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Prize: Premio FIL

They've announced that the Premio FIL de Literatura en Lenguas Romances -- a romance-language author prize, worth US$150,000 -- will be awarded to The Lair-author Norman Manea this year, at the Guadalajara International Book Fair inShow More Summary

Prize: Premio Manuel Rojas

They've only been handing out the US$60,000 Premio Iberoamericano de Narrativa Manuel Rojas (scroll down) since 2012, but with a winners' list that consists of Rubem Fonseca, Ricardo Piglia, Horacio Castellanos Moya, and Margo GlanzShow More Summary

I'm not really sure what this is supposed to be, but at Russia Beyond the Headlines Alexandra Guzeva reports how Google and Mosfilm launch online readings of 'The Master and Margarita', where 'Russian-speakers around the world have a unique opportunity to participate in a virtual reality reading of this classic Russian novel'. The official site is here, so jump right in.....

The cognitive science of how to study

Researchers from the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab at UCLA have created a fantastic video on the cognitive science of how to study. Despite the fact that we now know loads about what makes for optimal learning, it’s rarely applied by students who are trying to learn a subject or ace a test. This is … Continue reading "The cognitive science of how to study"


The Queensland pselaphine Sunorfa nigripes, from Chandler (2001). When I began researching the taxon that was to be the subject of this post, I was surprised to discover that it had weaseled its way onto this site once before. Back in...Show More Summary

That feeling you get when you discover that the Flash graphic has all of its column data in the HTML, too. #whew

That feeling you get when you discover that the Flash graphic has all of its column data in the HTML, too. #whew That feeling you get when you discover that the Flash graphic has all of its column data in the HTML, too. #whew — Grant Barrett (@GrantBarrett) August 31, 2016

trump symposium ii: the organizational basis of today’s crazy politics – a guest post by josh pacewicz

This guest post on Trump’s run for president is written by Josh Pacewicz, a political sociologist at Brown University.  +++++ In case you haven’t noticed, this has been a crazy election cycle. On both the Democratic and Republican side, a candidate who is more extreme than the typical serious presidential contender went all the way […]

oupacademic: Mutualisms between organisms are extremely common...

oupacademic: Mutualisms between organisms are extremely common and many examples have been studied. Bumble bees obtain nectar from flowering plants and in return, help pollinate the plants. Cleaner wrasse eat parasites off larger fish and at the same time, get food and protection. Show More Summary

Heuristic computation of correlations of the divisor function

Let be the divisor function. A classical application of the Dirichlet hyperbola method gives the asymptotic where denotes the estimate as. Much better error estimates are possible here, but we will not focus on the lower order terms in this discussion. For somewhat idiosyncratic reasons I will interpret this estimate (and the other analytic […]

Vicarious Trauma: How Much More Can We Take?

Another week, another tragedy. It’s hard to take it all in, let alone make any sense of it. How does bad news affect us? We can all be affected by vicarious trauma. That is the “one step removed” trauma that didn’t actually happen to us […]

Have Tasmanian Devils Found the Cure for Cancer?

Scientists may not have figured out a cure for cancer, but the Tasmanian devil just might have. According to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications, the marsupial is quickly evolving to fend off devil facial tumor disease, one of only three known infectious cancers. The disease was only discovered...

Spike activity 10-06-2016

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The New York Times has a fascinating piece on the online community of people who believe they are being ‘gang stalked’. Completely destroy the immune system with chemotherapy and rebuild it with stem cells. Show More Summary

'That Is Not a Good Thing': Exotic Ticks Reach Alaska

Five ticks not native to Alaska have been found on dogs and humans in our northernmost state, and at least one of them—the American dog tick—appears to be solidly "established" in the Last Frontier, Randy Zarnke, an ex-wildlife veterinarian with the state's Department of Fish and Game, tells...

See the Martian Lava Fields of Hawaii

Mauna Loa mountain is a good place to prepare for the perils of Mars

Food: The Final Frontier

Our latest Ikonokast Podcast is up; an interview with agriculture and ecology expert Emily Cassidy! Organic vs. industrial, GMO vs GnMO, Food vs. Fuel, how to regulate (or not) farming. All of it. The Podcast is HERE.

The Truthmakers of Truths About Truths

Josh writes, I would be interested to see how you respond to the following dilemma (from Peter Geach, "Truth and God," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, [1982]: 84). Say proposition P1 is true because it corresponds to fact F. Does...

About That Mass Incident of Reindeer Death …

There’s a cliche newsroom expression about how violent stories draw reader interest: “If it bleeds, it leads.” There’s a similar mantra for wildlife reporting: “Only cuteness or corpses will attract readership enormous.” I actually just made up that expression (you can probably tell because it’s terrible!), but you get the gist. Show More Summary

How I Learned to Love Liver

Chopped liver was a holiday staple in my house growing up, a beloved spread enjoyed on occasions both religious and secular. I alone in my family found it utterly repulsive. The drab beige color highlighted by a repellant pink, the granular texture, and its metallic tang of putrefied iron had revolted me since early childhood. Show More Summary

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