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Smart ladies are Apple-shaped

I am not sayin it. Northwestern dudes say so.

What’s special about religion

A court in Russia has convicted two people for offending religion. So, I ask the same question that Richard Dawkins and others have been asking for a while: What exactly is special about religion that it requires unquestioning respect? Why can’t we criticise god for asking us to keep women as slaves, throw our first-born…

STUDSAT – Satellite designed by Indian students to be launched on Monday.

One last book review by Martin Gardner

Read it here.

So, the Archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Church wants “the monopoly of Darwinism and the deceptive idea that science in general contradicts religion” to end, just as his friends in the US. [New Scientist blog] This is like saying we can’t let cleverness have a monopoly, stupidity must have an equal saying in our lives.…

Douglas Rushkoff responding to Steven Pinker at Edge.org: Facebook — as a way for college kids to meet and greet one another — was a terrific program. As a mirror through which young people forge an identity, however, the program is lacking the nuance of real life. Facebook — more than a program to be…

Many Gods Hypothesis

Apparently there may not be just one God particle but perhaps five of ‘em. Shall we say physicists are testing Many Gods Hypothesis. See this Beebs report. Here’s a question that has assailed our collective primate head all through its history: Do truly fundamental constituents of matter exist or is it turles all the way?…

Binge drinking makes you an idiot

A New Scientist note (points to PNAS paper): Post-mortems of binge-drinking adolescent monkeys have produced the best evidence yet that heavy drinking at an early age can do lasting damage to the brain. The worst damage was to stem cells destined to become neurons in the hippocampus, the brain area responsible for memory and spatial…

Feeling grumpy ‘is good for you’?

A report on BBC on a psychology study done in Australia. The University of New South Wales researcher says a grumpy person can cope with more demanding situations than a happy one because of the way the brain “promotes information processing strategies”. Information processing strategies! That rings the bullshit bell in my grumpy head, loudly…

Heartbeats

Crab Nebula Caesium-133 atom has 551,557,906,200 heartbeats per minute Humans have 70 heartbeats per minute Sun has 1 heartbeat every 11 years Crab Nebula pulsar has 1812 heartbeats per minute Wondering what’s the purpose of all this time keeping.