.
Seven people are still at large and possibly vacationing in Florida.
- 2012/12/14: Onion: Fuck Everything, Nation Reports -- Just Fuck It All To Hell
- 2012/12/13: DemNow: After Rebuff by Clinton, Actor Peter Coyote Joins New Push to Sway Obama on Leonard Peltier Clemency
- 2012/12/13: DemNow: Native American Activist Leonard Peltier’s Jailhouse Plea for Long-Denied Clemency
- 2012/12/13: SciAm:RS: The Cataclysm: "That Whole Mountain Range Had Just Exploded" [Mount St. Helens eruption]
- 2012/12/12: TreeHugger: Christmas Trees Given Jellyfish Genes Could Produce Their Own Light
- 2012/12/11: QuarkSoup: Santa Immediately Took Cover
- 2012/12/04: CBC: Could High Frame Rate 3D hurt The Hobbit?
- 2012/12/11: CBC: Questioning The Hobbit's faster frame rate technology -- Will audiences flock to or flee from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit in HFR 3D?
- 2012/12/11: CBC: Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies at 92
- 2012/12/10: CBC: Supreme Court hears Ontario end-of-life care case -- Top court judge reserves judgement, no hint when decision will come
Who gets to decide when medical treatments are no longer worth pursuing and should be ended? The doctors? The patients? In the case of those who can't speak for themselves, their surrogate decision-makers?
Is discontinuing care when doctors deem all hope of recovery is gone the equivalent of allowing a patient to die — or hastening a death?
In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court of Canada's justices will be mulling over these questions and what the law says about them as they craft a judgment in a case entitled "Brian Cuthbertson, et al. versus Hassan Rasouli by his Litigation Guardian and Substitute Decision Maker, Parichehr Salasel."
- 2012/12/07: LG&M: Shorter Eric Cantor: "The Rights of White Men to Sexually Assault Women of Color Shall Not Be Abridged!"
Leave it to a congressman from the ex-Confederacy, where the white rape of black women has a long and sordid history, to hold up the Violence Against Women Act in order to protect white men from prosecution by tribal courts if they rape a Native American woman.
Yes that’s right. Eric Cantor is the holding up VAWA for that reason. Republicans have been fighting it tooth and nail because the new act would expand protections to immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans. They are caving on the first two. But about Native Americans, Cantor refuses to budge.
- 2012/12/07: CBC: People's Pick: Christine Sinclair voted Canada's Athlete of the Year
- 2012/12/06: CDreams: Native American Tribes Successfully Buy Back Stolen Sacred Land
- 2012/12/05: PhilG: Christmas gift for someone you hate: Windows 8
- 2012/12/04: CBC: Homicide rates in Canada rise 7% -- Firearm deaths at lowest level in almost 50 years as killers favour the blade
- 2012/11/30: CBC: Human rights museum staff leave amid interference allegations -- CEO denies any political interference in content of Winnipeg-based museum
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg has not yet opened, but there has already been an exodus of employees, amid allegations of indecision and political interference on the part of management and the board of trustees, CBC News has learned.
Of the 38 employees who have left the museum since it began hiring.
* Twenty-four have either quit or been fired.
* Contracts for another 14 have expired.
* In just the past four weeks, the museum has lost its director of finance, director of facilities, and manager of marketing and sales.
- 2012/11/28: DerSpiegel:Germany to Ban Sex with Animals
- 2012/11/28: ABC(Au): Rock-star reception for Jackson and Hobbit cast
- 2012/11/28: BBC: Hobbit mania grips New Zealand as premiere held
- 2012/11/26: CSM: As 'The Hobbit' premiere nears, the movie team works around the clock (+ video)
- 2012/11/23: TreeHugger: Become a Scottish Lord or Lady for $49.99
- 2012/11/22: NakedCapitalism: Nora Guthrie talks about Alice’s Restaurant, Arlo and Woody
- 2012/11/16: Wired:DR: They Cracked This 250-Year-Old Code, and Found a Secret Society Inside
- 2012/11/19: SciAm:A:I: A Modest Proposal: Star-Trek-like Comm Badges for Siri, redux
- 2012/11/17: Noahpinion: Why I love Michael Moore
- 2012/11/18: CBC: For Nunavut judges, going to court 'truly an adventure'
- 2012/11/18: APOD: NGC 6357's Cathedral to Massive Stars
- 2012/11/16: RadioAustralia: East Timor's first locally produced film a labour of love
- Wiki: Searching for Sugar Man
- Wiki: Sixto Rodriguez
- 2012/11/11: NBF: Belated notice that Michael O'Hare actor from Babylon 5 passed
- Wiki: Delay-tolerant networking
- 2012/11/07: NBF: Human enhancement and the future of work
- 2012/11/07: JEB: let's technical toilet
- 2012/10/31: MarkCoddington: Why political journalists can’t stand Nate Silver: The limits of journalistic knowledge
- 2012/10/30: DVice: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction
What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.
- 2012/11/01: NatureNB: Asian elephant says "hello" in Korean
- 2012/10/30: TreeHugger: Pigeon is Puzzled After Hatching a Penguin
- 2012/10/27: al Jazeera: Poll finds fresh increase in US racism
AP poll says anti-black sentiment by Americans has grown since President Barack Obama's historic election in 2008.
- 2012/10/25: CBC: B.C. teen arrested for photographing mall takedown
Lawyer says guards and police have no right to demand people's cameras
- 2012/10/24: Atlantic: What It Was Like to Be a Telephone Operator on the Night Orson Welles Broadcast 'War of the Worlds'
- Wiki: National Energy Program
- Wiki: Pierre Trudeau
- 2012/10/18: ABC(Au): Adoption apology brings Tas Premier to tears
Tasmania's Premier has been brought to tears while giving an apology to victims of forced adoptions.
About 100 people gathered at Parliament House in Hobart to watch the formal apology.
The practice affected thousands of Tasmanians from the 1950s to the 1980s.
In an emotional speech, Premier Lara Giddings said the past practices caused great pain and suffering and the state acknowledged that mothers did not willingly give up their babies.
- 2012/10/17: Guardian(UK): Dozens of Spitfire planes to be excavated in Burma
- Wiki: An Affair to Remember
- 2012/10/17: BBC: Nissan steer-by-wire cars set for showrooms by 2013
- 2012/10/15: CBC: Ashley Smith family lawyer alleges 'coverup' of videos -- Inquest into teen's death prompts battle over release of videos, documents
- 2012/10/14: Gawker: Bigoted Christian Group Opposes Anti-Bullying Day, Says It Promotes ‘Homosexual Lifestyle’
- 2012/10/10: ABC(Au): New Zealand makes Hobbit coins legal tender
- 2012/10/09: BBC: US Protestants no longer a majority - study
For the first time ever, the US no longer has a majority of Protestants as the number of people with no religious affiliation rises, a study has found.
The Pew report found only 48% of adults identified themselves as Protestants, down from 53% five years ago.
The long-expected decline was pinned to a rise in those claiming no religion - about 20% of Americans, the study said.
- 2012/10/08: EnergyBulletin: Who owns life?
- 2012/10/08: SciAm:GB: Stop Building Bombs and Start Building Starships
- 2012/10/08: BBC: Barcode birthday: 60 years since patent
- 2012/10/04: MindHacks: No, internet addiction is not an ‘official mental illness’
- Wiki: Michael O'Hare
- 2012/09/30: HuffPo: Michael O'Hare Dead: 'Babylon 5' Star Dies Of Heart Attack At 60
- 2012/09/26: Guardian(UK): The day I confronted my troll
He drove me off Twitter, hacked my Facebook, and abused and terrified my family. Yet the biggest shock of all was meeting him
- 2012/09/28: ACLU: Louisiana Man Exonerated After 15 Years on Death Row for Murder
- 2012/09/29: BBC: Metropolitan Police officers suspended for corruption
Nearly 50 Metropolitan Police officers have been suspended for corruption in three years, figures show.
Of the 258 officers suspended for offences also including sexual assault, neglect and assault, 38% of cases were proven and 11% of officers were sacked.
The officers were paid about £3.6m during their suspensions.
A lawyer who handles complaints against the police has called the figures "shocking". The Met said it aimed to investigate allegations "quickly".
- 2012/09/28: CNN: Michigan teen targeted in homecoming 'prank' gets last laugh
- 2012/09/24: DerSpiegel: Boom Goes the Dynamite -- Hapless Robbers Blow Up German Bank
Thieves in Germany would seem to have been a bit overeager in their attempt to crack open a cash machine using explosives on Sunday night. The resulting blast destroyed the entire bank branch, causing hundreds of thousands of euros in damage.
- 2012/09/25: BBC: Makers unite - the revolution will be home-made
- 2012/09/23: CBC: Crowd lifts car off Toronto boy, 9, after child struck -- Video shot by apartment resident shows group rescue effort
- 2012/09/22: BBC: Australian Roman Catholic Church admits child sex abuse
- 2012/09/22: al Jazeera: Australian Catholic Church admits child abuse
State of Victoria confirms that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests since the 1930s.
- 2012/09/21: CBC: Sex-trade workers group wins bid for court challenge
- 2012/09/20: JCMorton: Campaigns to bear-proof all garbage containers in wild areas have been difficult because...
as one biologist put it, "there is a considerable overlap between the intelligence levels of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists."
- 2012/09/19: Guardian(UK): The 'Jesus's wife' papyrus reveals another version of the Christian story
While telling us little about Jesus's actual marital status, this new fragment shows how religions create their own authorised history
- 2012/09/19: BBC: Ancient fragment makes reference to the 'wife of Jesus'
An ancient scrap of papyrus makes explicit reference to Jesus having a wife, according to a renowned expert in Christian history.
Harvard divinity professor Karen King unveiled the 4th-Century Coptic script at a conference in Rome.
She said researchers had identified the words "Jesus said to them, 'my wife'", which might refer to Mary Magdalene.
Christian tradition holds that Jesus did not marry - but Ms King said in early years it was subject to debate.
The provocative find could spark debate over celibacy and the role of women within Christianity, she added.
- 2012/09/18: CBC: Ancient text has Jesus referring to 'my wife'
- 2012/09/10: NatureN: Proof claimed for deep connection between primes
If it is true, a solution to the abc conjecture about whole numbers would be an ‘astounding’ achievement
- 2012/08/29: Yahoo:Sideshow: "Missing" woman unknowingly joins search for herself
- 2012/08/24: BBC: The US government cannot force tobacco firms to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages, an appeals court in Washington has ruled
- 2012/08/24: BBC: Kodak set to quit camera film and photo paper business
- 2012/08/22: JQuiggin: Singularity review repost
- 2012/08/22: TreeHugger: Man Single-Handedly Saves Whale Trapped in Net
- Wiki: List of HTTP status codes
- 2012/08/20: TreeHugger: Photos of Abandoned Olympic Sites Around the World
- 2012/08/20: CBC: Ontario teen youngest ever to swim Lake Ontario -- Annaleise Carr comes ashore to cheers in Toronto
- 2012/08/20: WSWS: The real beneficiaries of the "people’s" Olympic Games
- Archive: The Musopen Collection
- 2012/08/16: CBC: Vancouver police officer filmed kicking arrested man
- 2012/08/15: CBC: 5-year-old B.C. girl makes heroic 911 call
- 2012/08/15: BBC: Man survives six-day crevasse ordeal in Austrian Alps
A 70-year-old German climber has been rescued from a crevasse in the Austrian Alps, where he says he was stuck for six days.
- 2012/07/23: WpgFP: They have a lot in commons -- Neechi shops over budget, behind schedule
- 2012/08/07: BoingBoing: What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory?
- 2012/08/09: TreeHugger: Bears Break Into Cabin, Help Themselves to Beer
- 2012/08/09: al Jazeera: Struggling to secure indigenous rights
As indigenous protests gain momentum, most governments fail to practice what they have committed to internationally.
- Wiki: Cycad
- 2012/08/08: BBC: Belarus-Sweden teddy bear row escalates
Belarus has taken strong diplomatic action against Sweden following a stunt involving parachuted teddy bears.
Sweden says all of its diplomats have been expelled from Belarus, which has also closed its embassy in Stockholm.
Belarus was angered when a Swedish public relations firm dropped about 800 teddy bears with pro-democracy messages from a light aircraft.
- 2012/08/08: SlashDot: The Internet Archive Starts Seeding Over a Million Torrents
- OpenMedia: Indie ISPs by Province/Territory
- 2012/07/31: DailyMail: Cripes, get him off me! Dog becomes unlikely friend to white lion cub rejected by its mother - but it's a test of patience!
- 2012/08/04: CCurrents: The Taboo Question: What Were The Brain-Altering Psych Drugs That The Batman Shooter Might Have Been Taking or Withdrawing From?
- 2012/08/01: al Jazeera: US author Gore Vidal dies at 86
Bestselling author of novels, play and essays was admired as independent thinker on literature, culture and politics.
- 2012/07/30: CSM: Pass a Violence Against Women Act that protects American Indian women
- 2012/07/28: CBC: Nunavut residents rescue RCMP after office fired on -- 20-year-old man in custody in Iqaluit after incident in Kimmirut
- 2012/07/23: RawStory: Masked men carve ‘dyke’ into lesbian woman, then set house on fire
- 2012/07/22: Guardian(UK): Gun homicides and gun ownership listed by country
- 2012/07/11: Poynter: Fifth-graders alert Washington Post to Titanic error with ‘adorable’ letter
- 2012/07/19: DerSpiegel: Cuddly Surrogate -- Teddy Bear TLC Keeps Sloth Baby Alive
Baby sloths really like to cuddle, especially when they nurse. So when infant sloth Sjakie needed more milk, its Dutch zookeepers had to turn to a teddy bear to keep their new addition company while it eats. The toddler who donated the toy is thrilled.
- 2012/07/20: BBC: Ahoy! Your ship is being tracked from orbit
- 2012/07/19: AlterNet: The Rise and Fall of the American Childhood
- 2012/07/18: uComics: (cartoon - Auth) Boy Scouts of America
- 2012/07/18: CBC: Dog attacked by beavers in North Saskatchewan River
- 2012/07/17: CBC: France reveals chilling Holocaust records -- Archives recount round up of some 13,000 Jews in 1942
- 2012/07/16: CfC: Awesomely incorrect
- 2012/07/13: Grist: Widowed farmer creates love note to his wife out of thousands of oak trees
- 2012/07/04: NewlySwissed: Very Local Food at "Frau Gerolds Garten" in Zürich
- Merck Veterinary Manual
- 2012/07/05: AlterNet: The 3 Parent Family -- Conservatives Freak Out Over a Different Model for Healthy, Happy Kids
- 2012/07/04: ABC(Au): Comic actor Eric Sykes dies aged 89
- 2012/07/03: CBC: Criminal probe launched into Elliot Lake mall roof collapse
New information has led the Ontario provincial police to deem their probe of a fatal mall roof collapse in Elliot Lake a criminal investigation.
Two women were killed on June 23 when the roof of the Algo Centre Mall caved in and plummeted two floors down into the building.
The Ontario Provincial Police were assisting the Ontario Chief Coroner's office in its investigation into the deaths of Doloris Perizzolo, 74, and Lucie Aylwin, 37, but "as a result of information obtained," the police said Tuesday they are now also looking into the collapse as a criminal investigation.
- 2012/07/03: S&R: Good night, Andy
- 2012/07/03: SmithsonianMag:B: 100 Years of Earthquakes On One Gorgeous Map
- 2012/06/29: CBC: Spanking may be linked to later mental disorders -- Positive reinforcement techniques preferred for discipline
- 2012/06/19: SmithsonianMag:Design: The Long History of the Espresso Machine
- 2012/06/28: CBC: Elliot Lake mall patched 'on the cheap,' ex-manager says -- Roof problems cited by former staff of Algo Centre Mall
A former manager of the Elliot Lake, Ont., mall says the owner was warned as far back as 2008 that if he didn’t make repairs to the mall roof it could collapse.
Brian England says he was with Bob Nazarian, the 66-year-old Richmond Hill businessman who owns the mall, when Nazarian was told of the consequences of not doing repair work to the mall’s roof.
"The architect plain and simply told Mr. Nazarian that if he didn’t proceed with these repairs," said England, "that we could find that his structure was at the point of deterioration that it possibly could collapse."
"It was that clear."
- 2012/06/25: AlterNet: Born Evil: That's What the Mormon Church Taught Me as a Brown and Female Child
- 2012/06/29: CBC: Boy keeps grandfather alive in woods overnight
- 2012/06/26: SashaSaid: Being Forced into Prostitution
- 2012/06/26: CBC: Elliot Lake mall search turns to 'serious' machinery -- 12 people still unaccounted for, officials say
- 2012/06/25: ABC(Au): Outback drag queens create wave of acceptance
- 2012/06/19: PNAS: (ab$) Religion as a means to assure paternity by Beverly I. Strassmann et al.
The sacred texts of five world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) use similar belief systems to set limits on sexual behavior. We propose that this similarity is a shared cultural solution to a biological problem: namely male uncertainty over the paternity of offspring...
- 2012/06/19: BBC: US trafficking report reveals 'modern slavery' toll
More than 42,000 adults and children were found in forced prostitution, labour, slavery or armed conflict in 2011, a US government report has found.
- 2012/06/15: CBC: Airman to be awarded posthumously for Arctic rescue
A Canadian Forces search and rescue technician who died on a mission to save two Inuit hunters in 2011 will receive a posthumous award for his bravery this fall.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will be awarded to Sgt. Janick Gilbert posthumously, as well as to Master Cpl. Max Lahaye-Lemay and Master Cpl. Marco Journeyman, at a ceremony in London, England, in November 2012.
- 2012/06/15: Grist: 9-year-old’s lunch blog gets banned by politicians, then unbanned by internet outrage
- 2012/06/14: al Jazeera: Indonesia 'internet atheist' given jail term
Man sentenced to two and a half years for blasphemy and violating internet laws for posting atheist views on Facebook.
- 2012/06/11: Guardian(UK): Why our food is making us fat
We are, on average, 3st heavier than we were in the 60s. And not because we're eating more or exercising less -- we just unwittingly became sugar addicts
- 2012/06/11: Grist: Senegal’s salt lakes look like Pepto-Bismol
- 2012/06/09: BBC: How 'depraved' penguin sex acts shocked polar explorer
Accounts of unusual sexual activities among penguins, observed a century ago by a member of Captain Scott's polar team, are being published in full.
- 2012/06/08: CBC: B.C. superhero sting results in child luring charges
Teens dressed as Batman and Flash staged false meeting to trap suspects
A group of B.C. teens and young adults who dressed as super heroes to target Internet predators has seen some results from their efforts after charges were laid against three men.
Members of the group used the Internet to portray themselves as a 15-year-old girl having conversations with adult men.
They would lure the men to public places where someone in a super hero costume would berate the suspects for trying to pick up teenaged girls online for sex.
- The Official Woody Guthrie Website!
- 2012/05/23: AlterNet: Dear Girls -- Here's Why Nasty Old Religious Men Are Terrified of You
- 2012/05/23: CBC: Ashes of Star Trek's Scotty go aloft in SpaceX rocket
- 2012/05/21: G&M: 2,000 Americans falsely convicted then exonerated since 1989: study
- 2012/05/17: AlterNet: Tasing a Pregnant Woman in Front of Her Kid? The Outrageous -- And Dangerous -- Abuse of Tasers by Police
- 2012/05/16: Grist: Puppy rescued after escaping hawk and falling from sky
- 2012/05/15: BRitholtz: The Illusion Of Choice...
- IMDB: St. Louis Blues - W.C. Handy
- 2012/05/12: Guardian(UK): Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: I don't have broadband at home
- 2012/05/11: CBC: What moose? Woman can't recall dramatic collision
She can't remember accident or the drive to Gander, says badly injured mother
- 2012/05/07: AlterNet: Will Marriage Become a Thing of the Past for All But the Wealthy?
- 2012/05/04: AlterNet: 11 Strange, Horrific, or Just Plain Weird Ways Societies Have Policed Sex Throughout History
- 2012/05/03: ABC(Au): Lost budgie gives police directions to get home
- 2012/04/30: AlterNet: Why Are Conservatives Petrified of Sexual Freedom?
Right-wingers seem to have a deep-seated fear of women's sexual rights.
- 2012/04/26: DerSpiegel: Photo Gallery: The Day Guernica Was Destroyed [10 pix]
- 2012/04/26: DerSpiegel: Dress Rehearsal for Blitzkrieg -- A Survivor Recalls the Horrors of Guernica
During the early days of the Spanish Civil War, German pilots took part in the savage bombing of the Basque town of Guernica. Seventy-five years later, the horror of this unexpected attack is still fresh in the mind of survivors like Luis Iriondo Aurtenetxea.
- 2012/04/27: XKCD: (cartoon - Munro) Emotions
- 2012/04/26: SciNow: To Keep the Faith, Don't Get Analytical
- 2012/04/26: CBC: Thousands defy Norway mass killer Breivik in song
Facing terror with music, tens of thousands gathered in squares across Norway to sing a children's song that gunman Anders Behring Breivik claimed is being used to brainwash young Norwegians.
The defiant Facebook protest against the right-wing fanatic took place as survivors gave tearful testimony Thursday in his trial for the July 22 bombing-and-shooting rampage that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers.
Some 40,000 people converged at a central square in Oslo in the pouring rain to sing the 1970's song Children of the Rainbow -- a Norwegian version of American folk music singer Pete Seeger's Rainbow Race.
Later they were to lay roses on the steps of the courthouse in memory of those killed in the massacre.
- 2012/04/23: BBC: Charges after penguin 'prank' at Australian theme park
- 2012/04/10: ABC(Au): Locals 'frustrated' over river log jam
- 2011/06/05: NYMag: "A Textbook of Trauma"
The crash of the Chinatown charter was the worst bus accident in the city’s history. Fifteen of its victims ended up at one hospital. Fourteen lived.
- 2012/04/17: AlterNet: The Hunger Games' Subtly Racist Cliché
- 2012/04/18: Grist: Kangaroo genitals are weirder than you ever thought possible
- 2012/04/18: DM:DB: Canada’s New Quarters Will Have Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaurs on Them
- 2012/04/09: AlterNet: Why Insipidly Upbeat Hypocrites Are Worse for America Than Depressives
- 2012/04/12: AlterNet: Five Countries That Do It Better: How Sexual Prudery Makes America a Less Healthy and Happy Place
- 2012/04/08: AlterNet: 7 Rules for Recording Police
- 2012/04/04: DerSpiegel: The Silent Sex -- Women Excluded from Germany's Opinion Pages
German newspapers are full of clever commentaries, artful rhetoric and ideas. But an evaluation of national papers shows that editorials are almost always written by men. As the business gender quota debate rages on in the country, the female half of the population is being denied an influential platform.
- 2012/04/07: BBC: '£250m wasted per year' on unused gift cards
People in the UK waste £250m per year on store gift cards they do not use, according to industry figures.
- 2012/04/04: AlterNet: Are Whites Really Physically Afraid of Black Men?
- 2012/04/03: CCurrents: Inherited Religiosity: What It Means For How Most ‘Believers’ Believe
Throughout the world, the overwhelming majority of people who believe in, or otherwise feel emotionally linked to, a particular religion are those who have been born into it. This fact has crucial implications for how most ‘believers’ come to develop notions of what they regard as ‘true’ and, conversely, ‘false’, religion.
- 2012/03/25: StLToday: Woman unhappy with care at St. Mary's hospital is arrested for trespassing, dies in jail
- 2012/04/02: ThoseEmergencyBlues: When Labelling Patients Causes Patients to Die
- 2012/03/30: TruthOut: All Parties Ignore the One Way to Reduce Health Care Costs: Single-Payer
- 2012/03/30: CBC: Italian pharmacists threaten Viagra strike
- 2012/03/29: Wonkette: Fidel to Pope: So, What Does a Pope Do, Anyway? (video)
- The Tricorder Project
- 2012/03/27: CSM: It's a nerd's world
- 2012/03/26: Grist: DIY printable furniture ships as information, not parts
- 2012/03/25: AlterNet: Culture Warriors vs. Sex for Pleasure: Why the Right Wing is Wrong When it Comes to Sex
- 2012/03/24: Scientopia: Friday Weird Science: The Social Psychology of Flatulence
- 2012/03/23: SlashDot: Hobbit Pub Saved By Actors Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen
- 2012/03/19: AlterNet: How Religion's Demand for Obedience Keeps Us in the Dark Ages
- 2012/03/19: MBoard: iFixit's Kyle Wiens on How to Dismantle the War on DIY Electronics
- Wiki: Lanier W. Phillips
- 2012/03/17: CBC: Lanier Phillips, civil rights pioneer, laid to rest
Truxtun survivor had special relationship spanning 7 decades with people of Newfoundland
- 2012/03/16: AngryBear: When Do Humans Want to Share the Wealth?
- 2012/03/07: AlterNet: How the Fundamentalist Mind Compels Conservative Christians to Force Their Beliefs on You
- The Institution of Silly & Meaningless Sayings (isms)
- 2012/03/08: CBC: Silly sayings in the department of redundancies -- My pet peeve is going forward
- 2012/02/16: PLoS One: The Rationality of Prejudices by Thomas Chadefaux & Dirk Helbing
- 2012/03/13: PostMedia: One in 10 Alberta men believes it's OK to hit a woman, survey finds
Nearly one in 10 Alberta men believes it's OK to physically assault a woman if she does something to make him angry.
That's one of the startling findings of a recent survey examining men's attitudes toward domestic violence. And while the survey results indicate awareness about domestic violence is on the rise in Alberta, it also makes it clear the province still has a long way to go.
The telephone survey, conducted in February by Leger Marketing, quizzed 1,000 Alberta men about their attitudes on gender equity and domestic violence.
- 2012/03/12: CBC: Lanier Phillips, survivor of 1942 disaster, dies at 88 -- Newfoundland rescue opened horizons, inspired civil rights activism
- Find A Canadian Lawyer
- 2012/03/09: DerSpiegel: Interview with Wolfgang Beltracchi -- Confessions of a Genius Art Forger
In one of Germany's greatest art scandals, former hippie and talented artist Wolfgang Beltracchi forged dozens of paintings over a period of 35 years, earning millions and fooling top collectors and museums. Now he's about to go to jail. In a Spiegel interview, he reveals how he did it and why he eventually got caught.
- 2012/03/09: AlterNet: The Strange, Fascinating History of the Vibrator
- 2012/03/08: GRC: The Contradictions of Modern Feminism: The Triumph of Machine Politics Over Feminism by John Pilger
- 2012/03/09: GLaden: Peter Bergman is Dead
- 2012/03/05: NYT: ‘Officers, Why Do You Have Your Guns Out?’
- 2012/03/02: Rabble: How prostitution abolitionists substitute ideologies for facts
- 2012/02/03: Rabble: The mistaken logic of 'asymmetrical criminalization' -- a.k.a. the Nordic model of prostitution
- 2012/03/05: DerSpiegel: Art Forgery Scandal -- Ringleader Reveals He Faked Many More Works
In one of the most spectacular art forgery cases in German history, fraudster Wolfgang Beltracchi was sentenced to six years in prison last autumn. Set to begin doing time this month, he tells Spiegel the scope of his counterfeiting was far greater than previously known, including works by some 50 artists.
- 2012/03/05: CSM: Rush Limbaugh 'slut' comment reveals a double standard on sex
- 2012/03/02: DailyMail(UK): Harry Potter and the film-makers' magic: Incredibly detailed model of Hogwarts Castle used for every film in blockbusting series is revealed for the first time
- 2012/02/24: AlterNet: How a Student Run Database is Changing the Way Universities Respond to Rape
- 2012/03/01: Tyee: A Last Conversation with Jim Green -- The civic champion last week shared thoughts on his legacy, and what he yearned to accomplish still
- 2012/03/02: CSM: 'The Hobbit' production team releases another behind-the-scenes video
Director Peter Jackson's new 'Hobbit' video shows location shots in New Zealand's mountains and the filming of a pivotal scene where dwarves float down a river in barrels.
- 2012/03/02: BBC: Poor numeracy 'blights the economy and ruins lives'
Poor numeracy is blighting Britain's economic performance and ruining lives, says a new charity launched to champion better maths skills.
- 2012/02/29: UCRToday: Three-strikes Law Fails to Reduce Crime
UC Riverside analysis finds that decreased alcohol consumption is responsible for significant drop in crime nationwide, not tougher sentencing policies.
- 2012/02/22: BBC: There has been a 27% drop in the number of full-time undergraduate degree courses offered at UK universities over the past six years, data shows
- 2012/02/21: al Jazeera: Humans are 'naturally nice'
New research shows there is a biological basis for co-operative and empathetic behaviour.
- 2011/08/22: CBC: Lanier Phillips given honorary award
Lanier Phillips, the U.S. serviceman whose story of rescue in the Second World War has travelled around the world, was given honorary membership Monday in the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Phillips has often said the kindness he was shown after he was pulled from the wreckage of the U.S.S. Truxtun near St. Lawrence in February 1942 changed his life, and helped trigger his lifelong interest in civil rights.
Phillips, who is black, said the rescue marked the first time that white people treated him as an equal.
- 2012/02/16: ABC(Au): Sex offender attacked out of court
- 2012/02/17: ABC(Au): Police prepare to charge Martin attackers
- 2012/02/15: APOD: Merope's Reflection Nebula
- 2012/02/09: BalloonJuice: Fomenting Insurrection
I am so sick and tired of these moralizing religious blowhards. I don’t care how important he may be to millions of people and I don’t care if he speaks latin, likes incense, and wears a funny hat, that guy is an asshole.
And this goes for all of you- I am so sick and tired of fighting stupid petty battles because of your damned religion. I am sick of getting bogged down in these stupid arguments. I am sick of you using your religion as a way to divide people. I’m sick of you using your religion to get in the way of other people’s lifestyle and healthcare choices. I am sick of you using your religion as an excuse to bomb people. I’m sick of your religion getting in the way of policy making. I’m sick of you using your religion to stifle scientific progress. I really am. Do whatever the hell you want in your home and in your church, but just get out of my face with whatever horseshit you believe, be it anything from judaism to catholicism to mormonism to islam to jehovah’s witnesses to the church of the flying spaghetti monster.
Whatever the voodoo that you do is, keep it your damned self. I am officially sick of your crap.
- 2012/02/05: AlterNet: Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting
Thursday, hundreds of state legislators from across the nation headed out to an "island" resort on the coast of Florida to a unique "education academy" sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). There were no students or teachers. Instead, legislators, representatives from right-wing think tanks and for-profit education corporations met behind closed doors to channel their inner Milton Friedman and promote the radical transformation of the American education system into a private, for-profit enterprise.
- 2012/02/09: AlterNet: Why Young People Are Fleeing Conservative Evangelicalism
- 2012/02/04: LA Times: Who really benefits from putting high-tech gadgets in classrooms?
How much genuine value is there in fancy educational electronics? Don't let companies or politicians fool you.
- 2012/02/06: Wonkette: British Lizard Queen Celebrates 60 Earth Years of Oppression
- 2012/02/04: Rabble: The mistaken logic of 'asymmetrical criminalization' -- a.k.a. the Nordic model of prostitution
- 2012/02/04: ABC(Au): Inmates plaster pig on over 30 police cars
- 2012/02/04: SlashDot: Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?
- 2012/01/30: BBC: UK university applications down as fees rise
University applications from UK students for the first year of higher tuition fees are down by 8.7%, according to figures from the admissions service.
With fees rising to up to £9,000 per year, the impact has been biggest for England's universities - down by 9.9%.
In Scotland, where Scottish students do not pay fees, there was a fall of 1.5%.
- 2012/01/23: McClatchyDC: Alaska woman, 85, fends off moose attack on husband
- 2012/01/24: WiC: The caging of America: Why do we lock up so many people?
- 2012/01/23: AlterNet: Eyewitness Identification Has 50% Error Rate? How We Throw People in Prison Based on False ID
- 2012/01/23: AlterNet: 5 Biggest Lies About the Right-Wing Corporate-Backed War on Our Schools
- 2012/01/20: CSM: Do we need spaceflight for the perspective?
- 2012/01/20: al Jazeera: The fading dream of higher education in the US
Once an engine of social mobility, higher education in the US now signifies debt and lack of opportunity.
- 2012/01/19: MIT: The advantage of ambiguity
Cognitive scientists develop a new take on an old problem: why human language has so many words with multiple meanings.
- 2012/01/18: BBC: Mapping Earth's surface in 3D
- 2012/01/17: ABC(Au): Headphone-related street deaths on the rise
Pedestrians have been accused of behaving like sheep as the number of people either injured or killed while wearing headphones tripled in the past six years.
A study - published in the journal Injury Prevention - has prompted calls for a government advertising campaign in Australia.
US researchers found during the six-year period there were 116 cases, 16 of which occurred in 2004-05. But by 2010-11 that figure had risen to 47.
- 2012/01/16: AlterNet: $422,320 for a College Degree? With Tuition Skyrocketing, It is Time to Rethink Higher Education
- 2012/01/12: Guardian(UK): Can you really be addicted to the internet?
- 2012/01/12: BBC: Star Trek-style 'tricorder' invention offered $10m prize
- 2012/01/12: BBC: George Lucas says Hollywood won't support black films
- 2012/01/10: DerSpiegel: Secret Aerial Photos -- Book Provides Fresh Glimpse of Berlin's Destruction
Following the end of World War II, photographer Hein Gorny took spectacular aerial shots of the ravaged German capital. His son Peter explains how Hein defied a flying ban imposed by the Allies and managed to snap the dramatic shots.
- 2012/01/09: CSM: US crime rate at lowest point in decades. Why America is safer now.
- 2012/01/08: AlterNet: Why Is Public Education Being Outsourced to Online Charter Schools?
- 2012/01/08: Yahoo:Shine: Fast Food Chain Serves 'Darth Vader' Burgers
- 2012/01/06: PloS One: The Distance Between Mars and Venus: Measuring Global Sex Differences in Personality by Marco Del Giudice et al.
- 2012/01/02: AlterNet: 7 Reasons America's Mental Health Industry Is a Threat to Our Sanity
- 2012/01/05: BBC: Sweden recognises new file-sharing religion Kopimism
A "church" whose central tenet is the right to file-share has been formally recognised by the Swedish government.
- 2011/12/19: MIT: What is MITx? Answering common questions about the Institute’s new approach to online education
- 2011/12/31: BPA: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Trailer
- 2011/12/29: AlterNet: Schizoid Sexual Society: Focused on the Petty Sex Scandals, Ignoring the Ones That Really Matter
- 2011/12/29: TStar: Salutin: The decline of deference
- 2011/12/27: AlterNet: Are Psychiatrists Inventing Mental Illnesses to Feed Americans More Pills?
- 2011/12/26: Wonkette: Fancy Old Man In Bejeweled Golden Hat Warns of ‘Christmas Glitter’
- 2011/12/06: PopMech: What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447?
- Ribbon Farm
- 2011/12/24: CBC: Prison sentence for piano playing 'overly stringent' -- Neighbour of Spanish pianist claims pyschological damage, stress
- 2011/12/22: DerSpiegel: Europe's Perishing Parishes -- Dutchman Helps to Liquidate Dying Churches
A drastic exodus from the church is underway in the Netherlands. With two churches shuttered each week, one man has become the country's top advisor on how to repurpose the once holy buildings. Some are demolished, while others find new life as mosques, stores and even recreation centers.
- 2011/12/21: EW: Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin set to play 'Ender's Game'
Directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) from his own script, produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), and co-financed by OddLot Entertainment and Summit Entertainment, the film is set to arrive in theaters March 15, 2013.
- 2011/12/21: CSM: 'The Hobbit' trailer provides a glimpse into a new Middle-Earth journey (video)
- 2011/12/16: NYDN: Girl threatens to kill Santa and cook his reindeer if he doesn’t deliver Justin Bieber on Christmas
- 2011/12/17: USAToday: Christmas can wait? Economy intrudes on holiday for some
... Christmas Day, originally a Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Christ, is almost unheard of ...
- 2011/12/15: BBC: Nearly 20% of women in the US are raped, study reveals
Nearly 20% of women in the US are raped or suffer attempted rape at some point in their lives, a US study says.
Even more women, estimated at 25%, have been attacked by a partner or husband, the Centers for Disease Control said.
- 2011/12/14: NPR: When It Comes To Marriage, Many More Say 'I Don't'
- 2011/12/12: CBC: Bear captured in downtown Vancouver
- 2011/12/07: AlterNet: Women, Sex and Death -- From Vampires to Psychoanalysis
- 2011/12/05: AlterNet: It's My Fault Because I Had a Drink? How Being Sexually Assaulted Introduced Me to Victim-Blaming Culture
- 2011/12/06: Yahoo:Sideshow: Tennessee family home burns while firefighters watch
A Tennessee couple helplessly watched their home burn to the ground, along with all of their possessions, because they did not pay a $75 annual fee to the local fire department.
- 2011/09/01: Guardian(UK): One in 25 business leaders may be a psychopath, study finds
Psychopaths use charm and manipulation to achieve success in the workplace, according to a US study
- 2007/01/31: T&F Online: Disordered personalities at work
- 2011/12/05: ADPOV: British study has the goods on corporate execs
- 2011/12/01: BPA: Reader Photo of Threshing in Manitoba, Canada in 1914
- WISE Math: Western Initiative for Strengthening Education in Math
- 2011/11/28: Telegraph(UK): Staff to be banned from sending emails
The head of one of Europe's largest information technology services companies is to ban staff from sending each other emails, saying they waste time and are outdated.
- 2011/11/29: SlashDot: Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email
- 2011/11/28: BMcGinty: Crazy Christmas Cards from 1955!
- 2011/11/16: Guardian(UK): Dear Professor, I think my husband may be a Neanderthal
An evolutionary geneticist's postbag reveals just how skewed perceptions of our Neanderthal cousins are
- 2011/11/23: DerSpiegel: The Naked Truth -- Around the World, Protesters Bare All for a Cause
Across the globe people are shedding their clothes for political causes. Chinese supporters of Ai Weiwei are posting nude pictures on the Internet, while an Egyptian art student has created a storm with her naked photos. It's the perfect way to addle authorities, but the protesters may end up paying the price.
- Wiki: List of Linux kernel names
- 2011/11/21: Guardian(UK): Why one in four women is on psych meds
Can so many US women really be mentally ill? Perhaps some are wrongly pathologised, but there is a rational explanation
- 2011/11/21: al Jazeera: Tobacco giant sues Australia over package law
Philip Morris launches legal action over move that would see cigarettes and other products sold in logo-free packaging.
- Wiki: To the Struggle Against World Terrorism
- 2011/11/05: SamHarris: The Truth about Violence -- 3 Principles of Self-Defense
- 2011/11/17: DerSpiegel: This Is a ... Oh, Never Mind -- Kids Thwart Robbery With Piggy Banks
An attempted robbery in the German state of Lower Saxony took an unexpected turn earlier this week when an armed burglar called off his own holdup, having been shamed by a pair of children.
- 2011/11/16: AlterNet: 6 Ways to Teach Girls How to Deal With Idiots That Sexually Harass Them on the Street
- 2011/11/16: CBC: RCMP cameras with crime photos found in trees -- 'That corpse that I viewed is someone's loved one,' B.C. resident says
A B.C. man has seized two surveillance cameras he says RCMP had hidden in trees near his trailer home, and they are full of images from crime scenes and investigations.
Dion Nordick of Grand Forks told CBC News on Tuesday he found the motion-activated cameras in June, in trees overlooking the trailer he rents. They are now in his lawyer's possession.
Nordick said he took the cameras down, removed the memory cards inside, and found pictures of himself and his friends coming and going from his trailer among the 200 images on the cameras.
There were also pictures of drug busts, suicides and assaults, "and it looked like they just hadn't been erased off the card," said Nordick.
- 2011/11/10: Cryptome: FEMEN Protest Photos
- 2011/11/06: Guardian(UK): Women bloggers call for a stop to 'hateful' trolling by misogynist men
- 2011/11/10: PSN: Theory, and Why It's Time Psychology Got One
- 2011/11/11: DerSpiegel: New Abuse Figures -- Forced Marriages in Germany More Prevalent than Thought
A new study has revealed that thousands of young women and girls in forced marriages seek help every year in Germany. The vast majority of victims come from Muslim families, and many have been threatened with violence or even death. The numbers involved are much higher than previously suspected.
- 2011/11/11: SciAm:A:I: A Modest Proposal: Star-Trek-like Communicator Badges for Siri
- Wiki: Leptis Magna
- 2011/11/04: AlterNet: IQ Blackout: Why Did Studying Intelligence Become Taboo?
- 2011/11/03: NewStatesman: "You should have your tongue ripped out": the reality of sexist abuse online
Female bloggers speak out about misogynist comments, rape threats and death threats.
- Wiki: Displacement activity
- Twitterverse: The Unaired TNG Season 8
- 2011/11/01: CSM: Maker Faire: Mad science for the masses
- 2011/10/28: DailyMail(UK): The women who have to sleep with their husbands' brothers: Shortage of girls forces families into wife-sharing
Decades of aborting female babies in patriarchal culture has led to a decline in the population of women - Female foeticide has flourished among communities because of a traditional preference for sons
- BillyReisinger: How to Make Pizza Dough
- BillyReisinger: The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza
- 2011/10/16: NYT: Finding Archimedes in the Shadows
- Jacquard loom
- Neechi Commons
- 2011/07/27: WpgFP: Fall completion planned for Neechi project -- Restaurant coming with new facility
[...] The new location is now scheduled to open in October or November, according to project co-ordinator Russ Rothney.
- 2011/10/21: WpgFP: They have a lot in commons -- Neechi shops over budget, behind schedule
- 2011/10/20: SST: "The Banshee"- Alice Guerin Crist
- 2011/10/20: CBC: Friday is new doomsday, Christian radio network says
When the California Christian group known as Family Radio predicted the beginning of the end of the world as we know it back in the spring (not for the first time), Harold Camping and his followers splashed dire warnings on billboards around the globe.
- 2011/10/18: DM:BA: The topographic Earth
- 2011/10/19: Eureka: Too much undeserved self-praise can lead to depression
- 2011/10/18: NBF: Modafinil improves performance of mental tasks by sleep-deprived doctors
- 2011/10/18: BBC: Swiss far-right party mascot goat found painted black
- 2011/10/17: ReganWolfrom: SlutWalk Puts Shame on Display in Winnipeg
- 2011/10/16: MTobis: Dennis Ritchie has Died
- 2011/10/15: Atlantic: All the Single Ladies
- 2011/10/14: Eureka: Psychopathic killers: Computerized text analysis uncovers the word patterns of a predator
- 2011/10/08: DiscoverMag: Far From Oakay
A body scan reveals a lemon-size mass in the chest - of a 16-month-old boy. Fearing cancer, surgeons perform a risky operation to save his life.
- 2011/10/06: CBC: Satellite problem causes phone and Internet outage
Could take 12 to 18 hours to get Telesat's Anik F2 back into proper position
- 2011/10/03: CBC: Canadian nears end of 11-year walk [around the world]
- Wiki: Cyrano de Bergerac
- 2011/09/28: SciNews: Miracle fruit secret revealed -- Berry sensitizes tongue's sweet sensors to acidic flavors
- 2011/09/21: Eureka: New hybrid carbon material discovered
New hybrid carbon material, which combines both graphene and SWNTs, Graphene Nanoribbons encapsulated into Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (GNR@SWNTs) have been discovered by researchers from Aalto University (Finland) and Umea University.
- ILN: Illustrated London News
- 2011/08/10: FlavorWire: The 30 Harshest Filmmaker-on-Filmmaker Insults In History
- 2011/09/15: FlavorWire: The 30 Harshest Musician-on-Musician Insults in History
- 2011/06/19: FlavorWire: The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults In History
- 2011/09/08: Mashable: 8 Star Trek Gadgets That Are No Longer Fiction
- 2011/09/14: DerSpiegel: Saucy Schnapps -- Firm Wins Battle to Register F-Word as Trademark
A German company has won its court battle to register the F-word as a trademark. The brand name of its "Ficken" schnapps will now enjoy legal protection. The term may be in poor taste, but it may soon be used to market spirits and other drinks.
- 2011/09/14: SlashDot: An $80 Open Source Chemical Analyzer
- 2011/09/13: BBC: Sex abuse victims urge ICC Pope investigation
- 2011/09/13: CCR: Clergy Sex Victims File International Criminal Court Complaint Case Charges Vatican Officials with ‘Crimes Against Humanity’
At The Hague, Survivors and Leading Human Rights Group Issue Ground-Breaking Request for the Assertion of Jurisdiction by an International Court over Church Officials for Rape, Sexual Violence, and Torture by Clergy
- 2011/09/13: CBC: Pope sex abuse case called 'ludicrous' -- Abuse victims seek ICC inquiry of Pope and 3 top Vatican officials
The Vatican's lawyer says an attempt by clergy sex abuse victims to bring a case against the Pope and top Vatican officials to the International Criminal Court is a "ludicrous" publicity stunt.
Jeffrey Lena, who represents the Vatican in U.S. sex abuse cases, says the request for the Hague tribunal to launch an investigation into possible crimes against humanity is a "misuse of international judicial processes."
The Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based non-profit legal group, requested the inquiry Tuesday on behalf of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, arguing that the global church has maintained a "long-standing and pervasive system of sexual violence" despite promises to swiftly oust predators.
The complaint names Pope Benedict XVI, partly in his former role as leader of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which in 2001 explicitly gained responsibility for overseeing abuse cases; Cardinal William Levada, who now leads that office; Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican secretary of state under Pope John Paul II; and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who now holds that post.
- 2011/09/06: EyesOnTrade: U.S. measures to reduce teenage smoking deemed WTO violation
- ACIA Report -- Arctic Communications Infrastructure Assessment Report
- 2011/09/03: G&M: Poor Arctic communications threaten development, Canadian sovereignty: study
- 2011/09/04: APOD: In the Shadow of Saturn
- 2011/08/28: BostonGlobe: Birth of the nerd -- The mysterious origins of a familiar character
- 2011/09/03: CBC: First Nation's suicide crisis 'universal challenge'
- 2011/09/01: Guardian(UK): One in 25 business leaders may be a psychopath, study finds
Psychopaths use charm and manipulation to achieve success in the workplace, according to a US study
- Monsters of Grok - Fake band t-shirts for history's greatest minds
- 2011/08/29: DerSpiegel: Happy Ending for Yvonne -- Celebrity Runaway Cow Gains Her Freedom
German authorities have revoked their permission to shoot Yvonne, the world-famous runaway cow who chose not to be turned into steak. Her pursuers say they will leave her in peace, for the time being, to roam the forest she now calls home. Such a happy ending is rare for Germany's animal celebrities.
- 2011/08/29: DerSpiegel: Photo Gallery: Freedom for Yvonne the Cow
- 2011/08/31: DerSpiegel: iCaramba! Enough Already! Confessions of a Former Apple Fan
The iPad is for show-offs. And the iPhone 4 makes it difficult to make a simple telephone call. Apple used to be hip, stylish and ahead of the curve. Now, though, it has become totally uncool -- and not just since Steve Jobs stepped down.
- 2011/08/29: ABS: David "Honeyboy" Edwards - Rest in Peace (1915 - 2011)
- 2011/08/26: DerSpiegel: Fighting Nazis with Fakes -- The Hidden Life of the Humanitarian Forger
Adolfo Kaminsky started forging documents after escaping deportation to a Nazi death camp. The Frenchman went on to become one of the world's best forgers, creating documents that saved the lives of Jews, spies and freedom fighters. But even his daughter knew nothing about the real man behind the fake documents.
- 2011/08/26: SAR: Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time: I once lived in a country where justice was a believable concept, where work was fairly rewarded, where the police responded to the citizenry, where there was a decent regard for the law and a decent social safety net for those who needed help, and where a decent retirement was part of the social contract. My grandchildren think I'm making this up.
- 2011/08/26: Wired(UK): Russia approves Siberia-Alaska railway
Russia has given the green light to bold plans that aim to link up the countries on either side of the Bering Strait -- Russia and the USA -- with a tunnel.
The plan has been in the works since 2007, and would be twice as long as the Channel Tunnel -- about 103km. It would carry a high-speed railway line for trade, but also a fibreoptic cable for communications and energy links.
When complete, it'll become possible to take a train journey all the way from London to New York.
- 2011/08/16: SciAm: The Secret Language Code -- Psychologist James Pennebaker reveals the hidden meaning of pronouns
- 2011/08/24: ThoseEmergencyBlues: Snapshots of Nursing History
- 2011/08/23: CSM: Are we awash in a sea of fabricated reviews?
- 2011/08/19: CNN: Where are Leonardo's lost works of art?
- 2011/08/17: CBC: B.C. assisted suicide challenge rejected -- Similar challenge to be heard in November
- 2011/08/13: SMH: Why I can't visit Sydney by Robert Crumb
- 2011/08/12: SMH: Crumb cancelled visit fearing assassination
- 2011/08/16: LFR: Rupert Murdoch fear mongers Robert Crumb from visiting Sydney
- 2011/08/12: Register(UK): Stars Wars icons join Queen Elizabeth on Pacific Island coin -- R2D2 meets QEII
- IMDB: 'Round Midnight (1986)
- 2011//: FailureMag: Smile ’Til It Hurts -- A Behind the Music-like look at the perpetually perky, ideologically-motivated singing phenomenon Up With People
- 2011/08/12: CCurrents: Can The Aftermath Of Disaster Be Beautiful?
- 2011/08/12: CSM: Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place: movie review
- 2011/08/11: TreeHugger: Glowing "Ghost" Mushrooms Reappear in Brazil After 170 Years
- 2011/08/10: 360Cities:B: Hiroshima after the Atomic Bomb
- 2011/08/10: DerSpiegel: Right-Wing Extremists Tricked by Trojan Shirts
- 2011/08/08: AlterNet: School Vouchers: How the GOP is Using Free Market Philosophy To Wipe Out Public Education
- 2011/08/09: MyJoyOnline: 98-year-old woman earns Judo's highest-degree black belt
- 2004/05/30: GoogleBlog: Chicken a la The King
- 2011/08/02: DerSpiegel: Lenient Courts -- German Justice Slammed in Honor Killing Study
What drives families to commit 'honor killings?' Who are the killers and where do they come from? A new study commissioned by the German police has found that the killers are almost always first-generation immigrants from poor backgrounds, that cases aren't increasing and that courts are making mistakes in their handling of them.
- 2011/08/01: SciAm: Out of the Brains of Babes -- Small children can have big ideas
- 2011/07/29: AlterNet: The Santa Delusion: Why 'Religion Is Useful' Is a Terrible Argument For Religion
- 2011/07/29: Eureka: Averting bridge disasters: New technology could save hundreds of lives -- UMD sensors offer instant, affordable warnings
- Wiki: Gilgamesh
- 2011/07/29: NBF: Could 100 Kilometer high towers usher in the next space age?
- 2011/07/28: CBC: Pilot treads water for 18 hours before rescue
- 2011/07/26: CNet: Cornell software fingers fake online reviews
- 2011/07/22: CBC: Dramatic Trans-Canada rescue saves woman's life
- 2011/07/20: GlobalComment: In praise of Joanne Rowling’s Hermione Granger series
- 2011/07/19: AlterNet: Why Are Americans Still Giant Hypocrites About Sex?
- 2011/07/18: HillTimes: Canada's generally a nice, quiet place
Federal statisticians have been documenting a decline in crime rates for a generation. Good news, yes? But for a government bent on a multi-million-dollar crime crackdown, the annual release of contradictory data is maddening.
- 2011/07/17: BBC: Thousands 'ripped off' by unregulated will writers
- 2011/07/16: QuarkSoup: A Victory for Religious Freedom
- 2011/07/14: BoingBoing: The Singularity is Far: A Neuroscientist's View
- 2011/07/14: Reuters: Black men survive longer in prison than out: study
Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they're in prison than if they aren't, suggests a new study of North Carolina inmates.
- 2011/07/15: DerSpiegel: Soviet Sanatoriums and Abandoned Breweries -- Photographer Finds Beauty in Lost Places
A Berlin-based photographer has captured the beauty of forgotten buildings from the communist era. Ex-Soviet hospitals and dried-up German breweries are among the dilapidated settings for the stunning series of photos.
- 2011/07/14: CNN: Review: Final 'Harry Potter' goes out with a bang
- 2011/07/14: AlterNet: Why Harry Potter Is a Feminist
- IMDB: Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
- Wiki: Cave of Forgotten Dreams
- 2011/07/08: DerSpiegel: 'I Had Always Been Blessed with Good Fortune' -- At 98, Gay Concentration Camp Survivor Shares Story
For decades, the subject of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals during the Third Reich was swept under the rug and reparations were almost never paid. Rudolf Brazda, who may be the last living gay man to have survived the terror, shares his life story in a newly published book.
- 2011/07/08: AlterNet: Can America's Attitude Towards Sex Get Any Worse? (Or, What Happened When My Son Said 'Breast' in Pre-School)
- 2011/07/08: TreeHugger: Giant 600-Pipe Wind Chime Hangs Under Bridge, Is Played By Pedestrians
- 2011/07/07: BBC: Harry Potter fans remain buoyant despite rain in London
- 2011/07/07: CSM: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' director and cast talk death scenes, the final battle, and more
- 2011/07/06: UN: Right to education must be supported with adequate resources -- UN expert
- 2011/07/01: Google:AFP: Portugal drug law show results ten years on, experts say
- 2011/07/05: CBC: No action plan on missing aboriginal women -- Protesters rally for missing, abused aboriginal women
- 2011/06/29: AlterNet: Woman Gang-Raped by 7 Halliburton Employees "Signed Away" Her Right to Sue? How Justice Has Become the Privilege of Corporations
- 2011/06/27: CBC: Violent video game ban rejected by top U.S. court
A California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to children has been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The ruling upholds decisions by lower courts that determined the ban violates the U.S. First Amendment right to freedom of expression and is therefore unconstitutional.
- 2011/06/23: HuffPo: Aimi Eguchi, Of Japan's AKB48 Pop Idols, Has A Secret: She's Not Human (video)
- 2011/06/24: LeDaro: Aimi Eguchi: Japan’s Pop Idol and heart-throb is not human
- 2011/06/21: NYRB: The Illusions of Psychiatry
- 2011/06/20: BBC: Wal-Mart women denied discrimination class action
The US Supreme Court has ruled that a group of women claiming discrimination against US retail giant Wal-Mart may not seek a class action lawsuit.
The court ruled that women who said they were paid less because of their gender must pursue legal action individually.
Plaintiffs had sought to unite more than a million women in their effort.
- 2011/06/17: CBC: First Nations people now covered under rights act -- But who will pay for cost to comply with act?
- 2011/06/17: CSM: Second 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' trailer released
- 2011/06/15: CBC: Google Trends: What America isn't thinking
Can it be that the population of the richest, most powerful, most incredibly dynamic nation in history is actually that clueless? That unplugged from what is going on in their own world?
- 2011/06/14: NYT: Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth
- 2011/06/07: TMW: And now, your moment of geek
- 2011/05/31: CSM: A look at a classic: Charlie Chaplin in 'Modern Times'
- 2011/05/31: BBC: Hobbit movie names are announced
The names and release dates of Peter Jackson's two forthcoming films based on JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit have been announced.
The first film will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and will be released in December next year.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled to be out in December 2013.
- 2010/12/07: ScreenRant: The Hobbit Cast Adds Seven More -- Including Cate Blanchett
- 2011/05/27: CSM: Orlando Bloom will return in 'The Hobbit'
- 2011/05/26: UN: Dozens of new collections added to UN’s memory of the world register
- UNESCO: Memory of the World
- 2011/05/25: AlterNet: High School Student Stands Up Against Prayer at Public School and Is Ostracized, Demeaned and Threatened
- Wiki: Angola Three
- 2010/08/28: Guardian(UK): Experience: I spent 29 years in solitary confinement by Robert King
- 2010/03/23: Independent(UK): Robert King: 'I'll fight until the day I die'
Robert King spent decades battling for his release from the 'hell-hole' of America's notorious Angola Prison. Now free, he's still crusading for its inmates...
- 2011/05/25: NatureNB: Italian seismologists to be tried for manslaughter
- 2011/05/24: uComics: (cartoon - Danziger) Aging Hippies Celebrate Bob Dylan's 79th Birthday
- 2011/05/23: Tufts: Whites Believe They Are Victims of Racism More Often Than Blacks
- 2011/05/21: AlterNet: I Was a Right-Wing Evangelical Pastor -- Until I Saw the Light
- 2011/05/19: Onion: Nation Down To Last Hundred Grown-Ups -- 'Mature Adults Could Be Gone Within 50 Years,' Experts Say
- 2011/05/20: CBC: Angry beaver roams through N.W.T. town, Fort Smith
- 2011/05/12: Yahoo:AP: Study: It's not teacher, but method that matters
- 2011/05/16: JQuiggin: Agnotology and Santa Claus
- 2011/05/13: DerSpiegel: Orgasmaholics Anonymous -- Is There Such a Thing as Sex Addiction?
Sex addiction is increasingly seen as a mass ailment like alcoholism that requires treatment, especially in the United States. Self-help groups are also starting to form in Germany. Many psychologists, though, see it as a condition invented by conservative moralizers.
- 2011/05/11: Wonkette: Will Killing of Obi-Wan Kenobi Encourage More Terrorism?
- 2011/05/12: Eureka: Interactive teaching methods double learning in undergraduate physics class: UBC research
- 2011/05/12: JHU: Artificial Grammar Reveals Inborn Language Sense, JHU Study Shows
- 2011/05/09: AlterNet: Are All Religions Equally Crazy?
- 2011/05/12: CBC: Mounties in Dziekanski Taser case charged with perjury
- 2011/05/10: AlterNet: How American Evangelism Triggered the Murder of Gays Overseas
- 2011/05/06: UCSF: UCSF Heart Doctors Uncover Significant Bias in Taser® Safety Studies
- 2011/05/06: QuarkSoup: More Sellouts
- 2011/05/06: CBC: RCMP face charges in Dziekanski case
The four Mounties involved in the death of Robert Dziekanski after zapping him with a Taser are facing perjury charges for their testimony at a public inquiry.
But Richard Peck, the special prosecutor appointed to look into the case, also declined to recommend any other charges against the officers relating to Dziekanski's death.
- Wiki: E. E. "Doc" Smith
- 2011/05/06: CBC: Bodychecking banned by Ontario hockey body
The Ontario Hockey Federation's decision to ban bodychecking will likely draw more players to the game and keep others from dropping out, experts say.
The federation is making the change -- which affects players between the ages of six and 21 -- in an effort to create a safer environment for new players to develop skills.
- 2011/05/04: SymmetryMag: Why did the chicken cross the road?
- 2011/05/04: DemNow: 50th Anniversary of the First Freedom Ride: New Documentary Recounts Historic 1961 Effort to Challenge Segregated Bus System in the Deep South
- 2011/04/29: ScienceInsider: Anti-Royal Anthropologists Arrested for Planned Protest
- 2011/04/27: AlterNet: The End (of Religion) Is Near, Scientists Say
- 2011/04/17: Guardian(UK): Woman who attempted suicide while pregnant is accused of murder
Prosecution would be a 'significant step' towards abortion being outlawed, says lawyer for pregnant women's group
- 2011/04/08: CBC: RCMP use Taser on 11-year-old B.C. boy
- 2011/04/05: AlterNet: How the Pharmaceutical Industry is Monetizing the Female Orgasm
- 2011/04/06: SciNews: Shocking experiment shows talk is cheap -- Most people swear they'd never hurt anybody for money, but many do just that
- 2011/04/04: AlterNet: Screw the Royal Wedding: 6 Reasons Pomp and Circumstance Are Bad for America and Britain
- UStream: Decorah Eagles
- 2011/03/27: Guardian(UK): The science of empathy
- Wiki: Project Mohole
- 2011/03/22: SFW: New Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 featurette
- 2011/03/18: AlterNet: Alone Together: Why We've Started Expecting More from Technology and Less from Each Other
- 2011/03/21: CBC: Hobbit film shoot begins in N.Z.
- 2011/03/20: AlterNet: Crime Rates Are Plummeting -- And No One Knows Why
- 2011/03/19: OpenDem: Rape in Turkey: between incitement, complicity and silence
The debates triggered by a 14-fold increase in violent crimes against women in Turkey in the last seven years have pitted Islamic male scholars and journalists against Islamic women writers, reports Sertaç Sehlikoglu
- 2011/03/16: SlashDot: Teen Cancels Party After 200,000 RSVP On Facebook
- 2011/03/14: ABC(Au): LSD chemist leaves 'lasting legacy'
Owsley "Bear" Stanley, who fuelled the 1960s flower power generation with LSD and worked closely with the Grateful Dead, has been remembered as a man of "enormous influence".
- 2011/03/15: Eureka: Brain injuries rise sharply in minor hockey after bodychecking rules relaxed: Study
Lowering the age of bodychecking associated with 10 times greater likelihood of brain injury among Atom players
- 2011/03/10: AlterNet: Traditional Marriage Is Dead -- Let's Celebrate
- 2011/03/12: DVoice: Canada’s Struggle to Extinguish Aboriginal Title Certainty
- 2011/03/11: G&M: Ken Dryden on hockey violence: How could we be so stupid?
- 2011/03/11: SeattlePI: (cartoon - Horsey) A Woman's World...
- 2011/03/11: AlterNet: What Kind of Sick Culture Blames an 11-Year-Old for Being Gang-Raped?
- 2011/03/09: CBC: Que. boy survives 3 hours buried in snow bank
Mother rallied neighbourhood to find seven-year-old buried by passing snowplow
- 2011/03/08: CBC: Nunavut's child system seriously flawed: audit
- 2011/03/08: BBC: Imam who believes in evolution retracts statements
An imam has retracted statements about evolution and the right of Muslim women not to cover their hair after death threats were made against him.
Dr Usama Hasan, a science lecturer, has voluntarily suspended his role in taking Friday prayers at Leyton Mosque in east London.
- 2011/03/03: SFW: Blade Runner sequels and prequels happening
- 2011/03/07: al Jazeera: Quake-hit NZ homes to be demolished
Thousands of homes in New Zealand's quake-ravaged Christchurch to be pulled down, some areas to be abandoned altogether.
- UTexas: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
- 2011/03/01: CNN: 'Wizard of New Zealand' leaving Christchurch after quake
"My platform is gone. Without Cathedral Square I can't function," he says - Ian Brackenbury Channell had been preaching at Cathedral Square since 1974 -
Channell was about to leave home for the square when the earthquake struck - "It felt like being in a cocktail machine," he says
- 2011/02/26: BBC: Third of Christchurch buildings 'could face demolition'
- Wiki: The Authoritarian Personality
- Bob Altemeyer's - The Authoritarians
- Word Spy
- 2011/02/22: AlterNet: Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Paul Krassner's 50 Years of Misadventures in Satire and Counterculture
- 2011/02/16: AlterNet: 7 Comedians Who Were Spurred by Politics to Change Up Their Acts
- 2011/02/19: EmpireBurlesque: Politics 101:The Sleep of Reason
- 2011/02/16: PhWorld: The physicist who tames lightning
- 2011/02/16: SoS: The Seven Types of Hackers
- 2011/02/16: DVoice: Atlas Slacked (and So Should We)
- 2011/02/16: DerSpiegel: Werner Herzog's Cave Painting Documentary -- 'The Birth of the Modern Human Soul'
Werner Herzog's new film "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" is a stunning 3D documentary about a cave in France that is home to the world's oldest known human art. The legendary German director talked to Spiegel Online about his life-long fascination with Stone Age cave paintings, the birth of the human soul and why he will only stop making films when he is taken away in a straitjacket.
- 2011/02/14: InfoWorld: Nine traits of the veteran Unix admin
- 2011/01/29: Time: New Ways to Think About Grief
- 2011/02/08: BRitholtz: Organized Crime [as a Social Network]
- Corrente: Plantidote of the Day
- MITPress: [Book Site] _Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property_ Edited by Gaëlle Krikorian and Amy Kapczynski
- Sad Star Trek
- 2011/01/22: OSun: Natives hugely over-represented in prisons
Whenever a cell door clanks shut in Manitoba, the person inside is usually an aboriginal.
In the 2008-09 fiscal year, aboriginal convicts made up a whopping 71% of all admissions to provincial institutions. And while the statistics are particularly grim in Manitoba, they point to a larger national trend.
In the entire province, aboriginal people make up just 12% of the adult population. So why is there such an overrepresentation in the jails?
- 2011/01/19: EnergyBulletin: An epidemic of ignorance
- 2011/01/11: NYT: Elusive [Art] Forger, Giving but Never Stealing
- 2011/01/18: Google:AP: Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse
- 2011/01/14: InformedComment: Over 9,000 Murders by Gun in US; 39 in UK
- 2011/01/14: BostonGlobe: A lesson for America -- Education may be the best way to reduce future unemployment
- 2011/01/11: TCoE: (cartoon - xkcd) FTS, indeed
- 2011/01/11: BRitholtz: Illogical belief reference manual
- Wiki: Townes Van Zandt
- 2011/01/07: XKCD: (cartoon - xkcd) How to write good code
- 2011/01/06: CBC: B.C. gang rape victim issues statement
A teenage girl who was gang raped in an attack that was photographed and posted on the internet spoke out for the first time Thursday through a statement released by the B.C. RCMP.
"Thank you to everyone who has been there to help me through this terrible ordeal," it read.
"But to the people who did not support me, who called me names, who spread lies about me --- thank you because you made me much stronger than I've ever been before."
- 2011/01/06: PhysOrg: Author finds being inundated with data is centuries-old phenomenon
Information overload isn’t solely a Google-era dilemma. Before digital technology existed, scholars beat their desks in frustration over information overload, too, according to Ann Blair.
- 2011/01/05: RawStory: ‘Bad’ science still rampant in US justice system
The story of an American man cleared of a rape and robbery conviction by DNA evidence after spending 30 years in jail made headlines across the world on Tuesday.
But despite advances in science and technology, such exonerations are rare, and experts say the US criminal justice system remains riddled with problems that arise from outdated practices and, quite simply, bad science.
Perhaps the worst offender is the police lineup. Research shows that 75 percent of all wrongful convictions that are later cleared by DNA evidence start with eyewitness mistakes.
- 2011/01/06: AlterNet: Phil Ochs, a Musical American Hero
- 2011/01/05: SlashDot: Doctor Marries Doctor's Daughter, TARDIS Explodes
- 2011/01/04: NunatsiaqOnline: Nunavut and Nunavik’s top 10 fiascos of 2010 -- A banner year for failure and incompetence
- 2011/01/05: MediaCoop: How Hollywood De-fanged Potter’s Radical Politics -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1: more than a movie review
- 2011/01/04: BBC: DNA clears Cornelius Dupree from 30 years in Texas jail
A man in the US state of Texas has had his robbery conviction overturned after serving 30 years in jail - longer than anyone in Texas cleared by DNA.
Cornelius Dupree Jr was jailed from 1979 to 2010 as part of a 75-year sentence for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
- 2011/01/02: Guardian(UK): 20 predictions for the next 25 years
- 2010/12/31: SeattlePI: (cartoon - Horsey) Good families are what's right with the world
- 2008/08/31: DLS: 35 Places To Download Free, Legal MP3s
- 2010/12/21: ESA: ESA unveils latest map of world’s land cover
- 2010/12/27: AlterNet: Is Lady Gaga a Political Renegade or Just Another Pop Star?
- 2010/12/24: RortyBomb: A Little More on Prisons, Incapacitation and Conservative Thought
- 2010/12/23: NewScientist: Let's build Babbage's ultimate mechanical computer
- 2010/12/16: AlterNet: Why Religious People Are Scared of Atheists
- 1970/05/14: RS: The Odyssey of Captain Beefheart: Rolling Stone's 1970 Cover Story
- 2010/12/17: TerraDaily: Caricom-Australia chide empty promises to Haiti
The 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) joined Australia Friday to harshly criticize the international community for failing to keep a 15 billion dollar pledge to earthquake-ravaged and cholera-stricken Haiti.
Peter Baxter, director general of the Australian Agency for International Development, said the international community would get low marks for not matching much of its promises with cash.
Baxter attributed the slothfulness to the global economic crisis that has affected Europe and North America but, at the same time, he chided states for making unrealistic pledges.
- 2010/12/19: TStar: Canadian education faces technology tipping point
- Google: Books Ngram Viewer
- 2010/12/17: BBC: Don Van Vliet, aka 'Captain Beefheart', dies aged 69
- 2010/12/17: uComics: (cartoon - Wiley) The Modern Iconoclast
- Orwll(Ru): Looking back on the Spanish War by George Orwell
- 2010/12/16: SciDaily: Submerging Your Feet in Alcohol Will Not Get You Drunk
- 2010/12/14: CSM: Why Shanghai schooled the US: Americans think they're too smart to work hard
- 2010/12/14: DawgsBlawg: Nearly six months...after the Braidwood inquiry report
- 2010/12/07: AlterNet: The 6 Most Shocking Cases of Police Stun-Gun Abuse
- 2010/12/09: SciDaily: Politics and Eye Movement: Liberals Focus Their Attention on 'Gaze Cues' Much Differently Than Conservatives Do
- 2010/12/08: BBC: Cate Blanchett joins The Hobbit cast
The first instalment of The Hobbit is expected to be released in December 2012, with the second following a year later.
- 2010/12/06: CBC: Taser killed Ontario man: SIU
- 2010/12/06: SlashDot: 'I Just Need a Programmer'
- 2010/12/05: TechRev:arXivBlog: The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet
If you want to simulate the Earth, you'll need data on the climate, health, finance, economics, traffic and lots more. Here's where to find it.
- 2010/12/03: AlterNet: Common Security Clubs: How People Are Relearning How to Live as a Community
- 2010/12/03: AlterNet: Funerals for Less: 7 Ways to Save Money and Help Mother Nature and Humankind on Your Way Out
- 2010/11/29: IiB: Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom?
- 2010/11/26: AlterNet: 6 Most Awesome Women in the Harry Potter Books and Movies
- 2010/11/26: AlterNet: Why Religious Believers Are So Desperate for the Atheist Seal of Approval
- 2010/11/22: SciDaily: 'Nerd Penalty': Social Costs of School Success Are Highest for African Americans, Study Shows
- 2010/11/22: CBC: Nuremberg trials explored in museum exhibit
- 2010/11/22: AlterNet: To Hell With Student Loans -- It's Time for College to be Free
- 2010/11/19: CSM: Midnight madness: 'Deathly Hallows, Part 1' sets a Harry Potter record
The first half of the Harry vs. Lord Voldemort showdown, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1," summoned a $24 million box office at some 3,700 post-midnight screenings nationwide -- a record midnight-screening take for the Potter franchise, and one that has been surpassed only by the last two Twilight films.
From New York to Los Angeles and Delaware, Ohio to Walnut Creek, Calif., bespectacled and spell-chanting fans of J.K. Rowling’s saga of "the boy who lived" turned out early Friday to bond in the dead of night, clad in the colors of the rival Gryffindor and Slytherin houses.
- 2010/11/17: AlterNet: We Might Be More Racist Than We Think We Are
- 2010/11/12: CHE: The Shadow Scholar -- The man who writes your students' papers tells his story
In the past year, I've written roughly 5,000 pages of scholarly literature, most on very tight deadlines. But you won't find my name on a single paper.
I've written toward a master's degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I've worked on bachelor's degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I've written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration. I've attended three dozen online universities. I've completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more. All for someone else.
You've never heard of me, but there's a good chance that you've read some of my work. I'm a hired gun, a doctor of everything, an academic mercenary. My customers are your students. I promise you that. Somebody in your classroom uses a service that you can't detect, that you can't defend against, that you may not even know exists.
I work at an online company that generates tens of thousands of dollars a month by creating original essays based on specific instructions provided by cheating students. I've worked there full time since 2004. On any day of the academic year, I am working on upward of 20 assignments.
- 2010/11/07: TorontoEmerg: Being a Naive Nurse Will Get You Thrown to the Wolves
- 2010/11/05: CBC: N.S. man [Justin Rehberg] guilty of hate crime in cross-burning
Rehberg will return to court Dec. 14 for sentencing on both charges.
A Nova Scotia man has been found guilty of inciting hatred in a cross-burning incident last winter near Windsor, N.S.
Justin Chad Rehberg, 20, pleaded guilty to criminal harassment as his trial was set to begin in Windsor provincial court last month, but he pleaded not guilty to inciting hatred.
On Friday, Judge Claudine MacDonald convicted him on that charge, saying that the burning of a cross is closely associated with the Ku Klux Klan in the United States.
Rehberg was charged after Michelle Lyon, who is white, and Shayne Howe, who is black, awoke Feb. 21 to find a cross with a noose on it burning outside their Poplar Grove, N.S., home. Their five children, between the ages of two and 17, were home at the time.
Crown attorney Darrell Carmichael said this is the first time a cross-burning has been recognized as a hate crime in Canada.
- 2010/11/04: PostMedia: B.C. police cleared after beating wrong man
A Vancouver man who says he was beaten outside his own home by two police officers who had the wrong address says he's "disappointed and angry" they have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
"I was beaten by police for no reason at the door of my home," Yao Wei Wu, 44, said Wednesday. "My family and I feel extremely disappointed and angry."
Wu suffered serious injuries after he was mistakenly arrested on Jan. 21 by two Vancouver officers responding to a call that came from his home's basement suite.
Vancouver police handed the investigation to police in nearby Delta. Delta police Chief Jim Cessford's written decision, released Wednesday, concludes despite knocking on the wrong door, the officers acted "in good faith," had reasonable grounds to believe Wu was the suspect and "used reasonable force" to arrest him.
- 2010/11/03: EUO: Gay kissing flashmob to greet Pope in Barcelona
- 2010/11/02: CBC: White poppy denigrates remembrance: Legion
The Royal Canadian Legion is upset over a new campaign launched by the Island Peace Committee on Prince Edward Island.
The Legion wants the group to stop distributing white poppies. The Legion's red-poppy campaign is underway, selling the traditional symbol in remembrance of those who died in war.
- 2010/10/30: SSM: Holy shit. One third of American female soldiers raped.
- 2010/10/29: CBC: Toronto Chinatown grocer found not guilty
- 2010/10/27: BBC: The Hobbit will be made in New Zealand, PM confirms
Two movies based on The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand as planned, the country's prime minister has confirmed.
Filming on the two-part prequel, which Jackson will direct, is set to begin in February.
- 2010/10/27: Stuff(NZ): The Hobbit gets NZ green light
The Hobbit will be made in New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key has announced.
He said at a press conference this evening that new labour laws would be introduced to Parliament tomorrow to support this. It will apply only to the film industry.
- 2010/10/26: BBC: Hobbit crisis talks end without resolution
Crisis talks between New Zealand's prime minister and Hollywood studio executives have ended with no decision on where The Hobbit will be filmed.
- 2010/10/25: BBC: New Zealanders rally behind Hobbit shoot
Thousands of New Zealanders have taken to their streets to protest against possible plans to move production of Peter Jackson's Hobbit films elsewhere.
The demonstrators hoped to reassure Hollywood studio executives as they decide whether the Lord of the Rings prequels should be shot in the country.
Last month, acting unions threatened to boycott the films in a row over wages.
- 2010/10/23: CBC: Alberta's sex sterilizations re-examined
- Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
- 2010/10/21: Eureka: Authoritarian behavior leads to insecure people
Researchers from the University of Valencia (UV) have identified the effects of the way parents bring up their children on social structure in Spain. Their conclusions show that punishment, deprivation and strict rules impact on a family's self esteem.
- 2010/10/19: MB: The Karmic Lie
- 2010/10/20: uComics: (cartoon - Danziger) DADT
- 2010/10/16: AlterNet: 11 Freedoms that Drunks, Slackers, Prostitutes and Pirates Pioneered and The Founding Fathers Opposed
- 2010/10/17: BBC: The Hobbit to begin filming in February next year
- 2010/10/16: NYT: Benoit Mandelbrot, Mathematician, Dies at 85
- 2010/10/16: Stuff(NZ): Peter Jackson to direct The Hobbit in 3-D
- 2010/10/14: RawStory: Nearly $1 billion spent over a decade to settle NYPD lawsuits
- 2010/10/11: PhysOrg: Making decisions is the third way we learn, research shows
Experts have long believed there are two main ways our brains work: cognition, which is thinking or processing information, and affect, which is feeling or emotion. However, a new breakthrough was just made in regard to a third faculty of the brain: conation.
- 2010/10/09: RawStory: Cop hauled off to psych ward after alleging fake crime stats
- 2010/10/08: BBC: Smart specs unite world and data
A lightweight pair of augmented reality glasses that overlay the world with digital content, such as directions or a travel guide, has debuted in Japan.
- 2010/10/08: CBC: No right to lawyer in police interview: top court
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that a person questioned by police in connection with a criminal case does not have the right to have a lawyer present during the interview.
- 2010/10/05: OpenDem: Amartya Sen and the Idea of Justice
- 2010/10/06: PostMedia: Prosecution of David Chen amounts to persecution
- 2010/10/05: Guardian(UK): Sex in the US: the shocking truth
The way a survey is reported, you'd think it's a surprise anyone's having any. This hypocritical puritanism poisons public discourse
- 2010/10/05: PostMedia: Federal scientist seeks $600,000 in lawsuit -- Accuses boss of spreading false information about mental health
- 2010/10/05: BBC: Australian police taser video sparks anger
The unarmed man was tasered 13 times by police after he refused a strip search
There has been anger in Australia over a newly released video which shows an unarmed Aboriginal man being tasered 13 times by police officers.
The incident occurred in Perth in 2008, and has been released as part of a report on the use of taser guns by the Western Australian police.
The state's premier said the video had damaged the reputation of the force.
The state attorney general said the government would consider new guidelines on the use of the devices.
- 2010/10/01: NYT:MD: MGM and Warner Near on Deal for ‘Hobbit’ Films
- 2010/10/04: APOD: Rolling Across the Rocky Plains of Mars
- 2010/10/02: ABC(USA): Druids Recognized as Religion for First Time in UK -- After thousands of years, Britain's Druids recognized as a religion, to get tax breaks
- 2010/10/01: AlterNet: Why Do We Demonize Men Who Are Honest About Their Sexual Needs?
- 2010/09/29: CBC: Texting-and-driving bans don't work: study
- 2010/09/29: CBC: Texting-and-driving bans don't work: study
- 2010/09/27: PhysOrg: It's all in the hands: Signing simplified -- From video games to cell phone apps, making sign language easier to learn
- Exit International
- 2010/09/26: SlashDot: Unions Urging Actors Not To Work On Hobbit Movie
- 2010/09/25: CBC: Boy holds sale to buy gravestone for dad
- 2010/09/23: EconView: "Against Homework" -- This is from an 1860 edition of Scientific American
- 2010/09/22: CBC: Telemarketer kept 87% of charity's donations
Several charitable organizations in B.C. use fundraising companies that keep more than half the funds they raise for the charities, a CBC News investigation has found.
In 2008, the most recent year for which CBC News could access complete records from the Canada Revenue Agency, 118 B.C. charities hired external fundraisers and 38 of those fundraisers kept more than the 50 per cent of the money donated.
- 2010/09/22: CBC: Charities paid $762M to private fundraisers
Canadian registered charities paid $762 million to third-party fundraisers between 2004 and 2008, all of it deducted from donations and often dwarfing guidelines set out by the Canada Revenue Agency, a CBC investigation has learned.
In more than 200 cases, charities paid more than half the money they received from donors to external fundraisers, according to documents obtained from the CRA, which regulates Canadian charities.
- 2010/09/22: CBC: Crime Stoppers defends telemarketing costs
Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers is collecting only $3 from every $10 raised, a CBC investigation has found, but a spokesman for the charity says the money spent on an external fundraiser is worth it.
- 2010/09/18: Guardian(UK): Strange Fruit is still a song for today
Made famous by Billie Holiday, Abel Meeropol's lyrics offer a powerful plea for racial tolerance that is no less relevant today
- 2010/09/14: RWER: Graph of the week: US academic inflation 1978 - 2010
- 2010/09/13: CBC: Universal pharmacare could save billions: study
A universal pharmacare program could chop more than $10 billion off Canada's annual health-care bill, according to a new policy study that its authors say "explodes the fallacy" that such a plan is unaffordable.
- 2010/09/11: BRitholtz: 10 Habits of Mind for Investors [for problem solving]
- Wiki: The structure and biology of Arctic flowering plants
- Wiki: Flora of Svalbard
- 2001/01/16: BBC: Piping his way into history
- 2010/09/11: BBC: Sword Beach service for Scots D-Day piper Bill Millin
A service has been held to honour a Scottish piper who played men into battle during World War II.
- 2010/09/10: CSM: Klingon opera makes debut in Netherlands
- 2010/09/09: CBC: B.C. orders Pickton public inquiry
- Wiki: No Prize
- Report Card for America's Infrastructure
- 2010/09/08: DM:CV: A study on how to study
- 2010/09/08: CBC: Low-literacy adults to increase 25% by 2031: report
- 2010/09/04: LFR: Pickton case: RCMP screws up again...and again
- 2010/09/03: DailyMail(UK): I've got my hands full aping Mum: Orangutan cradles lion cubs in unlikely babysitter role
- 2010/09/02: Grist: Buy a breath of ‘Fresh Air’ in Hong Kong
- 2010/09/01: QuarkSoup: Affluence and Religion
- 2010/09/01: BuckDog: R.I.P. Bill Millin - The Normandy Invasion 'Mad' Bagpiper
- 2010/08/23: AlterNet: M.I.A.'s Music Bravely Keeps Tackling Media Taboos, and Her Critics Just Can't Handle It
- Wiki: Man's Search for Meaning
- 2010/08/23: AlterNet: The Smell of Sex: Can Pheromones Get You Laid?
- 2010/08/23: CBC: Police chiefs plan gun registry defence
- 2010/08/20: CBC: Taser tests find variation in weapon charge
Researchers led by a Carleton University professor have found the charges delivered by some Tasers and other conducted-electricity weapons can vary from the manufacturer's specifications, delivering either too much or not enough of a jolt.
Andy Adler, the Canada Research Chair in biomedical engineering at Carleton in Ottawa, said three to 10 per cent of the 6,000 Tasers and other stun guns tested were found to be delivering charges that were outside specified thresholds, or tolerances.
- 2010/08/19: CBC: Robert Latimer wins parole review -- Sask. farmer convicted in daughter's death lives in Victoria halfway house
- 2010/08/18: CBC: Kerouac's On the Road being shot in Gatineau
- Wiki: Will Rogers
- 2010/08/14: PhysOrg: Hong Kong film-makers aim to be first in 3D porn
- 2010/08/12: PhysOrg: Probing Question: Why are bed bugs on the rise?
- 2010/08/11: CBC: Flight attendant Steven Slater exits jail to hero's welcome
- 2010/08/10: CBC: Braidwood inquiry Taser findings upheld by court
The B.C. Supreme Court has upheld findings by the Braidwood inquiry that stun guns can kill.
Taser International had challenged the findings, calling them unfair, unfounded and a black mark on the company's reputation.
But in a ruling released Tuesday morning, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Sewell said the company's arguments hold "no merit."
Sewell said it's clear to him that the inquiry's commissioner, retired justice Thomas Braidwood, had carefully looked at the opinions of medical experts and his findings were reasonable.
The Braidwood inquiry was launched in the wake of the death of Robert Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant, who died at Vancouver International Airport in October 2007 after being shocked multiple times with an RCMP Taser.
- 2010/08/10: ScienceInsider: Indian Scientist Claims Solution to Problem-Solvers' Problem
- 2010/08/10: CBC: Prison farm cattle to be sold despite protests
- 2010/08/09: PhysOrg: Corporal punishment of children remains common worldwide, UNC studies find
- 2010/08/09: CBC: Kingston prison farm protesters form blockade
Three tractor-trailers loaded with cattle drove out of the Frontenac Institution prison in Kingston, Ont., Monday morning in spite of the hundreds of protesters trying to stop them.
The protest is an effort to save the final two prison farms in Canada.
More than 150 police officers faced off against the several hundred protesters at the entrance to the prison Monday morning, and continued to make arrests. Nine people were arrested during protests on Sunday, including an 87-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl. Nine more were arrested Monday.
- 2010/08/04: CBC: Organized crime law changes unveiled
- 2010/08/03: DM:SNF: X-Prize Foundation Wants To Make Tricorders a Reality
- 2010/07/30: SciNews: Behold, the antilaser -- Physicists conceive a ‘perfect absorber’
- 2010/07/30: CBC: Robert Pickton won't get new trial: top court -- 'No miscarriage of justice' in ex-pig farmer's trial, Supreme Court rules
- 2010/07/29: Eureka: Groundbreaking research [50Gbps Silicon Photonics Link] from Intel Corp. demonstrated at IPR
- 2010/07/23: StageLeft: Police Officer Gets Conditional Discharge For Beating Handcuffed Man
- 2010/07/22: CBC: Woman shoved by police says, 'He has no right'
- 2010/07/22: CBC: Police shoving woman on video raises questions
- 2010/07/20: TGBeaver: Why do people laugh at creationists? Part 1 & 2
- 2010/07/20: CBC: Crime decreased again last year
- 2010/07/20: StatsCan: Police-reported crime statistics
Police-reported crime in Canada continues to decline. Both the volume and severity of police-reported crime fell in 2009, continuing the downward trend seen over the past decade.
Nearly 2.2 million crimes were reported to police in 2009, about 43,000 fewer than in 2008. Overall, three property crimes accounted for the majority of this drop: 17,000 fewer motor vehicle thefts, 10,000 fewer mischief offences and 5,000 fewer break-ins.
The crime rate, a measure of the volume of crime reported to police, fell 3% in 2009 and was 17% lower than a decade ago.
The Crime Severity Index (CSI), a measure of the seriousness of police-reported crime, declined 4% in 2009 and stood 22% lower than in 1999.
- 2010/07/18: uComics: (cartoon - Auth) Women Priests
- 2010/07/17: AlterNet: Exploring the Crazy Conspiracy Theories Bubbling Up Around the BP Disaster
- 2010/07/17: G&M: Iroquois lacrosse team bowing out of UK tournament
After a week of appeals to British officials to be let into the country on Iroquois passports, the answer is still "no."
- The Oracle of Bacon
- 2010/07/15: Guardian(UK): Native Americans should not have to earn sovereignty
US and British governments treat indigenous peoples' right to travel, even their right to existence, with high-handed contempt
- 2010/07/15: Guardian(UK): Catholics angry as church puts female ordination on par with sex abuse
- The Fugs
- 2010/07/12: LotL: Counterculture RIPs
- 2010/07/13: CBC: U.S. do-not-call list puts Canada's to shame -- Collected $22M in fines so far versus $250 in Canada
While Canada's do-not-call list has proven to be expensive and ineffective when it comes to collecting fines, a similar system in the U.S. has collected over $22 million from telemarketers and shut down several fraudulent operations.
- 2010/07/13: DM:SRK: Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?
- 2010/07/12: CBC: Electronic anklet trial a 'disaster'
A federal pilot project to outfit parolees with electronic anklets in hopes of keeping track of them and deterring further crimes has been a costly failure, according to a corrections expert.
"The whole fact is that the program was an unmitigated disaster," said Paul Gendreau, a professor emeritus at the University of New Brunswick who is known internationally for his research in corrections and electronic monitoring.
Nearly two years ago, then public safety minister Stockwell Day announced the pilot project with great fanfare as part of the Conservative government's tough-on-crime stance.
But an internal review of the program, obtained by CBC News, found that it was plagued by technical malfunctions with the anklet's global positioning system and showed little proof as to the effectiveness of the device.
- 2010/07/10: BRitholtz: Periodic Table of Swearing
- 2010/07/08: EUO: Europe has lost 80% of its silent films
Some 80 percent of European silent films are estimated to have been lost, and, due to legal challenges, even modern digital technology may not be sufficient to prevent something similar happening to other other types of film, the European Commission has warned in a new report.
Only Latvia and Denmark have so far developed film digitisation strategies covering the whole national heritage. Hungary has decided to digitise only a hundred of its movies. Less then a third of member states currently collect digital material in the way they do analogue material, the report shows.
"The loss of 80 percent is an estimate based on the holdings archives we have of the silent period. Notwithstanding the small chance of some films surfacing over time in other countries and hidden caches, we believe it to be correct," Martin Koerber, curator at Deutsche Kinemathek Museum of Film and Television in Berlin, told EUobserver.
- 2010/07/08: PhysOrg: Breakthrough in plant-fungi relationship
Massey biologists have uncovered for the first time the complete set of gene messages that define the symbiotic interaction between a fungal endophyte and its grass host.
- 2010/07/08: DM:DB: A Fully Armed and Operational Lightsaber Earns George Lucas’s Wrath
- 2010/07/07: CBC: Court rejects Manitoba Métis land claim -- Métis federation alleges Crown didn't transfer land it promised in 1870 deal
The Manitoba Métis Federation has lost another court battle in a massive land claim dispute that includes all of present-day Winnipeg.
The Manitoba Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling Wednesday that found the federal government did not violate its duty to the Métis when it distributed land more than a century ago after Manitoba joined Confederation in 1870.
The federation quickly vowed to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.
- 2010/07/07: CBC: Wrongly convicted man sues police, lawyer
An Ontario man who says he pleaded guilty on the advice of his lawyer to a 1987 crime that Paul Bernardo later confessed to is suing Toronto police, the Ontario Attorney General and his former lawyer.
Anthony Hanemaayer, now a 42-year-old resident of Harriston, Ont,, seeks $1.1 million in damages.
- 2010/07/07: CBC: Do-not-call list 'useless,' critics say -- $250 in fines collected after 300,000 telemarketing complaints
- 2010/07/06: SciDaily: Many English Speakers Cannot Understand Basic Grammar
- 2010/07/05: AlterNet: Hedges: A Needed Antidote to the Worst of Commodity Culture
- 2007/08/18: AF: Why Intelligent People Fail [20 reasons listed]
- 2010/07/05: CSM: Kooky? Ahead of his time? The man who would be stateless
- 2010/07/05: NakedCapitalism: Big Pharma Research Cost Defense of High Drug Prices Debunked in Study
- 2010/07/04: BCLSB: Keep the Canadian Census Long Form Petition
- 2010/07/02: Tyee: She's Baaaack! 'Metropolis' Revived -- New extended restoration of iconic 1927 film is fresh as a whiff of G20 tear gas.
- 2010/07/01: PhysOrg: First Experiment to Attempt Prevention of Homosexuality in Womb
- 2010/06/26: CBC: Vatican's anger at Belgian abuse raids escalates
- 2010/06/26: Skeptico: The Vatican - Still Doesn't Get It
Finally, the prosecution body of one country at least has decided that professing belief in a magic invisible sky fairy doesn’t mean that you can rape children without the possibility of being prosecuted. Better late than never. Let’s hope that other countries now follow suit.
- 2010/06/25: BBC: Sex domain gets official approval
Official approval has been given for the creation of an internet domain dedicated to pornography.
The board of net overseer ICANN gave initial approval for the creation of the .xxx domain at its conference in Brussels.
- 2010/06/24: CBC: Rat lung regenerated, say scientists
- 2010/06/21: SlashDot: Why Engineers Don't Like Twitter
[...] "I don't really care what you had for breakfast."
- 2010/06/21: TreeHugger: New York City To Remove "Eyesore" Ghost Bikes
- 2010/06/19: BRitholtz: Their Finest Hour (70th anniverary) -- House of Commons, Prime Minister Winston Churchill -- June 18, 1940
- 2010/06/18: SF Gate: 19 reasons why God torched Jesus
- 2009/08/13: ChangingChina: Love the Motherland, Love Statistics
- 2009/11/05: BBC: Feeling grumpy 'is good for you'
In a bad mood? Don't worry - according to research, it's good for you.
- 2010/06/16: DM:DB: iCop: Police to Use Facial Recognition App to Nab Criminals
- 2010/06/16: TreeHugger: 21 Year Old "Cathedral of Junk" Dismantled After Neighbours Complain
- 2010/02/25: CBC: Canada's prison farm system being phased out
- 2010/04/05: CBC: Prison farm closings are firm: minister
- 2010/06/15: CBC: Prison farm protesters threaten blockade
- 2010/06/10: OTI: Yottabytes
- The Darth Side: Memoirs of a Monster
Journal of Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith and Servant to His Supreme Excellency the Emperor Palpatine.
- 2010/06/07: LFB: Gizmodo: Are Cameras the New Guns?
- 2010/06/08: BBC: Poland castration law takes effect
A Polish law that can force some rapists and paedophiles to undergo chemical castration has come into effect.
- 2010/06/08: TreeHugger: The Greenest Brick: City Votes to Demolish Entire Street of 41 Historic Buildings
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- 2010/06/07: Guardian(UK): Lost John Ford movie unearthed in New Zealand
- 2010/06/07: CBC: Fire damages Barber House, Winnipeg's oldest house
- 2010/06/07: G&M: Hanging up on the phone book -- Yellow Pages will no longer deliver residential directories in Canada’s seven largest cities unless asked to
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- 2010/06/03: DM:DB: Sign of the Apocalypse? "Drunk" Parrots Fall From the Trees in Australia
- 2010/05/31: PhysOrg: Scientists breed goats that produce spider silk
Researchers from the University of Wyoming have developed a way to incorporate spiders' silk-spinning genes into goats, allowing the researchers to harvest the silk protein from the goats’ milk for a variety of applications. For instance, due to its strength and elasticity, spider silk fiber could have several medical uses, such as for making artificial ligaments and tendons, for eye sutures, and for jaw repair. The silk could also have applications in bulletproof vests and improved car airbags.
- 2010/05/31: Guardian(UK): New Zealand PM John Key cuts press conference short with frank admission
John Key was responding to questions about funding changes to early childhood education centres when he was asked whether he would send his children to one with fewer qualified teachers on its staff.
"I think if I sent my 15-year-old or 17-year-old to early childhood at the moment, they would have a meltdown," he quipped. What if his wife, Bronagh, had another child, a reporter asked. "I'd be extremely worried," he replied, "because I've had a vasectomy."
The acknowledgment caused reporters who were present to fall silent, and Key admitted that it was "probably too much information" for a press conference.
- 2010/05/31: CNN: Guillermo del Toro drops out of directing 'The Hobbit'
- 2010/05/29: Guardian(UK): Dennis Hopper, American film actor and icon, dies at 74
The Hollywood star, best known for his roles in Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet, has died from cancer
- 2010/05/27: Time: The 50 Worst Inventions
- 2010/05/29: VoxEU: Pop internationalism: Has half a century of world music trade displaced local culture? by Joel Waldfogel
Is pop music leading to cultural globalisation with the US at the helm? This column examines data from over a million chart entries in 22 countries covering 98% of the world music market.
It finds no evidence that the rise of music trade has eroded interest in local music production or consumption. In fact some smaller countries actually benefit disproportionately.
- 2010/05/28: SlashDot: The Hobbit On Hold
- 2010/05/28: NewScientist:CL: [Book Plug] _30-Second Theories: The 50 most thought-provoking theories in science, each explained in half a minute_ by Paul Parsons
- 2010/05/28: AlterNet: Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should be Teaching Them
- 2010/05/27: CBC: Cyclist's video showcases dangerous drivers
- 2010/05/27: CNN: Harry Potter Stars Emotional as They Set to Wrap Final Film
- 2010/05/24: AlterNet: Why the Internet Is Ground Zero in the Global Consciousness War
- 2010/05/26: DVoice: Destroying Public Education in America: Part II
- 2010/05/25: CSM: Seven online scams and how to avoid them
- 2010/05/24: SoS: Scene from an Airport
- 2010/05/24: AlterNet: Catholic Leader Says Woman Should Die With Her Fetus -- When Did Woman-Hating Go Mainstream?
- 2010/05/21: AlterNet: Barbara Ehrenreich: Why Forced Positive Thinking Is a Total Crock
- 2010/05/20: Telegraph(UK): Pink Hitler posters provoke fury
Giant posters of Hitler dressed in bright pink, with a love heart in place of a swastika, have provoked a furious debate in Italy
- 2010/05/20: Ph&Ph: Street Corner Science: Ask A Nobel Laureate
- 2010/05/12: BoingBoing: Confident dumb people
- 2010/05/19: SlashDot: [Book Review] _The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist_ by Frederic P. Brooks, Jr.
- 2010/05/18: UOH: You go, girl
- 2010/05/12: H+Mag: GestureTek Turns You into the Controller
- 2010/05/13: GizMag: Video: Is Steve Durnin's D-Drive the holy grail of infinitely variable transmissions?
- 2010/05/13: Onion: Report: 23% Of Population Just Sort Of Like That
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- 2010/05/12: XKCD: Malamanteau
- 2010/05/13: SlashDot: Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word
- 2010/05/10: H+Mag: "Like Neurons in the Brain": A Molecular Computer That Evolves
- Wiki: W. E. B. Du Bois
- 2010/05/06: NYT: The Last Days of the Dragon Lady
Fifty years ago today, the Soviet Union announced that it had shot down an American U-2 spy plane and that its pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was alive.
It seems like a long-ago event from the cold war. That may be why, in this era of satellites and drones, most people are surprised to learn that the U-2 is not only still in use, but that it is as much a part of our national security structure as it was a half-century ago.
The U-2 is nicknamed the Dragon Lady for good reason. You never knew what to expect when you took it into the air, no matter how seasoned a pilot you were. This was an unfortunate consequence of its design. The trade-off of a plane built light enough to fly above 70,000 feet is that it is almost impossible to control. And 13 miles above the ground, the atmosphere is so thin that the “envelope” between stalling and “overspeed” — going so fast you lose control of the plane, resulting in an unrecoverable nose dive — is razor-thin, making minor disruptions, even turbulence, as deadly as a missile. The challenge is even greater near the ground, since to save weight, the plane doesn’t have normal landing gear.
- 2010/04/29: AlterNet: Cum Has 2,000 Calories!?: Sex According to Right-Wing Moralist Crusaders
- 2010/05/07: 1Div0: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages
- 2010/05/06: Skeptico: Vatican Excuse Bingo
- 2010/05/06: CBC: Police unite to defend long-gun registry
Three national police associations came together for the first time on Parliament Hill Thursday to defend the long-gun registry.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Police Association and the Canadian Association of Police Boards are in Ottawa to present a united front against the Conservative government's bill to scrap the registry.
"This should not be about us versus them. Or rural versus urban, or even police versus politicians," said Charles Momy, who is the president of the Canadian Police Association, which represents rank-and-file officers.
"The firearms registry represents a valuable tool in assisting police in doing their job. It is a valuable tool, which has significant preventative and investigative value in keeping our communities safe."
The groups say perceptions about the registry are dated and full of misconceptions. They say while it got off to a bad start years ago, it now costs taxpayers just $4 million a year.
- 2010/05/06: CanWest: What have reserves got to hide?
It is high time some light were shed upon the pay and perks of the elected officials on First Nations reserves. Currently, many band chiefs and elected council members are refusing to disclose how much they earn. Instead, they set their own pay in secret and often hide the information from their own people. How can the citizens of Canada's aboriginal communities judge whether they get value for money from their leadership if the leaders are hiding how much they pay themselves? It is time this changed.
- 2010/05/04: Crikey:Cinetology: Release dates announced for del Toro’s take on The Hobbit [December 2012 & December 2013]
- 2010/05/01: CBC: Outrage over publication ban in [Victoria (Tori) Stafford] child slaying
- 2010/05/02: TStar: Media ban cheats Canadians
- 2010/05/01: PhysOrg: China's online population passes 400 million: state media
- 2010/04/30: SoS: Homeopathic Bomb
- 2010/04/30: CanWest: Mountie Faked Memo -- Drug Case Tossed
A stunning admission by a senior RCMP officer that he drafted a bogus memo to cover up concerns about police wiretap methods has led to the collapse of a major drug prosecution in northern Ontario and raised questions about wiretapping in at least 30 investigations.
Federal prosecutors in Sault Ste. Marie stayed trafficking charges this week in Project Omax, a long-running investigation that allegedly uncovered a "multi-kilo" cocaine ring linked to the Hells Angels in Quebec.
The decision to stay the charges comes after testimony revealed a fabricated memo about wiretapping concerns by RCMP Sergeant John Roskam, a long-time member of the force who was head of the wiretap unit in Ontario.
Sgt. Roskam, who insisted he acted on his own, revealed under cross-examination last November that there was both a fake memo and a real memo in responding to lawyers' concerns about wiretaps and whether the force was not complying with court orders.
- 2010/04/28: JCMorton: Repealing long-gun registry could get officers killed: Chief
Here's the real issue -- what works? What protects police without unduly limiting the liberty of the subject?
- 2010/04/27: BBC: Nokia launches open source phone
The first handset to use the Symbian operating system since it became open source has been announced by Nokia
- 2010/04/26: DM:BA: Tremble before Boobquake!
- 2010/04/26: Eureka: How shape-memory materials remember
- 2010/04/19: Onion: Report: China To Overtake U.S. As World's Biggest Asshole By 2020
- 2010/04/23: CBC: Nimoy beams up to Vulcan in Alberta -- 'Live long and prosper'
- 2010/04/23: Yahoo:CP: Engage! Spock beams into Alta. town of Vulcan
- 2010/04/23: BuckDog: Mr Spock Travels To Vulcan (Alberta) Today
- 2010/04/20: SeattlePI: Leonard Nimoy Announces Retirement From Acting
- 2010/04/21: BCLSB: Robberies Since The Advent Of The Long Gun Registry
- 2010/04/20: WiredSci: Geek Power: Steven Levy Revisits Tech Titans, Hackers, Idealists
- 2010/04/20: BBC: Quakes blamed on 'immodest women' -- Promiscuous women are responsible for earthquakes, a senior Iranian cleric has said
- 2010/04/16: UN: Ten million detainees held in dire conditions worldwide - UN expert
- 2010/04/15: CBC: Fatal jump from plane ruled a suicide
A coroner's inquest in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has concluded that the death of Julian Tologanak, 20, who jumped from an airplane in mid-flight one year ago Thursday, was a suicide.
The inquest panel also issued five recommendations on how to prevent similar deaths in the future -- aimed mostly at government and health-care officials.
The panel released its report late Thursday afternoon, hours after hearing final statements from lawyers and presiding coroner Garth Eggenberger.
- 2010/04/16: CanWest: Australian rescued by Canadian Forces after Arctic accident
An Australian adventurer on a solo-mission to the North Pole was rescued by a Canadian military search team on Thursday night after he fell through the ice about 300 kilometres short of his goal.
Tom Smitheringale, attempting to become the first Australian to trek unassisted to the North Pole, activated his emergency beacon just after noon Thursday, which transmitted a distress signal and gave his exact position, said Jim Pizzey, a member of Smitheringale's support staff in Perth, Australia.
- 2010/04/14: BBC: Cash is being 'replaced by cards' [in UK]
Cash payments will account for less than half of all transactions in five years' time, according to research.
- 2010/04/13: CBC: Nunavut plane jump inquest hears from MD
A Nunavut coroner's inquest into the death of Julian Tologanak, the Cambridge Bay man who jumped out of a plane in mid-flight, heard Tuesday from an emergency room doctor who examined him hours before the fatal trip.
The inquest panel in Cambridge Bay is hearing testimony this week into the death of Tologanak, 20, who was aboard an Adlair Aviation charter flight from Yellowknife to Cambridge Bay on April 15, 2009, when he forced open the twin-engine plane's door and jumped out from an altitude of about 7,000 metres.
Tologanak jumped somewhere near Umingmaktok, about 180 kilometres away from the Cambridge Bay airport. Despite a lengthy search, his body was never found.
- 2010/04/13: WaPo: Jobless dropouts head back to school for basic skills
The push to return unemployed workers to the nation's payrolls is hamstrung by a decades-old legacy of poor schooling that has left tens of millions of Americans without the basic reading or math skills necessary for today's jobs.
- 2010/04/12: CBC: B.C. asks court to toss Taser lawsuit
The company that manufactures Tasers has no more right to dictate regulations for their use than cigarette makers do over second-hand smoke regulations, says the B.C. government.
Craig Jones, a lawyer for the province, told a B.C. Supreme Court justice Monday that if the company is successful with its application to quash the findings of a public inquiry, it would be akin to giving Taser International that power.
The province is asking the court to toss Taser's court action against a report prompted by the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver's airport.
- 2010/04/12: CBC: Nunavut inquest into fatal plane jump begins
- 2010/04/08: DM:TheLoom: In Memory of the Great Bear of Locktown [John Schoenherr]
- 2010/03/18: Pew: The Return of the Multi-Generational Family Household
- 2010//: NPS: Channel Islands Live Bald Eagle Webcam
- 2010/04/06: Guardian(UK): The limits of liberation
When I worked as a stripper at university, my job came under fire not from religious misogynists, but from the campus feminists
Here's the assumption: to prevent women being victimised or exploited there must be prohibitions on female sexuality, and things certain women do made illegal for their own good
- 2010/04/05: CBS: Newspaper's UFO Prank Causes Mayhem in Jordan -- April Fool's Article Documents Arrival of 10-Foot-Tall Aliens; Duped Mayor Dispatches Security Forces
- 2010/04/05: Guardian(UK): The man who predicted an earthquake
On 6 April 2009 an earthquake devastated the Italian city of L'Aquila. A year on, it's reported that toads predicted the disaster. But there was a more vocal warning from a scientific technician -- whose forecast was, fatefully, ignored
- 2010/04/03: Telegraph(UK): Prostitutes sign confuses motorists
A road sign warning of prostitutes is confusing motorists in an Italian town.
- 2010/04/02: Gawker: Stuff Catholics Have So Far Blamed for the Church's Pedophilia Scandal
- 2010/04/02: CBC: Internet link case to go before Supreme Court
Can posting a link to someone else's website constitute defamation?
- 2010/03/29: Guardian(UK): Globish: the worldwide dialect of the third millennium
More than a lingua franca, the rapid adoption of 'decaffeinated English', according to the man who coined the term 'Globish', makes it the world's most widely spoken language.
- 2010/04/02: AlterNet: Ruling OK's Tasering Pregnant Woman Three Times
- 2010/04/02: TStar: RCMP gives cash settlement to Taser victim’s mother
The mother of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski says her battle with authorities is over after she received a financial settlement and an apology from the RCMP for its role in the death of her son.
"I have to close this chapter," said Zofia Cisowski. "I think I will sleep better for today."
Dziekanski died after he was Tasered during an encounter with four RCMP officers at the Vancouver International Airport in October 2007. Cisowski sued the police force a year later.
At that time, Cisowski’s lawyer said punitive damages would be in the millions. But the financial settlement from the RCMP for Cisowski announced Thursday is confidential.
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- 2010/04/01: CBC: RCMP apologizes to Dziekanski's mother
The RCMP has formally apologized and offered a financial settlement to compensate the mother of Robert Dziekanski, a Polish man who died at the Vancouver airport after RCMP officers used a Taser to subdue him.
The RCMP deputy commissioner for the Pacific region, Gary Bass, gave the apology at a news conference Thursday morning attended by Zofia Cisowski, Dziekanski's mother.
Details of the financial settlement are being kept confidential.
- 2010/03/27: DerSpiegel: Sex in the Service of Aphrodite -- Did Prostitution Really Exist in the Temples of Antiquity?
"Holy harlots" in Jerusalem, temple sex in the service of Aphrodite? Many ancient authors describe sacred prostitution in drastic terms. Are the accounts nothing but legends? Historians are searching for the kernel of truth behind the reports.
- 2010/03/26: CBC: Nunavut's 1st traffic light comes to Cambridge Bay
- 2010/03/26: PhysOrg: World's first electronic underpants created Down Under
An Australian company on Friday announced the rollout of what it said were the world's first electronic underpants, saying its product was able to send text messages if the wearer became incontinent.
- 2010/03/25: AlterNet: Are You Afraid to Plan for Your Own Death?
- 2010/03/25: EarthTimes: Miracle baby elephant [Mr Shuffles] gets Miracle for a name
- 2010/03/23: Eureka: How did gambling become legitimate?
- 2010/03/22: NewInt:TEB: Hate has no place in the house of God
- 2010/03/22: ScienceInsider: New Report Explains 'Why So Few' Women in Science
- 2010/03/20: BBC: Herman Van Rompuy and the love of haiku
- 2010/03/19: G&M: Senior Mountie backs federal long-gun registry, rebuffing political boss
Program makes Canadians safer, Bill Sweeney tells Commons; Vic Toews calls it a waste
- 2010/03/15: SMH: Mr Shuffles takes the world in his stride
- 2010/03/18: BBC: Row over 'torture' on French TV
A disturbing French TV documentary has tried to demonstrate how well-meaning people can be manipulated into becoming torturers or even executioners.
The hugely controversial Game of Death was broadcast in prime-time on a major terrestrial channel, France 2, on Wednesday.
- 2010/03/17: CBC: Reality TV lures players into sadistic game
A French TV documentary to be aired Wednesday records people involved in what they thought was a game show in which they are asked to administer electric shocks to rival contestants.
The fake game show, called Le jeu de la mort (The Game of Death), features a glamorous hostess and a studio audience who eggs contestants on with cries of "punishment."
The documentary showed that 82 per cent of participants were willing to pull the levers that inflicted a shock on their opponents.
The experiment was modelled on a famous study conducted at Yale University in the 1960s which used similar methods to examine how obedient citizens could be driven to take part in mass murder.
In that study by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, 62 per cent of participants agreed to administer a shock when instructed by a person in position of authority.
Makers of the program that will air on France 2 TV on Wednesday evening say they wanted to show how reality television can push people to ever more outrageous limits.
- 2010/03/18: BBC: Hobbit filming to begin in July
Shooting of the long-awaited film version of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit is set to begin in New Zealand in July.
Actor Sir Ian McKellen, who reprises his Lord of the Rings role as Gandalf the Grey, revealed casting is taking place in LA, London and New York.
Mexican-born film-maker Guillermo del Toro will direct the film and its proposed sequel.
The films will be prequels to the Lord of the Rings trilogy directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson.
Jackson - together with his wife Fran Walsh - will produce the films, to be made back-to-back in New Zealand.
- 2010/03/17: Eureka: Spider silk reveals a paradox of super-strength -- Research finds weakest chemical bonds produce materials stronger than steel
- 2010/03/15: CanWest: Privacy rules hinder investigation of rogue scientists -- Government wants stiffer rules for publically funded researchers
The federal government has been pushing Canada's largest research council to release the names of scientists who fudge research results, plagiarize reports or misspend grant money, according to federal documents obtained by Canwest News Service.
But the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has yet to change its rules, despite pointed recommendations from its political masters. The council, which distributes $1 billion in federal funding every year to thousands of researchers across the country, says federal privacy laws prevent it from identifying scientists involved in misconduct, or their universities.
- 2010/03/13: AlterNet: Chatroulette: Naked Chicks, Boys Seeking Boobs and Connections Across the Globe
- 2010/03/12: NewScientist: Pi day: Five tasty facts about the famous ratio
- 2010/03/11: Guardian(UK): Scientologists try to block 'intolerant' German feature film
Television network denies claims that Until Nothing Remains depicts group as totalitarian and unethical
- 2010/03/10: PhysOrg: Could Porn Be Good For Society?
The arguments against pornography are many, ranging from insistence that porn degrades women and is morally reprehensible to the assertion that pornography viewing is the cause of sex crimes. However, over the years, there have been numerous studies done on this subject. And, reports The Scientist, it appears that there are links between sex crimes and pornography. Just not the sort of links many of us might have expected. Instead of causing sex crimes, porn might actually contribute to reducing their incidence.
- 2010/03/10: EarthTimes: Jumbo error: Sydney's baby elephant not dead after all
- 2009/11/09: PhilosophyPress: My philosophy: Alan Sokal -- Julian Baggini meets the man who dropped a bomb on postmodernism
- 2010/01/31: QBNets: Why String Theorists Should Switch Fields to Quantum Computing
- 2010/03/09: Eureka: Divine intervention? New research looks at beliefs about God's influence in everyday life
- 2010/03/06: AlterNet: Too Much Sex? No Such Thing -- Why Sex Addiction Is Total B.S.
- 2010/03/05: PhysOrg: Ancient Texts Present Mayans As Literary Geniuses
Literary critics, cultural scholars and aficionados of the Mayans, the only fully literate people of the pre-Columbian Americas, have lined up to call the first fully illustrated survey of two millennia of Mayan texts assembled by award-winning scholar Dennis Tedlock, "stunning," "astounding," "groundbreaking" and "literally breathtaking."
The book is "2000 Years of Mayan Literature," published in January by the University of California Press. Its author, a SUNY Distinguished Professor, James McNulty Chair in English and Research Professor in Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, has long been recognized as one of the world's principle experts in Mayan culture and literature.
- 2010/03/03: SciDaily: Artificial Bee Silk a Big Step Closer to Reality
CSIRO scientist Dr Tara Sutherland and her team have achieved another important milestone in the international quest to artificially produce insect silk.
They have hand-drawn fine threads of honeybee silk from a 'soup' of silk proteins that they had produced transgenically.
- 2010/02/26: UCSD: Blue Ribbon Task Force Report: Preserving Our Digital Knowledge Base Must be a Public Priority
- 2010/03/02: NewScientist: Finding the facts that online news leaves out
- 2010/03/01: IaState: ISU study proves conclusively that violent video game play makes more aggressive kids
- 2010/02/26: CBC: Emergency shipment of condoms headed to Olympic athletes
- 2010/02/25: RawStory: 'Zombies' have free speech rights too, US court rules
- 2010/02/24: RawStory: Police escort student out of class after refusal to recite Pledge of Allegiance
- 2010/02/24: CBC: Italian court convicts Google execs over video
An Italian court has convicted three current and former Google executives of violating privacy laws in a case the company calls a serious threat to freedom on the web.
The case involves a video posted to Google Video in 2006 showing teenage bullies in Turin abusing a disabled boy. The judge said the three executives violated privacy laws because Google did not remove the video quickly enough.
Judge Oscar Magi on Wednesday absolved the three of defamation but gave them a suspended six-month sentence for violating the youth's privacy. He acquitted a fourth defendant altogether.
Google said it would "vigorously" appeal the decision.
- 2009/12/03: CanWest: Swifter, higher, stronger -- safer? 100,000 free condoms for Vancouver Olympic athletes, officials
- Wiki: Theory of multiple intelligences
- 2010/02/18: DerSpiegel: Punished for Love -- Man Indicted for Breaking Into Prison
- 2010/02/19: BBC: Final Canadian WWI veteran [John Babcock] dies
The last Canadian veteran of World War I has died at the age of 109.
- 2010/02/18: BBC: A website called PleaseRobMe claims to reveal the location of empty homes based on what people post online
- 2010/02/18: AlterNet: Shocking Report Reveals Epidemic of Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Prisons
- 2010/02/17: DigiJo: Pregnant woman jailed for having thought about abortion
- 2010/02/16: Onion: U.S. Economy Grinds To Halt As Nation Realizes Money Just A Symbolic, Mutually Shared Illusion
- 2010/02/15: BBC: A study of schoolchildren has found that most of those questioned thought violence towards women was acceptable if there was a reason behind it
- 2010/02/13: DerSpiegel: Back to the Future in Berlin -- Restored 'Metropolis' Comes Home
After 83 years, Fritz Lang's Sci-Fi classic "Metropolis" has returned to Berlin in its full glory. On Friday night 2,000 fans braved the snowy weather to watch the restored classic at the Brandenburg Gate. It took restorers a year to repair the damage to the newly discovered scenes. They say the original film was much more complex and interesting than just a sci-fi cult classic.
- 2010/02/11: MTV: Roland Emmerich Plans [Isaac Asimov's] 'Foundation' [trilogy] As 3-D Motion-Capture Epic
- 2010/02/11: SciDaily: Millimeter-Scale, Energy-Harvesting Sensor System Can Operate Nearly Perpetually
- 2010/02/10: SciDaily: Battery-Less Radios Developed
At the International Solid State Circuit Conference, imec and Holst Centre report a 2.4GHz/915MHz wake-up receiver which consumes only 51µW power. This record low power achievement opens the door to battery-less or energy-harvesting based radios for a wide range of applications including long-range RFID and wireless sensor nodes for logistics, smart buildings, healthcare etc.
- 2010/02/10: DerSpiegel: The Failed War on Drugs in Latin America -- Could Decriminalization Be the Answer?
The massacre in Ciudad Juarez at the end of January made it clear that Mexico is losing the war on drugs. Narcotics-related violence is on the rise in other Latin American cities as well. An increasing number of voices are demanding that drugs be decriminalized.
- 2010/02/10: BBC: Hacktivists turn to web attacks -- Political activists are increasingly using net attacks as a means of protest, reveals a [Prolexic] report
- 2010/02/08: Blevkog: I Swear, Sometimes These Things Just Write Themselves.
- 2010/02/04: BBC: Ancient Indian language dies out
The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC.
Professor Anvita Abbi said that the death of Boa Sr was highly significant because one of the world's oldest languages - Bo - had come to an end.
She said that India had lost an irreplaceable part of its heritage.
Languages in the Andamans are thought to originate from Africa. Some may be 70,000 years old.
The islands are often called an "anthropologist's dream" and are one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world.
- 2010/02/04: CBC: Skype on iPhone may signal end of voice plans
Analysts believe it's only a matter of time before cellphone companies start offering data-only options for smartphones such as the iPhone.Analysts believe it's only a matter of time before cellphone companies start offering data-only options for smartphones such as the iPhone.
The death of cellphone voice plans may be on the horizon as internet calling service Skype will soon be available over iPhone cellular connections.
David Ponsford, head of Skype's iPhone team, said in a video released on Wednesday that the company was working on a calling service that will deliver "CD-quality sound" on the iPhone. Users will be able to make free Skype-to-Skype calls or use the paid SkypeOut service that lets them phone landlines and mobiles at significantly cheaper rates. SkypeOut offers unlimited calling within North America, for example, for about $40 a year.
Skype also offers phone numbers in 25 countries, not including Canada, which allows users to accept incoming calls. For about $60 a year, the user can sign up for an internet-based phone number that then forwards incoming calls to them via Skype.
Skype will release the app globally "real soon," Ponsford said, once it perfects a call quality indicator that will tell the user what sort of connection they can expect to get over their 3G connection.
- 2010/02/03: TreeHugger: Potentially Amazing Technology: Is Spray-On Liquid Glass About to Make Everything Greener?
- 2010/02/02: RawStory: Obama grows the drug war, with enforcement a clear priority
- 2010/02/02: AlterNet: North Carolina Politicians Seek to Unseat Councilman Because He's an Atheist
- 2010/01/29: LaughingSquid: San Francisco’s Answer to Westboro Baptist Church
- 2010/01/29: Asahi: Warlord robot has all the right moves
- 2010/01/29: CBC: Winnipeg police caught on video beating man -- Cody Bousquet gets 11 months for dangerous driving, assaulting officer
- 2010/01/29: CBC: New morning-after pill works for up to 5 days
- 2010/01/29: AlterNet: People's Historian and Progressive Hero Howard Zinn Dies
- 2010/01/26: Onion: Science Channel Refuses To Dumb Down Science Any Further
Frustrated by continued demands from viewers for more awesome and extreme programming, Science Channel president Clark Bunting told reporters Tuesday that his cable network was "completely incapable" of watering down science any further than it already had.
"Look, we've tried, we really have, but it's simply not possible to set the bar any lower," said a visibly exhausted Bunting, adding that he "could not in good conscience" make science any more mindless or insultingly juvenile.
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- 2010/01/27: CBC: Privacy commission probing Facebook again
- 2010/01/27: FSF: iPad is iBad for freedom
With new tablet device, Apple's Steve Jobs pushes unprecedented extension of DRM to a new class of general purpose computers
- 2010/01/26: PhysOrg: Engineered metamaterials enable remarkably small antennas
- 2010/01/27: PhysOrg: Canada privacy office launches new Facebook probe
Canada's privacy commissioner is once again probing Facebook over the online social network's privacy policies.
- 2010/01/26: BBC: EU to monitor anti-piracy trial
A human rights watchdog has asked the European Commission to assess the legality of software being used to analyse file-sharing in the UK.
The software in question is called CView and will be used by ISP Virgin Media to identify legal versus illegal traffic on its network.
The EC has said it will monitor the use of the software, following a complaint from Privacy International.
Virgin Media countered that the software posed no risk to privacy.
Privacy International has concerns about the software, designed by monitoring firm Detica.
It utilises so-called deep packet inspection, which means that it can identify actual file-names, making it possible to accurately find out what content is legal and what is not.
According to Alexander Hanff, head of ethical networks at Privacy International, use of such software is in breach of current UK law.
- 2010/01/27: CBC: Drivers feel new police siren before they see it
- EFF: Panopticlick
- EFF: Self-Defense
- 2010/01/27: EFF: A Primer on Information Theory and Privacy
- 2010/01/27: EFF: Help EFF Research Web Browser Tracking
- 2010/01/26: PhysOrg: Going For Exawatts: Building the most powerful laser in the world
- 2010/01/26: NYObserver: After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday's Web Site
In late October, Newsday, the Long Island daily that the Dolans bought for $650 million, put its web site, newsday.com, behind a pay wall. The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall, so in media circles it has been followed with interest. Could its fate be a sign of what others, including The New York Times, might expect?
So, three months later, how many people have signed up to pay $5 a week, or $260 a year, to get unfettered access to newsday.com?
The answer: 35 people. As in fewer than three dozen. As in a decent-sized elementary-school class.
- 2010/01/21: NBF: High Energy Microwave Cannon for Disabling Cars and Improvised Explosive Devices Has been Field Tested
- Wiki: Corporate personhood debate
- 2010/01/23: Reuters:FS: More NYT paywall math
- Scott Pakin's automatic complaint-letter generator
- 2010/01/22: CBC: Police report traces violent trajectory of Winnipeg gang
African Mafia has splintered, is moving into Alta., says document submitted in court
- 2010/01/21: Guardian(UK): Government data from around the world. Welcome to our single gateway
- 2010/01/21: BBC: Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled his latest venture [[website, data.gov.uk] for the UK government, which offers the public better access to official data
- 2010/01/19: PhysOrg: Explained: The [Claude] Shannon limit
- 2010/01/11: CaliforniaWatch: The rising cost of education: A history of UC fees
- 2010/01/14: PhysOrg: Study: 1 in 4 female teens involved in violence
About one in four female teens is involved in some sort of violent behavior at school or at work, according to a government report.
A survey of more than 33,000 girls and women aged 12 to 17 found that 26.7 percent had been involved in a serious fight at school or work, a group-against-group fight or had attacked someone with the intent to harm the person in the previous year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported Thursday.
- 2010/01/12: ProPublica: In Mass., Recording an Arrest May Get You Arrested
- 2010/01/13: NewScientist: Five emotions you never knew you had
Can you name the six basic emotions? Take a straw poll of your friends and we guarantee that you will find no consensus. Yet psychologists are unequivocal: joy, sadness, anger, fear, surprise and disgust. These are the Big Six, quite literally, the in-your-face emotions - the ones that everyone the world over exhibits with the same dramatic and characteristic facial expressions. They have been the subjects of intense research for over half a century, not least because of the role they have played in our survival as a species.
- 2010/01/12: AlterNet: 4-Year-Old Boy Suspended From School for Months Because His Hair Is 'Too Long'
- 2010/01/09: BRitholtz: Flight 1549 3D Reconstruction, Hudson River Ditching Jan 15, 2009
- 2010/01/05: TreeHugger: Super Smooth: Magnetic Bearings Glide Closer to the Mainstream
- 2010/01/05: Rabble:CN: UBC student leaders file complaint with UN against Canadian government; impeachment threats follow
- 2010/01/04: CBC: Social workers bound for High Arctic communities
- 2010/01/04: BBC: Bono net policing idea draws fire
Bono, frontman of rock band U2, has warned the film industry not to make the same mistakes with file-sharing that have dogged the music industry.
Writing for the New York Times, Bono claimed internet service providers were "reverse Robin Hoods" benefiting from the music industry's lost profits.
He hinted that China's efforts prove that tracking net content is possible.
The editorial drew sharp criticism, both on its economic merits and for the suggestion of net content policing.
- 2010/01/03: CBC: Boy calls dog who fought off cougar his 'guardian'
A boy from Boston Bar, B.C., whose golden retriever saved him from a charging cougar, says he wouldn't be alive if his dog hadn't stepped in.
Austin Forman, 11, was gathering firewood in his backyard at about 5 p.m. Saturday when his dog, Angel, started acting strangely.
Angel started following him to and from the woodshed, Austin said, almost as though she was checking to make sure he was OK.
Suddenly, Angel ran toward Austin and jumped over a lawn mower -- right into the path of a charging cougar.
- 2009/12/31: PhysOrg: AT&T wants out of landline business
AT&T said the high costs of maintaining the legacy phone network were "diverting valuable resources"
US telecom giant AT&T has asked US regulatory authorities to waive a requirement that it and other carriers maintain costly landline networks.
- 2009/12/31: CBC: Apple wins ruling on alleged iPod hearing loss
- 2009/12/31: SlashDot: AT&T Readying For the End of Analog Landlines
- 2009/12/29: LA Times: California Science Center is sued for canceling a film promoting intelligent design
- 2009/12/28: TreeHugger: Solar Powered Eyes - Powering Electronic Contact Lenses and Retina with Sunlight
- 2009/12/22: CBC: New libel defence allowed: Supreme Court -- 2 publications fighting $1.5M, $100K libel awards
The Supreme Court of Canada has opened the door for journalists to use the defence of "responsible communication" against libel suits.
Canada's highest court ruled Tuesday in two decisions that publishers can escape liability if they can show that they tried to verify the facts and the published material is a matter of public interest.
- 2009/12/21: AlterNet: 10 Ways to Screw Over the Corporate Jackals Who've Been Screwing You
- 2009/12/18: PhysOrg: Swiss and Google reach privacy accord pending verdict
- 2009/12/17: BuckDog: Canadian Judge Speaks Bluntly About 'Insanity' Of Canada's Pot Laws
"Nobody has been deterred. People have been going to jail for drug offences for - for a couple of generations now and the drug - the drug plague is worse than it ever was.... If something doesn't work, do I try doing it again and again to see if it does work? Isn't that the definition of insanity?" -Justice Elliot Allen (Ontario Judge)
- 2009/12/16: BBC: Cheques to be phased out in 2018
Cheques will be phased out by October 2018, but only if adequate alternatives are developed, the body that oversees payments strategy has said.
The board of the UK Payments Council has set the date in a bid to encourage the advance of other forms of payment.
The first cheque was written 350 years ago and the decision will be greeted with disappointment by some small businesses and consumers.
The Council said there should be "no scenario" for using cheques by 2018.
The target date for the closure of the system that processes cheques has been set for 31 October 2018, after the board described the payment method as in "terminal decline".
However, there will be annual checks on the progress of other payments systems and a final review of the decision will be held in 2016.
- 2009/12/16: AlterNet: Former Police Chief Norm Stamper: 'Let's Not Stop at Marijuana Legalization'
- 2009/12/15: BBC: Australia intends to introduce filters which will ban access to websites containing criminal content
- 2009/12/15: AlterNet: Huge Signature Gathering Success Sends Pot Legalization to Ballot
- 2009/12/12: CBC: Sci-fi writer arrested at U.S. border
- 2009/12/13: TStar: War of words ends in author's arrrest at border
- 2009/12/10: EFF: Google CEO Eric Schmidt Dismisses the Importance of Privacy
- 2009/12/09: SoS: My Reaction to Eric Schmidt
- 2009/12/11: CBC: Open-access internet rules take hits
The federal government has taken a pair of shots at rules that give smaller internet service providers regulated access to the networks of big phone companies such as Bell and Telus.
In the first of two internet-related decisions quietly released on Friday, the government rejected an earlier order by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that would have given smaller ISPs the right to sell the same speeds as Bell and Telus.
The CRTC's "matching speeds" decision, made in December last year, would have required the large companies to offer the same speed services they themselves sell to smaller regional ISPs, such as Teksavvy or Execulink, at reasonable rates.
These smaller ISPs rent portions of the big companies' networks to provide their own services. They are currently limited to selling internet speeds up to around five megabits per second, while Bell and Telus offer up to 15 or 16 megabits.
- Wiki: Constellation program
- Tom Lehrer
- 2009/12/11: CBC: RCMP had no grounds to use Taser on N.W.T. girl: report -- Police force also accused of protecting officer
An RCMP officer in Inuvik, N.W.T., was not justified in jolting a teenage girl with a Taser in 2007, a federal police watchdog agency has concluded.
Furthermore, the Inuvik RCMP detachment appears to have tried to cover up what happened, according to a final report released Friday by the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.
- 2009/12/11: AlterNet: Zinn's 'People's History' Masterwork Hits the History Channel
- 2009/12/09: G&M: Left in the dark
By giving out false information on the fatal tasering of the Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, and refusing to correct the errors for more than a year, the RCMP persisted in the destruction of the public's trust in their national police force. Two years earlier, a Mountie spokesman said, "The public doesn't have a right know anything," after a British Columbia officer shot and killed a 22-year-old man in unusual circumstances. The RCMP shows by its actions it still seems to believe the public is best left in the dark.
- 2009/12/09: Guardian(UK): Laid bare: the sex life of the ancient Greeks in all its physical glory
- 2009/12/09: Guardian(UK): The 100 essential websites
- 2009/12/07: BoingBoing: Major record labels rip off 300,000 songs for compilation CDs, may owe $60 billion in damages
- 2009/12/08: CBC: Public Complaints Commission Report slams RCMP in [Dziekanski] airport Taser death
RCMP officers at Vancouver airport discharged a Taser five times while restraining Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski on Oct. 14, 2007. RCMP officers at Vancouver airport discharged a Taser five times while restraining Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski on Oct. 14, 2007. (Paul Pritchard)A damning report on the conduct of RCMP involved in the death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport was released on Tuesday by the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.
In the strongly worded report, Paul Kennedy, chair of the commission, made 23 findings and 16 recommendations that were highly critical of both the actions of the four officers and the followup investigation by the RCMP.
Dziekanski died at Vancouver's airport in October 2007 minutes after he was stunned repeatedly with a Taser by the RCMP, who were responding to a disturbance call in the airport arrivals lounge.
- 2009/12/06: CBC: Ceremony marks Great Halifax Explosion
- 2009/12/08: AlterNet: Why Fake Optimism Is the Worst Way to Deal with Life's Problems
- 2009/12/03: KEI: Ambassador Kirk: People would be "walking away from the table" if the ACTA text is made public
- 2009/12/07: SlashDot: Ambassador [Ron Kirk] Claims ACTA Secrecy Necessary
- 2009/12/04: AlterNet: Hey Religious Believers, Where's Your Evidence?
- 2009/12/03: BBC: Intel unveils 48-core cloud chip
- 2009/12/02: CBC: Google to limit free access to some news content
- 2009/12/01: BBC: Potter actors look to the future -- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is out on DVD on 7 December
- 2009/12/01: BCLocalNews: Newly unionized Sunridge staff fired
Uncertainty is swirling around the future of Cowichan’s largest private care facility amidst reports most of its staff has been fired.
Employees at Duncan’s Sunridge seniors complex were told this afternoon about 200 will be let go as of March 31, a Health Employees Union official told the News Leader Pictorial.
"It’s a mass firing," Margi Blamey said.
Her report comes on the heels of Saturday’s HEU certification vote when some 70 per cent of the facility’s employees voted to join the union.
- 2009/12/01: Eureka: Are the effects of pornography negligible? Universite de Montreal professor refutes demonization of pornography
- Wiki: Methanogen
- Wiki: Hans Moravec
- 2009/11/23: ORTS: Top 50 Free Open Courseware Classes for Aspiring Scientists
- 2009/11/27: SeattlePI: (cartoon - Horsey) Man and religion, a synopsis
- 2009/11/27: NewScientist: Networked surveillance minicopters can't be kept down
- 2009/11/26: PhysOrg: Internet activists push for greater democracy
- 2009/11/25: AlterNet: Black Teacher May Get 15 Years in Prison for Cutting in Line at Wal-Mart
- 2009/11/26: Guardian(UK): How science is shackled by intellectual property
Ownership rights pose a real danger to scientific progress for the public good
- 2009/11/24: CBC: Regina man survives 3-day ordeal on B.C. island
A Regina man considers himself lucky to be alive after being alone for three days on a small B.C. island with his bones broken and nothing to eat or drink.
At one point, he couldn't feel his hands anymore, he said. But he kept going.
"You know, the second you give in and let yourself panic or whatever, you're as good as done. You're useless to yourself. So you keep pulling and fall where you may... Hopefully you get yourself a few feet closer."
- 2009/11/23: AlterNet: The War on Weed: Marijuana Is Basically Harmless -- The Monumentally Stupid Drug War Is Not
- 2009/11/22: CrTimber: A vaguely passive-aggressive post on commenters
- Wiki: Lichen
- 2009/11/20: NBF: Intel Predicts Brain waves will replace keyboard and mouse, dial phones and change TV channels by 2020
- 2009/11/20: CBC: Billy Bragg, NDP push for new law on music downloads
- 2009/11/20: AlterNet: What if People Actually Treated Religion as Just a Metaphor (Like Trekkies and Secular Jews)?
- 2009/03/03: ThoughtExperiments: Pundits Are Wrong About Everything
- 2009/11/16: CCurrents: ACTA: Death Of Internet As We Know It
- 2009/11/18: BBC: Tiny chip could diagnose disease
Researchers have demonstrated a tiny chip based on silicon that could be used to diagnose dozens of diseases.
A tiny drop of blood is drawn through the chip, where disease markers are caught and show up under light.
- 2009/11/18: CBC: Spain makes broadband a universal right
- 2009/11/18: ABC(Au): Scientology a 'criminal organisation'
The Church of Scientology says allegations made in Federal Parliament by Independent Senator Nick Xenophon are an abuse of parliamentary privilege.
Senator Xenophon used a speech in Parliament last night to raise allegations of widespread criminal conduct within the church, saying he had received letters from former followers detailing claims of abuse, false imprisonment and forced abortion.
He says he has passed on the letters to the police and is calling for a Senate inquiry into the religion and its tax-exempt status.
- 2009/11/13: PhysOrg: Thoughtful words help couples stay fighting fit
Couples who bring thoughtful words to a fight release lower amounts of stress-related proteins, suggesting that rational communication between partners can ease the impact of marital conflict on the immune system.
- 2009/11/10: Tyee: Canada's Most Secret Treaty [ACTA] Why don't they want us to know about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement?
- 2009/11/10: Tyee: If Long Gun Registry Is So Dumb, Why Do Police Like It?
- 2009/11/11: FuturePundit: Telomere Genes Linked To Longer Life
- 2009/11/14: AlterNet: Single Payer Now! by Sen. Bernie Sanders
- 2009/11/14: TStar: Watchdog: Jail system fails native prisoners -- Ottawa urged to appoint new corrections official
Canada's prison watchdog is sounding the alarm over the plight of aboriginal prisoners, warning that without urgent action the situation will become a crisis.
Howard Sapers, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, released a progress report Friday on aboriginal people in the federal corrections system. It states bluntly the federal government has failed to live up to many of its commitments on improving the system.
- 2009/11/13: NewScientist: Contact lenses to get built-in virtual graphics
- 2009/11/13: CBC: Swiss privacy watchdog to sue Google Street View
- 2009/11/13: AlterNet: The Top One Reason Religion Is Harmful
I'm realizing that everything I've ever written about religion's harm boils down to one thing.
It's this: Religion is ultimately dependent on belief in invisible beings, inaudible voices, intangible entities, undetectable forces, and events and judgments that happen after we die.
It therefore has no reality check.
And it is therefore uniquely armored against criticism, questioning, and self- correction. It is uniquely armored against anything that might stop it from spinning into extreme absurdity, extreme denial of reality ... and extreme, grotesque immorality.
- 2009/11/12: SciDaily: New Evidence That Dark Chocolate Helps Ease Emotional Stress
The "chocolate cure" for emotional stress is getting new support from a clinical trial published online in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research. It found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed. Everyone's favorite treat also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances.
- 2009/11/10: Guardian(UK): For whom the net tolls
Rupert Murdoch wants to remake the web as a toll both, with him in the collector's seat, but the net won't shift to his will
- 2009/11/11: G&M: Ottawa moves to remodel Canada's image
Immigration Minister will unveil a new citizenship guide that puts greater emphasis on military history this week
The Conservative government will redefine what it means to be Canadian this week by introducing a new guide to citizenship, a rare and significant attempt to reshape the national image.
The new document, which will be the citizenship study guide for the 250,000 immigrants who arrive in Canada each year, instantly becomes one of the country's most widely read and potentially influential pieces of writing. It will replace a document created by the Liberals in 1997 that the Conservatives criticized for its anemic presentation of Canadian history and identity.
No longer will new Canadians be told that Canada is strictly a nation of peacekeepers, for example. The new guide places a much greater emphasis on Canada's military history, from the Great War to the present day. It also tackles other issues of historical significance, from Confederation to Quebec's separatist movement, that were barely mentioned by its predecessor.
- 2009/11/09: NewScientist: Stop selling out science to commerce
- 2009/11/09: NakedCapitalism: Drug Marketing Continues to be Criminal
- 2009/11/07: EconoSpeak: Antidepressants and Violence
- 2009/11/06: PhysOrg: Google's desire to scan old books has critics casting it as Goliath
Google's ambitious plan to scan millions of old, out-of-print books, many of them forgotten in musty university libraries, has turned into one of the biggest controversies in the young company's history.
- 2009/11/03: EFF: Leaked ACTA Internet Provisions: Three Strikes and a Global DMCA
- 2009/11/06: MGeist: [link to 107k pdf] The Leaked ACTA Document
- 2009/11/06: CBC: Saskatchewan prosecutor wins Supreme Court appeal
A Saskatchewan Crown prosecutor did not maliciously prosecute people who were accused of sexually assaulting children two decades ago, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.
Overturning a ruling by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal on Friday, the Supreme Court said the lower court erred when it found senior Crown prosecutor Matt Miazga acted out of malice.
"It is my view that there is no evidence to support a finding of malice or improper purpose," Justice Louise Charron wrote in the 27-page decision. Six other Supreme Court judges concurred in the unanimous decision.
Miazga is a senior Crown prosecutor in Saskatchewan's Ministry of Justice who prosecuted sexual assault charges against several adults more than a decade ago.
The original criminal case was a media sensation in Saskatchewan as allegations emerged about satanic rituals and dead babies in secret rural locations.
In 1991, police and prosecutors decided to arrest 16 people and press more than 70 charges of sexual assault. Among those charged were biological parents, foster parents and extended family.
As the criminal cases worked through the court system, many charges were stayed or dismissed after a preliminary hearing. Ultimately, only a few convictions were secured.
The three children later recanted their stories.
- 2009/11/06: CanWest: New copyright law [ACTA] could cut families off Net for year
Canadian officials in secret talks; Internet service providers would police illegal downloading of copy-protected material
Canadian officials are taking part in negotiations for a top-secret copyright treaty that could see families barred from the Internet for a year if someone in the household is suspected of illegal downloads.
Under the worldwide rules of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Internet service providers such as Bell and Rogers in Canada would be required to become copyright police and filter out pirated material from their networks, hand over the identities of customers believed to be infringing copyrights and restrict the use of identity-blocking software.
ACTA would employ a three-strikes policy. People believed to be regularly downloading copyright-protected material, such as movie and music files, could have their Internet connection severed for up to 12 months and forced to pay a fine.
- 2009/11/06: CanWest: An appalling betrayal
What a bitter spectacle: MPs from all parties, except the Bloc Québécois, caving to a decades-long campaign by disgruntled gun owners, to U.S.-inspired attack advertising in targeted ridings and to self-interest to issue a death warrant to the long-gun registry.
The symbolism could hardly be more poignant -- well, yes, it could be. Our parliamentarians missed the 20th anniversary of the Montreal massacre, which inspired the creation of the registry, by a month.
- 2009/11/05: BBC: Smart spectacles aid translation -- Spectacles that can provide subtitles have been created by hi-tech firm NEC.
- 2009/11/05: CBC: Internet users not isolated, survey suggests
- 2009/11/05: CBC: RCMP defend Taser use on girl, 16 -- Force used was 'justified, and necessary' to subdue teenager
A Selkirk, Man., RCMP officer denies any wrongdoing in the case of a teenage girl who says she was injured with a Taser while in police custody two years ago.
The incident, and a resulting lawsuit by the girl against the RCMP, the City of Selkirk, the province and the federal justice minister, have raised concerns about the use of Tasers by police on minors.
In a statement of defence obtained by CBC News on Wednesday, Const. Roger Gavel asks Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench to throw out the lawsuit, saying the use of the stun gun on the girl was legitimate.
"The actions of the RCMP members -- were justified, and necessary, in the circumstances," the documents said.
Gavel's defence -- written by a lawyer from the federal Department of Justice -- was filed on Oct. 14.
The girl, who was 16 when taken to the Selkirk RCMP detachment on Nov. 3, 2007, is seeking an unspecified amount of financial damages for physical and emotional trauma.
- 2009/11/04: SlashDot: Why a High IQ Doesn't Mean You're Smart
- 2009/10/29: CBC: CRTC denies internet throttling appeal
Bell Canada says it needs to throttle peer-to-peer applications because of congestion on its network.Bell Canada says it needs to throttle peer-to-peer applications because of congestion on its network.
The CRTC has denied an appeal from a group of internet providers to force Bell Canada to stop its internet traffic management, otherwise known as throttling.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Thursday threw out a "review and vary" request from the Canadian Association of Internet Providers, a group of smaller companies that rents portions of Bell's network, on a decision the regulator made last year.
In its previous decision, the CRTC found that Bell was within its right to extend the throttling -- which it applies to customers using peer-to-peer software -- to its wholesale companies. Bell said it needed to throttle because peer-to-peer traffic was causing congestion on its network. The smaller ISPs appealed to the CRTC and said Bell had not proven that congestion.
The CRTC's decision on Thursday reaffirmed its earlier order.
- 2009/10/29: BBC: Celebrating 40 years of the net
- 2009/10/28: PhysOrg: Answering that age-old lament: Where does all this dust come from?
- LoC: Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
- 2009/10/27: BBC: A French court has convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud, but stopped short of banning the group from operating in France
- 2009/10/26: CBC: Internet set to allow non-English addresses
The internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names -- or addresses -- that can be written in languages other than English, an official said Monday.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN -- the non-profit group that oversees domain names -- is holding a meeting this week in Seoul. Domain names are the monikers behind every website, email address and Twitter post, such as ".com" and other suffixes.
- 2009/10/25: BBC: Exposing the colour of prejudice
- Royal Dutch Shell plc .com -- News and information on Royal Dutch Shell Plc.
- 2009/10/26: Guardian(UK): 92-year-old's website leaves oil giant Shell-shocked -- How online protesters are using 'gripe site' as the focus for their complaints about big business
- 2009/10/21: TerraDaily: General Electric unveils pocket-sized ultrasound tool
General Electric (GE) on Tuesday unveiled an ultrasound device about the size of an iPhone, saying the gadget could become "the stethoscope of the 21st century."
- Wiki: On Bullshit
- 1986: WebArchive: On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt
- 2009/10/21: RawStory: Don’t fire Tasers at the chest, manufacturer warns
- 2009/10/21: BBC: An ambitious new website [data.gov.uk] that will open up government data to the public will launch in beta, or pilot, form in December
- 2009/10/21: AlterNet: Rethinking Marriage. The World Has Changed. It's Time!
- 2009/10/20: NYT:Economix: The Skyrocketing Costs of Attending College
- 2009/09/: CACM: The Status of the P Versus NP Problem
- 2009/10/15: CBC: Canadian broadband blasted by Harvard study
Canada has some of the poorest high-speed internet service in the developed world and is an example of what not to do from a policy perspective, according to a study by Harvard University.
The 232-page study, commissioned by American regulators and released Wednesday evening, found that Canada rates poorly compared to peer countries when measures such as national broadband adoption, network capacity and prices are taken into account.
Canada was 22nd overall out of 30 countries surveyed by Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Canada ranked 16th on broadband adoption, 20th on speed and capacity, and 25th on price. Japan, Sweden and South Korea headed up Harvard's rankings, while the United States placed above Canada at 13th overall.
- 2009/10/01: FlowingData: 30 Resources to Find the Data You Need
- Wiki: Frederick Douglass
- 2009/10/14: BBC: Youth 'cannot live' without web
A survey of 16 to 24 year olds has found that 75% of them feel they "couldn't live" without the internet.
The report, published by online charity YouthNet, also found that four out of five young people used the web to look for advice.
About one third added that they felt no need to talk to a person face to face about their problems because of the resources available online.
- 2009/10/14: AlterNet: Ridiculous Study Blames Feminism for Non-Existent 'Happiness Gap' Between Men and Women
- 2009/10/13: MWatch: Drug wars: Big Pharma, Afghan, Mexican cartels -- Decriminalizing drugs can boost corporate profits and state tax revenues
- 2009/10/13: ArsTechnica: 100 years of Big Content fearing technology -- in its own words
- 2009/10/13: BRitholtz: Every Space Mission Ever Flown On One Map
- 2009/10/09: NatureTGB: Small World: Big pictures
- 2009/10/08: BRitholtz: Microsoft’s grinning robots vs the Brotherhood of the Mac
- 2009/10/07: CBC: Google Street View goes live in Canadian cities
- 2009/10/06: PhysOrg: Islands of Life Across Space and Time
- 2009/10/04: Dominion: Arctic Fox
- 2009/10/06: CBC: Violent crime in 15-year decline: report
- 2009/10/05: CBC: Ottawa giving up millions in gun registry fees
The Conservative government is relinquishing millions of dollars in gun registry and licensing fees at a time when the government is running record budget deficits.
Documents obtained by the CBC under access to information show the federal government's decision to waive fees for people licensing their firearms will cost more than $15 million this year alone. Should the fee waiver be extended for another three years, internal forecasts predict an additional $60 million in "projected lost revenue."
The Conservatives started granting amnesty to gun owners in 2006 -- neither forcing new owners to register rifles and other long guns, nor collecting fees from those who already had. It also waived fees for licence renewals. The amnesty has been extended twice more since then.
- 2009/10/05: DawgsBlawg: Fernando Manuel Alves rape case: closed courts, secret justice
- 2009/10/05: EconView: "Kuhn's Paradigm Shift" -- Daniel Little discusses Thomas Kuhn's contributions to the philosophy of science
- 2009/10/02: PhysOrg: Anthropologist Wins 'Ig Nobel' Prize for Study Of Why Pregnant Women Don't Tip Over
- 2009/10/02: APA: Where’s the Science? The Sorry State of Psychotherapy
- 2009/10/02: CBC: Cisco takes aim at the videoconferencing market -- To pay $3B US for Tandberg
- 2009/10/02: AlterNet: What Is an Orgasm, Anyway?
- 2009/10/01: CBC: Top court won't hear woman's appeal of Indian status
- 2009/10/01: AlterNet: Marijuana in America: More Mainstream Than Ever, More Arrests Than Ever
- 2009/09/30: BBC: US relaxes grip on [ICANN] the internet
The US government has relaxed its control over how the internet is run.
It has signed a four-page "affirmation of commitments" with the net regulator ICANN, giving the body autonomy for the first time.
Previous agreements gave the US close oversight of ICANN - drawing criticism from other countries and groups.
The new agreement comes into effect on 1 October, exactly 40 years since the first two computers were connected on the prototype of the net.
"It's a beautifully historic day," Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's head, told BBC News.
- 2009/09/29: SlashDot: 100-Petabit Internet Backbone Coming Into View
- Balloon Juice Lexicon
- 2009/09/25: PhysOrg: Code breakthrough delivers safer computing
Computer researchers at UNSW and NICTA have achieved a breakthrough in software which will deliver significant increases in security and reliability and has the potential to be a major commercialisation success.
Professor Gernot Heiser, the John Lions Chair in Computer Science in the School of Computer Science and Engineering and a senior principal researcher with NICTA, said for the first time a team had been able to prove with mathematical rigour that an operating-system kernel - the code at the heart of any computer or microprocessor - was 100 per cent bug-free and therefore immune to crashes and failures.
Verifying the kernel - known as the seL4 microkernel - involved mathematically proving the correctness of about 7,500 lines of computer code in an project taking an average of six people more than five years.
- 2009/09/23: AlterNet: Is Darwin Film "Creation" Too Controversial for American Audiences?
- 2009/09/23: AlterNet: 5 Things the Corporate Media Don't Want You to Know About Cannabis
- 2009/09/04: Telegraph(UK): 50 things that are being killed by the internet
- 2009/09/17: CSM: A haiku
- 2009/09/15: AlterNet: The Insurance Industry's Heartless Logic: Getting Beaten by Your Husband Is an Excuse to Deny Coverage
- 2009/09/14: HuffPo: When Getting Beaten By Your Husband Is A Pre-Existing Condition
- 2009/09/15: CDreams:G&M: An Inconvenient Truth for the GOP: Canada's System is Better
- Wiki: Kyriarchy
- 2009/09/16: Guardian(UK): Dirty Dancing, feminist masterpiece
Patrick Swayze's film delivered a subversive counter-narrative to the things I was taught as a teenager about women and sex
- 2009/09/16: AlterNet: A Recipe for Disaster: School Cops Are Being Armed with 50,000-Volt Tasers
- 2009/09/14: AlterNet: The Nightmare of Christianity: How Religious Indoctrination Led to Murder
- 2009/09/13: Guardian(UK): The case for legalising all drugs is unanswerable
The extreme profits to be made from narcotics -- a direct result of prohibition -- fuel war and terrorism. Legalisation is urgent
- 2009/09/11: Telegraph(UK): Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'
A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer.
- 2009/09/12: BBC: PM apology after Turing petition
Gordon Brown has said he is sorry for the "appalling" way World War II code-breaker Alan Turing was treated for being gay.
- 2009/09/11: CBC: Tech giants share thoughts on charging for online news
Some of the world's most prominent technology companies are offering suggestions to publishers on how they can charge readers for online news.
IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Google -- a company some newspapers blame for helping dig their financial hole -- responded to a request by the Newspaper Association of America for proposals on ways to easily charge for news on the web.
But building the infrastructure for charging readers is only one part of the equation. The other part looks more challenging: getting publishers to make the leap and stop giving news out for free online.
- 2009/09/10: AlterNet: Over 100 Million Americans Have Smoked Marijuana -- And It's Still Illegal?
- 2009/09/12: SlashDot: Russia's New Official Holiday -- Programmer's Day
- 2009/09/10: No.10: Treatment of Alan Turing was "appalling" - PM [text of apology]
- 2009/09/10: SlashDot: Alan Turing Gets an Apology From Prime Minister Brown
- 2009/09/09: CBC: Fredericton gallery wins appeal over Beaverbrook collection
- 2009/09/08: BBC: Legal path clear for Hobbit movie
A film version of JRR Tolkien's novel The Hobbit is to go ahead after its producers settled a legal row with the author's heirs.
- 2009/09/08: EarthTimes: Dying swan and faithful mate cause Dutch traffic havoc
- 2009/09/07: AlterNet: Girls Gone Wild vs. Virgins Till Marriage: Why Is Sexual Life in America So Schizoid?
- 2009/09/05: PhysOrg: Fla. boaters urged to look out for missing robot
- 2009/09/05: SciDaily: New Graphene-based, Nano-material Has Magnetic Properties
- 2009/09/05: BBC: Maths 'no better than in 1970s'
Pupils are no better at maths now than they were 30 years ago - despite a rise in exam grades, a study suggests.
Researchers asked 3,000 11 to 14-year- olds in England to sit maths exams taken by pupils in 1976, and compared their scores with the earlier results.
Analysis suggested there was little difference between the two generations.
But among pupils from the previous generation taking O-level maths, less than a quarter gained a C or above, compared to 55% in GCSEs last year.
- 2009/09/04: CBC: Paramedics needed in delirium cases: [NS Taser] report
Paramedics should be summoned immediately when police are called to deal with overly agitated and aggressive people, says a Nova Scotia committee created following the death of Howard Hyde.
The recommendation is contained in a report by a panel of medical and mental-health experts. The provincial Justice Department released the document on Friday.
The committee says it should be up to responding officers to decide the best way to subdue someone who is extremely combative, paranoid or incoherent, but they should use the least restrictive way and call for medical help.
If "overwhelming force" is used, the committee adds, the subject should be immediately taken to hospital for observation or treatment.
The committee says it can't make any recommendations about the use of Tasers because there isn't enough research available.
- 2009/09/05: SlashDot: All-You-Can-Eat College For $99-a-Month
- Bad Science
- 2009/09/03: Guardian(UK): The war on drugs is immoral idiocy. We need the courage of Argentina
- 2009/09/02: FTimes: Sony plans to put 3D televisions in homes by the end of next year
- 2009/09/03: NatureN: India says no to HIV drug patents -- Patent office rejects applications from two US drug companies.
- 2009/09/03: PhysOrg: First-ever calculation performed on optical quantum computer chip
- NASA: Lunar Engineering Handbook
- 2009/09/02: PhysOrg: Two More Earth's Chandler Wobble Jumps Revealed, Last in 2005
The Chandler Wobble is a small variation in the rotation of the Earth on its axis. It has been known for some time that the phase of the Chandler Wobble jumped by 180 degrees in the 1920s, but a new study by scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences has found that the same thing also happened in 1850 and 2005. But no one knows why.
- 2009/07/24: NewScientist: [VASIMIR] Ion engine could one day power 39-day trips to Mars
- 2009/09/02: CantonRep: Canton judge orders silence in the court -- with duct tape
- 2009/09/02: BBC: Online politics reserved for rich
US civic engagement remains in the hands of the middle-class despite hopes that the internet would democratise political involvement.
Those are the findings of a report from the Pew Internet Project.
Online political engagement such as contacting officials, signing petitions and making donations is skewed towards richer and better educated Americans.
The report found signs that social networks could be encouraging younger people to get involved in politics.
According to the report 35% of US adults on incomes of at least $100,000 (£62,000) participate in two or more online political activities compared to just 8% of adults on incomes of less than $20,000 (£12,000).
- 2009/09/02: BBC: Jail threat for donkey bloggers
Two bloggers from Azerbaijan are facing up to five years in jail after posting a video of a donkey giving a news conference on YouTube.
Shortly after the video was released, Andnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were held on hooliganism charges following a scuffle in a restaurant.
- 2009/09/02: Spectrum: Singular Simplicity -- The story of the Singularity is sweeping, dramatic, simple--and wrong
- 2009/09/01: CNN: Petition seeks apology for Enigma code-breaker Turing
- 2009/09/01: NewScientist: Why AI is a dangerous dream
- 2009/09/01: PhysOrg: Carbon nanoballs as data storage units
- 2009/09/04: BBC: Two Bangladeshi newspapers have apologised after publishing an article taken from a satirical US website which claimed the Moon landings were faked
- 2009/08/31: TheOnion: Conspiracy Theorist Convinces Neil Armstrong Moon Landing Was Faked
- 2009/08/31: BBC: Watching the start of World War II
There are only a handful of people left who can say they saw World War II start.
A German battleship, the Schleswig-Holstein, bombards the Polish coast at Westerplatte, at the start of World War II
Few survive to tell the tale of the German cruiser, Schleswig-Holstein, unleashing a barrage of 280mm and 170mm shells at a Polish fort and shattering the dawn breaking over the Westerplatte peninsula in the free city of Danzig on 1 September 1939.
"I took the telescope and looked out at the channel, first right, then left and then at the cruiser which was moored in the bay," Ignacy Skowron remembered. "At that moment I saw a flash of red and the first shell hit the gate,"
The attack began at 0445. Simultaneously, the German Wehrmacht poured across the frontier of Poland from the west, north and south.
Two days later Britain and France declared war on Germany.
The then 24-year-old Cpl Skowron was one of just 182 Polish soldiers defending the military transit depot on the Westerplatte peninsula.
- 2009/08/31: Guardian(UK): Latin America starts revolt against US 'war on drugs'
Mexico and Argentina move towards decriminalising drugs -- In a backlash against the US 'war on drugs', Latin America turns to a more liberal policy
- 2009/07/22: DSPDesignLine: Processor architectures: Where will we be in 2020?
- 2009/08/28: EETimes: From 2009 to 2020: A history of developments in programmability
- 2009/08/31: BBC: Thousands of people have signed a Downing Street petition calling for a posthumous government apology to World War II code breaker Alan Turing
- 2009/08/31: BRitholtz: Who Said Creative Accounting Is Dead?
- 2009/08/29: BBC: Growing marginalisation of Hungary's Roma
- Buffy Sainte-Marie
- 2009/08/27: CBC: Bill Cosby struck by N.L. rescue story
- MIT: Personas
- 2009/08/26: PhysOrg: From Terabytes to Petabytes: Computer Scientists Develop New Hybrid Database System [HadoopDB]
- 2009/08/25: BBC: The supreme court in Argentina has ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish people for using marijuana for personal consumption
- Wiki: Antikythera Mechanism
- 2009/08/25: PhysOrg: Canadian scientist aims to turn chickens into dinosaurs
- 2009/08/24: XKCD: Tech Support Cheat Sheet
- 2009/08/23: BBC: Tens of thousands of people in Mali's capital, Bamako, have been protesting against a new law which gives women equal rights in marriage
- 2009/08/22: NewScientist: Failure to launch: abandoned NASA projects
- 2009/08/21: BBC: Handsets enhance the real world
- 2009/08/19: CM: The 50 Funniest Internet Infographics
- 2009/08/21: BBC: Video appears in paper magazines
- 2009/08/20: CBC: Video ads to make magazine debut
Entertainment Weekly, the popular show-business publication, is blurring the line between print and television with new video ads that will appear in the magazine next month.
The video-in-print ads will appear in the Sept. 18 editions of the magazine distributed in Los Angeles and New York. The ads are super-thin, about 2.7 millimetres thick, and about the size of a cellphone display. The small players will be embedded into a normal full-page ad.
The chips inside the slim-line screens are powered by a battery, similar to those found in greeting cards, and can hold up to 40 minutes of video. The battery will last for up to 70 minutes and can be recharged through a mini-USB connection in the back of the player.
- 2009/08/17: Reuters: Reader's Digest plans prearranged bankruptcy
Reader's Digest Association Inc, whose namesake magazine has been a staple of dentists' offices for generations, said on Monday it planned to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for its U.S. businesses as part of a prearranged plan with lenders to cut debt by 75 percent.
- 2009/08/17: PhysOrg: 40 percent of Twitter messages 'pointless babble': study
- Wiki: Anorthosite
- Wiki: Moon
- Wiki: Moon Rock
- 2009/08/14: AlterNet: An Evolutionary Biologist Visits the "Creationism Museum"
- 2009/08/13: CBC: Bell to charge small ISPs by usage
- 2009/08/12: CBC: Fake wedding tricks family into reunion
- 2009/08/12: NatureTGB: Victoria Crater still looking lovely
- 2009/08/12: SoS: Lockpicking and the Intenet
- 2009/08/11: G&M: Can a busy female politician give reliable evidence? A judge says no
- EyeWitness to History
- 2009/08/10: CanWest: The Tories on pot: Cheech and Chong were never this silly
The media have had very little to say about Bill C-15, a federal Conservative bill currently working its way through Parliament. This legislation will require that everyone convicted of growing a single marijuana plant or more must spend a minimum of six months in jail. The last decade of cannabis cultivation convictions in our province clearly shows that if this mandatory minimum is implemented, there will be close to a 50-per-cent increase in the provincial jail population, just to house those who cultivate cannabis
- 2009/08/09: GreatFallsTrib: 100-year-old woman recalls state's homesteading days
- 2009/08/08: AlterNet: The Shocking Benefits of Legalizing Pot
- 2009/08/06: NYRB: The News About the Internet
- 2009/08/07: NewScientist: Could recession end cannabis ban?
- 2009/08/07: NewScientist: Expert panel urges NASA to revive futuristic think tank
- 2009/08/06: PhysOrg: Mitsubishi, Hitachi eye disc for cloud computing era
Hitachi Ltd., Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and some other organizations plan to jointly develop a next-generation optical disc that can store 25 times more data than a Blu-ray Disc, with the aim of putting the technology into practical use in 2012, industry sources said this week.
The next-generation one terabyte disc will be designed to complement cloud computing, which allows for the storage of data and information offline on interconnected databases. It also would increase the efficiency of personal computers.
According to the sources, the next-generation disc will employ hologram technology, in which a laser is used to write 3-D images to record and reproduce data.
The greatly increased data-storage capacity of the new disc is achieved by storing data not only on its surface but also within the disc.
- Wiki: List of cognitive biases
- 2009/08/05: CSM: Noodle-hanging idioms and other inscrutables
The buzz around a new book has the Monitor's language columnist noodling on some intriguing turns of phrase in use around the world.
- 2009/08/05: SlashDot: Mind-Blowing Interfaces On Display At SIGGRAPH 2009
- 2009/08/04: Ph&Ph: The Falling Raindrop, Revisited [the Sokal Hoax]
- 2009/08/04: NG: Science vs. Faith
- 2009/08/01: Cracked: Conspiracy Theories
- 2009/08/03: BBC: Fire risk 'super' ants discovered
Ants believed to have a "kamikaze attraction" to electricity have been discovered in one of England's finest National Trust gardens.
Colonies of Lasius neglectus, the so-called Asian super ant, have being found at Hidcote Manor, near Chipping Campden, in Gloucestershire.
[...] Their compulsion to follow electricity is stronger than their need for food or drink.
Swarms of ants around electrical cables can cause blackouts.
[...] Simon Ford, nature conservation advisor for the National Trust in Wessex, said: "The ants themselves pose little direct threat to us as they don't bite people or pets.
"Their habit of creating super-colonies means they pose a threat to native species by out-competing them for food and space, and their attraction to electrical circuitry means they could pose a fire risk.
- 2009/08/02: BostonGlobe: The truth about grit -- Modern science builds the case for an old-fashioned virtue - and uncovers new secrets to success
- 2009/08/01: AlterNet: Consciousness Capitalism: Corporations Are Now After Our Very Beings
- Wiki: Heliosphere
- Wiki: Solar wind
- Wiki: Coronal mass ejection
- Wiki: Photosphere
- 2009/07/27: PhysOrg: Transparent aluminium is 'new state of matter'
- 2009/07/25: NYT: No Doubts: Women Are Better Managers
- 2009/07/24: BBC: Wireless power system shown off
- 2009/07/24: AlterNet: Obama's $100 Billion Investment in Our Schools Begins: What It'll Take to Have a World-Class System
- 2009/07/22: BBC: Artificial brain '10 years away' [says Henry Markram]
A detailed, functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, a leading scientist has claimed.
Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, has already simulated elements of a rat brain.
He told the TED Global conference in Oxford that a synthetic human brain would be of particular use finding treatments for mental illnesses.
Around two billion people are thought to suffer some kind of brain impairment, he said.
"It is not impossible to build a human brain and we can do it in 10 years," he said.
- 2009/07/22: NewScientist: [VASIMR] Ion engine could one day power 39-day trips to Mars
- 2009/07/21: CBC: Controversial Winnipeg water utility up for vote
- 2009/07/17: WiredSci: 5 Atrocious Science Clichés to Throw Down a Black Hole
1) Holy grail, 2) Silver bullet, 3) Shedding light, 4) Missing link, 5) Paradigm shift
- 2009/07/21: StatsCan: Police-reported crime statistics
Police-reported crime in Canada continued to decline in 2008. Both the traditional crime rate and the new Crime Severity Index fell 5%, meaning that both the volume of police-reported crime and its severity decreased. Violent crime also dropped, but to a lesser extent.
This was the fifth consecutive annual decline in police-reported crime. There were about 77,000 fewer reported crimes in 2008, including 28,000 fewer thefts of $5,000 and under, 22,000 fewer break-ins and 20,000 fewer motor vehicle thefts.
- 2009/07/21: ChronicleHerald: Conspiracy theorists will never believe this
- Wiki: John Robert Lewis (American politician)
- Wiki: Heptarchy
- Wiki: Plutarch
- 2009/07/18: PhysOrg: Amazon sends Orwell to 'memory hole'
- 2009/07/17: TVP: Kindling Some Anger
- 2009/07/16: DM:DB: NASA Geologist Is Sent Thousands of Rocks from Around the World
- 2009/07/17: SciDaily: Human-computer Interaction: Beyond -- Way Beyond -- WIMP Interfaces
- 2009/07/16: CBC: Teen sailor breaks record as youngest to travel world
- 2009/07/13: Time: The State of Homelessness in the U.S.
The 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress -- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Community Planning and Development [168 pages]
The Gist: There are few economic indicators as grim as homelessness, as the Department of Department of Housing and Urban Development demonstrates in its 4th annual report on the topic, which found that some 1.6 million Americans stayed at homeless shelters from October 2007 to September 2008. The Department also noticed some troubling trends: more families seeking shelter — particularly in rural and suburban areas — and more people going to shelters from stable living arrangements (instead of jails, institutional settings or the military).
- 2009/07/15: AlterNet: One a Day is Good for You -- Apples and Orgasms!
- 2009/07/14: BBC: Australia seeks new army robots
Australia has launched a multi-million dollar competition to build a new generation of military robots.
- 2009/07/13: CBC: B.C. boy clings to toy after being swept down river
- 2009/07/13: CBC: Man dead, 4 arrested after Winnipeg rampage -- Fatal stabbing followed crime spree in North End
- 2009/07/08: NewScientist: Memristor minds: The future of artificial intelligence
- 2009/07/09: PlanetArk: Drunk Badger Disrupts Traffic In Germany
- 2009/07/09: BBC: Award-winning film-maker Michael Moore has announced [_Capitalism: A Love Story_] the title of his forthcoming documentary, which looks at the global economic meltdown
- 2009/07/07: FTimes: Copyright laws threaten our online freedom
If you search for Elvis Presley in Wikipedia, you will find a lot of text and a few pictures that have been cleared for distribution. But you will find no music and no film clips, due to copyright restrictions. What we think of as our common cultural heritage is not "ours" at all.
On MySpace and YouTube, creative people post audio and video remixes for others to enjoy, until they are replaced by take-down notices handed out by big film and record companies. Technology opens up possibilities; copyright law shuts them down.
This was never the intent. Copyright was meant to encourage culture, not restrict it. This is reason enough for reform. But the current regime has even more damaging effects. In order to uphold copyright laws, governments are beginning to restrict our right to communicate with each other in private, without being monitored.
- 2009/07/07: FireLarrySummersNow: Why Economists Should Study Anthropology...
OK, so one big gripe I have with the way that economics is taught is that emphasis has always been on just doing a bunch of math, writing proofs, etc., with no realization that most economists' views on any economic issue are in fact decided, not by any model, but by said economists political views, sex, race, and social position. Economists merely use models to argue for their preconceived political views, often which were developed in high school or before.
Hence, when evaluating someone's argument (or one's own), it is always appropriate to evaluate their (your) biases.
- Wiki: DTN - Delay-tolerant networking
- 2009/07/06: NewScientist: Interplanetary internet gets permanent home in space [DTN - delay-tolerant networking]
- Wiki: Lagrange Point -- Lagrangian point
- Wiki: Joseph Louis Lagrange [1736 - 1813]
- 2009/07/03: Tyee: What's in an Acronym? Undefined EAJs send journalist OTE.
- 1909//: UMich: The Futurist Manifesto
- 2009/07/01: NewScientist: Treat killing like a disease to slash shootings
- 2009/06/30: BBC: The most complete terrain map of the Earth's surface has been published
- 2009/06/29: NewScientist: Building a crash-proof internet
- 2009/06/29: BBC: Pirate Bay starts video streaming
The world's most high-profile file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay (TPB), has lifted the lid on its new video sharing website, The Video Bay.
Billed as a rival to YouTube, the service will offer unrestricted video content, in violation of copyright law.
- 2009/06/25: CSM: Two haikus
- 2009/06/26: BBC: Horror of Kenya's 'witch' lynchings
- 2009/06/25: Eureka: Online ethics and the bloggers' code revealed
- 2009/06/25: BBC: 'Stoned wallabies make crop circles'
Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around "as high as a kite", a government official has said.
- 2009/06/23: NewScientist: NASA criticised for sticking to imperial units
- 2009/06/23: DM:Disco: Doctors Stumped by 16-Year-Old With Toddler’s Body, Brain
- 2009/06/23: CBC: Man saves tumbling toddler after 3-storey fall
- 2009/06/22: SciDaily: Radio Frequency Identification: The Internet Of Things
A tiny radio chip is arousing fear -- but also great enthusiasm. Is it a threat to everything that we know as personal data protection, or the optimal way of keeping track in a chaos of products?
Imagine a world in which everything that you own is numbered and catalogued. All your shoes; every piece of clothing. A world in which nothing can be regarded as private, but where everything can be traced back to you. Take a step further in your thinking and you have a universe in which every movement is also registered. How many times did you visit the off-licence last month, and how many litres of milk did you buy last Saturday?
This situation is not far off, if we can believe Kathrine Albrecht, one of the USA’s leading experts on personal data protection. She is among those who regard with suspicion the potential applications of identifying individuals with the aid of the new technology known as RFID - Radio Frequency IDentification
- 2009/06/22: BBC: Calling Marshal McLuhan! Tools are 'temporary body parts' -- The brain represents tools as extensions to the body...
- 2009/06/22: CBC: U.S. plans to monitor blogs for biased claims, payments
- 2009/06/20: BRitholtz: Gödel, Escher, Bach: A Mental Space Odyssey
- 2009/06/21: Guardian(UK): After 40 years' reflection, laser moon mirror project is axed
- 2009/06/18: BBC: Lisbon's light-touch drugs policy -- Has decriminalising all drugs worked in Portugal?
- 2009/06/19: AlterNet: Higher Education Is Stuck in the Middle Ages -- Will Universities Adapt or Die Off in Our Digital World?
- Time Tree -- The Timescale of Life
- 2009/06/17: DM:CV: 20 Insults from P. G. Wodehouse
- 2009/06/17: Eureka: Study supports validity of test that indicates widespread unconscious bias
In the decade since the Implicit Association Test was introduced, its most surprising and controversial finding is its indication that about 70 percent of those who took a version of the test that measures racial attitudes have an unconscious, or implicit, preference for white people compared to blacks. This contrasts with figures generally under 20 percent for self report, or survey, measures of race bias.
A new study published this week validates those findings, showing that the Implicit Association Test, a psychological tool, has validity in predicting behavior and, in particular, that it has significantly greater validity than self-reports in the socially sensitive topics of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age.
The research, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, is an overview and analysis of 122 published and unpublished reports of 184 different research studies. In this analysis, 85 percent of the studies also included self-reporting measures of the type generally used in surveys. This allowed the researchers, headed by University of Washington psychology Professor Anthony Greenwald, to compare the test's success in predicting social behavior and judgment with the success of self-reports.
- 2009/06/16: AlterNet: Wolfram/Alpha: Nerd-Powered Web Gadget of the Future?
- 2009/06/17: CanWest: Text-message markup 4,900%: expert -- Canadian scientist testifies before U.S. lawmakers
The consumer markup on some text messages is an estimated 4,900 per cent, according to a leading Canadian computer scientist who testified before U.S. senators on Tuesday.
Srinivasan Keshav, Canada Research Chair in tetherless computing at the University of Waterloo, told lawmakers probing text messaging rates and the state of competition in the wireless telecommunications industry that the maximum cost of a single text message "very unlikely" exceeds 0.3 cents.
In Canada, the large cellphone companies charge pay-per-use texters 15 cents to send a text message and, beginning next month, Rogers will join Bell and Telus with an additional charge of 15 cents to receive a text message.
In the United States, carriers recently increased their per-message rate to 20 cents for those without a text plan.
"I'm not here to judge whether the market is competitive or fair, I'm just telling you this is the price and this is the cost. Let people who are experiencing these plans decide whether it's correct or not," Keshav said in an interview before testifying.
- 2009/06/16: PhysOrg: Brain Regions Responsible for Empathy Mapped by Researchers
- 2009/06/15: FourSW: Tiller Assassination and The Media: When does freedom of speech cross over to crimes against humanity?
- 2009/06/15: PhysOrg: New exotic material [bismuth telluride] could revolutionize electronics
- Wiki: Intellipedia
- 2009/06/14: CBC: 1 dead, 3 injured in 4 shootings in Winnipeg's North End
- 2009/06/13: PhysOrg: 700,000 callers phone digital TV hot line
- 2008/08/26: MGS: Discussion vs. Debate -- How do you have a discussion when you disagree?
- 2009/06/13: Guardian(UK): Cocaine study that got up the nose of the US
- 2009/06/11: SiliconValley: Phallus drewesii: New mushroom species with risque name stands out
- 2009/06/12: TStar: Ottawa embarking on its own war on drugs
The ending was anticlimactic. On Monday evening, just as Canadians were sitting down to dinner, Parliament quietly enacted one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's most controversial pieces of legislation.
The Liberals joined forces with the Conservatives to pass Canada's first mandatory minimum jail sentences for individuals convicted of drug dealing.
- 2009/06/11: CBC: Vancouver's hollow tree gets stabilization, not axe
- 2009/06/09: CNN: The day I held a sobbing WWII medic in my arms
- 2009/06/10: NewScientist: Betelgeuse: The incredible shrinking star?
- 2009/06/09: UCB: Red giant star Betelgeuse mysteriously shrinking
- 2009/06/10: NatureTGB: Betelgeuse about to blow?
- 2009/06/09: CBC: How is Whois? Internet registry seeks your feedback on privacy
- 2009/06/09: SlashDot: California To Move To Online Textbooks
- 2009/05/28: Onion: Oh, No! It's Making Well-Reasoned Arguments Backed With Facts! Run!
- 2009/06/05: DM:DiscoB: Toil and Trouble: Scientists Analyze 17th Century "Anti-Witches Brew"
- 2009/06/06: CalcRisk: Unemployment Rate and Level of Education
- 2009/06/03: uComics: (cartoon - Auth) The Uses of Rhetoric
- 2009/06/02: ARC: Four of the Free Dominion "John Does" Have Been Identified
- 2009/06/01: AlterNet: Students Aren't Customers; Education Is Not a Commodity
- 2009/06/02: CBC: Alberta passes law allowing parents to pull kids out of class
Written notice required when sex, sexual orientation, religion are covered
- 2009/06/01: Guardian(UK): Terror in the name of Jesus
- 2009/05/31: PhysOrg: French physicists claim breakthrough in ultra-fast data access
French physicists said on Sunday they had used ultra-fast lasers that could accelerate storage and retrieval of data on hard discs by up to 100,000 times, pointing the way to a new generation of IT wizardry.
- 2009/06/01: DM:CV: Silence is the Enemy
- 2009/06/01: DM:SRK: Silence Is The Enemy
- 2009/06/01: DM:BadAstronomy: Silence is the Enemy
- 2009/05/31: SciDaily: Waves In Earth's Radiation Belt Get Mapped
- 2009/05/28: NBF: New Projectors Will Enable Large Displays and More Usefulness from Small Computers and Smartphones
- 2009/05/29: DawgsBlawg: Camera-shy cops target photographers
- 2009/05/29: BPerens: Stupid Burglar Nabbed by Backup Program
- 2009/05/28: NewScientist: Six things science has revealed about the female orgasm
- 2009/05/27: InfoProc: Fermi problems
- 2009/05/28: EconView: "Fermi Problems"
- 2009/05/27: CrazyBitchesRUs: How to be a Traditional man
- 2009/05/27: QP: Strip Malicious Mischief
- 2009/05/27: CBC: Taser inquiry into Dziekanski's death hears last witness -- Closing arguments begin June 19
- 2009/05/26: TreeHugger: Engineering Is Hip Again
- 2009/05/21: LNB: What 13,500 pages micro-etched into nickel looks like
- 2009/05/26: BBC: Dr Paul Twomey, president of the internet admin body Icann, talks about the net's potential for change
- Wiki: Overton window
- 2009/05/25: CBC: Parents accused of racist teachings begin court battle for children
- 2009/05/22: CCurrents: Internet Threatened By Censorship, Secret Surveillance, And Cybersecurity Laws
- 2009/05/21: PhysOrg: New memory material may hold [1 terabyte per square inch] data for one billion years
- 2009/05/18: DerSpiegel: Opera-Singing Bird Disappears -- Theft of Abusive German Parrot Saddens Munich
A parrot who sings opera songs and once famously called the mayor of Munich an asshole has been stolen. The disappearance of Koko has upset the entire neighborhood which had grown fond of the hot-tempered feathered diva.
- 2009/05/19: CNN: Restoring the Earth helps veterans heal
"Green" jobs program helps military veterans learn marketable skills - Program not only helps the environment, veterans say -- it aids them, too -
Veterans almost immediately form "new platoon" to support one another - Program's success does not make it immune to budget cuts
- 2009/05/19: UN: UN announces launch of world’s first tuition-free, online university
- 2009/05/19: SciDaily: Achieving Fame, Wealth And Beauty Are Psychological Dead Ends, Study Says
- 2009/05/18: SciNews: It’s not their dirty mouths -- Komodo dragons kill prey with venom, not oral bacteria, study suggests
- 2009/05/18: NewScientist: Venom is key to Komodo dragon's killing power
- 2009/05/18: PhysOrg: Komodo even more deadly than thought: Research
- 2009/05/18: EconView: "The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness"
- 2009/05/15: NewScientist: Sex selection brings Vietnamese boy boom
- 2009/05/15: PhysOrg: Fujitsu develops world's fastest processor [128 GHz]
- 2009/05/15: AlterNet: Obama's Drug Czar Calls for End to 'War on Drugs'
- 2009/05/13: CBC: Crown drops charges against student in alleged racial taunting incident
Crown prosecutors in Newmarket, Ont., have dropped assault charges against a 15-year-old accused of punching a classmate after the classmate allegedly taunted him with a racial slur.
Last week local police recommended dropping the charges against the teen, who is of Korean descent.
Prosecutor Amit Ghosh told the court on Wednesday that there is "no reasonable prospect of conviction and it would not be in the public interest to continue the prosecution" of the teen.
- 2009/05/13: CBC: Cause of death 'undeterminable' for Red Deer man jolted by Taser: inquest
An inquiry into the death of an Alberta man shocked three times by an RCMP stun gun couldn't come to a conclusion about what ultimately killed him.
In a report released Wednesday morning, provincial court Judge Monica Blast said the most likely cause of Jason Doan's cardiac arrest was "excited delirium," but because no underlying medical diagnosis could be identified as the trigger that put him into that state, the cause of death remains "undeterminable."
Without a cause of death, the judge said she had no recommendations.
- 2009/05/14: CanWest: 101,000 in abuse shelters, Statscan says
About 101,000 Canadian women and children stayed in shelters last year, a new Statistics Canada report reveals, and most of them fled there to escape abuse. In a snapshot count on a single day, the agency found 4,273 women living in shelters across Canada, along with 3,361 children. Nearly 80% were fleeing abusive situations, the agency found, and just one-quarter of abused women said they had reported their most recent incident to police. Of the women in shelters claiming abuse, 65% reported psychological abuse, 55% physical abuse, while one-quarter of the women said they went to a shelter to protect their children from witnessing the abuse. The bad economy appears to be increasing the calls for help.
- 2009/05/13: NewScientist: Will designer brains divide humanity?
We are on the brink of technological breakthroughs that could augment our mental powers beyond recognition. It will soon be possible to boost human brainpower with electronic "plug-ins" or even by genetic enhancement. What will this mean for the future of humanity?
- 2009/05/13: PhysOrg: Political blogs more accurate than newspapers, say those who read both
- 2009/05/11: NYT: Judging Honesty by Words, Not Fidgets
- 2009/05/09: NewScientist: 'Cone of silence' keeps conversations secret
- 2009/05/08: PhysOrg: New Pattern Found in Prime Numbers
Prime numbers have intrigued curious thinkers for centuries. On one hand, prime numbers seem to be randomly distributed among the natural numbers with no other law than that of chance. But on the other hand, the global distribution of primes reveals a remarkably smooth regularity. This combination of randomness and regularity has motivated researchers to search for patterns in the distribution of primes that may eventually shed light on their ultimate nature.
In a recent study, Bartolo Luque and Lucas Lacasa of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain have discovered a new pattern in primes that has surprisingly gone unnoticed until now. They found that the distribution of the leading digit in the prime number sequence can be described by a generalization of Benford’s law. In addition, this same pattern also appears in another number sequence, that of the leading digits of nontrivial Riemann zeta zeros, which is known to be related to the distribution of primes.
- 2009/05/08: SciDaily: Scientists Surprised By Unexpected Emergence Of Periodical Cicadas -- Four Years Early
- Wiki: The Tale of Genji
- 2009/05/06: SlashDot: Reliable Male Contraceptive In the Works
- 2009/05/05: ArsTechnica: Google book settlement has librarians worried
The American Library Association and the Association of Research Libraries have filed comments on the proposed settlement between Google and book publishers, voicing concerns over pricing, access, and privacy, and suggesting that the deal may require long-term monitoring.
- 2009/05/05: G&M: Racist Bullying -- Bullied teen returns to class after school's reversal
A 15-year-old black belt who was suspended for breaking the nose of a classmate who racially abused him will return to school today after a sudden change of heart at the York Region board.
The reversal represents a dramatic victory for the Asian student, who was suspended a maximum 20 days last week. He had received a letter from the school board - later retracted - that said his principal recommended he be expelled from all schools in the region.
The 15-year-old will return to Keswick High School this morning with the suspension removed from his academic record and his upcoming expulsion hearing cancelled, the boy's father said yesterday.
The turnabout began yesterday when the 15-year-old and his parents were invited to a hastily convened reconciliation session with his antagonist and that boy's parents.
At that meeting, the white student apologized for directing a racial slur at the 15-year-old and for punching him in the mouth.
The 15-year-old apologized for breaking his classmate's nose.
- 2009/05/03: TGBeaver: "This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It To Surrender"
- 2009/05/02: Guardian(UK): Happy birthday Pete Seeger
As the iconic folk singer turns 90, we can say that America is a far better country for his having shared his music with us
- 2009/05/02: TSun: Student who belted bully voted 'World's Best Person' on MSNBC
- 2009/05/01: BBC: Lithium in water 'curbs suicide' -- Drinking water which contains the element lithium may reduce the risk of suicide, a Japanese study suggests
- 2009/05/01: AlterNet: What's Behind the Epidemic of Family-Killings? Could it Be Anti-Depressants?
- 2009/04/30: NewScientist: Huge gene study shines new light on African history
- Digital Karnak
- 2009/04/27: Guardian(UK): Bertrand Russell's mathematical quest adds up to unlikely graphic novel hit
Logicomix is already a bestseller in Greece and has been eagerly picked up by publishers around the world
- 2009/04/29: DM:CV: Logicomix
- 2009/04/29: SciDaily: Native Americans Descended From A Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms
- 2009/04/28: CSM: A haiku
- 2009/04/27: BBC: Optical disc offers 500GB storage
A disc that can store 500 gigabytes (GB) of data, equivalent to 100 DVDs, has been unveiled by General Electric.
The micro-holographic disc, which is the same size as existing DVD discs, is aimed at the archive industry.
But the company believes it can eventually be used in the consumer market place and home players.
- 2005/02/11: CDreams: Fasten Your Seatbelts -- The Rapture Index
- 2006/06/18: DamnInteresting: Guidestones into the Age of Reason
- Wiki: Georgia Guidestones
- 2009/04/26: PeakEnergy: American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse
- 2009/04/24: PlanetArk: Scientists Make Super-Strong Metallic Spider Silk
- 2009/04/23: USAToday: 1 in 4 drops out of high school, but some [US] cities improve
- 2009/04/23: CBC: Revenue Canada refuses to pay for million-dollar mistake
- 2009/04/23: PhysOrg: Internet has only just begun, say founders [Tim Berners-Lee et al.]
- Wiki: Human papillomavirus
- 2009/04/21: SymmetryMag: World's first hard X-ray laser switches on
- WDL: World Digital Library
- 2009/04/21: AlterNet: Why Susan Boyle Has Captured Hearts Around the World
- 2009/04/20: SlashDot: Oracle Buys Sun
- 2009/04/18: SciDaily: Important Breakthrough Towards Silicon-based All-optical Integrated Circuits
Nature Photonics has published the first experimental proof of all-optical ultra-fast communication signal processing with silicon-based devices for transmission speeds above 100Gbit/s.
- 2009/04/18: PeakEnergy: Rapid-fire Media May Confuse Your Moral Compass
- 2009/04/18: BBC: How Susan Boyle won over the world
- 2009/04/15: EPI: It’s not academic: Why charter schools close
- 2009/04/16: BBC: Force is strong for Jedi police
- 2009/04/15: BBC: Sewing machine hoax hits Saudi Arabia
Saudi police say they are investigating a hoax that has seen people rushing to buy old-fashioned sewing machines for up to $50,000 (£33,500).
The Singer sewing machines are said to contain traces of red mercury, a substance that may not exist.
But it is widely thought that it can be used to find treasure, ward off evil spirits or even make nuclear bombs.
It is believed that tiny amounts can sell for millions of dollars...
- 2009/04/13: Yahoo: 18-month sentence sought for South Korean blogger
Seoul, South Korea - Prosecutors demanded an 18-month sentence Monday for a popular South Korean blogger who is accused of spreading false financial information in a case that has ignited a debate about freedom of speech in cyberspace.
The 30-year-old blogger, a fierce critic of government economic policy, was arrested and indicted in January after he wrote that the government had banned major financial institutions and trade businesses from buying U.S. dollars.
Prosecutors have said the posting was not only inaccurate, but it had affected the foreign exchange market and undermined the nation's credibility.
But opposition parties and critics have claimed the arrest is aimed at silencing criticism of the government and restricts online freedom of speech.
- 2009/04/13: FTimes:CB: A criminally stupid war on drugs in the US
- 2009/04/11: SciDaily: Was A 'Mistress Of The Lionesses' A King In Ancient Canaan?
- 2009/04/08: BBC: Spock gives fans Star Trek treat
- 2009/04/09: DerSpiegel: 'The Producers' Debuts in Germany -- It's Springtime for Hitler in Berlin
Berlin's Admiralspalast theater will break new ground in May by staging the first production in Germany of the Mel Brooks musical "The Producers." Some, though, say Germany isn't ready for tap-dancing stormtroopers and a camp Hitler singing "Heil Myself."
- 2009/04/09: Guardian(UK): New digital library to display world on a website
Multimillion-dollar [World Digital Library (WDL)] project will carry thousands of cultural treasures
- 2009/04/07: DM:AF: Explanatory Gaps and Scientific Theories of Consciousness
- 2009/04/01: PhysOrg: LIFE.com goes live -- LIFE, the defunct US magazine, came back to life online on Tuesday as a website featuring photographs from its legendary and prize-winning collection
- 2009/04/01: WpgFP: Canadian police want to keep gun registry going
The Conservatives, the party of law and order, appear on a collision course with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
Saskatchewan MP Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton-Melville), a fervent opponent of the gun registry, has introduced a private member's bill that launches the most sweeping attack on Canadian gun control since its inception.
Bill C-301 not only has the full backing of the Conservative caucus, but also from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. If just 11 opposition MPs support it, it will become the law of the land.
The police chiefs are dead set against it, as are a clear majority of Canadians. A 2001 Gallup poll found that 61 per cent want stricter laws governing the sale of firearms and 63 per cent believe gun ownership should be made illegal for ordinary citizens.
"I urge you and other members of your party not to support (Bill C-301)," CACP president Steven Chabot wrote in a March 9 letter to the prime minister. The police chiefs have been at the forefront calling for gun control since 1973, he noted.
- 2009/03/31: CBC: Cellphone jamming principal forced to retreat at B.C. high school -- Device illegal in Canada, students point out
- Wiki: Metamaterial
- 2009/03/28: OilDrum: Crisis Blogging: Opiate of the Masses or Catalyst for Change?
- 2009/03/27: PhysOrg: Pope 'publicly distorted' science in condom row: Lancet
One of the world's top medical journals accused Pope Benedict XVI on Friday of having distorted scientific evidence in his remarks on condom use and demanded he make a retraction.
"By saying that condoms exacerbate the problem of HIV/AIDS, the Pope has publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue," The Lancet said in an editorial.
"Whether the Pope's error was due to ignorance or a deliberate attempt to manipulate science to support Catholic ideology is unclear.
"But the comment still stands, and the Vatican's attempts to tweak the Pope's words, further tampering with the truth, is not the way forward."
The London-based journal added: "When any influential person, be it a religious or political figure, makes a false scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of people, they should retract or correct the public record.
"Anything less from Pope Benedict would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates, including many thousands of Catholics, who work tirelessly to try and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide."
The pope made the controversial remarks last week when he travelled to Africa, the worst-hit continent for AIDS.
- 2009/03/27: NTI: "Smart Dew" to safeguard homes against intruders
- 2009/03/26: BBC: Therapists offer gay 'treatment'
Therapists are still offering treatments for homosexuality despite there being no evidence that such methods work, research suggests.
A significant minority of mental health professionals had agreed to help at least one patient "reduce" their gay or lesbian feelings when asked to do so.
The survey, published in the journal BMC Psychiatry and conducted by London researchers, involved 1,400 therapists.
- 2009/03/25: AlterNet: Skinny Dipping in Reality: The Great Hippy LSD Enlightenment Search Party
- 2009/03/24: CBC: Komodo dragons kill man in Indonesia
- 2009/03/23: SameFacts: What do the editors of JAMA have in common with the Pope?
- 2009/03/21: CBC: Paramount settles Alberta town's Star Trek aspirations with preview
- Wiki: Geosynchronous orbit
- Wiki: Carrying capacity
- 2009/03/17: PhysOrg: Memristor chip could lead to faster, cheaper computers
The memristor is a computer component that offers both memory and logic functions in one simple package. It has the potential to transform the semiconductor industry, enabling smaller, faster, cheaper chips and computers
- Wiki: Liebig's Law of the Minimum
- Wiki: Justus von Liebig
- 2009/03/16: Guardian(UK): Obama drops 'war on drugs' rhetoric for needle exchanges
- Wiki: Dead Sea scrolls
- 2009/03/13: Denialism: Jon Stewart should win the Pullitzer
- SSRI Stories -- Antidepressant Nightmares
- 2009/03/11: CBC: Born to surrogate, child has no legal mother, Quebec judge rules -- Couple broke provincial law banning the practice
A Quebec woman has no legal right to the child she paid a surrogate to carry for her, a judge has ruled, leaving the child without a legal mother.
The case is stirring up debate in Quebec legal circles over the province's ban on surrogacy and the impact the law has on children caught in the middle.
- 2009/03/06: AlterNet: Out of Respect for Human Decency, Obama Should End the Drug War
- 2009/03/07: Twine: Wolfram Alpha is Coming -- and It Could be as Important as Google
In a nutshell, Wolfram and his team have built what he calls a "computational knowledge engine" for the Web. OK, so what does that really mean? Basically it means that you can ask it factual questions and it computes answers for you.
It doesn't simply return documents that (might) contain the answers, like Google does, and it isn't just a giant database of knowledge, like the Wikipedia. It doesn't simply parse natural language and then use that to retrieve documents, like Powerset, for example.
Instead, Wolfram Alpha actually computes the answers to a wide range of questions -- like questions that have factual answers such as "What country is Timbuktu in?" or "How many protons are in a hydrogen atom?" or "What is the average rainfall in Seattle this month?," "What is the 300th digit of Pi?," "where is the ISS?" or "When was GOOG worth more than $300?"
Think about that for a minute. It computes the answers. Wolfram Alpha doesn't simply contain huge amounts of manually entered pairs of questions and answers, nor does it search for answers in a database of facts. Instead, it understands and then computes answers to certain kinds of questions.
- 2009/03/08: ZDNet: Wolfram Alpha: 'A new paradigm for using computers and the web'
- 2009/03/04: DerSpiegel: History in Ruins -- Archive Collapse Disaster for Historians
The collapse of the Historical Archive of Cologne on Tuesday buried more than a millenium's worth of documents under tons of rubble. Archivists and historians hope something can be salvaged, but the future of the city's past is grim.
- 2009/03/06: BBC: Italy revives Sicily bridge plan -- Italy's government has revived plans to build a controversial bridge linking the island of Sicily to the mainland
- 2009/03/04: NYT: Backed by Green Party, Comic Pastor Runs for Mayor
Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping is -- to say the least -- not your typical candidate for mayor. With his blond pompadour, cobalt blue suit, black shirt and white collar, he made his announcement in Union Square on Sunday accompanied by a choir in green robes.
But he has the nomination of an actual political party and might have a spot on the ballot in November, something Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has yet to secure.
- 2009/03/04: NYT: Senator Asks Pfizer About Harvard Payments
- Language development
- 2009/02/24: BBerg: Delphi Allowed to Cancel Benefits for 15,000 Workers
Delphi Corp., the bankrupt auto- parts maker, won permission to cancel health-care benefits for 15,000 current and former salaried workers, saving $1.1 billion as it tries to emerge from court protection amid falling vehicle sales.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in New York issued the ruling today after witnesses for Troy, Michigan-based Delphi testified the cuts were vital to its survival because its lenders demanded them. About 1,600 objections were filed by workers.
- 2009/03/01: NewsWeek: Why Doctors Hate Science -- Scaremongers warn that 'effectiveness research' threatens the lives of Americans.
- 2009/03/01: SciDaily: New Method Of Self-assembling Nanoscale Elements Could Transform Data Storage Industry
- 2009/02/28: NewScientist: How to spot a hidden religious agenda
- 2009/02/27: TFreak: Pirate Bay Witness’ Wife Overwhelmed With Flowers
- 2009/02/27: CBC: Universities need higher fees to get through recession: report
The recession will hit post-secondary institutions hard in the next few years, and governments should allow dramatic fee increases to help deal with a shortfall in revenues, a new report says.
The report on Canadian university funding by the U.S.-based Educational Policy Institute (EPI) says that the increases -- coupled with an appropriate bump in financial aid -- are needed to maintain the quality of education at post-secondary institutions.
- 2009/02/25: CV: ETs -- I went and watched Jill Tarter’s acceptance speech...
- 2009/02/25: SH: Designer Babies - Like It Or Not, Here They Come
- 2009/02/22: Denialism: For-Profit Fundraising Fleeces the Charitable
- 2009/02/19: PhysOrg: 250 DVDs on a quarter: New method of self-assembling nanoscale elements could transform data storage industry
- 2009/02/19: CBC: Pint-size heroes 'almost like Superman,' rescued girl says
- 2009/02/18: Google:AFP: New service unmasks blocked telephone calls
- 2009/02/18: PhysOrg: The liberating effects of losing control
Self-control is one of our most cherished values. We applaud those with the discipline to regulate their appetites and actions, and we try hard to instill this virtue in our children. We celebrate the power of the mind to make hard choices and keep us on course. But is it possible that willpower can sometimes be an obstacle rather than a means to happiness and harmony?
- Erowid -- psychoactive plants, chemicals and related issues
- 2009/02/16: SwissInfo: Atheists launch non-prophet bus campaign -- Coming to a tram near you: an atheist advertising campaign like this one in Britain
- 2009/02/15: Guardian(UK): Why we said pants to India's bigots
- Wiki: Prometheus
- Bible Verse Finder
- DavidUlansey: Mithraism -- The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras
- 2009/02/11: NewScientist: Ecstasy's legacy: So far, so good
- 2009/02/10: WWMT: Zoorotica program at Binder Park Zoo
- 2009/02/08: Telegraph(UK): British teenagers have lower IQs than their counterparts did 30 years ago
Teenagers in Britain have lower IQ scores than their counterparts did a generation ago, according to a study by a leading expert
- 2009/02/03: Tyee: Canada's Do-Not-Call Disaster -- How a good idea to protect your privacy was bungled
- 2009/02/02: PhysOrg: Scientists Develop First Chip-Scale Thermoelectric Cooler
- 2009/02/02: CBC: UBC engineering students arrested in botched bridge prank
- 2009/02/02: TStar: Tough action can reverse do-not-call disaster
- 2009/01/30: Ph&Ph: Learning and Scientific Reasoning
- 2009/01/30: PhysOrg: Samsung Develops World's Highest Density DRAM Chip (Low-power 4Gb DDR3)
- 2009/01/30: Eureka: Queen's chemist sheds light on health benefits of garlic -- Researchers trace benefits to acid produced in decomposing organic compound
- 2009/01/30: BBC: Naked ramblers face Swiss fines -- A local Swiss government plans to take action against a sudden and apparently unwelcome phenomenon - naked hikers.
- 2009/01/29: OSU: Study: learning science facts doesn’t boost science reasoning
- 2008/11/26: OvercomingBias: Abstract/Distant Future Bias
- 2009/01/16: OvercomingBias: A Tale Of Two Tradeoffs
- Sign Spotting
- 2009/01/27: Wonkette: Why Can’t You See This Vegetable Pornography Commercial During the Super Bowl?
- 2009/01/27: PhysOrg: Ashes of "Star Trek" creator and wife rocketing to deep space
- 2009/01/27: PhysOrg: New study may revolutionize language learning
- 2009/01/27: CBC: Okalik criticizes Aariak for removing justice minister over email
Minister was trying to start debate, Okalik says; premier calls remarks 'offensive'
- Recipe Goldmine
- 2009/01/23: G&M: Fraudsters abusing do-not-call list
Phone numbers on registry are being sold online in a possible violation of privacy laws, consumer advocacy group says
- 2009/01/23: CBC: Registered with the do-not-call list? Expect more calls, says consumer watchdog
- 2009/01/22: CBC: Police discover cache of faked Salvador Dali works
- 2009/01/18: Wired: Clive Thompson on How More Info Leads to Less Knowledge -- Agnotology
- 2009/01/21: TreeHugger: Scrabble Keyboard Is Possibly The Coolest Nerdy Project Ever
- Datamancer: The Scrabble Keyboard
- 2009/01/19: TWM: Irony Is Dead
Yesterday, various bloggers, including Steve, posted a wonderful YouTube video of Pete Seeger singing 'This Land Is Your Land'. I hope you watched it then, since it's no longer available: HBO has taken it down (h/t). If you click the video, you get the following message:
"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Home Box Office, Inc."
- 2009/01/20: Guardian(UK): In praise of ... Pete Seeger
- 2009/01/19: Guardian(UK): Smugglers of truth by Naomi Wolf
- 2009/01/11: RefreshingNews: 14 Percent of U.S. Adults Can't Read
- 2009/01/08: NAAL: [US] State and County Literacy Estimates
- Marxists: Rosa Luxemburg Internet Archive
- Wiki: Rosa Luxemburg
- AMC: The Prisoner 1960s
- 2009/01/14: ClimateP: The top 25 Bushisms of all time
- 2009/01/14: BBC: Prisoner star Patrick McGoohan dies at 80
- 2009/01/11: InfoProc: Confirmation bias and the Einstein myth
- 2009/01/08: CBC: Manitoba Métis win hunting rights case
- 2009/01/08: SlashDot: Panasonic Working On 2-Terabyte SD Cards
- 2009/01/08: G&M: Polygamy charges in Bountiful
- 2009/01/07: Eureka: New tool enables powerful data analysis
- 2009/01/07: NewScientist: Ten extinct beasts that could walk the Earth again
- 2009/01/05: NewScientist: Invention: Exoskeleton power steering
- EuroSpaceward: The European Spaceward Association preserving & improving life on Earth by going into space
- 1986/03/07: UVirginia: "You and Your Research" by Richard Hamming
- 2008/12/29: Eureka: Facial expressions of emotion are innate, not learned, says new study
- Wiki: Logarithmic Scale
- Wiki: Zero Mostel
- 2008/12/18: UnderstandingSociety: The sociology of class
- 2008/12/17: PhysOrg: Scientists Write Guide to Build Supercomputer from  Sony Playstation 3
- 2008/12/17: SciDaily: Persistent Imminent Orgasms In Women Are Associated With Restless Legs
- 2008/12/15: Aegisub: If programming languages were religions...
- 2008/12/15: NYDN: Top ten quotes of 2008
- 2008/12/16: CBC: Prince Albert honours girl, 7, who helped save family
A little girl from Saskatchewan who kicked her way out of a crashed truck and helped save her family has been honoured in Prince Albert.
On Monday night, accolades flowed around Micah Brown, 7, as she was given Prince Albert's Award of Merit at city hall.
Micah said she was happy to receive the award, although she admits to feeling a little overwhelmed.
"I feel like everybody was trying to pull me around and everybody wants to take me," she said.
The plucky little girl heard the story told once again of the day in October when her family hit a bad patch of grid road and rolled their vehicle north of the city.
Everyone was trapped in the flipped-over truck except Micah, who managed to get loose from her seatbelt and kick out the vehicle's back window.
Alone and shoeless in sub-zero weather, she ran for more than a kilometre to find help. She found a farmhouse and knocked on the door, but there was no answer.
She ran to the next house and this time someone was home. That person immediately called 911. Soon, an ambulance was on its way to rescue her family. Paramedics said someone might have died if they hadn't been called when they did.
Weeks later, the story of Micah's bravery made headlines and was broadcast across the country.
- 2008/12/09: WFM: "Holiday" Music That Doesn't Suck
- 2008/12/10: SciDaily: Higher Rates Of Mental Illness Among The Homeless In Western Countries
- 2008/12/07: FTimes: The hottest recessionary activity in town
- 2008/12/07: Spectrum: How We Found the Missing Memristor
- 2008/12/05: GulfTimes: Search for quality on the Web
- Wiki: Forrest J Ackerman
- 2008/12/05: Telegraph(UK): Otto the octopus wreaks havoc
- 2008/12/05: SciDaily: Opening Up The [Terahertz] Last Part Of Electromagnetic Spectrum
- 2008/12/05: OLJ: Woody Guthrie: A little recession music, please
- 2008/12/03: PhysOrg: [Calling Marshall McLuhan!] Scientists ask: Is technology rewiring our brains?
- 2008/12/02: CBC: Nearly 1 in 5 young adults in U.S. has personality disorder: study
- 2008/12/01: CBC: Could consumers own their internet connections?
- 2008/11/26: EconView: Why Did Forecasters Missed the Crisis?
- 2008/11/25: CanWest: Sweeping changes proposed for B.C.'s trail system
- Element Four - The Element Four WaterMill provides fresh, potable water from an unlimited source: the air.
- 2008/11/23: SlashDot: NVIDIA's $10K Tesla GPU-Based Personal Supercomputer
- 2008/11/20: Yahoo: US officials flunk test of Amerian history, economics, civics
- 2008/11/21: Rice: Molecular memory a game-changer -- James Tour’s graphene device may make massive storage practical
- 2008/11/21: CSM: Sci-fi fans go into warp drive over an independent Star Trek film
- 2008/11/21: BBC: IBM has announced it will lead a US government-funded collaboration to make electronic circuits that mimic brains
- 2008/11/21: Guardian(UK): History's missing pages: Iranian academic sliced out sections of priceless collection
British Library to sue after 150 books are vandalised - Wealthy scholar pleads guilty and may face prison
Farhad Hakimzadeh removed a map by Hans Holbein the Younger from Simon Grynaeus?s 16th century work Novus Orbis
To the untrained eye the damage is barely visible. Yet within the handbound pages of books charting how Europeans travelled to Mesopotamia, Persia and the Mogul empire from the 16th century onwards, the damage caused by one Iranian academic to a priceless British Library collection is irreversible.
Leading scholars at the library are at a loss to explain why Farhad Hakimzadeh, a Harvard-educated businessman, publisher and intellectual, took a scalpel to the leaves of 150 books that have been in the nation's collection for centuries. The monetary damage he caused over seven years is in the region of £400,000 but Dr Kristian Jensen, head of the British and early printed collections at the library, said no price could be placed upon the books and maps that he had defaced and stolen.
- 2008/11/19: Telegraph(UK): The 30 greatest conspiracy theories - part 2 [#s 16 - 30]
- 2008/11/19: Telegraph(UK): The 30 greatest conspiracy theories - part 1 [#s 1 - 15]
- 2008/11/19: PhysOrg: Massive EU online library looks to compete with Google
- 2008/11/17: PhysOrg: Toward a new generation of paper-thin loudspeakers
- LaetusInPraesens: Why Systems Fail and Problems Sprout Anew [Book Review] _Systemantics; how systems work... and especially how they fail_ by John Gall
- Intel 4004
- Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before
- 2008/11/15: DailyIndia: Brit airman who sank 'The Bismarck' dies at 93
- 2008/11/13: NatureN: Illegal drug shows promise in treating trauma symptoms -- MDMA may boost the benefits of psychotherapy, trial suggests.
- 2008/11/06: CNN: Armed guards keep watch over church services
Churches nationwide turning to parishioners to join volunteer security teams - Many volunteers are retired and off-duty officers who carry concealed weapons -
Congregants say the armed security presence provides peace of mind - Consultants encourage using armed guards who are trained in weapons handling
- 2008/11/04: CJR: Studs And Me -- Studs Terkel interviewed me, and I didn’t even know it
- 2008/11/07: BBC: Blind pilot guided to land by RAF
- 2008/11/05: NYT: Text of Nelson Mandela’s Letter to Senator Obama
- 2008/11/04: WorldChanging: Chop Wood, Carry Water
- 2008/11/03: CBC: Frozen mice cloned; wooly mammoths on horizon
- 2008/10/25: NYT: Multitasking Can Make You Lose ... Um ... Focus
- 2008/11/01: StageLeft: My Only Ghost Story
- 2008/10/31: CNN: Acclaimed author Studs Terkel dies at 96
Terkel won Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for book about World War II, "The Good War" - Son: "My dad led a long, full, eventful -- sometimes tempestuous -- satisfying life" -
Terkel once said death "makes the value of life all the more precious" - Author believed elderly, those "who've borne witness" to life are best storytellers
- 2008/10/29: BBC: David Tennant quits as Doctor Who
David Tennant is to stand down as Doctor Who, after becoming one of the most popular Time Lords in the history of the BBC science fiction show.
Tennant stepped into the Tardis in 2005, and will leave the role after four special episodes are broadcast next year.
He made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards.
"When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won't be with me," he said.
- 2008/10/29: SciDaily: Flexible, Affordable Light Source Can Printed
Researchers working in the European ROLLED project have developed a flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) element that can be mass produced using roll-to-roll printing technology. The OLED elements can be used to add value to product packages. The new method is considerably cheaper than the traditional manufacturing method.
- 2008/10/28: PhysOrg: Satellites approach the Shannon limit
Satellites are achieving unparalleled efficiency with a new protocol, DVB-S2. The performance of DVB-S2 satellite systems is very close to the theoretical maximum, defined by the Shannon Limit. That efficiency could be pushed even further by network optimisation tools and equipment recently developed by European researchers.
- Eliza Gilkyson
- 2008/10/27: UIllinois: 'Digital Dark Age' may doom some data
- 2008/10/24: SlashDot: Packs of Robots Will Hunt Down Uncooperative Humans
- 2008/10/23: DVice: Oracle watch mixes telling time, I Ching philosophy for confusing results
- 2008/10/23: CBC: Manitoba, Winnipeg the country's murder capitals
- 2008/10/21: CanWest: Lack of funding imperils historic sites -- 70% of 689 not federally managed are in fair or poor shape: survey
- 2008/10/20: XKCD: (cartoon - Munroe) Twitter
- 2008/10/17: PhysOrg: Future planes, cars may be made of 'buckypaper'
It's called "buckypaper" and looks a lot like ordinary carbon paper, but don't be fooled by the cute name or flimsy appearance. It could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made.
Buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a composite. Unlike conventional composite materials, though, it conducts electricity like copper or silicon and disperses heat like steel or brass.
- 2008/10/16: PhysOrg: All-in-one PC is TV, media center and touchable
- 2008/10/15: BBC: The revolution of paperless paper
[...] a new kind of newspaper. What's new about it? Well, for a start there's no paper - it's electronic.
The device looks just like a table mat, it's as light as a magazine.
But onto it you can download hundreds of newspapers and - at the touch of a button - browse through them quite safely, without elbowing anyone ever again.
- 2008/10/14: CBC: Web searches boost aging brain beyond books: study
- SFU: Twin Myths from around the world
- Wiki: Multiple Births
- Wiki: Twins
- 2008/10/08: ArxivBlog: How religions spread like viruses
- 2008/10/11: SciDaily: Tobacco Smuggling Is Killing More People Than Illegal Drugs, Experts Claim
- 2008/09/08: MRMag: Interview with Linda Niemann, Author of Boomer, Railroad Memoirs
- 2008/10/01: CBC: Inquiry blasts pathologist Smith and his overseers -- Ontario told to overhaul system of investigating child deaths
- 2008/09/30: PhysOrg: Super Talent Introduces a 128Gb SSD for Under $300
- 2008/09/30: CBC: Website, phone lines for do-not-call list overwhelmed
- 2008/09/28: SlashDot: On Fourth Launch Attempt, SpaceX Falcon 1 Reaches Orbit
- 2008/09/28: CNet: The 50 most significant moments of Internet history
- 2008/09/26: FPB: Fusion Man for president
- 2008/09/24: ArsTechnica: Does ideology trump facts? Studies say it often does
- Wiki: Unsolved problems in economics
- 2008/09/16: NotSneaky: What should the Top Unsolved Problems in Economics Be?
- 2008/09/15: NBF: 3-d Processor designed to run in 3-D first not just a stack of 2D chips -- The 'Rochester Cube' points way to more powerful chip designs.
- 2008/09/20: Guardian(UK): Yankees say goodbye to stadium that Ruth built (24 pictures)
- 2008/09/18: DailyIndia: Fidel Castro 'bedded 35,000 women'!
- Wiki: Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia [aka the Constitutional Convention, the Federal Convention or the Grand Convention at Philadelphia]
- Wiki: First Continental Congress
- Wiki: Second Continental Congress
- 2008/09/15: LNB: Peter Diamandis, "Long-term X Prizes"
- 2008/09/11: CCurrents: Twenty Questions: Social Justice Quiz 2008
- 2008/09/13: SlashDot: [Carleton] University Brings Charges Against White Hat Hacker
- 2008/09/05: DailyIndia: Meet the two men who live together as 'transexual lesbians'!
- 2008/09/01: TheBigPicture: Banned OSHA Films
- UCI: The Silk Road
- Wiki: Iron Law of Oligarchy
- 2008/08/20: LNB: Be sure to read the fine print!
- 2008/08/22: BBC: Argentine dog saves abandoned baby
- 2008/08/17: PeakEnergy: Medieval European peasants had more holiday time than modern American office workers
- 2008/08/12: SlashDot: Digitizing Rare Vinyl
- 2008/08/12: News(Au): Giant inflatable dog poo wreaks havoc
- 2008/08/11: PeakEnergy: The Rise Of The Machines
- 2008/08/06: EUO: Talking cars to save lives on EU roads
- 2008/08/04: SlashDot: Scotty's Final Mission
- 2008/08/01: PhysOrg: A Brief History of Solar Sails
- 2008/07/31: SlashDot: R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008
- 2008/07/31: FPB: Russian judge: Sexual harassment a patriotic duty
- 2008/07/30: Tudelft: 'Hidden' Van Gogh painting revealed - a portrait of a woman behind Patch of Grass
- 2008/07/28: NewScientist: Wild orangutans treat pain with natural anti-inflammatory
- 2008/07/26: SlashDot: Google URL Index Hits 1 Trillion
- Easterlin Paradox
- 2008/07/17: DailyIndia: Man ordered to apologize for penis costume
- 2008/07/17: Guardian(UK): War really has now become a videogame - Raytheon has announced plans to use videogame technology in its UAVs
- Geology: World's Biggest Tsunami [July 9, 1958]
- 2008/07/15: PhysOrg: Study: Americans Expect Business Leaders to Be White
Despite decades of progress for minorities in corporate settings, Americans still expect business leaders to be white, and they judge white leaders as more effective than their minority counterparts. This is according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology by professors from Duke University, the University of Toronto and Northwestern University.
- 2008/07/15: SlashDot: MSM Noticing That Patent Gridlock Stunts Innovation
- 2008/07/15: PhysOrg: Goodbye to faulty software?
- 2008/07/12: SciDaily: Children Are Naturally Prone To Be Empathic And Moral
- 2008/07/11: FTimes: A thoroughly modern emperor [Hadrian]
- Wiki: Miracle fruit
- 2008/07/05: TreeHugger: Another One Bites the Dust: University Closes Observatory, Evicts Famous Astronomer
- 2008/07/01: PhysOrg: Surprising fact: Half of gun deaths are suicides
- Wiki: Paper
- Wiki: Papermaking
- 2008/07/01: CBC: Benefits of magic mushrooms may linger: report
- IMSLP: International Music Score Library Project
- 2008/06/26: Rabble: Living in the future with the book of books
- NIST: Digital Library of Mathematical Functions
- Sony: Memory Stick
- Wiki: Memory Stick
- Archimedes Palimpsest
- 2008/06/18: FuturePundit: Male Narcissistic Psychopaths Get More Sex
- 2008/06/16: PhysOrg: AMD Stream Processor First to Break 1 Teraflop Barrier
- 2008/06/12: BBC: Experts unveil 'cloak of silence'
- 2008/06/07: CNN: Divers battled Komodo dragon before rescue
Five European divers battled Komodo dragon before rescue - Group found at Mantaolan, on the island of Rinca off Komodo National Park - Missing divers included three Britons, one Frenchwoman and a Swede
- What Is My IP Address?
- 2008/06/06: NewScientist: New 'super-paper' is stronger than cast iron
- 2008/06/03: PhysOrg: SanDisk Releases Solid-State Drives Aimed at Ultra Low-Cost PCs
- WWKIP: World Wide Knit In Public Day
- GPI: Global Peace Index
- 2008/05/31: SlashDot: Supercomputer Built With 8 GPUs
- 2008/05/28: Eureka: How fairness is wired in the brain
- 2008/05/28: PhysOrg: Sony to sell golf ball-sized speakers
Sony says its newest speakers can deliver the sound of a top-notch home-theater sound system even though they're just a little bigger than golf balls.
- 2008/05/27: QuarkSoup: BTO
- 2008/05/28: BBC: Pisa's leaning tower 'stabilised'
Italy's famous leaning tower of Pisa has stopped moving for the first time in its 800-year history, engineers who have worked to stabilise it say.
The man in charge of the team monitoring the 26m euros (£20m; $40m) project says the tower should remain stable for at least another 200 years.
- 2008/05/28: SlashDot: 1TB Blu-Ray Compatible Optical Disc Announced
- 2008/05/25: Paul S. Graham: Utah Phillips - Rest in Peace
- 2008/05/24: News(Au): Mum, daughter climb Everest
- 2008/05/17: Onion: Tomato Genetically Modified To Be More Expensive
- 2008/05/23: TLC: If You Want To Get Lied To...Watch the evening news on television.
- 2008/05/23: TGBeaver: Resist the Siren Song of Factual Accuracy
- 2008/05/22: ChinaDaily: 'Martian Language' heats up among teenagers
- 2008/05/21: PhysOrg: Hungarian student hurls eggs at Microsoft CEO Ballmer
- 2008/05/20: PhysOrg: The Photonic Beetle: Nature Builds Diamond-Like Crystals For Future Optical Computers
- 2008/05/19: PhysOrg: Software designers strut their talent at cost of profit, says new study
- 2008/05/19: Eureka: Engineers demonstrate first room-temperature semiconductor source of coherent Terahertz radiation
- Wiki: Hyperthymesia
- Paleo-Future - A look into the future that never was
- 2008/05/14: NatureN: Shrimp's super sight
- Center for Responsive Politics
- 2008/01/29: CBC: Lawyers take pathologist to task for lies and errors - Charles Smith once lectured colleagues on how to be an expert witness
- 2007/11/15: CBC: Discredited pathologist [Dr. Charles Smith] linked to more possible wrongful convictions
- 2007/12/18: CBC: Pathologist jumped to 'ridiculous' conclusions, inquiry told
- 2007/10/15: CBC: Appeal Court acquits Ont. man jailed 12 years in niece's death
- 2008/05/06: PNAS: Assembly mechanism of recombinant spider silk proteins by S. Rammensee et al.
- 2008/05/05: TC: Tales of futures past - What the future didn't bring
- Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
- 2008/05/01: BBC: Lesbos islanders dispute gay name
Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organisation from using the term "lesbian".
The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally.
The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians.
Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece's third biggest island - plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos?
- 2008/04/30: BBC: Device 'spins silk like spiders' - A device that partially mimics the process by which spiders produce fine, yet super-strong, silks has been built.
- Erowid: LSD
- Painting with Water
- 2008/04/25: PhysOrg: Scanning world's every book means turning many, many pages
- 2008/04/25: BBC: UK couple 'miracle' triplets joy - A midwife has beaten the odds by giving birth to three identical bouncing baby girls
- 2008/04/19: SlashDot: InPhase Technologies Promises Holographic Drive in May
- 2008/04/16: BBC: US army develops robotic exoskeletons for soldiers
- 2008/04/16: NewScientist: Terahertz speed circuits get closer - the first waveguides that can steer terahertz signals
- FallingRain: Directory of Cities and Towns in World
- Wiki: Natural person
- Wiki: Legal Person aka Juridical Person or Juristic Person
- Wiki: Corporation
- 2008/04/09: Telegraph(UK): William Caxton's prayer book saved by National Trust
- 2008/04/15: Eureka: Getting wired for terahertz computing - A step toward circuits for superfast far-infrared computers
- 2008/04/15: SlashDot: Building a 5-Ton Calculator From 19th-Century Plans [a Babbage Difference Engine #2]
- 2008/04/10: PlausibleFutures: Top 25 potential threats to UK
- 2008/04/11: OLJ: Hope is for suckers
- Understanding USA - Understanding UNDERSTANDING
- Wiki: The Corporation
- Hubble: Monitoring Internet Reachability in Real-Time
- 2008/03/31: Times(UK): Orgies through the ages
- 2008/04/07: PhysOrg: Newly discovered 'superinsulators' promise to transform materials research, electronics design
- 2008/04/07: Guardian(UK): Adults are idiots' :Laurie Anderson
- 2008/04/01: DA: Manifestos, etc. (Accords, Declarations, Calls to Arms, Codes of Practice, Polemics)
- MIStupid - The Online Knowledge Magazine
- 2008/04/01: CBC: Stanley Park's hollow tree gets the axe
- 2008/03/31: CNN: Top 10 April Fools' work pranks
- 2008/03/24: HuffPo: The Democratization of the Music Industry
[...] Once again, enter the digital age. The Internet has created new media outlets and given everyone global access.
[...] Subjectivity and filters have been removed. All music can be discovered, downloaded, shared, promoted, heard and bought directly by the audience itself. It is truly the democratization of an industry.
[...] Allowing all music creators "in" is both exciting and frightening. Some argue that we need subjective gatekeepers as filters. No matter which way you feel about it, there are a few indisputable facts -- control has been taken away
from the "four major labels" and the traditional media outlets. We, the "masses," now have access to create, distribute, discover, promote, share and listen to any music. Hopefully access to all of this new music will inspire us,
make us think and open doors and minds to new experiences we choose, not what a corporation or media outlet decides we should want. It is then the public, not a corporation that gets to decide what is bad and good.
- 2008/03/12: DailyWTF: You'll Need to Come Downtown
- 2008/03/27: SlashDot: Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison
- 2008/03/21: News(Au): Children think Winston Churchill walked on moon
- 2008/03/21: SlashDot: Array-Based Memory May Put a Terabyte On a Chip
- 2008/03/10: Onion: Shroud Of Turin Accidentally Washed With Red Shirt
- DigitalHome: Gray-Hoverman Antenna
- 2008/03/14: SlashDot: Hobbyists Create GPLed DIY Super TV Antenna
- 2008/03/14: TerraDaily: Earth's innermost core discovery confirmed
- 2008/03/13: PhysOrg: 21st Century grand engineering challenges unveiled
- Make solar energy affordable
- Provide energy from fusion
- Develop carbon sequestration methods
- Manage the nitrogen cycle
- Provide access to clean water
- Restore and improve urban infrastructure
- Advance health informatics
- Engineer better medicines
- Reverse-engineer the brain
- Prevent nuclear terror
- Secure cyberspace
- Enhance virtual reality
- Advance personalized learning
- 2008/03/12: BBC: NZ dolphin rescues beached whales
A dolphin has come to the rescue of two whales which had become stranded on a beach in New Zealand.
- Wiki: Planetary engineering
- Wiki: Lagrangian point
- 2008/03/08: BBC: English Auschwitz survivor dies
An Englishman who survived the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz and dedicated his life to telling the story of the Holocaust, has died, aged 97
- 2008/03/07: NewScientist: Quantum dot memory may be 'Holy Grail' of computing
- 2008/03/05: Register: Malaysian woman jailed for worshipping teapot
- 2008/03/02: Overclock3D: OCZ prepares Neural Impulse Actuator for shipping next week
- 2008/02/26: NYT: History Survey Stumps U.S. Teens
- 2008/02/28: BBC: Fisherman swims 10 hours to shore
A fisherman swam for more than 10 hours to find help for the two companions he left behind after their boat sank off the east coast of Australia
- 2008/02/27: SlashDot: Former FBI Agent Calls for a Second Internet
- Wiki: List of countries by GDP (nominal)
2008/02/25: Times(UK): [Book Review] _Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present_ by Lisa Appignanesi
- 2008/02/25: BBC: Adobe fuses on and offline worlds [Air]
- 2008/02/20: BBC: Brain control headset for gamers - Gamers will soon be able to interact with the virtual world using their thoughts and emotions alone
- Wiki: Areopagus
- 2008/02/21: Sandia: One million trillion 'flops' per second targeted by new Institute for Advanced Architectures
"Exascale" computing envisioned by Sandia and Oak Ridge researchers
- 2008/02/20: GDuartes: Richard Feynman, the Challenger Disaster, and Software Engineering
- 2008/02/17: WaPo: The End of Literacy? Don't Stop Reading
- 2008/02/17: WaPo: The Dumbing Of America - Call Me a Snob, but Really, We're a Nation of Dunces
- 2008/02/18: SST: America the Illiterate
- 2008/02/19: BBC: 'Hacker' [Jon Lech Johansen] launches iTunes copying - A firm run by a notorious Norwegian hacker offers software to make sharing music and films easier
- The Domesday Book
- Theoi Greek Mythology -- Exploring Mythology & the Greek Gods in Classical Literature & Art
- The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA)
- Engineering's Grand Challenges
- 2008/02/14: Guardian(UK): Ginsberg first recording [of Howl] found after 50 years
- 2008/02/13: BBC: Nanowires allow 'power dressing'
"Power dressing" may soon have a very different and literal meaning. Scientists in the US have developed novel brush-like fibres that generate electrical energy from movement.
Weaving them into a material could allow designers to create "smart" clothes which harness body movement to power portable electronic gadgets.
- 2008/02/11: CBC: CRTC to hear applications for new over-the-air HDTV stations
Canada's federal broadcast regulator will start hearings Tuesday on whether it will allow two new entrants in the over-the-air television market with the unique provision that their signals would be in high definition.
Toronto businessman John Bitove has proposed to start the first over-the-air high-definition TV network with stations in Canada's eight biggest cities. Another entrant, Yes TV, wants a licence to operate a station for the Toronto market.
The proposals have drawn stern opposition from television's big players such as CTV and Global, which argue that they are gearing up for the advent of HDTV, and competition for advertising dollars is already overly tight.
- 2008/02/04: RDC: Red Dot Campaign reminds consumers to take advantage of Canada Post's Consumer Choice Option to Refuse Junk Mail
- Red Dot Campaign - Say NO to Junk Mail
- 2008/02/11: Yahoo: Website promotes little-known option to stop Canada Post delivering junk mail
With just a few seconds of effort, anyone can easily shrink their impact on the environment by telling Canada Post to stop delivering junk mail - but only two per cent of Canadian homes have done it.
Canada Post says it's because people want to get flyers and ads delivered at their door. Vancouver's Beth Ringdahl begs to differ.
Ringdahl's website, www.reddotcampaign.ca, spells out a simple two-step process to block junk mail: It's as easy as filling out a downloaded form and leaving a note on your mailbox.
For more than a decade, Canada Post has been quietly acknowledging such requests, halting junk mail deliveries and marking a homeowner's internal file with a red dot - hence the name of Ringdahl's campaign.
- 2008/02/06: SciDaily: New Process Makes Nanofibers In Complex Shapes And Unlimited Lengths
- 2008/01/30: UIUC: New process makes nanofibers in complex shapes and unlimited lengths
- 2008/02/08: PhysOrg: Apparently Immaculate Komodos Hatched
- 2008/02/06: BBC: Holograms could soon be helping monitor surgical procedures after a faster way to make the 3D images is discovered
- Wiki: Roger's Profanisaurus
- 2008/02/04: ChinaDaily: Quarter of Brits think Churchill was myth
Britons are losing their grip on reality, according to a poll out Monday which showed that nearly a quarter think Winston Churchill was a myth while the majority reckon Sherlock Holmes was real.
The survey found that 47 percent thought the 12th century English king Richard the Lionheart was a myth.
And 23 percent thought World War II prime minister Churchill was made up. The same percentage thought Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale did not actually exist.
- 2008/02/04: BBC: Chips pass two billion milestone
The first chip to pack more than two billion transistors has been launched by silicon giant Intel.
The quad-core chip, known as Tukwila, is designed for high-end servers...
- 2008/02/03: Guardian(UK): Call to seize secret church abuse files - Victims urge judge to demand access to archives
An Irish judge has been urged to seize confidential church files on child abuse which have led to a dispute between two of Ireland's leading Catholic clerics.
Victims of clerical sexual and physical abuse from Ireland's notorious industrial schools last night urged Mr Justice Ryan to demand access to 5,000 documents relating to sexual abuse by priests and, crucially, members
of the religious orders.
- 2008/02/01: BoomanTrib: Our Corporate Overlords Don't Like Atheists
- 2008/01/29: Section15: Viola Desmond unintentional revolutionary
- 2008/01/29: IHT: From the Berbers to Bach by Yo-Yo Ma
- 2008/01/25: TreeHugger: Driver Sues Dead Cyclist for Damage To His Audi
- 2008/01/23: AngryBear: Pharma research versus 'admin/marketing' costs
From this new estimate, it appears that pharmaceutical companies spend almost twice as much on promotion as they do on R&D. These numbers clearly show how promotion predominates over R&D in the
pharmaceutical industry, contrary to the industry's claim.
- 2008/01/21: CBC: Algae could be key to computer chip breakthrough - biological nanofabrication of chips
- 2008/01/18: CBC: A circuit for the eye
U.S. engineers have successfully implanted an electric circuit into a contact lens, a technology that might eventually let users see data while leaving their regular vision unchanged.
"Looking through a completed lens, you would see what the display is generating, superimposed on the world outside," Babak Parviz, a University of Washington electrical engineering professor, said in a release.
- 2008/01/18: LNFB: How Not to Do a Time Capsule
- 2008/01/10: DotEarth: Living With Fluorescent Light (or No Light)
- 2008/01/09: SlashDot: Plastic Fiber Could Make Optical Networking a DIY Project
- WWI: Transcripts of British soldier Harry Lamin's letters from the first World War
- 2008/01/08: BBC: Intel predicts the personal net
- 2008/01/06: NYT: What This Gadget Can Do Is Up to You
"HACKERS, welcome! Here are detailed circuit diagrams of our products --- modify them as you wish."
That's not an announcement you'll find on the Web sites of most consumer electronics manufacturers, who tend to keep information on the innards of their machines as private as possible.
But Neuros Technology International, creator of a new video recorder, has decided to go in a different direction. The company, based in Chicago, is providing full documentation of the hardware platform for its recorder, the Neuros OSD (for
open source device), so that skilled users can customize or "hack" the device --- and then pass along the improvements to others.
The OSD is a versatile recorder. Using a memory card or a U.S.B. storage device, it saves copies of DVDs, VHS tapes and television programs from satellite receivers, cable boxes, TVs and any other device with standard video output.
Because the OSD saves the recordings in the popular compressed video format MPEG-4 (pronounced EM-peg), the programs can be watched on a host of devices, including iPods and smartphones.
- 2007/12/11: Discover: Copernicus the Surprise Genius - The man who proved heliocentrism never thought his ideas would amount to much
- 2008/01/04: PhysOrg: Man Awake, Talking After 47-Floor Fall
- 2008/01/02: CanWest: Big firms are too powerful, poll finds - Informed, wired citizens want greater controls
The majority of the world's most informed, engaged and connected citizens believe large corporations have too much influence over government decisions and wield more power than governments, according to a poll
conducted by Ipsos Global Public Affairs.
- 2007/12/22: TBO: Polk Needled, Noodled In Evolution Flap [with Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster]
- Wiki: Ralph Steadman
- Wiki: Hunter S. Thompson
- 2007/12/23: Deltoid: The first Christmas revisited
- 2007/12/22: APOD: Tyrrhenian Sea and Solstice Sky
- MIT: OpenCourseware
- 2007/12/20: PhysOrg: Ireland to beam ancient solstice 'clock' to global audience
- 2007/12/20: Eureka: Myth of a cultural elite -- education, social status determine what we attend, listen to and watch
- 2007/12/20: CSO: The Top 10 Data Breaches of 2007
Stolen hard drives, websites infected with malware and Social Security numbers as passwords--the most brilliant lunacy of a year full of security disclosures.
- 2007/12/17: WSJ: Sock It to Me: Competitive Knitters Get Deadly Serious
- 2007/12/18: PhysOrg: IBM Reveals Five Innovations that Will Change Our Lives Over the Next Five Years
- 2007/12/17: NYT: Faster Chips Are Leaving Programmers in Their Dust
- 2007/12/13: PhysOrg: Brain-computer link systems on the brink of breakthrough, study finds
- 2007/12/04: Snopes: Computer Storage (1956) [IBM 305 RAMAC]
- 2007/12/10: AngryBear: Vocabulary lessons, add to spellcheck
- 2007/12/08: Guardian(UK): A hunger for books
Last night Doris Lessing, aged 88, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In her acceptance speech she recalls her childhood in Africa and laments that children in Zimbabwe are
starving for knowledge, while those in more privileged countries shun reading for the 'inanities' of the internet
- 2007/12/06: BBC: Light to shrink computer clusters - Supercomputers may one day be the size of a laptop thanks to research by IBM
- 2007/11/19: MPilgrim: The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts)
- 2007/11/29: Guardian(UK): Not dead yet: the newspaper in the days of digital anarchy
- 2007/11/19: BostonGlobe: Young people reading a lot less - Report laments the social costs
- 2007/11/: DRB: Retro-Future: To The Stars! [retro-futuristic graphics]
- 2007/11/26: BBC: A new scanner has been unveiled which can produce 3D body images of unprecedented clarity while reducing radiation by as much as 80%
- 2007/11/26: Guardian(UK): Undercover restorers fix Paris landmark's clock
'Cultural guerrillas' cleared of lawbreaking over secret workshop in Pantheon
- Wiki: Joel Fuhrman
- 2007/11/18: BoingBoing: Science and carbs - A big fat lie revisited
- 2007/11/17: SlashDot: In The US, Email Is Only For Old People
- 2007/11/15: NewScientist: Dew-harvesting 'web' conjures water out of thin air
- 2007/11/15: BBC: Colossus cracks codes once more - For the first time in more than 60 years a Colossus computer is cracking codes at Bletchley Park
- 2007/11/07: SlashDot: Whose Laws Apply On the ISS?
- Global Incident Map Displaying Terrorist Acts, Suspicious Activity, and General Terrorism News
- 2007/10/26: Wired: Terabyte Thumb Drives Made Possible by Nanotech Memory
- 2007/10/23: BBC: Super-strong body armour in sight
A new type of carbon fibre, developed at the University of Cambridge, could be woven into super-strong body armour for the military and law enforcement
- RepRap: How to build RepRap 1.0 "Darwin"
- Break The Chain - Stop Junk E-mail and Misinformation
- 2007/10/17: PhysOrg: Innovations in Light-Emitting Wallpaper & Design
- 2007/10/15: BBC: Drive advance fuels terabyte era
A single hard drive with four terabytes of storage (4TB) could be a reality by 2011, thanks to a nanotechnology breakthrough by Japanese firm Hitachi
- 2007/10/15: CBC: Hitachi says shrunken disk drive heads will boost data storage
- 2007/10/09: PhysOrg: Discovery of retinal cell type ends 4-decade search
- 2007/10/08: SlashDot: Scientists Deliver 'God' Via A Helmet
- 2007/10/05: Telegraph(UK): Vatican paper set to clear Knights Templar
- 2007/10/04: Eureka: U-M research: New plastic is strong as steel, transparent
- Wiki: Gran Colombia
- 2007/09/30: AFP: 50 years on, Sputnik achievement remains undimmed
- 2007/09/29: BBC: British Library books go digital
More than 100,000 old books previously unavailable to the public will go online thanks to a mass digitisation programme at the British Library.
The programme focuses on 19th Century books, many of which are unknown as few were reprinted after first editions.
The library believes online access to the titles will help teachers.
"If there are no modern editions teachers cannot use them for their courses," said Dr Kristian Jensen, from the British Library.
"What we can read now is predetermined by a long tradition of what has been considered great literature," he added.
At full production approximately 50,000 pages per working day will be scanned
- Wiki: Jeri Ellsworth
- Wiki: Slide rule
- 2007/09/26: TStar: Manitoba holiday named for Riel
Manitoba's new February holiday [the third Monday of February] will be called Louis Riel Day.
- 2007/09/25: BBC: Germany to build maglev railway
Germany has come up with the funds to launch its first magnetic levitation - or maglev - rail service.
The state of Bavaria is to build the high-speed railway line from Munich city centre to its airport, making it Europe's first commercial track
- 2007/09/23: AFP: Veteran mime artist Marcel Marceau dead at 84
- 2007/09/16: Eureka: Penn engineers design computer memory in nanoscale form that retrieves data 1,000 times faster
- DigiBarn: Computer Lib/Dream Machines [by Theodor H. Nelson] Retrospective
- 2007/09/14: SciDaily: Startling Number Of Students Are Being Battered, Sexually Abused Or Stalked
A startling number of high school and college students -- both female and male -- are being battered, sexually abused or stalked by their dates, according to a Kansas State University professor.
"Approximately 30 percent of college students have been in relationships that involve physical aggression. Even more have been in relationships that are emotionally
abusive," said Sandra Stith, director of the marriage and family therapy program at K-State and a nationally recognized expert in domestic violence.
Likewise, approximately 25 percent of high school students who are in relationships are subjected to abuse, according to Stith.
- 2007/09/14: SMH: Forgiving Amish help killer's widow
- 2007/09/13: SlashDot: "Lifesaver Bottle" Filters Viruses Out of Water
- 2007/09/09: PhysOrg: Techies Ponder Computers Smarter Than Us [The Singularity Summit: AI and the Future of Humanity]
2007/09/07: SF Chronicle: Public meeting [The Singularity Summit: AI and the Future of Humanity] will re-examine future of artificial intelligence
- 2007/09/03: PhysOrg: Science should be 'as exciting as science fiction' says [British astrophysicist, Stephen] Hawking
- 2007/08/29: TerraDaily: The Man To Contact When Calling Home From Across The Galaxy [Frank Drake]
- 2007/08/29: Eureka: Writing with pictures: toward a unifying theory of consumer response to images
- 2007/08/29: DerSpiegel: Scientist Call for Earth 'Backup' on Moon
Scientists hope to put a library of human civilization on the moon in case of a cataclysmic, civilization-annihilating event. It would protect against the wholesale loss of human achievement.
- 2007/08/29: Guardian(UK): Trapped miners survived on diet of coal, urine and wife jokes
Two Chinese miners, who were given up for dead after a tunnel collapse, dug their way to the surface on a six-day diet of coal nuggets and urine, a local newspaper reported today.
In the latest example of the dire safety standards in Chinese mines, brothers Meng Xianchen and Meng Xianyou emerged exhausted and starving - but unscathed -
from an illegal colliery on Friday, four days after rescue efforts had been called off.
- Ars Mathematica
- 2007/08/22: BBC: PlayStation to record digital TV
PlayStation 3 (PS3) users in Europe will soon be able to record and playback digital TV on their console.
Sony has unveiled a TV tuner which plugs into the PS3 and turns it into a personal video recorder...
- 2007/08/20: Kaourantin: What just happened to video on the web?
- 2007/08/14: BBC: Paper battery offers future power
Flexible paper batteries could meet the energy demands of the next generation of gadgets, says a team of researchers.
They have produced a sample slightly larger than a postage stamp that can release about 2.3 volts, enough to illuminate a small light. But the ambition is to produce reams of paper that could one day power a car
- VL: A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods
- CM: Canadian Holidays
- The Open Library
- 2007/03/14: MKaku: The Physics of Extraterrestrial Civilizations - How advanced could they possibly be?
- 2007/07/28: BoingBoing: Aluminum sea-urchin espresso maker
- 2007/07/24: BBC: Antique engines inspire nano chip
The blueprint for a tiny, ultra-robust mechanical computer has been outlined by US researchers.
The energy-efficient nano computer is inspired by ideas about computing first put forward nearly 200 years ago.
Writing in the New Journal of Physics, the scientists say the machine would be built from nanometre sized components, just billionths of a metre across.
Chips based on the design could be used in places, such as car engines, where silicon can be too delicate, they said.
"What we are proposing is a new type of computing architecture that is only based on nano mechanical elements," said Professor Robert Blick of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the authors of the paper.
- 2007/07/23: EnergyBulletin: The seven habits of highly subversive people
- 2007/07/22: CNet: Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead
- EHL: Evolution of Human Languages - An International Project on the Linguistic Prehistory of Humanity
- 2007/06/26: BritannicaBlog: 10 Ways to Test Facts
- Science Videos Search Engine
- Instructables - How to make cool DIY projects
- 2007/06/30: NYRB: Our Biotech Future by Freeman Dyson
- 2007/06/23: Space: Scientist Calls Mars a Terraforming Target for the 21st Century
- 2007/06/21: SciDaily: 'Super' Stainless Steel Developed - new alloys offer superior oxidation resistance
- Wiki: Popol Vuh
- 2007/06/18: NewScientist: Extreme empathy leaves people really touched
- 2007/06/07: BBC: Wireless energy promise powers up
- 2007/06/06: PhysOrg: Philips launches world's first one-terabyte external hard drive
- 2007/06/06: Eureka: How to lose weight and not go hungry: HU researcher develops drug that mimics feeling of 'fullness'
- 2007/06/05: SciDaily: Making Water From Thin Air [WatAir]
- 2007/06/04: SciDaily: Scientists Achieve Atomic Spectroscopy On A Chip
- 2007/06/04: HuffPo: Honesty: The Most Powerful Weapon In Business
The secrets to success in business leadership aren't secrets at all. They're principals and lessons most of us already know, but
ignore. Tell the truth. Simple is better than complicated. Work is a verb -- get to it. Share the credit. Listen more than you talk. Open your mind. They're in plain sight, staring us in the face, fundamental and familiar...
- 2007/05/25: DailyMail: Razor-thin TV screen you can wear as a T-shirt
- 2007/05/21: Eureka: In a first, scientists develop tiny implantable biocomputers
Molecular devices' remarkably precise scans of cellular activity could revolutionize medicine
Researchers at Harvard University and Princeton University have made a crucial step toward building biological computers, tiny implantable devices that can monitor the activities and characteristics of human cells. The
information provided by these "molecular doctors," constructed entirely of DNA, RNA, and proteins, could eventually revolutionize medicine by directing therapies only to diseased cells or tissues.
- 2007/05/18: CWorld: Is speech recognition finally good enough?
- 2007/05/18: BBC: Chinese writing '8,000 years old'
Chinese archaeologists studying ancient rock carvings say they have evidence that modern Chinese script is thousands of years older than previously thought.
State media say researchers identified more than 2,000 pictorial symbols dating back 8,000 years, on cliff faces in the north-west of the country.
They say many of these symbols bear a strong resemblance to later forms of ancient Chinese characters.
Scholars had thought Chinese symbols came into use about 4,500 years ago.
- 2007/05/16: Eureka: Inexpensive 'nanoglue' can bond nearly anything together
- 2007/05/11: PhysOrg: ESA presents the sharpest ever satellite map of Earth
- 2007/05/10: Tyee: The Self-Destruction of the CBC - New programming makes CBC look like an old person in a Fubu sweatsuit
- 2007/04/24: RobotWisdom: Warum ich so weise bin - I often complain to interviewers...
- 2007/04/28: AFP: "Star Trek" actor's [Scotty, aka James Doohan] ashes blast off for final frontier
- 2007/04/22: BostonGlobe: To end a romance, just press 'send' - Instant messaging altering the way we love
- 2007/04/23: PhysOrg: Linguists doubt exception to universal grammar
- 2007/04/23: Eureka: Bucky's brother -- The boron buckyball [B80] makes its debut - Materials scientists find stable, spherical form for boron
- Deviant Art
- 2007/04/20: SoS: Social Engineering Notes
- 2007/04/17: EmpireBurlesque: Doing the American Jump: Dylan in London
2007/04/18: BBC: Space shield to block radiation - British scientists are planning to see whether a Star Trek-style deflector shield could be built to protect astronauts from radiation
- 2007/04/13: Register(UK): New Laws of Robotics proposed for US kill-bots - Droid-on-droid mayhem OK'd; machines to ask before snuffing humans
- 2007/04/14: BBC: US students attending sexual abstinence classes are no more likely to abstain from sex than those who do not, according to a new study
- 2007/04/12: EmpireBurlesque: Kilgore Trout Has Left the Building: Kurt Vonnegut Dead
- 2007/04/12: PhysOrg: IBM Extends Moore's Law to the Third Dimension
- 2007/04/06: Xinhuanet: Joan of Arc relics fake, smell like vanilla
- 2007/04/02: CDreams: Another Inconvenient Truth
The inconvenient truth is that a system of government of the people, by the people and for the people is well down the road to becoming a government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations.
- 2007/03/26: MUNews: Women of All Sizes Feel Badly about their Bodies after Seeing Models
- 2007/03/14: KKelly: The Maes-Garreau Point
- 2007/03/18: SlashDot: Scientists Demonstrate Thought-Controlled Computer
- 2007/03/16: People's Daily: CNN founder, Ted Turner apologizes for saying "chinaman"
- 2007/03/15: SciDaily: New Magnetic Switching Method Could Dramatically Speed Up Data Storage
- 2007/03/14: NetworkWorld: Research focused on enabling desktop computers to see the light
- 2007/03/14: PhysOrg: Research project could help create computers that run on light
- 2007/03/13: TechRev: Minsky on AI's Future -- To move artificial intelligence forward we must unpack human mental states
- Harvey The Invisible Rabbit's Pooka Page
- 2007/03/09: PhysOrg: Progress toward Artificial Photosynthesis?
- 2007/03/10: BBC: Subliminal images impact on brain
The brain does register subliminal images even if a person is unaware they have seen them, UK researchers report.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill by Kenneth Rexroth -- A Memorial for Dylan Thomas
- 2007/02/28: BBC: Push for open access to research
Internet law professor Michael Geist takes a look at a fundamental shift in the way research journals become available to the public
Last month five leading European research institutions launched a petition that called on the European Commission to establish a new policy that would require all government-funded research to be made available to the public shortly
That requirement - called an open access principle - would leverage widespread internet connectivity with low-cost electronic publication to create a freely available virtual scientific library available to the entire globe.
Despite scant media attention, word of the petition spread quickly throughout the scientific and research communities.
Within weeks, it garnered more than 20,000 signatures, including several Nobel prize winners and 750 education, research, and cultural organisations from around the world.
- 2007/02/27: PhysOrg: Scientists invent real-life 'tricorder' for chemical analysis
- 1953//: DesignObserver: (slideshow) The Good Citizen's Alphabet by Bertrand Russell
- 2007/02/24: TechRev: The Promise of Personal Supercomputers -- What will it take to put thousands of microprocessors in cell phones and laptops?
- 2007/02/19: TSR: The other side of the Fermi paradox
- Wiki: Fermi paradox
- 2007/02/14: StrangePaths: Interstellar Ark
- 2007/02/11: PCPer: Intel's 80 Core Terascale Chip Explored: 4GHz clocks and more
- 2007/02/09: PhysOrg: 3-D model shows big body of water in Earth's mantle
- 2007/02/05: Eureka: MIT 'optics on a chip' may revolutionize telecom, computing - Research integrates photonic circuitry on a silicon chip
- 2007/01/31: PhysOrg: Research cracks puzzle of why the bumble bee can fly so well
- 2007/01/30: BBC: PC World says farewell to floppy
The time has come to bid farewell to one of the PC's more stalwart friends - the floppy disk.
Computing superstore PC World said it will no longer sell the storage devices, affectionately known as floppies, once existing stock runs out.
- 2007/01/24: TechRev: Ultradense Molecular Memory -- Researchers develop a large-scale array of nanoscale memory circuits. [100 gigabits/cm^2]
- Godchecker: Your Guide To The Gods
- 2007/01/18: Guardian(UK): So much space, so little time: why aliens haven't found us yet
- 2007/01/18: Guardian(UK): Obituary - Robert Anton Wilson
- 2007/01/13: Wonkette: Guns & Dope Party Founder R.A. Wilson Is Dead
- 2007/01/12: HuffPo: Literary Loss [RAW]
- 2007/01/05: SciDaily: Super Slurper: From Laboratory Bench To Library Shelf
- 2006/12/29: CSM: When a Teacher of the Year takes on a failing school
- 2007//: Edge: The Edge Annual Question, 2007 -- What are you optimistic about? Why?
- 2006/12/: LifeBoat: Singularities and Nightmares: Extremes of Optimism and Pessimism about the Human Future
- 2006/12/22: TechRev: What's the Best Q&A Site?
- 2006/12/23: SlashDot: Vending Machine For Books Coming Next Year
- Hacker's Dictionary: Sturgeon's Law
- 2006/12/13: Telegraph(UK): Computers 'could store entire life by 2026'
- 2006/12/10: SciDaily: Researcher's 3-D Digital Storage System Could Hold A Library On One Disc
- 2006/12/01: BoingBoing: Cory's future-of-books Forbes op-ed
- 2006/11/29: BBC: The delicate workings at the heart of a 2000-year-old analogue computer [Antikythera Mechanism] have been revealed by scientists
- 2006/11/24: TechRev: High-Definition Carbon Nanotube TVs - Motorola's new nanotube display technology is almost ready for prime time.
- 2006/11/25: NewScientist: How to live long and prosper [agings stats]
- JBaez: Tales of the Dodecahedron
- 2006/11/14: IBM: Build a Web spider on Linux - A simple spider and scraper collects Internet content
- 2006/11/09: Wired: Supercomputing's Next Revolution
- 2006/11/08: NewScientist: Wave-powered 'ducks' could purify [desalinate] seawater
- 2006/11/08: SlashDot: DARPA Starts Ultimate Language Translation Project
- 2006/11/01: BBC: Westerners 'are more promiscuous' -- People in western countries tend to have more sexual partners than those in the developing world, a study says.
- 2006/10/27: BDL: The Pace of Technological Change
- 2006/10/25: PhysOrg: Team develops DNA switch [nanoactuator] to interface living organisms with computers
- 2006/10/24: EnergyBulletin: Reasons to prepare for potential future disruptions (other than peak oil)
- 2006/10/24: UPI: Report finds sex always on men's minds
- 2006/10/23: TechRev: Cheap, Transparent, and Flexible Displays
New high-performance transistors could lead to windows and helmet visors that double as high-quality displays.
- 2006/10/06: SlashDot: Creating Water from Thin Air
- 2006/10/06: PhysOrg: Toward Terahertz Detectors on a Single, Conventional Chip
- 2006/10/03: SlashDot: Magnetic Ring Could Launch Satellites, Weapons
- 2006/09/22: Wired: Grow Your Own Limbs - Darpa is spending millions investigating limb regeneration.
- 2006/09/06: BBC: Google opens up 200 years of news
- 2006/09/04: Register: Sandisk unveils V-mate MPEG-4 recorder
- Wiki: Tom Keating [1917 - 1984, famous art forger]
- 2006/08/31: BBC: 'Gym pill' for a no-work six-pack
Scientists are racing to develop a muscle drug that could allow people to stay toned without exercising.
- 2006/08/25: BBC: Smart fabrics are back in fashion
- 2006/08/28: PhysOrg: Philips showcases production-ready Lumalive textile garments
- 2006/08/25: CNN: China-Russia plan joint mission to Mars
- 2006/08/17: SlashDot: $100 Laptop Takes Flight in Thailand
- 2006/08/17: Guardian(UK): Coming soon: 'smart' clothes with MP3 players [how about cameras & cell phones?]
- 2006/08/07: Guardian(UK): Lost document reveals Columbus as tyrant of the Caribbean
- 2006/08/06: BBC: How the web went world wide - Fifteen years ago web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee published details of his technology online.
- 2006/08/04: ArsTechnica: Holographic storage a reality before the end of the year
- UK Nat Archives: Domesday Book
- 2006/08/04: BBC: The Domesday Book has embarked on many varied journeys in its 920-year lifetime. Its latest stop is now the web.
- 2006/08/02: BBC: X-rays reveal Archimedes secrets - A series of hidden texts written by the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes are being revealed by US scientists.
- 2006/08/02: BoingBoing: HOWTO sleep better
2006/07/31: TechRev: An Ultrasonic Tourniquet to Stop Battlefield Bleeding - The Pentagon is committing $51 million to creating a tool for acoustic cauterization.
- 2006/07/31: BBC: The secrets of animal attraction - Biologists have found evidence that people can sniff out the chemical signals of sexual attraction.
- 2006/07/26: UCI: UCI researchers "text mine" The New York Times, demonstrating ease and evolution of potent new technology
Performing what a team of dedicated and bleary-eyed newspaper librarians would need months to do, scientists at UC Irvine have used an
up-and-coming technology to complete in hours a complex topic analysis of 330,000 stories published primarily by The New York Times.
The demonstration is significant because it is one of the earliest showing that an extremely efficient, yet very complicated, technology called text
mining is on the brink of becoming a tool useful to more than highly trained computer programmers and homeland security experts.
- 2006/07/26: BBC: Geckos inspire 'super-adhesive'
- 2006/07/19: DailyMail(UK): 19 minutes - how long working parents give their children
A typical working parent spends just 19 minutes a day looking after their children, official figures revealed yesterday.
The startling research shows the devastating impact that working full-time has on children who hardly see their parents.
With less than 20 minutes spent with their parents every day, this is only enough time to eat a quick breakfast together or have a couple of bed-time stories.
The Office for National Statistics looked at nearly 4,950 people over the age of 16 in Britain to find out what they do all day.
- 2006/07/12: Arxiv: Physical limits on information processing
- 2006/07/12: NSU: Bionic brains become a reality - Devices to help paralysed patients work computers set to get even faster.
- 2006/07/11: Eureka: Hopkins scientists show [psilocybin] hallucinogen in mushrooms creates universal 'mystical' experience
- LACMA: The Legacy of Genghis Khan
- 2006/07/12: BBC: Brain sensor allows mind-control
A sensor implanted in a paralysed man's brain has enabled him to control objects through just the power thought.
- 2006/07/09: TLC: Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Artificial Blood Product
- 2006/07/08: Wired: The Rise and Fall of the Hit
The era of the blockbuster is so over. The niche is now king, and the entertainment industry -- from music to movies to TV -- will never be the same.
- 2006/07/08: PhysOrg: MIT researchers create visionary optic fibers
- 2006/07/06: Cornell: Researchers create a broadband light amplifier on a [silicon] chip
- 2006/07/06: SlashDot: Handheld Device Reads Printed Words to the Blind
- 2006/06/28: SciDaily: Breakthrough In Silicon Photonics Devices
- 2006/06/26: Eureka: How to build a better brain - Helping children in earliest years is most cost-effective use of public funds, authors say
- 2006/06/26: BBC: Computers 'set to read our minds'
An "emotionally aware" computer system designed to read people's minds by analysing expressions will be featured at a major London exhibition.
- 2006/05/08: How to Build a Low-Cost, Extended-Range RFID Skimmer by Ilan Kirschenbaum, Avishai Wool
- 2006/06/: ACM: The Rise and Fall of CORBA
- 2006/06/20: EETimes: IBM's 'frozen chip' claims speed record [500 GHz]
- 2006/06/13: BasqueRes: An adaptive interface for controlling the computer by thought
- 2006/06/09: Register: What's this 'scotomisation' in The Da Vinci Code?
"Scotomisation" is the psychological tendency in people to see what they want to see and not see what they don't want to see - in situations, in themselves, in anything, even in a painting - due to the
psychological impact that seeing (or not seeing) would inflict.
- 2006/06/07: PhysOrg: Video goggles turn iPod into virtual full-size TV
- 2006/06/05: Wired: GNU Radio Opens an Unseen World - Universal Radio Grabber: the USRP
- Wolfram: Poincaré Conjecture
- The Cephalopod Page -- Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish, and Nautilus
- 2006/05/22: CDreams: Pass the Bread by Bill Moyers
If the world confuses you a little, it confuses me a lot. When I graduated fifty years ago I thought I had the answers. But life is where you get your answers questioned, and the odds are that you
can look forward to being even more perplexed fifty years from now than you are at this very moment. If your parents level with you, truly speak their hearts, I suspect they would tell you life
confuses them, too, and that it rarely turns out the way you thought it would.
- 2006/05/23: BBC: Hard knocks make gullible adults
People who suffer hard knocks during childhood are more likely to become vulnerable adults, according to a new study by the University of Leicester.
Scientists discovered that rather than becoming tough and streetwise, those who had suffered a troubled childhood and adolescence were easily misled.
The physiological profiles of 60 volunteers were studied over six months as part of the research.
It found early positive experiences make people stronger in later life.
- 2006/05/11: WorldChanging: Worldmapper: A New World View
- 2006/04/06: Pharyngula: Why the wingnuts hate Plan B
- 2006/05/07: BBC: UFO study finds no sign of aliens
The 400-page report was kept secret for six years A confidential Ministry of Defence report on Unidentified Flying Objects has concluded that there is no proof of alien life forms.
- 2006/05/05: SciDaily: Lying Is Exposed By Micro-expressions We Can't Control
- 2006/05/06: Guardian(UK): [Obituary] Robert Walter Timbrell, sailor, born February 1 1920; died April 11 2006
- 2006/05/05: BBC: Angkor temple reopens to public - Archaeologists in Cambodia have completed the first part of what has been called the world's largest jigsaw puzzle.
- 2006/05/05: Guardian(UK): Greek gods prepare for comeback
It has taken almost 2,000 years, but those who worship the 12 gods of ancient Greece have finally triumphed. An Athens court has ordered that the adulation of Zeus, Hera, Hermes,
Athena and co is to be unbanned, paving the way for a comeback of pagans on Mount Olympus.
- 2006/05/03: BetterHumans: Quirkyalones amongst us
- 2006/04/28: Yahoo: Neutron Analysis Instrument Fired Up
- 2006/04/27: NSU: Artificial eye built to spy all - Self-building insect eyes could be used in cameras for wide-angle vision.
- 2006/04/26: SciDaily: Water And Nanoelectronics Will Mix To Create Ultra-dense Memory Storage Devices, Researchers Say
Though a scheme for the dense arrangement and addressing of these nanowires remains to be developed, such an approach would enable a storage density of more than 100,000 terabits per cubic centimeter.
- 2006/04/27: BBC: Insect eye inspires future vision
An artificial insect eye that could be used in ultra-thin cameras has been developed by scientists in the US.
The dimpled eye, contains over 8,500 hexagonal lenses packed into an area the size of a pinhead.
The dome-shaped structure, described in the journal Science, is similar to a bee's eye.
- 2003/08/13: EGullet: Knife Maintenance and Sharpening
- 2006/04/26: CPunch: The Rich Life of Jane Jacobs
- 2006/04/24: SciDaily: Scientists Reveal How A Novel Ceramic Achieves Directional Conduction
- 2006/04/23: Guardian(UK): Let us spray
Billed as libido in an atomiser, PT-141 will finally offer women the chance to turn on their sexual desire as and when they need it. Or so the science says. But there are
concerns. Will sex in a spray usher in an age of 'McNookie' - quick easy couplings low on emotional nutrition?
- 2006/02/17: IEET: Universal Superlongevity: Is It Inevitable And Is It Good?
- 2006/04/19: BoingBoing: Canned, fruit-flavored luxury oxygen on sale
- 2006/04/12: TheCellar: Ellsworth AFB foam test
- 2006/04/14 CNet: A high-tech way to defrost
- Clay: Millennium Prize Problems
- 2006/04/13: BBC: Natural light 'to reinvent bulbs'
A light source that could put the traditional light bulb in the shade has been invented by US scientists.
- 2006/04/12: NSU: Let there be light - Organic LEDs use fluorescence to pump up efficiency.
- 2006/04/12: Eureka: High efficiency flat light source invented [OLED: organic light-emitting device]
- 2006/04/11: Eureka: Waterproof superglue may be strongest in nature - Bacterial adhesive is 2-3 times stronger than common commercial glues
- 2006/04/02: PhysOrg: Japan launches digital TV on cellphones
- 2006/03/26: EETimes: InPhase claims data storage density record [holographic data storage]
- 2006/03/24: GizMag: New data transmission record [2.56 terabits per second over a 160-kilometer link, equivalent to] 60 DVDs per second
- 2006/03/22: NSU: 2020 computing: Everything, everywhere
- 2006/03/19: NYT: This Essay Breaks the Law
- 2006/03/17: Scotsman: 20lb gold coin [struck in the reign of King James VI of Scotland] put up for auction
- 2006/03/18: BBC: Scientists make 'bionic' muscles - Scientists have developed artificial, super-strength muscles which are powered by alcohol and hydrogen
- 2006/03/15: Eureka: Saved by 'sand' poured into wounds [QuikClot, Bioglass]
- 2006/03/12: BBC: Total home control within reach - Smart homes are still expensive. But some items are becoming more affordable...
- 2006/03/03: KKelly: Speculations on the Future of Science
- 2006/03/05: IBM:DevNet: Better networking with SCTP
- 2006/03/05: THP: The Liberation of Meaninglessness
- POMO: The Postmodernism Generator
- 2006/02/28: BBC: 'Pompeii of the East' discovered
- 2006/02/28: BBC: [UK] Spending on books dwarfed by ICT [Information & Communication Technology]
Schools spend more than five times as much on computer-based resources as on books, an analysis suggests [£150m on books, £426.3m on ICT]
- 2006/02/27: BoingBoing: Benjamin Franklin's 13-point plan for virtuous living
- The Coming Dark Age
- 2006/02/20: BoingBoing: Fun with liquid nitrogen
- 2006/02/16: Wired: Literacy Limps Into the Kill Zone
- 2006/02/19: Cornell: On the wings of dragonflies: Flapping insect uses drag to carry its weight, offering insight into intricacies of flight
- 2006/02/13: PhysOrg: Tabletop nuclear fusion device developed
- 2006/02/13: Eureka: 'Double crystal fusion' could pave the way for portable device
- Goodbye Babylon
- 2006/02/09: Eureka: NJIT professor discovers better way to desalinate water [a membrane distillation process]
- 2006/01/31: LS: Era Ends: Western Union Stops Sending Telegrams
- JTG: John Taylor Gatto - Challenging the Myths of Modern Schooling
- 2006/01/28: ICH: The Educational System Was Designed to Keep Us Uneducated and Docile
- 2006//: Rand: 50 Books for Thinking About the Future Human Condition
- 2006/01/25: SciDaily: Magnetic Spin Details May Lead To New Devices
- 2006/01/25: SciDaily: First Impressions Of Beauty May Demonstrate Why The Pretty Prosper
- 2006/01/25: BBC: Time changes modern human's face - Researchers have found that the shape of the human skull has changed significantly over the past 650 years
- WikiMedia [400,000+ files]
- 2006/01/21: Wired: Screening the Latest Bestseller [Sony Reader]
- 2006/01/12: Asia Times: Medium-speed maglev train developed
- 2006/01/11: Eureka: Memory design breakthrough can lead to faster computers - Team improves infinitesimal rings for speedy, reliable, efficient magnetic memory
- 2006/01/02: Scotsman: Search gets under way for the seven modern wonders of the world
- 2006/01/07: DeseretNews: Shall we enhance? Transhumanism says we're a species in flux
- UA: DrugBank
- 2006/01/02: NewScientist: 13 things that do not make sense
- 2005/12/24: PCWorld: The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years
- 2005/12/25: WashPost: Literacy of College Graduates Is on Decline -
Survey's Finding of a Drop in Reading Proficiency Is Inexplicable, Experts Say
- 2005/12/22: AIP: A Scalable Quantum Computer Chip
- 2005/12/22: PhysOrg: Old TVs to follow typewriters to dustbin under US Senate bill
- 2005/12/20: BBC: 'Intelligent design' teaching ban
A court in the US has ruled against the teaching of the theory of "intelligent design" alongside Darwinian evolution.
- Wiki: Hilbert's twenty-three problems
- 2005/12/16: PF: The 25 most important scientific questions
- 2005/12/12: Eureka: Tiny self-assembling cubes could carry medicine, cell therapy
- 2005/12/09: SciDaily: Movement Of Earth's North Magnetic Pole Accelerating Rapidly
- 2005/12/08: BBC: Geologists witness 'ocean birth' - Scientists say they have witnessed the possible birth of a future ocean basin growing in north-eastern Ethiopia.
- 2005/12/02: PhysOrg: Scratches no match for Nissan's new car paint
- 2005/12/06: MSNBC: Google: Ten Golden Rules
- 2005/12/05: Eureka: Mathematician's insight helps unravel knotty problem - Rice topologist Shelly Harvey discovers new pattern in Poincaré's paths
- 2005/12/01: PCMag: Eleksen Introduces Electro Fabric
- 2005/11/29: BBC: Romantic love 'lasts just a year' - Some couples may disagree, but romantic love lasts little more than a year, Italian scientists believe.
- 2005/11/28: BBC: Science 'must teach experiments' - The UK's competitiveness could be threatened by a lack of practical science teaching, a report says.
- 2005/11/25: NewScientist: Holographic-memory discs may put DVDs to shame [300 gig capacity]
- 2005/11/09: Onion: I'm Very Interested In Hearing Some Half-Baked Theories
- 2005/11/21: EETimes: Maxell, In-Phase team on holographic disk [1.6 terabytes per disk and data rates as high as 120 megabytes per second]
- 2005/11/14: SMH: Unto us the Machine is born [Kevin kelly on the web]
- UCSB: Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
- 2005/11/18: BBC: Butterfly wings work like LEDs
- 2005/11/17: GlobeTech: Requiem for Usenet
- 2005/11/17: BBC: UN predicts 'internet of things'
- 2005/11/15: SciDaily: UCSB Researchers Develop Hybrid Silicon Evanescent Laser
- 2005/11/: RedPepper: The future is geek
- 2005/11/09: RTC: Patents Chilling Science?
- 2005/11/09: BBC: Tech guru Tim O'Reilly on Web 2.0
- 2005/11/08: Wired: History's  Worst Software Bugs
- 2005/11/01: Foresight: Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges
- Meeting global energy needs with clean solutions
- Providing abundant clean water globally
- Increasing the health and longevity of human life
- Maximizing the productivity of agriculture
- Making powerful information technology available everywhere
- Enabling the development of space
- Book a Minute
- Transliterature, A Humanist Design
- 2005 Science Photographs
- 2005/10/21: PhysOrg: World's First 10.1" Flexible Electronic Paper Display
- 2005/10/21: CBC: World's top writers recruited to rewrite ancient tales
- 2005/10/20: Eureka: Stronger than steel, harder than diamonds - FSU researcher developing numerous uses for extraordinary 'buckypaper'
- 2005/10/14: BBC: Flea protein [resilin] may repair arteries
A protein responsible for fleas' astonishing jumping power could be harnessed to repair damaged arteries.
- 2005/10/10: MadPenguin: Sun Microsystems' Florian Reuter: will the real XML please stand up!
- 2005/10/04: NSU: Nanotubes refine computer memory - Manufacturers gear up to mass-produce unconventional chips.
- 2005/08/: CLIR: Survey of Reissues of U.S. Recordings
- 2005/10/02: Times(UK): So what do you have to do to find happiness? Are we wired up to be cheerful, or are some of us destined to languish in abject misery?
- 2005/10/03: BoingBoing: Internet Archive and Yahoo announce open scanned-in-book index
- 2005/10/03: Eureka: Finding rewrites the evolutionary history of the origin of potatoes
- 2005/10/03: BBC: Yahoo is taking on Google with its own digital archive of books, audio and video.
- 2005/10/03: BBC: A school in Arizona, US, has thrown out its paper-based text books and is relying solely on laptops and digital material to teach its pupils.
- 2005/09/: JRS: Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies
- 2005/09/22: Economist: The paperless library
- 2005/09/27: UPenn: A Beam of Light on a Path of Gold to a Miniaturized World: Penn Theorists to Create Optical Circuit Elements
- SecHum: The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles
- 2005/08/15: GEx: Cuba and Venezuela propose 'Miracle Mission' in which sight is restored to the blind
- 2005/09/20: Guardian(UK): Art detective exposes hidden images to fuel Da Vinci Code conspiracies
- 2005/09/17: SciNews: Forever Young: Digging for the roots of stem cells
- 2005/09/16: BoingBoing: Color photos of the US 1939-1945
- 2005/09/14: SciDaily: Abused Children Stay Highly Attuned To Anger
- 2005/09/13: Eureka: NIST improves accuracy of 'watt balance' method for defining the kilogram
- 2005/09/12: SciDaily: Supersizing The Supercomputers: What's Next?
- 2005/09/09: Eureka: Old people aren't rude, just uninhibited: new research
- 2005/09/09: SciDaily: Novel Material May Demonstrate Long-sought 'Liquid' Magnetic State
- 2005/09/08: EETimes: Carbon nanotube TV demonstrated
- 2005/09/06: Wired: The Next Mother Lode: Mars
- 2005/09/03: BoingBoing: Singapore's cool-ass hard-drive video-players
- 2005/08/23: Slate: Crack Then. Meth Now. - What the press didn't learn from the last drug panic
- 2005/08/26: BostonGlobe: Who'll mind the mainframes? Few students are learning to run decidedly unsexy, but vital, systems
- 2005/09/: TechRev: Holographic Memory
- 2005/08/21: Observer: How a novelist's twist sparked academic feud
- 2005/08/19: BoingBoing: Pastafarianism: Flying Spaghetti Monster cult grows
- 2005/08/18: PhysicsWeb: Nanotubes make perfect diodes
- 2005/08/18: SciDaily: How Butterflies Fly Thousands Of Miles Without Getting Lost Revealed By Researchers [UV light]
- 2005/08/17: BBC: A strange 525 million-year-old fossil creature is baffling scientists because it does not fit neatly into any existing animal groups.
- 2005/08/03: NatGeo: The Human-Techno Future: How Weird? How Soon?
- 2005/08/13: BBC: Scientists aim for lab-grown meat
An international research team has proposed new techniques that may lead to the mass production of meat reared not on the farm, but in the laboratory.
- 2005/08/08: SlashDot: Quantum Information Can be Negative
- 2005/08/08: BBC: Sign of the Times - Dixons to end 35mm camera sales
- 2005/08/04: Eureka: Study may expand applied benefits of super-hard ceramics
- 2005/08/02: Eureka: A new spin on silicon - 'Orbitronics' could keep silicon-based computing going after today's technology reaches its limits
- 2005/08/01: SciDaily: How Butterflies Fly Thousands Of Miles Without Getting Lost
- 2005/07/12: People's Daily: Egyptian-Italian papyrus lab opens in Cairo: daily
- 2005/07/30: Telegraph(UK): It knows where you are...[Hitchhiker's Guide to the Planet]
- 2005/07/27: NewScientist: First measurements of Earth's core radioactivity
- NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts -- Funded Studies
- 2005/07/26: NewScientist: Japan plans mind-boggling number-cruncher
- 2005/07/25: CNN: Japan to build world's fastest supercomputer
- 2005/07/26: Guardian(UK): How 10 quadrillion sums a second will make computer the world's fastest
- 2005/07/25: BoingBoing: Promise TV -- PVR records a month's worth of shows from all channels
- 2005/07/22: BoingBoing: More on the CIA's evil genius, Dr. Sidney Gottleib
- 2005/07/14: Guardian(UK): Scientists predict brave new world of brain pills - Common use of drugs to improve the mind poses ethical challenge
- 2005/07/12: BBC: Universe 'too queer' to grasp
Scientist Professor Richard Dawkins has opened a global conference of big thinkers warning that our Universe may be just "too queer" to understand.
- 2005/07/11: SlashDot: Attack of the Corporate Weasel Words
- 2005/07/07: NWO: Fundamental limitation to quantum computers [spontaneous decoherence]
- 2005/07/05: BBC: TV 'may stunt toddlers' learning'
- 2005/07/01: Science: 25 big questions facing science over the next quarter-century
- 2005/06/30: Eureka: What don't we know? Science presents the great unsolved scientific mysteries of our time
- 2005/06/15: NOP: World Culture Score Index Examines Global Media
- 2005/06/03: KoreaTimes: Scientists Develop Next-Generation Memory Chip
- 2005/06/01: Eureka: Researchers develop new concept for single molecule transistor
- 2005/06/01: SciDaily: Nanotechnology Combined With Superconductivity Could Pave The Way For 'Spintronics'
- 2005/05/31: SciDaily: Face Value: Hidden Smiles Influence Consumption And Judgment
- 2005/05/27: Better Humans: The Case for Human Enhancement
- 2005/05/24: NASA: Voyager Enters Solar System's Final Frontier
- 2005/05/23: MSNBC: Television Reloaded
- 2005/05/23: BBC: Wormhole 'no use' for time travel
- Snopes: The Unsolvable Math Problem
- 2005/05/22: SciDaily: Archimedes Manuscript Yields Secrets Under X-ray Gaze
- 2005/05/20: SciDaily: Learning Software Developed By Rutgers-Newark Scientist Helps 450,000 Students With Reading
- 2005/05/12: BetterHumans: Experimental Pill Boosts Smarts - Helps brain cells communicate better with tiredness
- 2005/05/09: PhysOrg: Motorola Debuts First Ever Nano Emissive Flat Screen Display Prototype
- 2005/05/09: ZDNet: Motorola builds nanotube-based display
- 2005/05/08: New Scientist: To conquer Venus, try a plane with a brain
- 2005/05/06: SciDaily: NNSA/LLNL Supercomputer Breaks Computing Record: Exceeds 100 Teraflops
- 2005/04/: BBC: Reith Lectures
- 2005/04/25: SciDaily: Optical Computer Made From Frozen Light
- 2005/04/22: BBC: Mice have been placed in a state of near suspended animation, raising the possibility that hibernation could one day be induced in humans.
- 2005/04/21: SciDaily: Spintronic Materials Show Their First Move
- 2005/04/20: CBC: Morning-after pill switches to non-prescription in Canada
- 2005/04/12: SciDaily: Solar Sail Technology Could Use Sun's Energy For Future Space Missions
- 2005/04/: FM: Piercing the peer-to-peer myths: An examination of the Canadian experience
- 2005/04/11: NewScientist: World's fastest transistor operates at blinding speed [604 GHz]
- 2005/04/06: LR: WASP Micro Air Vehicle (MAV)
- 2005/04/06: EETimes: Firm demonstrates 'control-by-thought' chip [Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. "BrainGate" interface]
- 2005/04/04: Eureka: Ophthalmologists and physicists team up to design 'bionic eye'
- 2005/04/04: SciDaily: Growing Your Own Replacement Teeth? Not Science Fiction!
- 2005/03/30: NSU: Materials library has the right stuff
- 2005/03/31: BBC: A paralysed man in the US has become the first person to benefit from a brain chip that reads his mind.
- 2005/03/31: Guardian(UK): Chip reads mind of paralysed man
- 2005/03/28: ET: Photonics Startup Pegs Q2'06 Production Date
- 2005/03/26: BBC: France's Maud Fontenoy has become the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia.
- 2005/03/26: WorldChanging: FabLab Future Salon
- 2005/03/20: SciDaily: Quantum Computers May Be Easier To Build Than Predicted
- 2005/03/21: BBC: Confusion over high-definition TV
Thousands of flat-panel TV sets have already been sold as "high-definition", but are in fact not able to display HD.
- 2000/05/24: Claymath: Millennium Problems
- 2005/03/17: New Scientist: 13 things that do not make sense
- 2005/03/15: Wired: Need a Building? Just Add Water
- 2005/03/16: PPARC: World's Largest Computing Grid Surpasses 100 Sites
- 2005/03/14: WorldChanging: Biological Engineering
- 2005/03/14: New Scientist: Mechanical chip promises huge data storage
- 2005/03/01: BBC: Kenyan school turns to handhelds - school textbooks have been digitised
- 2005/02/28: Nature: Engineers devise invisibility shield
- 2005/02/27: SlashDot: Nano-Scale Memory Fits A Terabit On A Square Inch
- 2005/02/27: BBC: Digital radios outstrip analogue
Sales of digital radios have outstripped the demand for traditional sets for the first time, leading UK high street store Dixons has said.
- 2005/02/25: BBC: Mobiles 'part of social fabric'
- 2005/02/16: BBC: Intel unveils laser breakthrough
- 2005/02/15: BBC: Millions buy MP3 players in US - One in 10 adult Americans - equivalent to 22 million people - owns an MP3 player, according to a survey.
- 2005/02/07: BBC: Digital music downloads are being included in the main US singles chart for the first time.
- 2004/12/16: ITF: 30% of all new car warranty issues are microprocessor-related
- Wiki: Atlanta Nights
- 2005/01/28: PRWeb: Science Fiction Authors Hoax Vanity Publisher
- The Cuddly Menace
- Wiki: Timeline of evolution
- 2005/02/03: SciDaily: New Language Points To Foundations Of Human Grammar
- 2005/01/29: BoingBoing: How computers change writing
- 2005/01/24: SciDaily: Linguistics May Be Clue To Emotions, According To Penn State Research
- 2005/01/22: SciDaily: Nanoscale Electron Island Could Lead To New Efficient Flat-panel Displays
- 2004/12/13: BetterHumans: Working the Conscious Canvas
- 2004/12/10: BBC: Robotic pods take on car design
- 2004/12/09: Eureka: Identifying top quality CD and DVD media for archiving
- 2004/12/07: BBC: 'Brainwave' cap controls computer
- 2004/11/30: Eureka: Spider silks, the ecological materials of tomorrow?
- US Census Bureau: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
- 2004/11/29: Independent(UK): Knights Templar seek papal apology for 700 years of persecution
- 2004/11/08: FS: Future Salon with Doug Engelbart: Large-Scale Collective IQ: Facilitating its Evolution
- 2004/10/28: SciFi: Lost Ed Wood Film Unearthed
- Cornell: Nanophotonics
- 2004/10/27: BDL: Cyborgs III - Direct brain-to-machine connections
- 2004/10/25: New Scientist: Brain prosthesis passes live tissue test
- 2004/10/25: New Scientist: New display 'as clear as a glossy magazine'
- 2004/10/21: Wired: Magazine Makes Gadget-Making Fun
- 2004/10/06: UR: Under the Surface, the Brain Seethes With Undiscovered Activity
- 2004/10/08: SciDaily: Researchers Find Chemosignal That Encourages Women's Sexual Desire
- 2004/10/06: BoingBoing: Kahle: Universal access to all human knowledge is possible
- 2004/09/17: AIP: An Antenna for Visible Light
- DIR: De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
- 2004/09/16: BBC: Kids create new sign language
- 2004/09/15: SciDaily: Children Follow Same Steps To Learn Vocabulary, Regardless Of Language Spoken
- Interpol: Recently Stolen Works of Art
- 2004/09/10: Wired: Cell Phone TV Is Coming
- 2004/09/10: SciDaily: Yale Scientists Bring Quantum Optics To A Microchip
- 2000/05/24: ClayMath: Millennium Problems
- 2004/08/25: BBC: Door open for silicon replacement [silicon carbide]
- 2004/08/23: Optware: 1 TB Holographic Versatile Disc
- Rosetta Project
- 2004/06/21: FFI: Resist Road to the 22 nm Technology Node
- 2004/08/21: BBC: C5 owners converge on town
- 2004/08/11: BBC: Japan unfurls solar sail in space
- 2004/08/10: SciDaily: Japan Deploys Solar Sail Film In Space
- 2004/08/09: JAXA: ISAS Deloyed Solar Sail Film in Space
- 2004/08/05: SciDaily: Tech Researchers Get $5 Million To Smooth Out Kinks In Electromagnetic Propulsion
- 2004/08/05: BoingBoing: Wooden postage stamp from Switzerland
- 2004/08/04: CSM: Space Law - Writing the rules to govern the cosmos
- 2004/08/03: Nature: Could astronauts sleep their way to the stars? - Space agency plans studies on human hibernation.
- 2004/08/03: RPTT: Photonic chips go 3D
- 2004/07/28: BBC: Squirrels emit 'silent scream'
- Psychedelic Library
- 2004/07/27: Engadget: How-To Turn your iPod in to a Universal Infrared Remote Control
- Kübler-Ross' Stages of Dying
- 2004/07/21: Eureka: What are babies thinking before they start talking?
- 2004/07/15: SciDaily: Los Alamos Pressure Process Makes Pure Zirconium Glass
- 2004/07/15: SciDaily: USC Scientist Invents Technique To Grow Superconducting And Magnetic 'Nanocables'
- 2004/07/08: RE: University Develops 12Tbyte Nano Memory
- MathWorld: Amicable Pair
- 2004/07/05: BBC: 'Magic ink' that makes metal grow
- 2004/07/03: BBC: Artificial bone hope for face ops
- 2004/06/28: SciDaily: Yale Scientists Decipher Odor Code
- 2004/06/27: People's Daily: China to set up longevity gene base
- 2004/06/26: NSU: Recipe unearthed for 'glassy metal'
- 2004/06/24: BBC: Norwegians try out TV on mobiles
- 2004/06/26: Guardian(UK): Sports supplement that holds the key to a woman's libido [DHEA]
- 2004/06/17: SciDaily: Emory Researchers Study The Effects Of Zen Meditation On The Brain
- 2004/06/11: BBC: 19th Century news going online
More than a million pages from 19th Century British newspapers are to be put online by the British Library.
- 2004/06/12: Guardian(UK): Made in Japan: a perfect night's sleep
- 2004/06/10: Wired: A Jet-Powered PDA for Astronauts
- 2004/06/08: BBC: Eco glass cleans itself with Sun
A revolutionary kind of glass that needs little cleaning could mean soap and chamois are binned for good.
- 2004/06/02: SciDaily: NASA Researchers Customize Lab-on-a-chip' Technology
- 2004/06/02: Eureka: Revolutionary antenna technology reduces size dramatically
- 2004/06/02: SciDaily: World Mental Health Surveys Find Mental Disorders Highly Prevalent And Often Untreated
- 2004/06/02: SciDaily: Nearly One-third Of The Calories In The US Diet Comprised Of Junk Food, Researcher Finds
- UN:WHO: Ultraviolet radiation: global solar UV index
- 2004/05/27: Eureka: New theory suggests people are attracted to religion for 16 reasons
- 2004/05/19: New Scientist: Nanobacteria revelations provoke new controversy
- 2004/05/18: CBC: Morning-after pill will be available without prescription across Canada
- 2004/05/13: Eureka: Satellites see shadows of ancient glaciers
- 2004/05/06: BBC: Tiny robot walker made from DNA
- 2004/01/12: Eureka: Chemists crack secrets of nature's super glue
- 2004/01/14: Wired: Transforming Thoughts Into Deeds
- 2004/01/14: Eureka: A possible new form of 'supersolid' matter - Frozen helium-4 behaves like a combination of solid and superfluid
- 2004/01/19: SciDaily: Evidence That Memories Are Consolidated During Sleep
- 2004/01/28: Yahoo: Scientists Create New Form of Matter [fermionic condensate]
- 2004/01/29: BBC: New form of matter created in lab
- 2004/02/10: SciDaily: MIT Team Discovers Memory Mechanism
- 2004/02/06: Cell: (abstract) Translational Control by MAPK Signaling in Long-Term Synaptic Plasticity and Memory
- 2004/02/26: NYRB: A Passion for Evolution
- 2004/02/11: NYT: Intel Says Chip Speed Breakthrough Will Alter Cyberworld
- 2004/02/13: Eureka: Communicating with machines: What the next generation of speech recognizers will do
- Smart Dust - Autonomous sensing and communication in a cubic millimeter
- BLEEX: Exoskeleton
- 2004/03/02: Wired: The Masters of Memory Lane
- 2004/03/08: BBC: Science closes in on perfect lens
- 2004/03/05: SciDaily: Researchers Create Terahertz Magnetism From Non-magnetic Materials
- 2004/03/12: New Scientist: 100-metre nanotube thread pulled from furnace
- 2004/03/24: BBC: Centre opens to 'save' languages [Hans Rausing Endangered Languages project]
- HRELP: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project
- NASA: Stardust Technology: Aerogel
- 2004/04/07: BBC: Scientists seek 'map of science'
- 2004/04/12: Eureka: New molecule heralds breakthrough in electronic plastics
- 2004/04/15: Eureka: Brain areas identified that 'decode' emotions of others
- 2004/04/17: BBC: Trekkie communicator ready to go
- 2004/04/19: BBC: Move to end need for injections
- 2004/04/23: SciDaily: Stacked, Packed Nanowires Hold Triplexed Megadata
- 2004/04/27: BBC: 'Laser vision' offers new insights
- 2004/04/29: ABC(Au): Meet Dr DNA, your own nanocomputer
- 2004/04/29: BBC: DNA computers to fight diseases
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