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COMIC | Researcher Translation

January 23, 2010

Researcher Translation

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Health Tips | Happiness is green tea, apple smoothies, zen meditation, and sex

December 9, 2010 by David Despain

Credit: iStockphoto

This week’s Health Tips column brings you ideas for finding happiness, tips for living to a ripe old age, parenting advice, and new ways to help you lose weight, lower blood pressure, and prevent chronic diseases.


A social life. One reason why religious people tend to be happy and satisfied with their lives is not because of their beliefs, but belonging… read more

PopTech | Graphical expression of human emotion — video shows surprising consistencies: A new kind of Turing test?

February 15, 2011

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PopTech | Designer Orlagh O’Brien asks, “What if we try to visually represent the emotions that are running through our body?” She gave a simple emotion-specific quiz to a group of 250 people. Asking respondents to describe five emotions — anger, joy, fear, sadness, and love — in drawings, colors, and words, O’Brien ended up with a set of media she used to create Emotionally}Vague, an online graphic interpretation

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PopTech | Orlagh O'Brien
PopTech | Orlagh O’Brien helps us get in touch with our emotions

Know Your Meme | Magnets, how exactly do they work?

April 27, 2011

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Source: Know Your Meme — June 11, 2010

Know Your Meme | Internet Scientist Elspeth Jane of The Rocketboom Institute for Internet Studies explores the viral sensation that was Insane Clown Posse’s “Miracles,” aka “F***ing Magnets: How Do They Work?”

[ For more info on this, visit the Meme Database! ]

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HowStuffWorks | "How magnets work"

book review | Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge

August 8, 2008


Source: Nature — August 7, 2008

In Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge (edited by Damien Broderick, Atlas, 2008), 15 futurists explore long-range posthuman extraterrestrial futures.

One thread in the book is launch of an expanding wavefront of intelligence, converting matter into nano-engineered computronium that is then assembled into M-brains. These then send out seeds that encode the ability to bootstrap new nano-manufacturing capacity on suitable worlds, where minds… read more

Google announces plan to destroy all information it can’t index

August 31, 2005

Source: The Onion — August 31, 2005

Executives at Google announced Monday Google Purge, the latest step in their expansion effort: a far-reaching plan to destroy all the information it is unable to index.

“A year ago, Google offered to scan every book on the planet for its Google Print project. Now, they are promising to burn the rest,” John Battelle wrote in his widely read “Searchblog.” “Thanks to Google Purge, you’ll never have to worry… read more

Dr. Steel’s ‘Singularity’ from People of Earth

January 15, 2011

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Dr. Steel’s track “The Singularity,” from his 2002 album People of Earth, below.

Wikipedia | Doctor Steel is an American musician located in Southern California, popular in the Steampunk, Goth, and Rivethead scenes. He has performed on rare occasions with a “backup band”, claiming that a fictitious robot band had malfunctioned. Shows have incorporated puppetry, multimedia and performances by his streetread more

HUMOR | Found: Hawking’s initials written into the universe

February 8, 2010


Source: New Scientist Space — February 7, 2010

The Wilkinson Anisotropy Microwave Probe (WMAP) team points out that if something as unlikely as Hawking’s initials can be found in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) data, the chances of finding other apparently improbable patterns may also be quite high, and asks readers to mark the shapes they find in the CMB image.

“If you think you can see your initials, the face of Jesus or a unicorn,… read more

humor | Forbidden Gates: GRIN Technology & Spiritual Warfare — no kidding, actual book

September 7, 2010


Source: Tom and Nita Horn — August 26, 2010

Health Tips | How to keep heart- and brain-healthy and raise a healthier child

December 17, 2010 by David Despain

Bridging heart and mind

Stay heart-healthy to keep the brain healthy. Heart attacks and Alzheimer’s disease share a common genetic basis. Keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control to ward off both [Università di Bologna].

Increase your levels of HDL cholesterol. This “good” cholesterol, which is heart-healthy, also reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease when you’re older [Archives of Neurology]. To raise HDL levels, eat… read more

I am the very model of a Singularitarian

February 22, 2011

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“I Am the Very Model of a Singularitarian” by and featuring Charlie Kam, to the tune of “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical The Pirates of Penzance.

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Onion News Network | Ear of genetically modified corn begs for death

April 28, 2011

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Source: Onion News Network

Onion News Network | In the Daily Briefing, Tucker Hope reports that a cob of bioengineered corn in Iowa begged to be killed.

The Onion | CynGen press release
The Onion | Genetically modified food activity around the nation
The Onion | collection of articles on genetically modified organisms
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A global viral vector: reality check

May 31, 2013 by Andrew Hessel

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In Dan Brown’s Inferno [see book review | Dan Brown’s Inferno], an airborne virus permanently modifies the DNA in human cells in one third of the population of the world.

We asked synthetic biologist/genomic futurist Andrew Hessel to comment on this scenario (his co-authored “The Bio-Crime Prophecy” is the cover story in the current issue of Wired UK).

Q: How realistic is Brown’sread more

book review | Rainbows End

August 26, 2008


Source: The New York Times — August 25, 2008 | John Tierney

In Vernor Vinge’s version of Southern California in 2025, there is a school named Fairmont High with the motto, “Trying hard not to become obsolete.” It may not sound inspiring, but to the many fans of Dr. Vinge, this is a most ambitious — and perhaps unattainable — goal for any member of our species.

Dr. Vinge is a mathematician and computer scientist in San Diego whose science fiction… read more

Multiple stab wounds may be harmful to monkeys

October 21, 2010

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Source: The Onion — February 27, 2008

Repeatedly stabbing monkeys with sharpened objects may have an adverse effect on their health, according to a new study.

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