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Science Daily: Benefits of transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression supported by new study.

I thought magnetic therapies had been completely debunked. Apparently not.

10/13/10 • 11:54 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

University of New South Wales: Personality and exercise levels may be linked.

Sedentary and passive, or active and aggressive?

10/13/10 • 11:49 AM • PsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Republic: Bill McKibben On Global Warming, Climate Denial, And Conservatives.

These people aren’t reading the science and thinking, I have some questions about this. They’re convinced of a massive conspiracy.” And how we love conspiracies (as a culture, that is).

10/13/10 • 11:23 AM • HistoryPoliticsPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New West: 2 ‘New’ Dinosaurs Discovered in Grand Staircase-Escalante ...

Wow, check out Kosmoceratops. Those extra horns up top, like a tiara. The Paris Hilton of dinos.

You stumble over petrified trees and fossils here in NM all the time. You just need to keep your eyes open!

10/13/10 • 08:37 AM • Santa Fe LocalScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Scientist: Oil drilling to resume in Gulf of Mexico’s deep waters.

Rig operators must now detail how they plan to avoid a blowout and the steps they would take in the event of this happening. Blowout preventers — the key equipment that failed in the BP spill — must undergo an independent design review. And drilling projects must meet new standards for well design.

10/13/10 • 07:54 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MedPage Today: Nighttime Light Ups Weight in Mice.

The gentle glow of the television at night may be contributing to the obesity epidemic, findings from a mouse study suggest.” Candles?

10/13/10 • 07:35 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Big Questions Online: The Myth of Separate Magisteria.

“One might as well say that conflict arises between men and women only when they stray onto each other’s territories and stir up trouble. Science produces discoveries that challenge long-held beliefs (not only religious ones) based on revelation rather than evidence, and the religious must decide whether to battle or accommodate secular knowledge if it contradicts their teachings.

10/13/10 • 07:21 AM • ScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Scientist: Tea Party luring US into adventures in irrationality.

If anything, Bush was genteel and moderate in comparison with the Tea Party. As a defender of science and reason, it feels odd to say it, but when surveying the Tea Party, I almost miss him.

10/12/10 • 08:07 AM • PoliticsPsychologyReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Eurekalert: Breast-healthy lifestyle worthwhile, URMC study confirms.

‘Complete adherence’ equaled a minimum of 20 minutes of vigorous exercise at least five days a week, maintain a normal weight, and drink no more than one alcoholic beverage a day.

10/12/10 • 08:00 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Scientist: Hunter-gatherers cared for first known ancient invalid.

But rather than being a burden, he may have had valuable knowledge that he shared with other members of the group that helped them survive, providing evidence for a highly socialised group with bonds of solidarity.

10/11/10 • 01:23 PM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discovery: Too Much TV Harms Kids Psychologically.

“... youngsters who spend hours each day in front of the TV or games console have more psychological difficulties like problems relating to peers, emotional issues, hyperactivity or conduct challenges, than those who don’t. And contrary to what earlier studies have indicated, the negative impact of screen time was not remedied by increasing a child’s physical activity levels ...

10/11/10 • 01:06 PM • ChildhoodEntertainmentHealthPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: So, what does Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design tell us about God?

Once you start reading God’s presence—or his absence—into the ever-evolving equations of physics, it is hard to keep him from coming and going, creating a stir in the process.

10/10/10 • 11:45 AM • ReligionScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Scientist CultureLab: Robot prima ballerina debuts.

Nobody will be able resist the desperation, beauty and fragility in this swan, which is fighting for its life.”  I’m afraid I busted out laughing when the swan’s head reared back.

10/08/10 • 12:26 PM • ComputingHardwareMusicScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Scientist: Ancient tattoos linked to healing ritual.

This would be a bit more compelling if they had found corresponding arthritic or other conditions in the underlying bones.  I see people putting rings around protruberances (bony and otherwise) on their body all the time, without any reference to medicine.

10/08/10 • 12:21 PM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: The Spoils of Happiness.

... happiness isn’t just up to you. It also requires the cooperation of the world beyond you. Happiness, like knowledge, and unlike belief and pleasure, is not a state of mind.”  Trés interesting.

10/08/10 • 11:36 AM • PsychologyScholarlyScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ProPublica: Oil Spill Reports Hit Feds on Flow Rate, Dispersant, How Much Oil Is Left.

“Certain statements by administration officials to the effect that the Oil Budget was a “peer-review[ed]” scientific report, and that it concluded 75% of the oil was “gone,” were inaccurate and led to news reports that were misleading. In fact, the Oil Budget was a rough operational tool, and its findings were neither as clear nor as reassuring as the initial rollout suggested.”  Anyone surprised?

10/07/10 • 01:53 PM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsNaturePoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC News: Giant moon collision ‘may have formed Saturn’s rings’.

Saturn’s rings may have formed when a large moon with an icy mantle and rocky core spiralled into the nascent planet. A US scientist has suggested that the tidal forces ripped off some of the moon’s mantle before the actual impact. The theory could shed light on the rings’ mainly water-ice composition that has puzzled researchers for decades.”  I seem to remember this theory being bandied about in elementary school (mid-‘60s now) ... ?  Everything old is new again?

10/07/10 • 01:18 PM • Science • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discover: Physicists Playing Poker.

The author apparently isn’t aware of John Nash’s predecessor in all this, John Von Neumann. I’m not going to rehash it for the umpteenth time, but I’ll point you at a previous rant for more information. Dump the chess, play poker. Learn about minimax/maximin theory firsthand.

10/06/10 • 06:34 PM • HistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC News: Protein cocktail is ‘elixir of life’

Scientists gave mice drinking water laced with three amino acids. They said the rodents lived significantly longer than other mice fed a normal diet. The research, reported in a scientific journal, has yet to be tried in people.” Leucine, isoleucine and valine.

10/06/10 • 12:47 PM • FoodHealthScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Washington Post: Gulf oil spill response ill-managed, presidential panel says.

I made the mistake myself, listening to early reportage. Read my naivete, here.

10/06/10 • 10:07 AM • EnvironmentalHistoryPersonalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New West: Proposed Fees to Climb Colorado’s Peaks Controversial and, Perhaps, Necessary.

‘When we see bighorns down by campsites, people don’t think about how they’re changing the animals’ movements and their behaviors,’ Hollamby says, explaining that many high country species are attracted to the salt found in human urine. ‘But we’re altering their patterns more than many people realize by not practicing good, ethical hiking.’”  Loving these places to death. They need our support, more than our waffle-soled shoes.

10/06/10 • 08:34 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discover: Ancient Rome as a death pit.

Being a Roman urbanite may have had some significant downsides.

10/06/10 • 08:06 AM • HealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Science Daily: Rare oasis of life discovered near geothermal vents on floor of Yellowstone Lake.

A colony of moss, worms and various forms of shrimp flourishes in an area where the water is inky black, about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and a cauldron of nutrients, gases and poisons.” Makes me think of Arthur C. Clarke’s description of Europa in “2010: odyssey two.”

10/06/10 • 07:22 AM • BooksEnvironmentalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Australian: ‘Genius pieta definitely’ done by Michelangelo.

Only a genius could have painted this — the darkness which underscores the suffering, the Virgin who looks as if she’s screaming and the figure of Christ after he has been deposed from the cross. It’s small, but the technique is extraordinary.”  Gotta find an image of this one on the ‘net.

10/06/10 • 07:18 AM • ArtsHistoryScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC News: Dinosaur origins pushed further back in time.

We’d rather have a skeleton because footprints are a little open to interpretation.”  How about a second set of tracks at a different location to verify the estimated geologic time period, too?

10/06/10 • 07:17 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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