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Archives for July, 2007

Cool science of cooling

How do air-conditioners and refrigerators work? Scientific explanations for this can be cranky or patient. You choose.

This post was originally written on February 11, 2005. Moving from relatively simple mammalian model to more complex systems.


It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. – John Steinbeck

Blogrolling for Today

The Primate Diaries Brettleighdicks – Biology Blog Fnord Psych Matters Manifest Destiny Wild Roses

The Mighty Ant-Lion

First written on March 04, 2005 for Science And Politics, then reposted on February 27, 2006 on Circadiana, a post about a childrens’ book and what I learned about it since.

Sleep-Wake Controls Identified: Implications For Coma Patients And Those Under Anesthesia: How do we wake up? How do we shift from restful sleep to dreaming? Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have discovered a new brain mechanism that just might explain how we do that. This new mechanism also may help…


His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking, best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. – John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

My picks from ScienceDaily

Electronic Eggs Used To Help Save Threatened African Bird: This is an important summer for kori bustards at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Four chicks of this threatened African bird have hatched in June and July. Along with the bumper crop of baby birds is a bumper crop of new information for scientists working to preserve…


Otpisani (‘Written Off’) is probably the most popular Yugoslav TV series of all times. It is surprising to me that there were only thirteen episodes – this was a cult production. We played them as kids (instead of cowboys and Indians). Two major movies were made. The cast reads like “who is who” of Yugoslav…

Science 2.0 Conferencing

Why do conferences all tend to happen at the same time, hogging a couple of weekends per year, with vast chasms of free time in-between? So, next weekend, there is going to be a lot of science content, including a science blogging session at YearlyKos. You’ll be able to meet Tara, Chris, Sean, Ed, Karmen…