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The Road to Pseudoscientific Thinking

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Mari constellations

I have occasionally wondered if ancient Mari names for the constellations have been preserved – after all, so much folkloric terminology has already been lost over the 20th century – but I never looked into the matter. In his 2005 publication on G. F. Show More Summary

Trends in Higher Education 2017 That Will Wow You

9 hours agoAcademics : Unplag Blog

Have you ever gone to a fortune teller? We, at Unplag, bet you thought about it at least once. Predicting is something that we are still new to, but willing to try our hand at. Throughout 2016 our team went to a series of educational conferences held across Europe and US. Show More Summary

William James Teaches You to Believe

For the third and latest installment of my column over at Literary Hub, I went to the American philosopher William James for a little inspiration amid a very depressing political moment for this country. James wrote was is probably the best American philosophical essay on why you should have faith in things, and it has Continue Reading

Op, Op, Op. The Neuroscience of Gangnam Style?

"Our results revealed characteristic patterns of brain activity associated with Gangnam Style". So say the authors of a new paper called Neural correlates of the popular music phenomenon. The authors, Qiaozhen Chen et al. from Zhejiang...Show More Summary

Eugene Cernan, the Last Man to Walk on the Moon, Dies at 82

Cernan joked that he made landing on the moon "easy" for Neil Armstrong

One Year Later. Mom’s Still Dead.

Grief. It’s a funny thing. I don’t understand it and I don’t want to, I just wish it would go away. One year and a half later and I still find myself crying mid-day because I can’t call my Mom to remind me that everything […]

After a Cave Turns Deadly, Scientists Seek Answers

A deadly mystery lingers in a cave in northern Spain. A sign at the entrance warns visitors not to enter. For decades, speleologists have trained inside CJ-3, a 164-foot-deep cave in Cañon del Río Lobos Natural Park in the Soria province. Show More Summary

Professor is developing spray to identify fly spit at crime scenes

The victim lay across the doorway of a home in Mount Airy, Md., a 12-gauge shotgun blast through his chest. The suspect had called in a confession, and the evidence was clear. But that day in April 1999, police puzzled over dark stains on a wall far from the man's body.

Judge Imposes Preclearance on Pasadena, TX for 6+ Years, Putting Ball in Trump DOJ’s Court

I reported back on January 6 that a federal district court found that the City of Pasadena, TX intentionally discriminated against Latino voters in changing its city council districting plan. (For background, read Jim Rutenberg’s excellent NYT magazine piece, and … Continue reading ?

Steroid discovered in dogfish sharks attacks Parkinson's-related toxin in animal model

(Georgetown University Medical Center) A synthesized steroid mirroring one naturally made by the dogfish shark prevents the buildup of a lethal protein implicated in some neurodegenerative diseases, reports an international research team studying an animal model of Parkinson's disease. Show More Summary

Gene Cernan, last astronaut on the moon, dies at 82

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," has died. He was 82.

Numerical and Qualitative Identity and Radical Flux

Philosophers often use 'numerically' in contrast with 'qualitatively' when speaking of identity or sameness. If I tell you that I drive the same car as Jane, that is ambiguous: it could mean that Jane and I drive one and the...


How could you, Monica Crowley? Well, at least you are in good company. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. plagiarized portions of his Boston University dissertation: A committee of scholars appointed by Boston University concluded today [10 October 1991] that the...

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon Wins Award

Best Prehistoric Animal Toy Figure – Iguanodon Congratulations to Safari Ltd as their recently introduced Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon dinosaur model has been voted the best prehistoric animal toy figure to be released in 2016.  Readers of “Prehistoric Times” magazine were asked to list their favourite dinosaur and prehistoric animal models out of all […]

Theory lends transparency to how glass breaks

Over time, when a metallic glass is put under stress, its atoms will shift, slide and ultimately form bands that leave the material more prone to breaking. Rice University scientists have developed new computational methods based on a general theory of glasses to explain why.

Après Babel in Marseilles

At La Musée des Civilizations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée in Marseilles, there's an exposition called "Après Babel, Traduire", which includes a translated version of "The directed graph of stereotypical incomprehensibility", 1/15/2009: From LLLOG: From MuCEM:

A natural compound can block the formation of toxins associated with Parkinson's disease

(St John's College, University of Cambridge) A naturally-occurring compound called squalamine has been found to block the molecular process underlying Parkinson's disease and suppress its toxic effects. Although the findings are only preliminary, researchers suggest that they could provide the basis for a drug treating at least some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Theory lends transparency to how glass breaks

(Rice University) Rice University scientists explain how and why shear bands form in metallic glasses and make them more prone to break.

Complex life may have had a false start 2.3 billion years ago

High levels of oceanic oxygen could have allowed advanced, animal-like life to develop for the first time – only to be wiped out again as oxygen vanished

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