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open culture – a great web site

Open Culture is a great web site that archives all manner of free and out of copy right film, books, and television. The film section is itself a treasure of classic and modern film. For example, you can see every Tarkovsky film online. Netflix is cheap but Open Culture is free – and good for […]

Once an Addict, Always an Addict?

This is a saying I’ve always grappled with. One part of me is against any type of labeling, let alone a heavy label to be carried for the rest of your life. We are all so interchangeably dynamic, that to categorize someone into a box forever doesn’t sit well.  Another part of me completely agrees with […]

Is Hello Kitty not a cat?

There's been a to-do over whether Hello Kitty is a cat or a human, a massive uproar of tweets and retweets: "Hello Kitty is not a cat, plus more reveals before her L.A. tour" (LA Times, 8/26/14, where the story first broke) "Newsflash: Hello Kitty has never been a cat" (Washington Post, 8/28/14) "Hello Kitty […]


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Meditation on Leslie Jamison’s THE EMPATHY EXAMS (and beyond…) (Part Five of Six)

Continued from Part Four Again, I try to imagine whether I could have possibly chosen the word “sandpaper” in my own writing about the place. I think I actually could have. I write a lot about the state—and when I’m… Continue readin...

Putin ends the interregnum

By Lilia Shevtsova, this is the best essay I have read on Russia, Ukraine, and Putin.  It is difficult to excerpt, but here is one short bit: Having flipped the global chessboard with his annexation of the Crimea and an undeclared war against Ukraine, Putin effectively ended the most recent period of interregnum and inaugurated […]

6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Fear Starts Peeking Around the Corner

Most of us have a “fight or flight” response to fear. We either get reactive about a perceived potential threat, or we want to retreat as far away from the potential danger as we can. The challenge is that fear is usually over a situation that isn’t actually happening at the time. Consequently, we start […]

Sex Discrimination in ACCG

Reconstructed group photograph of the current lineup of the ACCG board, the one they apparently don't want members to see. The ACCG seems to be discriminating against Doris Sayles, one of its officers, representing US ancient coin collectors,...Show More Summary

Ten Reasons I am No Longer a Leftist

Article by Danusha V. Goska. Excerpts: 7) Leftists hate my people. [...] Leftists freely label poor whites as "redneck," "white trash," "trailer trash," and "hillbilly." At the same time that leftists toss around these racist and classist slurs,...

Report advocates improved police training

A new report identifies ways to improve the mental health training and education that police personnel receive. "The most important part of the report and what comes after is making sure people living with mental illness are involved in the delivery of training," says one expert.

Antidepressants show potential for postoperative pain

Anesthesiologists examine studies where antidepressants were prescribed for pain after surgery. Clinical trials are often used to answer questions about the efficacy of the off-label uses of drugs. In the case of antidepressants, their effects on postsurgical pain continue to be an area of research interest.

Efficacy of new gene therapy approach for toxin exposures shown in mouse study

Gene therapy may offer significant advantages in prevention and treatment of botulism exposure over current methods, new research shows. "We envision this treatment approach having a broad range of applications such as protecting military personnel from biothreat agents or protecting the public from other toxin-mediated diseases such as C. Show More Summary

Vaccine for Ebola? Experts answer questions

To learn more about this outbreak and the creation of new human vaccines, infectious disease experts who have led vaccine studies for such global pathogens as cholera, West Nile virus, dengue, typhoid fever and anthrax speak to reporters and answer questions.

How Ebola blocks immune system

Researchers have identified one way the Ebola virus dodges the body's antiviral defenses, providing important insight that could lead to new therapies.

Revealing novel mode of action for osteoporosis drug

Raloxifene is a US Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for decreasing fracture risk in osteoporosis. While raloxifene is as effective at reducing fracture risk as other current treatments, this works only partially by suppressing bone loss. Show More Summary

New biodiversity metric defined by researchers

To understand how the repeated climatic shifts over the last 120,000 years may have influenced today's patterns of genetic diversity, a team of researchers developed a new biodiversity metric called 'phylogeographic endemism.'

Leading Ebola researcher says there's an effective treatment for Ebola

A leading US Ebola researcher has gone on record stating that a blend of three monoclonal antibodies can completely protect monkeys against a lethal dose of Ebola virus up to five days after infection, at a time when the disease is severe.

Ready for mating at the right time: How pheromones signal mating cues in tilapia

Fish rely on pheromones to trigger social responses and to coordinate reproductive behavior in males and females. Scientists have now identified such a signal molecule in the urine of male Mozambique tilapia: this pheromone boosts hormone production and accelerates oocyte maturation in reproductive females.

MERS: Low transmissibility, dangerous illness

The MERS coronavirus has caused disease outbreaks across the Arabian Peninsula and spread to Europe several times. The severe pneumonia virus has claimed the lives of several hundred people since its discovery in 2012. For a long time, scientists have been puzzled over how easily the pathogen spreads from human to human. Show More Summary

Assortativity signatures of transcription factor networks contribute to robustness

The type and number of connections in transcription factor networks (TFNs) have been studied to evaluate the role assortativity plays on robustness. The study found that the assortativity signature contributes to a network’s resilience against mutations. Show More Summary

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