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The Bookman Speaks

It would be a hard choice, but if I were forced to choose between books and people, I would choose books. In any case, a book is a man at his best. So it is in one sense a false...

The Sky This Week - Thursday October 15 to Thursday October 22

The First Quarter Moon is Wednesday October 21. Saturn is near the head of the Scorpion and is visited by the crescent Moon. Comet C/2013 US10 may be visible in binoculars. The mornings of this week have more planetary action. Mars and...Show More Summary

The Nobel and Chinese Medicine

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine went to three scientists who discovered treatments for parasites. Tu Youyou shared half the prize for her discovery of artemisinin, an effective drug against malaria. Youyou is a Chinese researcher and, as has been widely reported, she relied on traditional Chinese texts to search for candidate herbs [...]

How to Detect Killer Asteroids

Monitor the skies to spot asteroids and help save the Earth from annihilation by interplanetary projectiles. Read more on MAKE The post How to Detect Killer Asteroids appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

Why Egypt’s new parliament will be born broken

Over the coming weeks, Egyptians will vote in parliamentary elections in which nobody knows who will win yet everybody knows the result. The regime will then claim (inaccurately) that the “road map” — announced when former president Mohamed Morsi was deposed in July 2013 — has been completed. Few observers have high hopes for the […]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem iii idus octobres

ante diem iii idus octobres Fontinalia — a festival in honour of the divinity Fons, who presided over springs and wells; such sources of water were festooned with garlands for the occasion 54 A.D. — death of the emperor Claudius, purportedly succumbing to a plate of poisoned mushrooms dished up by his niece/wife Agrippina; dies […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/12/15

Seriously, if the British Museum can loan large Parthenon sculptures to Russia but not fragments in storage to Athens, they're kinda docks. — Dorothy Lobel King (@DorothyKing) October 11, 2015 Curriculum and dates for 2016 field school...Show More Summary

The Case for Getting Rid of Borders—Completely

In The Atlantic I present the case for open borders. Here is one bit: No standard moral framework, be it utilitarian, libertarian, egalitarian, Rawlsian, Christian, or any other well-developed perspective, regards people from foreign lands as less entitled to exercise their rights—or as inherently possessing less moral worth—than people lucky to have been born in […]

Manufactured PANIC: projected Antarctic ice shelf melting “may surpass intensities associated with ice shelf collapse”

From the WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION and the “worse than we thought” department, comes this breathless press release that doesn’t even mention the name of the study somehow manages to spin model results into a future frenzy worse that if the ice shelves just collapsed. New study projects that melting of Antarctic ice shelves will…

Your Relative’s DNA Could Turn You Into a Suspect

Using DNA for criminal investigations is great---until it turns an innocent person into a suspect. The post Your Relative’s DNA Could Turn You Into a Suspect appeared first on WIRED.

Ocean acidification threatens Pacific’s ecosystems (audio)

An American scientist says ocean acidification is likely to pose a further threat to the Pacific Ocean’s ecosystems in coming decades. Almost a quarter of carbon dioxide emissions are absorbed by the ocean, which causes water acidity to rise. The director of a US-run Ocean Acidification Programme, Dr Elizabeth Jewett, says an increase in ocean […]

ADHD & Adults: 5 More Things that Make You Feel Overwhelmed and Tips to Help

When you have ADHD, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. The symptoms make it harder to navigate all areas of your life. Recently, in this piece, we shared four things that cause overwhelm — from the barrage of thoughts and ideas in your brain to the […]

Best of Our Blogs: October 13, 2015

Within today’s Best of Our Blogs, you can learn more about the emotional skills necessary for parenting, how to start a mindfulness practice, why getting angry with your therapist isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and more. The 3 Essential Emotion Skills for Parenting (Childhood Emotional […]

Will jumping snails prevail? Influence of near-future CO2, temperature and hypoxia on respiratory performance in the tropical conch Gibberulus gibberulus gibbosus

Tropical coral reef organisms are predicted to be especially sensitive to ocean warming because many already live close to their upper thermal limit, and the expected rise in ocean CO2 is proposed to further reduce thermal tolerance. Little, however, is known about the thermal sensitivity of a diverse and abundant group of reef animals, the […]

Ocean acidification induces changes in algal palatability and herbivore feeding behavior and performance

The effects of global stressors on a species may be mediated by the stressors’ impact on coexisting taxa. For instance, herbivore–algae interactions may change due to alterations in algal nutritional quality resulting from high CO2 levels associated with ocean acidification (OA). We approached this issue by assessing the indirect effects of OA on the trophic […]

Agincourt thank-you sceptre to go on display

For the first time in 600 years, a sceptre King Henry V gave to the City of London in gratitude for its support in the Hundred Years’ War will go on public display. The City of London helped finance the Battle of Agincourt, loaning Henry 10,000 marks (about three million pounds in today’s money). After [...]

Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse

A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human CO2 emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems. Published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), marine ecologists from the University of Adelaide say the expected ocean acidification and warming is likely to produce a […]

Global alteration of ocean ecosystem functioning due to increasing human CO2 emissions

Rising anthropogenic CO2 emissions are anticipated to drive change to ocean ecosystems, but a conceptualization of biological change derived from quantitative analyses is lacking. Derived from multiple ecosystems and latitudes, our metaanalysis...Show More Summary

Double Double Words

Today’s task is to write a program that reads a file and reports any instances of doubled words, which is a useful program for anyone that does a lot of writing, as I do in this blog. Your task is to write a program to find doubled words. When you are finished, you are welcome […]

Social psychology textbooks ignore all modern criticisms of Milgram's obedience studies

Some classic psychology experiments, known and discussed far beyond the discipline, have become modern-day myths. Accounts of what happened are frequently simplified and distorted to better convey a powerful revelation about human nature. Show More Summary

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