Archive | March 27, 2014
SYNOPSIS: Levi Gold (David Henry Gerson) is paid an unexpected visit by Robin (Kris Park), a door-to-door salesman with nothing to sell. The ensuing encounter forces Levi to confront his true mystical calling, and the nature of reality itself. A metaphysical comedy trip-out with music and performance by Sun Araw.
Some anti climate change “conspiracy” theorists blame everyone but themselves for looking bad. A strange loop happens, then another strange loop, and then academic freedom is limited.
via ars technica
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The initial paper produced results that weren’t entirely surprising. By surveying visitors to climate blogs, its authors found that free-market fans tended to reject scientific findings that had potential regulatory implications, something that’s been found by a variety of other researchers. But it also found that there is a population of people who doubt scientific findings simply because they tended to doubt nearly everything, ascribing a variety of things—the Moon landings, the World Trade Center attacks, etc.—to conspiracies. This might seem surprising, but the results held up when the same authors extended the study to the US population in general.
What’s probably less surprising is that some of the subjects of the initial paper responded with a new set of conspiracy theories, focused on the paper itself.
I don’t recall any tidal waves of corn dogs mentioned in those country songs about long-haul truckers…
Via We Are Change
Besides the ones in Washington, I mean. Science writer Ed Yong addresses the behavioral impact of parasites in this short but fascinating TED Talk.
“… Let’s be honest, there’s a lot to hate, especially from fundamentalist perspectives… It’s hard to break out of it and once you do, you violently oppose it because you recognize that you were under a spell… I didn’t know what to do and I didn’t know where to go and directly from there, I went into a drug binge in which I was trying to bury my feelings… But, what I’ve found is whatever you want to call ‘God’ it’s much bigger than the things that are in these little books…”
You know those beautiful and rare occasions where you speak to someone for the first time and find that your personal philosophies seem to line up almost completely? For me, Author and fellow Disinformation contributor Gabriel D.… Read the rest
Hopefully the answer will be uncovered before residents’ grip on sanity reaches the breaking point. Via CBC News:
A federally funded report on the Windsor Hum has been submitted to both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources Canada. For years, residents in west Windsor and neighbouring LaSalle have been complaining of a mysterious rumble or hum.
Both ministries are reviewing the results of the $60,000 report, said the University of Windsor’s Colin Novak, one of the authors of the report. The final review has not yet been conducted.
Officials are trying to arrange a meeting between the ministries and researchers, including Novak and the University of Western Ontario’s Peter Brown.
In 2012, a different federal study suggested the hum may originate from the U.S. side of the Detroit River, in the general area of Zug Island, an area of concentrated steel production and manufacturing.
It’s amazing what people can do now with 3-D printing technology when they’re not busy printing dildos and bongs. Warning: If you click the link to the full story then you’ll come face-to-bleeding pseudo-skull with some a fairly explicit image, so beware of that if you’re squeamish.
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A 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffers from a chronic bone disorder — which has increased the thickness of her skull from 1.5cm to 5cm, causing reduced eyesight and severe headaches — has had the top section of her skull removed and replaced with a 3D printed implant.
The operation was performed by a team of neurosurgeons at the University Medical Centre Utrecht and the university claims this is this first instance of a successful 3D printed cranium that has not been rejected by the patient.
The operation, which took 23 hours, was led by Dr Bon Verweij.