The New York Review of Books: Sensual Sappho.
DiscoverMag: Missing Magma Found Beneath Yellowstone Park.
“And now scientists say that volume has been underestimated. New studies of the volcano reveal a deeper magma reservoir that holds more than four times the magma volume previously known.” Here’s a dumb question. Dumb only because if it’s so, it’s dumb. Really dumb. Is anyone putting fracking chemicals into deep wells nearby ... ?
Later: Proposed. Good lord. 80 miles ain’t far enough, in my book.
The Register.UK: Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP.
SciAm: Oil May Have Killed Gulf Dolphins.
“It’s impossible to say if it’s back to normal because we don’t know what normal was.” Oh. My. Freaking. God. This is like fracking - noone establishes a baseline before introducing disruptive technologies. This is how corporations avoid liability.
Guardian.UK: Stegosaurus back plates differed between genders, new study reveals.
Important for The Spotters Guide to Stegosaurs. Seriously, that’s pretty neat.
Archaeology News Network: Marble naturally illuminated the statue of Zeus at Olympia.
Neat bit of historical trivia.
PS Mag: The Debate Over GMOs Is About to Change.
“As GMO foods with benefits aimed at consumers rather than corporate farms, these apples and potatoes have the potential to change our conversation on genetically modified foods. This is because, unlike most GMO foods sold today, they don’t conceal what they are — they deliberately give the power to choose back to the consumer.” If this had been the way GMOs were originally introduced, I suspect nonacceptance/acceptance would have been much different. What happens to the conversation, if these potatoes prove to save lives (lower cancer rates among consumers)?
JAMA: Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children.
HuffPo: Samantha Cristoforetti, ISS Astronaut, Wears ‘Star Trek’ Uniform In Space.
Not trying to rain on the parade, but ... doesn’t it cost roughly $10,000 to put 1 pound of stuff into orbit? A pretty expensive selfie.
SciAm: Greener Fracking Tech Reduces Injection Of Lots Of Wasteful Fluid.
Okay, but will it serve as an even better lubricant for geologic strata? Note that simple pectin is roughly equivalent to this compound.
Authority Nutrition: Sugar Alcohols - Good or Bad?
Erythritol for the win, here. If you MUST have teh sweet and want to dodge calories.
Guardian.UK: The golden ratio has spawned a beautiful new curve: the Harriss spiral.
New way to compose an image. If you go back through your photographs, you may find you have unconsciously been using it.
SciAm: The Enduring Mystery of the Missing Oil Spilt in the Gulf of Mexico.
Vox: 11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space.
#4 makes my brain hurt. More than the others. I suppose because I’ve driven from coast to coast.
Nautilus: Reviving the debate about the immune system and mental illness.
“In a field known as immunopsychiatry, researchers are exploring the possibility that inflammation, or an overactive immune system, is linked to mental disorders that include depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimers’ disease.”
Observer: Nootropic Brain Drugs Rise in Popularity for Today’s Cutthroat Corporate Climbers.
Reminds me of salespersons popping Prozac for its ‘mood brightening’ capabilities in the ‘90’s. There was a belief system that grew around it; if you didn’t pop ‘Prozac-Pez’, you couldn’t compete effectively with those who did.
PS Mag: Want to Be More Creative? Get Out the Electrodes.
CosmosUp: NASA - No Signs Of Advanced Alien Civilizations In 100000 Galaxies.
Hmmm. Given our own predispositions, it looks like the imperative towards self-destruction severely limits the likelihood of ‘advance.’
c|net: How does Tony Stark’s body survive the forces of his Iron Man suit?
I always believed it was ... FX. Next we’ll analyze the physics of Groot’s vocal folds ... [why?] ...
Guardian.UK: Alzheimer’s disease study - caveats aside, the findings are encouraging.
“The latest study suggests that in Alzheimer’s, immune cells that normally protect the brain instead begin to consume a vital nutrient called arginine. By blocking this process with a drug, the team from Duke University in North Carolina were able to prevent the formation of plaques and also halt memory loss in mice.”
Register.UK: SpaceX Falcon punches hovership landing barge in Dragon supply run.
Guardian.UK: Robot reveals inside Fukushima nuclear reactor – video.
Doesn’t look particularly auspicious; I have no way to judge.
ArtDaily: Classicist sheds new light on lost epics; show a bloodier side of Ancient Greeks.
“One passage in a later author, though containing no direct quotation, preserves an unusually gruesome episode from the Thebais. The warrior Tydeus has been mortally wounded by a Theban and both are dying. Tydeus seizes his attacker and bites into his head in revenge.” Inferred history. Hmmmm.
SciAm: Mystery of Ceres’s Bright Spots Grows.
Guardian.UK: Plucking hair out can stimulate growth, study finds.
“It would be a bit of a leap of faith to expect this to work in bald men without doing more experiments.” Uh-huh. Works damned well for ear hair, nose hair and those hairs between your eyebrows, I can tell you THAT.