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Archives for December, 2006

Since we were on the topic of tenure: here is a list…

Normally, these are either songs that recieved a lot of airplay in our household, or sometimes are even songs with a certain amount of biographical significance. As well, each year end mix will usually be coupled with a few phrases denoting the coming and goings of each member of my family. Besides, nothing really captures…

Best Sciences of the Year!

Year’s end brings with it the inevitable “bests of” lists. The World’s Fair is no exception in this pointless exercise, but for our lapsed calendar — unfortunately leaving us in the High Middle Ages. Here then, forthwith, are the “Best Sciences of 1381,” as ranked by our readers.

James Sherley, a biological engineering professor at MIT and a Harvard grad, was recently denied tenure. He’s going on a hunger strike in February if the decision isn’t reversed. So reports Inside Higher Ed yesterday.

I don’t suspect there will be much going on here for the remainder of the year, so here are two poems I find lovely and notable. CHRISTMAS 1924 By Thomas Hardy ‘Peace upon earth!’ was said. We sing it And pay a million priests to bring it. After two thousand years of mass We’ve got…

(By Paul Clarkson and reprinted from the Science Creative Quarterly)

Check out this picture, and the blurb below: A 79-year-old man with mitral valve prolapse of both leaflets and consecutive severe symptomatic mitral regurgitation underwent central double-orifice repair, the so-called “Alfieri stitch” operation. With this technique, a double-orifice mitral valve is artificially created by approximating the free edges of the leaflets at the site of…

Inkling – way cool.

Happy to announce and promote a new science web-magazine – the ever so funky INKLING. Courtesy of fellow Vancouver-based dudettes, Anne and Anna (of Inkycircus fame). It’s got a really great tone to it, much needed really, different from the stuff out there, and with good pieces and a nice layout to boot. I especially…

So basically things aren’t looking too good for Spongebob Squarepants and his buddies. The reason being that, all of this carbon dioxide we’re pumping into the air is doing some serious shit to the oceans. However in this case, it’s less to do with the usual greenhouse effects, but more to do with the ocean’s…

This is ecological design of a completely different sort than our last post. And product design at its most beach-like. The bikini, part of a student project displayed at the ITP Winter Show, “cools your beer and charges your iPod! (With a USB connection!).” ITP, incidentally, is the Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School…