Archives for December, 2010

Today’s announcement of a giveaway of 2,011 Nike shoes…well well! Give it a try! www.sharecare.com/static/nike giveaway If you are an Oprah fan, you already know that she will be launching a new network on New Year’s Day 2011. Oprah has recruited a “dream team” of go-to experts: Dr. Phil, Suze Orman and Dr. Oz —…

The IBM 705 Data Processing System, introduced in 1954. The 705 would rarely run more than 3 or 4 hours without a major breakdown. It was not unusual to encounter a 705 that was ablaze.” This should give all of us pause the next time our PC crashes! What is your family’s history? Have you…

“Warm eCard” Cold

Stephen Rees’ Flickr photostream My email Inbox is a nightmare. It currently has hundreds of unread messages, a combination of unwanted solicitations, complaints and demands upon my time and resources. It is a seemingly Herculean task to manage it in my attempts to focus on top priorities. Today, I received something very curious, at least…

I Don’t Believe in Miracles, But…

No, I am not a Scrooge or a Grinch, just a pragmatist. The holiday season is, for many, a reminder of tales of miracles, whether of the story of the birth of Christ as a savior, of Chanukah’s menorah that was lit for eight days with only enough oil for a single day, Bodhi Day…

David Reich/Nature The entire genome of the Denisovans was extracted from a tooth and finger bone. The film “Little Fockers” is coming out this week, and I look forward to brilliant performances from Robert DiNero, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand to name a few. If you will excuse my cheekiness, I thought of…

Young People Can’t {Can!} Do Real Science

“We also discovered that science is cool and fun because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before.” With my academic training and years of reflecting on how to teach science, I don’t think I could develop a more compelling statement than this, written by a group of elementary school students.…

The Illusion of Net Neutrality

Jurvetson’s Flickr photostream Do you think that there should be universal access to the internet, regardless of how it is accessed? Should the internet be regulated by the federal government? If so, to what extent? Is “Net Neutrality” possible? For now, “neutrality” when it comes to accessing the internet is an illusion. These questions, to…

Neanderthals Cannibals?

In a stunning finding, scientists found evidence in northern Spain of cannibalism by Neanderthals. Some 1,800 bone fragments were used for DNA analysis to support their hypothesis. According to The New York Times report, Spanish scientists who analyzed the bones and DNA report the gruesome answer. The victims were a dozen members of an extended…

A 3D Tour of the Fruit Fly Brain

Inspired by my earlier posting on the fruit fly brain: I received a nice “holiday gift” from a researcher at the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) in Taiwan, Terry C.-W. Yeh. NCHC and the Brain Research Center at the National Tsing Hua University created the FlyCircuit database. This 32 second video gives you a…

Genesis – h.koppdelaney’s Flickr photostream Creative Commons As reported in today’s The New York Times, a case will be reviewed by a federal judge in Kentucky this February to determine whether an academic astronomer was denied a position because of religious faith. According to the report, this case is a “rare example” of such a…