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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Words, Your Brain and Sex

One of the reasons I’m a dedicated librocubularist* can be found in a story on IFL Science that is headlined, “Learning New Words Activates The Same Brain Regions As Sex And Drugs.” It opens: While it doesn’t get much better than sex and drugs for many out there, new research has found that simply learning […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Austrialia Is Nuts About Space

And Australian conservatives may just destroy Earth. What we don’t know, could demolish us faster than anything else. In the space age, it’s really flabbergasting that we’re not doing everything technologically possible to watch for NEOs.

Could a responsible country like South Africa, or New Zealand pick up the slack please?

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Larry & Jerry’s Inferno

I had forgotten about this book until recently when I came across a reprint. I read it originally in the late 1970s when I was reading a lot more sci-fi than I do today. (Many years ago, I ran a Toronto computer convention where I invited the authors to be the keynote speakers. I got to […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dr. V. Shiva at the #UofR #EarthDemocracy

Dr. Shiva gave an interesting talk about how system we’ve built are being used to manipulate individuals in societies all around the world into valuing money over life.

#earthdemocracy #yqr #uofr pic.twitter.com/1Xsfu7I43n

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 29, 2014

#BigData contributes to information obesity. – Dr. Shiva #earthdemocracy. Canada thinks it can bomb #ISIS and not create extremism.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 29, 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Partial Solar Eclipse

The partial clouds ruined the partial eclipse viewing, but I caught a few fleeting seconds here and there with a small crowd of astronomers from the RASC at the Science Centre.

A kind astronomer gave me a pair of these glasses:

I’ve been trying to take daily photos of the huge sunspot too, but clouds have been in the way the last two days when I’ve tried.

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Partial Solar Eclipse

Dead Wild Roses: How Wolves Change Rivers

 

Fascinating how interconnected the system is. Now imagine what happens when we start fracking for shale gas or extracting oil from far sands. :/

 

Filed under: Science Tagged: Ecosystems, Rivers, Wolves

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Earth’s magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime

An intriguing possibility was reported on Science Daily this morning: Earth’s last magnetic reversal took place 786,000 years ago and happened very quickly, in less than 100 years — roughly a human lifetime. The rapid flip, much faster than the thousands of years most geologists thought, comes as new measurements show the planet’s magnetic field […]

Dead Wild Roses: I Just Don’t Know What To Say – Opposition to Climate Change – #Burn Noticed

People are so terribly ignorant when it comes to climate change, in the face of this seemingly unconquerable monolith of stupidity Jon Stewart finds a way to get his point across.

We’re in trouble if the people in charge of Science and Technology are this ignorant. (wilfully or otherwise)

Filed under: Humour, Politics, Science Tagged: Burn Noticed, Climate Change, Duh in Action, Jon Stewart

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Sean McElwee is the latest to highlight how only a privileged few benefit in either the short term or the long term from unequal economic growth: Milanovic and van der Weide decided to investigate how inequality affects growth across the income spectrum. They used a state-level survey conducted once every decade to estimate annualized income growth at different income percentiles. What the researchers find is that the old story of “trickle down” economics have no support in the data — instead, inequality boosts growth only for the rich.…When the authors dug deeper (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Minute Physics – Why are Stars Star Shaped?

Watch out, interesting learning ahead.

Filed under: Science Tagged: Minute Physics, Stars

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Disproving Geo Centrism – Part 10?

Who knew we would need 10 segments to properly dismember Geocentric theory. I’m still sorta shocked that people would believe in Geocentrism in 2014.

 

Filed under: Religion, Science Tagged: Confirmation bias, Geocentrism, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Is the Internet making us stupid? Or just shallow?

In my never-ending search for some bit of knowledge one day, during a mix-and-match of search engine terms while looking for classical writers’ views on death and dying, I stumbled onto what might have been an off-kilter New Age site, OM Times, or more likely, a parody of the genre. On the page titled “8 […]

Montreal Simon: How to Use Science Against Stephen Harper

Well now that I know that Stephen Harper is planning to stay on and lead his Cons into the next election.Unless the Duffy trial starts sooner than he is hoping.And now that I know that despite what he said about Michael Ignatieff…

He's not here for us either, and the next election will be all about HIM.Read more »

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Amazing Discovery

Have you heard about the amazing discovery the Harper Government is responsible for?

No, not the Franklin Expedition which remained known to the Inuit for almost 200 years through oral history, I’m talking about the discovery in Ottawa that the federal government isn’t maintaining important national landmarks related to science.

Dead Wild Roses: Schrödinger’s Cat

Never underestimate the powah of the Kitteh!…

Filed under: Humour, Science Tagged: Humour, Kitteh, meme, Science

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading.

- Andrew Jackson writes that public investment is needed as part of a healthy economy, particularly when it’s clear that the private sector isn’t going to put massive accumulated savings to use. Bob McDonald notes that we’d be far better off using public money to fund basic research instead of funnelling it toward the business sector. And Ed Keenan looks to Ontario for examples of how far more money is flowing into questionable corporate handouts than toward basic human needs.

- Meanwhile, Lana Payne exposes the Cons’ efforts to both downplay and reduce (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Gut instincts

A story on Science Daily says research suggests our so-called “free will” may be less free than we ever imagined. We may, instead, be meat puppets ruled by the desires and cravings of the smallest symbiotes we carry: our gut bacteria. The story opens: It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within […]

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli discuss the worrisome spread of climate change denialism, particularly around the English-speaking developed world. But lest we accept the theory that declining public knowledge is independent of political choices, Margaret Munro reports that the Cons are suppressing factual scientific information about Arctic ice levels to avoid the Canadian public being better informed, while Tom Korski exposes a particularly galling example of their vilifying top scientists for reporting their results. And John O’Connor reminds us what’s been done to anybody who’s dared to speak out about the effect (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The First Dark Age

The causes of the first “Dark Age” have long been the topic of debate among historians and archeologists. Many ideas and theories have been put forward; none have found universal agreement. It’s commonly referred to in scholarly circles as “The Catastrophe.” Earthquakes, drought, migrations (or the more popular single-people migration theory), volcanoes, barbarian raiders, climate […]

Dead Wild Roses: Climate Change Denialists and Bill Nye – Awesome!

Some of us have the strange need to grease the skids toward our doom by climate. Bill Nye describes his experiences with these fools.

 

Filed under: Science Tagged: AGW, Climage Change, Denialists, Science, Stupid People

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Chasing storms on Saturn

There’s a beautiful video about the Cassini mission and its images of the storms on Saturn at the New York Times website. It’s amazing to see what images and information science has given us about a planet 886 billion miles (1.4 billion kms) away and its odd collection of rings and 60 moons. Saturn’s storms Saturn takes 30 […]

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Monica Potts responds to the big lie that increasing inequality and perpetual poverty are necessary – or indeed remotely beneficial – as elements of economic growth: Hanauer and Piketty inspire these broadsides because they are challenging, in a far more aggressive way than plutocrats and economists usually do, the conservative economic orthodoxy that has reigned since at least the 1980s. Under Ronald Reagan, we called it trickle-down economics, the idea that the men who can afford their own private jets—they’re usually men—deserve gobs of money because they provide some special entrepreneurial or innovative (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Another fad bites the dust

The gluten-free fad took another major hit to its already weakened credibility this week when researchers who had first diagnosed “non-celiac gluten sensitivity” found out that, oops, they were wrong. It doesn’t exist. A story in Business Insider tells the tale. In one of the best examples of science working, a researcher who provided key […]

Dead Wild Roses: Postive Feed Back Loops – The Arctic

We are on course to have a ice-free arctic during the summer months. This is yet another indicator of traumatic warming of our world due in part to our activities and policies. The climate is changing rapidly and a new dynamic equilibrium is being established.

“Waves rearing as high as the second-floor windows of a building have been detected in the Beaufort Sea for the first time.

Arctic waves are normally kept in check by sea ice, which has traditionally covered large areas of the Arctic Ocean even in the summer. But warmer temperatures as a result of climate (Read more…)

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: food regulations

A friend on facebook posted a link to this article: Michigan Officials Destroy $5,000.00 worth of Good Organic Food from Family Farm. Besides leaving me wondering whether the inclusion of the “.00″ was meant to make the amount appear larger to the quick casual reader, the headline makes me think about a time when I was a teenager, and a bunch of 4-H beef was seized from a butcher’s shop because his license was as a mobile butcher and he had butchered it all on his property instead of the other farmers. There was a big outcry over (Read more…)