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Research yields a game changer for improving understanding of Ebola and great apes

A group of international scientists have developed a new method to study Ebola virus in wildlife. Video link here. read more

Baby blues

Post by SAFM. My impression is that this kid has grasped the pattern of how vocals typically fit into the 12-bar blues form — when I have a spare hour, I'll compare his distribution of vocal syllables to those of some masters of the genre.

XKCD creator answers ‘What if?’

Randall Munroe, author of the webcomic xkcd, has found another outlet for his inquisitive nature. Relentless curiosity is the driving force behind Internet phenomenon Randall Munroe’s new book, What If? Serious Scientific Answers ToShow More Summary

Beyond the Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array

I thought I had posted a link to this youtube NRAO video months ago, but I don’t seem to. Sorry for the delay. –Ben Beyond the Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array Created in 2013 as the new interpretive film for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) […]

Chang’e 3 Landing & Six wheels on Moon for Yutu!

interesting, but its really hard to get a sense of scale till you see the jets kick up dust. –Ben Chang’e #3 Jade Rabbit Lunar Mission RAW Landing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaQTSTrbT3w Watch and enjoy this full video of Chang’e 3?s descent onto the lunar surface. The mountains on the horizon are the Montes Recti. The lander is […]

Share Better Coalition Takes Aim at Airbnb

Matthew Feeney Airbnb, which allows for homeowners to temporarily rent some or all of their property, is the target of “Share Better,” a New York City-based campaign group launched last Friday which claims that the company worsens the...Show More Summary

Oh my melon!

Bryan Van Norden is a Visiting Professor at Wuhan University this semester, and he ran across an interesting bit of language play. Below is a still (taken with his cell phone) of a television commercial currently running in the PRC. It is for a watermelon juice drink. As you can see, the tag line is […]

Happy Birthday to the man with five brains

Today is Murray Gell-Mann's birthday. John Brockman calls him "the man with five brains, each one of which is smarter than yours". We are thankful he is still with us and holding forth on a variety of important problems. Gell-Mann of...Show More Summary

Auctioning Atari: Archaeology, Ethics, and Contemporary Practice

This week my social media inbox has filled with news on two auctions. The first auction involves the “Treasure of Harageh” being auctioned at Bonhams for the Archaeological Institute of America’s St. Louis chapter. Auctioning antiquities is, needless to say, an issue of concern for both the national body of the Archaeological Institute of America […]

More Mass Race Delusion: The Ted Robinson Incident

Via Malcolm Pollack's recent entry commenting on the Rotherham, England sex slave scandal, here are a couple of formulations of Lawrence Auster's First Law of Majority-Minority Relations in a Liberal Society: The more egregiously any non-Western or non-white group behaves,...

Links & Reviews

- Some pretty big news reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer: some 10,000 Maurice Sendak items long housed at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia will return to the Sendak estate, since the author chose not to leave the material to the library in his will. Show More Summary

The Significance of Eric Prydz's Call On Me

It wasn't one of my favourite dance songs of the 00s, but thanks to its video Eric Prydz's Call On Me is probably the best remembered, if not notorious video of that decade. And yes, believe it or not it's ten years to the day since its official release. Show More Summary

Zombie hypotheses and the Zeitgeist

Everything I've been saying for the past 3 posts is basic textbook stuff, reflecting a stable consensus among Semitic historical linguists over, oh, the past two centuries or so. Why, then, is this zombie hypothesis that Levantine Arabic...Show More Summary

Saturday Interview: Catriona Grant

Catriona Grant is an activist from Edinburgh who has been active in Trotskyist and women's movements. Presently a social worker, Cat is also campaigning for a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum. You can follow her on Twitter here. - Do you regularly read blogs? If so, which ones? Not really, I probably read your blog the most regularly. Show More Summary

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