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Archives for January, 2007

Steven Pinker Knows Why You Curse

His January 24 lecture in Toronto is sold out, but Steven Pinker fans can get a sneak preview of the cognitive scientist’s forthcoming book, The Stuff of Thought, and his current work on metaphor, indirect speech, and the the neuroscience of swearing, in this Toronto Star profile. From the article: “As it turns out, people…

Venti Latte, Hold the Hormones

It used to be just a blurb on the outside of the Ben & Jerry’s container: CONTAINS NO rBGH. But over the last decade, consumer advocates have succeeded in making “hormone-free milk” a part of America’s shopping vocabulary. Now Starbucks has joined the fray: under pressure from consumers, Starbucks announced last week that it would…

If the Devil Owned Hell and Texas…

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Bush is expected to call for increased focus on biofuels, to mitigate U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Meanwhile, in Bush’s home state, Interstate I-10 through Houston is being expanded to 18 lanes. “Texas has always been pretty far over on the side of exploiting natural resources…

Welcome, New ScienceBloggers!

There are two more doctors in the house. (Okay, a doctor and a doctoral candidate.) Go check out Signout and Science to Life for tawdry tales of medicine, biochemistry and the life of a first-year resident. Welcome!

Seeds of Peace (and Quiet)

Just ask the French: plants don’t actually need soil.

Few would dispute that the internet is a communication medium of awesome (in the old sense of the word) proportions. Many would recognize the internet’s tendency to function as a massive echo chamber. Interesting stories are picked up and relayed from point to point, and blog to blog, at breakneck speeds, often with bloggers relying…

Delawind

According to a new University of Delaware survey, wind power has a strong base of support in our nation’s second-smallest state. Of the 949 Delaware residents surveyed, more than 90 percent reported that they would support an offshore wind project in their home state, even if wind power were to add between $1 and $30…

The Trojanator

Troy Hurtubise–the inventor who achieved minor fame, and personal bankruptcy, as a result of his bear-protection suit–is at it again. This time, however, he is doing it for the soldiers. Pictured here is his newest invention, The Trojan, which draws design inspiration from Star Wars, RoboCop, Batman and video games and is reputedly the “first…

Marching Toward Doomsday

This Wednesday, the world will officially creep closer to nuclear apocalypse, according to the Doomsday Clock maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. The symbolic Doomsday Clock counts down the minutes to midnight, which represents the moment of global disaster. The Clock is currently set at seven minutes to midnight and will, presumably, move forward…

You Can Always Read This Later

Piers Steel, a professor at the University of Calgary’s school of business, knows why you procrastinate. And he’s got the formula to prove it. Steel has just published his mathematical model for procrastination, and it looks a little something like this: Utility = E x V / Γ D Where utility is the desirability of…