Archives for July, 2011

The Universal Periodic Review “has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General Should nations open themselves up to scrutiny by the United Nations? The Universal Periodic Review, adopted in 2006, takes a very close look at how nations fare in a broad…

FILE – In this July 7, 2011 photo, Casey Anthony sits in the courtroom before a sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla. Anthony was acquitted on charges of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008, and was found guilty on four charges of lying to law enforcement officers. She is to be released from jail Sunday,…

So Where Will Those Jobs Be?

silverlinedwinnebago’s Flickr photostream Some of the happiest people in the world come home smelling to high heaven at the end of the day. “Bruce Almighty” (2003)

With heated discussion about raising the debt ceiling for the U.S., this is a good time for some perspective about America’s top earners and for some ideas of how their enormous earnings could lead to public good. No, they can’t solve our spending problem, tax system or get us out of debt, but they do…

An Orally Gifted Artist

Sheril Kirshenbaum has studied why we kiss and what happens biologically. One artist, Natalie Irish, has taken this to a whole new level.

Cradle of Creativity: Starbucks

Those late nights of coffee-induced creativity sessions. Whether they’re a memory or a recurring event, how we share them has changed dramatically.

When I saw the message below from Charles Blow, columnist for The New York Times, and listened to the audio from Rep. Bachmann, I considered writing a commentary about the position of the American Psychiatric Association on the use of “reparation therapy” to “cure” homosexuals in light of Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s business. Then I thought:…

Are You %&*#ing Kidding Me?

Source. Disagreements can arouse passions. The blogosphere can be a battlefield, with rapid fire blog posts and comments flying to and fro, sometimes helpful and thoughtful, sometimes off point unbridled ranting.

Girls Rule Google Science Fair!

Winners (from left to right): Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose, Naomi Shah Girls swept all three age categories at Google’s first science fair!

A Beetle’s Screw And Nut

The 3D reconstruction [(A) to (E)] of coxa (green) and trochanter (yellow) of left hind leg of T. oblongus. (A) Depressed position. (B) Elevated position. (C) Coxa cut horizontally along rotation axis; dorsal aspect of trochanter while leg depressed. (D). Isolated trochanter showing external spiral thread and tendon (t). (E) Dorsal portion of coxa corresponding…