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Maggie Wittlin

Diesel is “Global Warming Ready”

Global climate change may melt glaciers, slash biodiversity, and displace countless coastal dwellers, but there’s one thing rising temperatures will never boil away: Our sense of style! That’s the message Diesel (the jeans company, not the fuel) hopes to spread with its newest advertising campaign, “Global Warming Ready.” When the Earth—and, apparently, all of its…

Only We Can Do That to Our Pledges Labs are just one big frat party. Hey, first year, time to collect the stool sample… Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter R These linguists hate America. Have you no decency, people? Do Higher Eukaryotes Smoke More Weed? RPM doesn’t actually answer the question,…

I’m Bringin’ Paxil Back: Timberlake SexyBack Remix ‘Cause SSRIs are totally kickin’. One° Climate Change Churches are rallying around Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” What, disillusioned with Mel Gibson? Super Monkey Poop Fight (the post you can play) Yes, this is extremely educational. It mimics the true behavior of our primate relatives…and some bloggers. Complex…

“Every 52 seconds”: wrong by 23,736 percent? How often do men and women think about sex? Well, there’s only been one study on the subject, and that paper indicates that it’s a few times a day, but please, feel free to put any frequency you want in your book. No need to source the figure.…

Living a Second Life A psychiatry professor teaches his students about schizophrenia by making them live through hallucinations in a virtual world. Freaky. (via 3QD) Einstein’s High School Diploma Yes, but how were his extracurriculars? (via boing boing) Open Letter to Scientific Equipment Manufacturers Listen to the man! Make Your Very Own Virgin Mary, Tentacle,…

Genetic Savings & Clone If the $4,000 price tag on a hypoallergenic cat seems like too little to spend on a new kitten, perhaps you’d like to invest $32,000 in cloning your old kitten? Be sure to send them Puss’s DNA while he’s still alive! (via Ng) No Abacus Handy? Use your hands. OK, smarty…

More Than Just a Pretty Face

I wrote a story for seedmagazine.com that got posted yesterday to much excitement. The excitement was largely for the unusually pretty composite face featured with the article (thanks, Face Research), but I’d like to comment on the theory proposed. Over at Frink Tank, Mr. Orange is less than impressed:

WNYC – Radio Lab: Musical Language (April 21, 2006) Check out at least the first four minutes of this. You’ll learn first-hand that a looped recording of speech takes on a musical quality, to the point where you can’t hear it as anything but song. Wow. (via CV) Homo floresiensis: Two Years Out Carl Zimmer…

Best. Mars. Picture. EVAH! The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographs Opportunity in the context of a beautiful crater. Your Friday Dose of Woo: H2Ooooooommmm It must be something in the water. Wait…can you see it?…it looks like…it has to be…woo! Science Friday: Pipe Dreams “Poppies! Poppies will put them to sleep.” Freitag Takes Container Architecture to…

The Amateur’s Revenge Expert is as expert does? Fungus Grow a beautiful and thriving mushroom colony. (via inkycircus) A Simple Show of Hands Explore the science, the politics, and the social significance of hand-holding. Aw. But We Feel Good About Ourselves Some might call it “lack of humility,” we call it “that can-do American spirit.”…