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A Crash Course in Transgender Sensitivity

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the 14 th episode of Crash Course Astronomy went live. It’s about our sister planet Venus, and I spent quite a bit of time talking about just how infernally inhospitable it is. Just as I have with every other episode, I had a lot of fun writing and recording it. Show More Summary

The awkward state of penguin molting

This oddly plumaged penguin appeared in my Antarctic & Arctic Data Consortium 2015 calendar (yes, I have a data calendar) and I needed to know…why on earth does this penguin have a fauxhawk? And of course there is no better day to answer this question than on World Penguin Day! Before this, I used to think there […]

Savage Minds Reader Survey Results Part 1: Demographics

First of all, a big “Thank you!” to everyone who responded to the Savage Minds Reader Survey. Over the one month the survey was up Google tells us that we had 31,003 people visit the site1, but of those only 6,255 were returning visitors. It is that second number we want to target, since we … Continue reading Savage Minds Reader Survey Results Part 1: Demographics ?

Psychology Around the Net: April 25, 2015

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers how to tell if you’re making a good first impression, how the smell of sweat can help spread happiness (seriously), how your stress can be passed along via DNA, and more. Want to Make a Good Impression? Try […]

Combined brachytherapy techniques should be 'benchmark' for cervical cancer treatment

The first large international study to investigate the late side-effects of a combination of two forms of brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer has shown that the technique successfully delivers higher radiation doses to the tumour without an increase in treatment-related problems afterwards. read more

First liquid nanolaser developed

Northwestern University scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead...Show More Summary

Spike activity 24-04-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Prospect Magazine has a good article on early psychosis and young people who hear voices. The cost of fame. The Message discusses the nefarious social effects of fame. Neuroskeptic asks Where Are The Big Ideas in Neuroscience? Emotional Intelligence Doesn’t Translate Across Borders. Essential […]

A visual history of madness

The Paris Review has an extended and richly illustrated piece by historian Andrew Scull who tracks how madness has been visually depicted through the ages. Scull is probably the most thorough and readable historian of madness and its treatments since the death of the late, great Roy Porter, and this article is no exception. Modern […]

Raising Chicago – how the City of Chicago defeated flooding in the 1850s

Guest essay by Eric Worrall In the 1800s the City of Chicago had a problem. The city rests on low lying marshlands, on the shore of Lake Michigan. Floods were frequent, mud was everywhere, and poor sanitation created ideal conditions for frequent lethal cholera epidemics. According to the Chicago Tribune; As Chicago boomed in the…

UGC NET June 2015 Notification

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), on behalf of UGC, has notified the date of National Eligibility Test (NET). NET will be conducted on June 28, 2015. NET June 2015: National Eligibility Test is conducted to determine the...Show More Summary

AIPMT 2015: Important Instructions

All India Pre-Medical/ Pre-Dental Entrance Test 2015 (AIPMT 2015) will be conducted on May 3, 2015 by the CBSE. The official website has come out with key test-day instructions for the AIPMT 2015 aspirants which must be followed by the aspirants. Show More Summary

Major Earthquake in Nepal Upgraded to Magnitude 7.9

Source: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20002926#general_summary A very strong earthquake has struck in Nepal with a magnitude of 7.9 (initial reports listed 7.5). One would expect that serious damage will result;Show More Summary

Rising sun

James Madison, "Notes on the Debates in the Federal Convention", Tuesday September 17, 1787: Whilst the last members [of the Constitutional Convention] were signing [the final document], Doctr. FRANKLIN looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters […]

Will Ted 2 Deliver?

Hopefully bringing some laughs to the summer season this June Film ted Ted 2 Seth MacFarlane

Vinyl Still Going Strong in the Marketplace

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Link Feast

Our pick of this week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:The Man Who Couldn't Stop GivingWhat a Brazilian man's pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy?What Can We Learn From Reading Online Reviews?An...Show More Summary

Friday Retrospect: UK Metal Detectorists, Mentally a Breed Apart

Needless to say, the threats of a UK metal detectorist in response to somebody trying to look more deeply into the hobby were the usual empty ones: 'UK Metal Detectorists, Mentally a Breed Apart', PACHI Sunday, 17 February 2013. This...Show More Summary

3-D printed food

Marijn Roovers’ epicurean delights have graced the tables of some of the Netherlands’ finest restaurants. But the food designer’s Chocolate Globe is his most intricate — and technologically advanced — creation. A chocolate shell just 0.8 millimetres thick is embossed in gold with the chocolate’s continent of origin, and it holds delicacies that symbolize the […]

Things Have Changed

I’ve been busy with other things, but after taking a look today at various new things related to quantum gravity, I was struck by how much things have changed sociologically in that subject over the last few years. Back in … Continue reading ?

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