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Chowringhee review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Sankar's 1962 novel, Chowringhee. Translated from the Bengali (only !) in 2007, this seems to have been one of Penguin Books India's big in-translation successes -- as I...Show More Summary

funding universities: is the state any better than private donors?

When I wrote about universities and the ethics of donations the other day, the takeaway was that we should 1) protect academic freedom and 2) avoid resource dependence but 3) not give donors political litmus tests. Then I threw in a line at the end about the biggest funder of all: the government. Of course, there’s a […]

Medical Researchers Develop Soft to Track all the Cells in a Developing Embryo

Recent advances in imaging technology are transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. But extracting the torrent of information contained...Show More Summary

indiana student killed in the ukraine

Last week, Indiana Ph.D. student Karlijn Keijzer was killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The university news web site reports that she was an athlete, gifted science student, and an accomplished teacher. Her passing is a tragedy that has deeply touched the IU community. History will likely pin this senseless death, and the deaths of […]

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Cruel flower

14 hours agoAcademics : Pharyngula

This flower, over many generations, has warped the poor buff-tail sicklebilled hummingbird’s beak into that bizarre curve.

The Lancet: Most comprehensive study to date shows success of the Millennium

A major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 published in The Lancet, shows that accelerated progress against the global burden of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis (TB) has been made since 2000 when governments worldwide adopted Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB. read more

Deaths and infections from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria plummet globally

SEATTLE—Today, fewer people are dying from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis of trend data from 188 countries. The pace of decline in deaths and infections has accelerated since 2000, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established to stop the spread of these diseases by 2015. read more

The Lancet: Control of HIV pandemic will not be achieved without radical improvement in support for sex workers

Across the world, in high- and low-income countries, women, men, and transgender people who sell sex are subjected to repressive and discriminatory law, policy, and practice, which in turn fuel human rights violations against them, including violence and discrimination. Show More Summary

Chang'e 3 update: Both rover and lander still alive at the end of their eighth lunar day

Despite the fact that it hasn't moved for 6 months, the plucky Yutu rover on the Moon is still alive. Its signal is periodically detected by amateur radio astronomers, most recently on July 19. A story posted today by the Chinese state news agency offers a new hypothesis to explain the failure of the rover's mobility systems.

Zanjeer.

Today I watched the 1973 movie Zanjeer, an enjoyable police/revenge movie with a minimum of song-and-dance numbers. (Sorry, Bollywood fans, I just don’t like song-and-dance numbers.) What makes it LH material is the linguistic situation. I wasn’t surprised to hear a lot of English spoken; it seemed natural in police stations (relic of the Raj) […]

MIT Explores Robopocalyptic Enhancements for the Human Hand

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. Show More Summary

London Ed on Reference to What is Not

Two weeks in Greece passed both quickly and slowly. No access to internet or phone, much walking (on a lonely hillside I found a deserted monastery built on the ruins of a 6th century pagan temple) and much thinking. In...

Claim: natural variation ‘masked’ global warming, creating ‘the pause’

Statistical analysis shows pattern consistent with pre-industrial temperature swings, study concludes From McGill University’s Shaun Lovejoy Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations … Continue reading ?

Picture of Malayasian Airlines MH-17 Wreckage Shows Evidence of Shrapnel

The Financial Times posted a photo of what appears to be wreckage from the Malaysian Airlines jetliner peppered with shrapnel damage from an anti-aircraft missile.The international community has pressed for an investigation into the cause of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 crash, However, many, including U.S. Show More Summary

Pullbacks That Preserve Weak Equivalences

On morphisms pullback along which preserves weak equivalences, and their name(s).

Lessons from ‘Eat, Pray, Love’

If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you […]

7-18-14 Start and End the Day Listening to the Whales

Friday, July 18th...this morning I heard echolocation clicks over the Lime Kiln hydrophones at about 8:30 a.m....arriving at the park I saw I had missed the whales going up island...however, only being six whales I figured they would...Show More Summary

You Can Buy the World’s 'Longest Poop'

This Saturday, a Beverly Hills gallery plans to auction off a piece of crap—literally. The IM Chait Gallery says it will put a 40-inch-long piece of excrement up for auction and hopes to fetch around $10,000, LiveScience reports. Why the big bucks? The "eye-watering" poop "boasts a wonderfully...

South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Endorse KF-X Stealth Fighter Program

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed a plan on Friday for the country to design its own mid-level fighter jet, which a state think tank estimated will cost up to 8.5 trillion won ($8.24 billion) to develop.Dubbed the KF-X programme,...Show More Summary

So, Clovis hunted something besides mammoth and mastodon after all

Meet the gomphothere: Archaeologists discover bones of elephant ancestor Archaeologists have discovered artifacts of the prehistoric Clovis culture mingled with the bones of two gomphotheres – an ancient ancestor of the elephant – at...Show More Summary

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