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Slick Invention May Be Key to Stuck Ketchup, Toothpaste

Hate when you can't get the last of the toothpaste from the tube? Or when your plane is delayed so it can be deiced? Those days may soon be over thanks to what is essentially surfaces coated with liquid. Researchers at both Harvard and MIT have taken advantage of the...

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in Celestia

Comet 67P//Churyumov–Gerasimenko and the Rosetta orbiter rendered in Celestia.As usual, I have been trying to make a Celestia file for comet 67P.And failing miserably. I tried to convert the ESA public shape model to celestia 3Ds format and failed miserably. Show More Summary

6 Eye-Opening Ways to Get to Know Yourself

When you know yourself on a deeper level, you can create a life that is meaningful and joyous for you, according to psychotherapist Joyce Marter, LCPC. Art therapist Lisa Mitchell, MFT, calls this deeper level our “essence.” This is you at your center or core. Knowing yourself also helps you distinguish your issues from someone […]

Tomorrow we Land on a Comet

2 months agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

Small bodies landed (or about to be landed on) by spacecraft. Asteroid Itokawa size 540m x 270m x 210m (image Credit JAXA) Comet 67P size 4.1×4.5 Km (image credit ESA) Asteroid Eros size 34.4×11.2×11.2 Km (image credit JPL/NASA) Tomorrow...Show More Summary

George Edwards and the Need to Change the Laws on Antiquities

Ethnographer George Richards talking to Ms Boyko makes a good case for international legal change concerning antiquities: "Tightening up the legislation""The international legal framework needs to be strengthened" "Improving the legal...Show More Summary

The Story of Place

The Story of Place is a short film about the unprotected territory of the Greater Canyonlands. This film follows Craig … Continue reading ?

Short Items

On Monday there will be symposia at Stanford featuring the Breakthrough Prize winners, with streaming video available. For the morning program, with dignitaries and such, see here. The Mathematics symposium will run 11-5, the program is here, streaming video here. … Continue reading ?

Speed dating to save minority languages

There’s a art collective in Belarus that is offering speed dating evenings on the condition that all participants speak Belarussian, that minority language in its own country and one not much loved by the authorities. This news footage...Show More Summary

Singlish: The Singaporean English creole [video interview]

For the next few days, I’m in Singapore to host a language lab to train people to speak their target language on day one, and to sign copies of my book. I’m also using this visit to a country that speaks English as an official language, to investigate its other unique linguistic opportunities. In this […]

Scientists progress toward plasma acceleration

Scientists have demonstrated the particle acceleration technique is powerful and efficient enough to drive future accelerators. Scientists have proven that a technique for accelerating particles on waves of plasma is efficient enough...Show More Summary

Hollywood Theoretical Physics Week

Just got back from an opening night showing of the new sci-fi film Interstellar at the Ziegfeld theater here in New York. If you want some idea of what the film is about, trailers are here and here. Warning: spoilers … Continue reading ?

Chimps Play Fair in the Ultimatum Game

The model of Homo economicus--that human beings are rational maximizers of their selfish interests--has been challenged by ultimatum bargaining experiments. In the ultimatum game, there is a pool of money (say $100) to be split between two people. Show More Summary

"Time is Slowly Disappearing from Our Universe" (Or, is It Timeless?)

What if the time part of the the space-time continuum equation was literally running out? Perhaps evidence suggests that time is slowly disappearing from our universe, and will one day vanish completely --a radical theory may explain a cosmological mystery...

Assorted links

1. Robin Hanson on Arthur Melzer and esoteric writing. 2. There is no great stagnation electric spoon zaps taste into every bite edition. 3. Richard McKenzie on Ebola, not my views but happy to pass along an economist writing on this topic. 4. Is it legal to build a diversion barrier against Hawaiian lava flow? […]

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