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Archives for February, 2010

Lightning Hopkins sings the poison blues

Tox Tunes #7 – Gin Bottle Blues February 15, 2010, 8:43 am The music of Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins influenced many later artists, including Jimi Hendrix, Townes Van Zandt, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He recorded prolifically — Amazon lists 191 Hopkins albums. Perhaps his most unusual disc is Freeform Patterns, on which Hopkins is backed by…

Darwin on marriage

No one has ever accused Darwin about making a rush to judgement about any topic. Just as he spent years poring over the minutest detail of barnacle anatomy before he published The Origin he gave the topic of marriage careful consideration before singing on. In fact, preserved in his notebooks we have a record of…

I guess people like gigantic snakes. via replicatedtypo.wordpress.com More fun finds (that is, new to me) amid the entries I’m reviewing for the Research Blogging awards: A replicated typo looks at culture-gene studies, genetics, evolution of language, and, occasionally, really big snakes. Posted via web from David Dobbs’s Somatic Marker

Paracademia

A salamander with no lungs, which breathes entirely through its skin: via paracademia.blogspot.com yet more Posted via web from David Dobbs’s Somatic Marker

Reciprocal Space – Nature Network

I made my own homage to Marey and Mili. I will leave it to the reader to judge whether this constitutes any kind of poetry in motion. I fear not. via network.nature.com more from the big world of science blogging Posted via web from David Dobbs’s Somatic Marker

Endless Forms – Nature Network

National Geographic has an interesting report on predator-prey issues in national parks: apparently pregnant moose in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park tend to shift their activity closer to roads before giving birth, in order to avoid predation by grizzly bears. via network.nature.com More blogging goodness encountered in my Research Blogging Awards judging.…

Miss Atomic Bomb likes snowflakes

I have the pleasure of judging some of the entries to the Research Blogging Awards this year. I can’t tell you who the winners will be, because I don’t know. But for the fun of it, I’m going to throw a few bits and pieces of some of the entries here. I will say this:…

Kandel on camera

I profiled neuroscientist Eric Kandel for Scientific American Mind a while back; a huge pleasure. Two things stand out.  First, Kandel’s work makes a wonderful foundation for an understanding of neuroscience, as his mid-20th-century insights into the dynamics of memory underlie much of the discipline. Second, Kandel  is a gas — gracious, funny, and stunningly…

How to pay for good journalism

Sources of subsidy in the production of news: a list I was asked to speak recently at a conference organized by Yale University with the title “Journalism & The New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay The Messenger?”  This irritated me. The question should have been “who will subsidize news production?” because news production has always…

According to a poll (pdf) conducted in the days before the Super Bowl, “Democrats strongly prefer the Saints, by a 36-21 margin, but Republicans are narrowly going for the Colts, 26-25. Independents lean toward the Saints as well, 33-20.” Hopefully, Democrats take some lessons from their favored team, too. Early in the game, the Saints…