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Archives for January, 2009

The Singularity Meets Crooked Timber

Our man in Chicago turned me on to Charlie Stross.  Little did I know, Stross’ writings have become something of a sensation in the academic world.  One of the first blogs I read was Crooked Timber.  I think it was our man in Chicago who showed me the way there, IIRC. Anyway, Crooked Timber has…

Simple Way To Make Many People Rich

On 26 January 2008, major employers in the USA announced 60,000 jobs would be lost.  The market responded positively, as it often does.  The S&P 500 gained 0.56%.  Clearly the best thing that businesses could do would be to fire everyone.  A quick Google search indicates that there are about 150 million jobs in the…

On 14 January, 2008, the US FDA approved milnacipran for use in treatment of fibromyalgia.  It is ( or soon will be) available in tablets of 12.5, 25, 50, and 100mg.  It has been marketed as an antidepressant in Europe for years, but has not been available in the USA until now. Milnacipran is  a…

How To Stay Warm

This photo is from Wikimedia; it shows a Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) in the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture,Japan.  The photo is in the public domain. The Park features natural hot springs. There are more photos here and here.  There is a live webcam here.

Frat Boy

This is precious. It is a screen shot from The Economist, from an article (The frat boy ships out) on the departure of George W. Bush. I recall that The Economist ended up endorsing Kerry, saying something like it was a tough call between two deeply flawed candidates.  Now, not so tough. It turned out…

The Rightful Place

Today I received an email from the hivemind, saying, in part: In his first speech as President-elect last November, Barack Obama reminded us of the promise of “a world connected by our own science and imagination.”  He recently stated, “promoting science isn’t just about providing resources–it’s about protecting free and open inquiry… It’s about listening…

If The Only Thing He Does…

If the only thing Obama does, is to not do the bad things that Bush did, then he will be a success.  A disappointment, yes, but also a success.  Above is a clip of Olbermann, summarizing in about 9 minutes the worst of the past eight years. Below the fold is one of the consequences.…

Antidepressant Effect of Vitamin D???

There is a thought-provoking editorial in the openly-accessible Journal of Psychiatry of Neuroscience (JPN): Has the time come for clinical trials on the antidepressant effect of vitamin D?  (45 KB PDF).  In it, the editor of the the Journal, Simon N. Young, PhD, argues that there is enough evidence to justify increased research efforts. He…

Bono’s Welcome to the Punditocracy

Two things happened to the New York Times recently. For one, they announced that they will place advertisements on their front page. Two, they are publishing Opinion columns written by Bono. I suspect the two are not unrelated. Which is another way of saying that I suspect the two are related, in this case, by…

Top 10 Astronomy Photos

Xinhua has helpfully posted the top 10 astronomy photos of the year (2008), according to National Geographic.