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The two faces of JE Brandenburg

2 days agoAcademics : Pharyngula

Brandenburg is a physicist who submitted a paper to the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference a few years ago. It’s way outside my area of expertise, but it postulated an interesting scenario from the ratios of rare isotopes in the atmosphere of Mars: that there was evidence of a natural nuclear reactor, like Oklo…

Lion and Unicorn Returning to Boston, 23 Nov.

On Sunday, 23 November, the figures of the lion and unicorn will be reinstalled at the Old State House in Boston. The lion has been regilded, and the unicorn repalladianized, making them shinier than they’ve been in years and probably far shinier than the original statues looked in colonial times. Show More Summary

Context

Frazz continues to explore vocabulary and its measurement:

50 shades of gray goes pie-chart

Rogier Kievit sends in this under the heading, “Worst graph of the year... horribly unclear... Even the report doesn’t have a legend!”: My reply: It’s horrible but I still think the black-and-white Stroop test remains the worst visual...Show More Summary

Shocker: Top Google Engineers Say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work’

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A research effort by Google corporation to make renewable energy viable has been a complete failure, according to the scientists who led the programme. After 4 years of effort, their conclusion is that renewable energy “simply won’t work”. According to an interview with the engineers, published in IEEE; “At the…

Business in the Archive

“Colonel Harland Sanders, the fried-chicken magnate, who seems in public to be as jolly and serene as Santa Claus, is actually one of the world’s foremost worriers,” William Whitworth wrote in The New Yorker in 1970. “The Colonel maintains a vigilant fretfulness in the face of overwhelming good fortune. Show More Summary

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A chemical in antibacterial soap that might be bad news for your liver and an intriguing find from the comet lander make the list: More Than 500 Lie in Watery Grave From 100-Year-Old Shipwreck : In October 1902, the SS Ventnor sank off the coast of New Zealand, but for 499...

Improve Cognition With A Trip Down Memory Lane

The human brain can concentrate on externally focused tasks, such as answering a question or solving a puzzle, or internally focused tasks, such as daydreaming. Until recently, these activities were believed to be mutually exclusive. That is, activating one suppressed the other. But now, evidence suggests that engaging the internally focused brain network actually improves […]

The Steinhardt Sardinian Figure and the Medici Dossier

Sardinian figure from the Medici Dossier.Source: Christos Tsirogiannis / ARCA Glasgow-based researcher Dr Christos Tsirogiannis has suggested that a Sardinian figure due to be auctioned at Christie's (December 11, 2014, lot 85) is linked to the Medici Dossier of polaroid photographs. Show More Summary

Psychology Around the Net: November 22, 2014

This week’s Psychology Around the Net is jampacked with everything (OK, some things!) you need to know about sleep habits, disclosing mental illness in the workplace, trying to achieve happiness, and more. There’s More to Sleep Cycles Than Being a Morning or Night Person: “In a small study being published in Personality and Individual Difference, […]

Saturday Interview: Roxanne Ellis

Roxanne Ellis is a Labour and Cooperative councillor on Gedling Borough Council and a founder member of the Young Labour Councillors Network. From a Labour family and something of a geek on all things politics and Sovietology, you can follow Roxanne on Twitter here. Show More Summary

Climate Research needs Re-direction

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Governments are running huge deficits, but still spend billions on “climate research” especially trying to model the effect of the atmosphere and its trace of carbon dioxide on surface temperature. Benefits are hard to find. It may have improved weather forecasts by a day or so, but official long-term predictions…

Searching for the A boson with CMS

I am quite happy to report today that the CMS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider has just published a new search which fills a gap in studies of extended Higgs boson sectors. It is a search for the decay of the A boson into Zh pairs, where the Z in turn decays to […]

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: The Farmer Never Gets to see the Good Stuff

On a metal detecting forum near you, member "Frogeye" announces (Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:25 pm) that he's just made a 'Frameless display for the landowner' in which he's mounted some finds which he's taken from his fields over the years to thank him for the loot.Several members congratulate him. Show More Summary

Is publishing “just a button”?

Matt’s post yesterday was one of several posts on this blog that have alluded to Clay Shirky’s now-classic article How We Will Read [archived copy]. Here is the key passage that we keep coming back to: Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are […]

Eek! Climate Change “…Might Cost Us…Chocolate”

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale A GlobalPost article by Sara Yasin includes the latest climate change and global warming scare. The headline: Our love for things that cause climate change could mean the end of life with chocolate. After a typical climate-change lead-in, the article reads: But now, it looks like our inability to address…

Born This Day: Steve Clemente from Skull Island

image Steve Clemente (born Esteban Clemento Morro Nov. 22, 1885—May 7, 1950) was a Mexican actor known for his many villainous roles. He began acting in his teens, signing up for his first movie, The Secret Man, in 1917. His later, numerous roles were usually bit parts and he was an expert knife thrower. Show More Summary

Thomas Hart Benton’s epic America Today murals at the Met

Before he become cover-of-Time-magazine famous as a muralist and leading light of the realist style inspired by local scenes known as Regionalism, Thomas Hart Benton’s first mural commission was a series of 10 murals for the boardroom of the New School for Social Research in New York City. Alvin Johnson, the school’s director and one [...]

Million Dollar (?) Steinhardt Idol in Medici Archive

lot 85 'A Sardinian Marble Female Idol, Ozieri Culture, circa 2500-2000 B.C.', 'Property from the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Collection', is estimated at $800,000-1,200,000. Its provenance given by Christie's is: 'with Harmon Fine Arts, New York. Show More Summary

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