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Archives for August, 2006

The Washington Post today has an article on Brazil’s milestone achievement: this year, their oil exports will equal or exceed their imports.  This is significant for a few reasons.  For one, it shows that it can be done, at least in one sizable country.  Although the fact that they were able to do it does…

Fox News “Biggest Blooper Ever”

Found on Et Cetera: Publick and Privat Curiosities. (In case the embedded object does not work, the direct link to the YouTube video is here.)

Training the Expert Mind

Scientific American has an article in which the author reviews research into the expertise of chess players.  He ponders the questions of what makes an expert player an expert, how is the problem-solving strategy of an expert different from that of a novice, and is there a way to train people to be experts? What…

Bush is Crap

Sometimes I see links on other sites that exaggerate or misstate what is to be found on the other end on the link.  Huffington Post is notorious for this.  They come up with sensationalist titles, then link to articles that may be rather tepid.   That is what I expected when I saw this link…

Another Reason to be Anti-War

I don’t think there is anyone left in the USA who seriously believes that the war in Iraq was a good idea.  Most accept it as fact, that lies were told to get the public on board with the war, and that war crimes have been committed.   It is clear at this point that…

Body Image Problems In Men

For decades, corporate influences, primarily in the media, have pressured women to have poor body images.  This has spurred growth of entire industries in fashion, weight loss, etc.  No doubt, billions of dollars have been made in this way.  The only price to society has been the epidemic of eating disorders.  However, the marketing impact…

Why I Am Happy About Pluto

The buzz right now on ScienceBlogs is about Pluto.  Specifically, about the fact that Pluto has retained its official status as a planet. Pluto, as we all know, was discovered by the late Clyde Tombaugh, a professor at New Mexico State University.  In 1990, a new elementary school in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was named…

I just love this story.  A long time ago, before ScienceBlogs even existed, people were out there in the wild, searching for a bird called the ivory-billed woodpecker.   Grrlscientist has been keeping us updated on the search, and has this illustration and caption to show what it is that everyone is looking for. Now…

Alien TV

There’s a short article on World Science, that informs us that “the search is underway for sites that would be suitable for construction of a radio-telescope array that could receive alien TV. I knew there was a serious scarcity of decent TV shows, but I did not know it had gotten so bad that we…

A few days ago I made note of an article in the NEJM, about proposed changes in the process for FDA approval of new medication. (A Proposal for Radical Changes in the Drug-Approval Process, by Alastair J.J. Wood, M.D.)  At the time, it wasn’t possble for me to do justice to the paper.  It still…