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Archives for January, 2008

Best Photo “Contest” Ever

There are no cash rewards, and no instant fame.  But I have looked at a great many “best photo” series, and this is the most enjoyable.  Why?  Because every single one of the photos is in the public domain. It’s the Wikipedia Commons Picture of the Year series.  The page is in German.  My German…

Several days ago, I saw an article about some research on the relationship between the price of wine, the subjective experience of taste, and the effect of wine on brain function as assessed by fMRI.   The research is part of the growing body of work that pertains to the study of neural effects of…

No Suicide Cringe

Usually I cringe when I see yet another newspaper article about suicide.  But I always read them.  This time, I did cringe, but needlessly.  The article turned out to be OK. F.D.A. Requiring Suicide Studies in Drug Trials By GARDINER HARRIS January 24, 2008

Z Machine

Deputy Dog has a post detailing “5 unbelievably cool research facilities.”  The one shown here is the Z Machine, at the Sandia National Lab in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  (Sandia Labs have more than one location.) This device produces X-rays.  Sure, there are a lot of X-ray machines.  But only one can burn 290 trillion watts.…

3D Medical Records

Usually when we think of electronic medical records (EMR) as being three-dimensional, we think of the relational aspect of databases.  Researchers at IBM, however, are testing a different concept. The idea is to have a rendered 3D representation of the anatomy of the patient, and to use that as a basis for the record.  This…

Sounds too good to be true.  Perhaps it is.  For one, there is only one published case.  For another, it has to be injected near the spine in order to have this effect.  The arthritis medication, etanercept (Enbrel®) has been shown, in at least one case, to result in significant cognitive improvement in a patient…

Goldmund Media Rooms

In the great role-playing game of life, I did not get very many audiophile points.  I mean, fine machinery is something I can appreciate, but I’m pretty indifferent to the sounds those machines make.   So it strikes me as remarkable that anyone would make, much less buy, a $300,000 turntable.  

The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments in Baze v. Rees (WaPo, NYT).  This is a case about a guy who killed a sheriff and a deputy.  He is on death row in Kentucky.  Kentucky plans to execute him using a three-drug cocktail: sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride.   Thiopental is a barbiturate…

Noctilucent Clouds From Space

Previously, I posted a photo of noctilucent clouds, as seen from earth.  Now, NASA’s Earth Observatory Newsroom presents us with a photo of the same phenomenon, as seen from a satellite.   These clouds appear when ice-crystal-laden clouds for high in the atmosphere, high enough that the sun strikes the clouds while the ground is…

Several of the candidates have been found to have made egregious misstatements in the New Hampshire debates.  FactCheck.org, the organization made famous by Dick Cheney when he erroneously referred to it as Factcheck.com, has an analysis of the Republican candidates’ statements.   There is a lot of material there.  The one that really stands out…