Despite my objections to the idea that the internet is like cocaine, there’s a compelling argument to be made as follows:
Cats are addictive.
The internet is made of cats.
Therefore the internet is addictive.
Brain-Machine Interfaces: A Look Into The Future
Sure, one day we’d like to drive our cars or control prosthetics or reconstruct movies using nothing but brainwaves. But for now, let’s focus on fuzzy ears that show how happy we are to eat a doughnut.
Where can I buy these!!!!
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Passing tests doesn’t begin to compare with searching and inquiring and pursuing topics that engage us and excite us. That’s far more significant than passing tests and, in fact, if that’s the kind of educational career you’re given the opportunity to pursue, you will remember what you discovered.
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Tonight, March 13, Venus and Jupiter reach conjunction. Over the horizon in the west, they will be a mere 3 degrees apart. Like two distant Tatooine suns that are actually planets and therefore not really like suns at all, almost on top of each other.
Go outside and experience it tonight!
Bonus: EarthSky tells you why Venus is the brightest planet in the night sky.
Adopt a Graduate Student
I mean, JUST LOOK AT THEM.
It’s a technology fit for It-silk Perlman. Japanese scientists have succeeded in harvesting spider silk for violin strings. Could they be an improvement on the gut and nylon used today?
Dr Osaki used 300 female Nephila maculata spiders - one of the species of “golden orb-weavers” renowned for their complex webs - to provide the dragline silk.
For each string, Dr Osaki twisted between 3,000 and 5,000 individual strands of silk in one direction to form a bundle. The strings were then prepared from three of these bundles twisted together in the opposite direction.
Manyplayers reported that the spider strings had improved tone and a warmer feel. No word on how they plan to get the flies out of their violins. Visit the link above to hear a sample of the new strings!
Quickly becoming the top TED talk of 2012: James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change
“Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.
James Hansen has made key insights into our global climate — and inspired a generation of activists and scientists.”
If you’re not going to be present when two of the most influential people to the STEM fields are there to present their 5 minute speeches, maybe you shouldn’t be on the damn Senate Science committee. I hope every one of those senators loses their job
A note, a signpost on our road to either Our Downfall or Our Intellectual Rebirth. Our choice.