Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cosmic parameters calculator

http://icosmos.co.uk/index.html iCosmos cosmology calculator computes different cosmological quantities and additionally gives graphical representation of the quantities for your own choice of cosmological parameters. At the moment we support computation of the following cosmological quantities: Comoving Distance, Angular Diameter Distance, Luminosity … Continue reading

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Meaning of Life

“… Atheism faces an almost identical scandal today. We’ve been sucked into a silly argument that has no answer, one that should never have been asked in the first place. But we’ve been sucked into it, and it has become … Continue reading

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THE CRISIS OF WORK

Andre Gorz 1.1. The Ideology of Work Work for economic ends has not always been the dominant activity of mankind. It has only been dominant across the whole of society since the advent of industrial capitalism, about two hundred years … Continue reading

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Reasons for optimism in today’s world

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/25/reasons-for-optimism-in-todays-world/ Editor’s note: Fareed Zakaria recently delivered the commencement address at Harvard. While the audience was graduates, the message could apply to a great many of us, so we’ve reprinted a modified version below. By Fareed Zakaria The best commencement … Continue reading

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Genes Know How to Network

by Dennis Normile on 21 April 2009, 12:00 AM | Permanent Link | 0 Comments Share on email Email Share on print Print | Share on facebook Share on google_plusone Share on reddit Share on stumbleupon More Sharing Services More … Continue reading

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First-Ever Lifetime Feeding Study Finds Genetically Engineered Corn Causes Massive Tumors, Organ Damage, and Early Death

September 22 2012 |   full story with graphics and videos at   http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/22/superbugs-destruct-food-supply.aspx?e_cid=20120922_DNL_art_1  Story at-a-glance A two-year long French feeding study designed to evaluate the long-term health effects of a genetically engineered corn found that rats fed Monsanto’s maize developed massive … Continue reading

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The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/sep/21/drugs-industry-scandal-ben-goldacre The doctors prescribing the drugs don’t know they don’t do what they’re meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they’re not telling. Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them, in poorly designed … Continue reading

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Rethink manufacturing

Rodney Brooks’ new company and the new face of robotics in the work place.  This is the harbinger of the future as predicted by the MIT authors of Race Against the Machine and the need to produce a more educated … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman asks a good question

Paul Krugman asks a good question by riverdaughter In his recent Conscience of a Liberal blogpost, Nation of Takers, Paul asks: Ask yourself: when was the last time a Republican leader made a point of praising hard-working, ordinary families — as … Continue reading

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Sense of Life

I spent a little time on stage.  There are few better feelings than to perform well for a large audience.  But as all performers know, our time on stage is so very brief, that doing the best we can there … Continue reading

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New Understanding Of How We Remember Traumatic Events

ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2008) — Neuroscientists at The University of Queensland have discovered a new way to explain how emotional events can sometimes lead to disturbing long term memories. In evolutionary terms, the brain’s ability to remember a fear or … Continue reading

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HOW CULTURE DROVE HUMAN EVOLUTION

[JOSEPH HENRICH:] Think back to when humans first got the capacity for cumulative cultural evolution—and by this I mean the ability for ideas to accumulate over generations, to get an increasingly complex tool starting from something simple. One generation adds … Continue reading

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Quantum Cosmology: Effective Theory

Authors: Martin Bojowald Comments: 75 pages, 3 figures, Invited Topical Review Journal-ref: Class. Quantum Grav. 29 (2012) 213001 Subjects: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc); Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO); High Energy Physics – Theory (hep-th) Quantum cosmology has traditionally … Continue reading

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Is it or isn’t it? The Higgs boson story

By Brian Dodson July 16, 2012 22 inShare Artist’s impression of a proton-proton collision producing a pair of gamma rays (yellow) in the ATLAS detector (Image: CERN) Image Gallery (5 images) Proton Ion Therapy – Protons.com Discover the incredible benefits … Continue reading

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The Disappointing Higgs and Sterile Neutrinos

So far, the Higgs boson has been a disappointment. Of course, it was a major discovery that generated worldwide attention. The two independent experiments at the Large Hadron Collider that reported the discovery on July 4, involving thousands of physicists, … Continue reading

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Dave Eriqat, Civilizācijas gals?

Dave Eriqat, Civilizācijas gals? Kādu dienu es nonācu pie vienkārša slēdziena: fantāziju pasaulē dzīvo nevis prezidents Bušs, bet gan – viņa kritiķi. Es neesmu Buša apoloģēts, viņš man ir vienaldzīgs kā muša aiz loga. Es tik paskaidrošu savu nostāju.             … Continue reading

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Nacionālais attīstības plāns 2014. – 2020. g.

Laikraksts Latvietis Nr. 219, 2012. g. 13. sept. Vilis Vītols Latvijas Nacionālā attīstības plāna 2014. – 2020. gadam sākotnējās redakcijas (turpmāk NAP) izgatavotāji aicina visus pilsoņus izteikties par sagatavoto projektu. Izlasīju internetā šo dokumentu, ko apstiprinājis Ministru kabinets. Izlasīju arī … Continue reading

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Izglītība mūsmājās

Baltijas Starptautiskās akadēmijas as.prof. Artura Priedīša intervija izdevumam „Kultūra un Vārds” Šogad mācību gads sākās ar vētrainiem notikumiem augstākajā izglītībā… Ministra Roberta Ķīļa pieeja, kas izraisīja aktīvu reakciju (neuzticības izteikšanu ministram) augstskolas rektoru aprindās, kopumā ir vērtējama pozitīvi. Es pat … Continue reading

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A BALLOON PRODUCING BALLOONS, PRODUCING BALLOONS: A BIG FRACTAL

Think about it this way: previously we thought that our universe was like a spherical balloon. In the new picture, it’s like a balloon producing balloons, producing balloons. This is a big fractal. The Greeks were thinking about our universe … Continue reading

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The Hidden Price of Immoral Acts

What is Seen and What is Unseen by Michael Shermer, Sep 11 2012 The Hidden Price of Immoral Acts Order the hardcover from Amazon Order the Kindle Edition I’ve been reading Tyler Hamilton’s new book, The Secret Race: Inside the … Continue reading

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THE WORLD THROUGH INSTITUTIONAL LENSES

DARON ACEMOGLU is the Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. In 2005 he received the John Bates Clark Medal awarded to economists under forty judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. He is the author … Continue reading

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BBC NEWS

Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike  on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda have so far failed to produce … Continue reading

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Physics of Self-Replication

Self-replication is a capacity common to every species of living thing, and simple physical intuition dictates that such a process must invariably be fueled by the production of entropy. Here, we undertake to make this intuition rigorous and quantitative by … Continue reading

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Neutrinos – the next big small thing

“UNEASY lies the head that wears a crown,” wrote Shakespeare. The same could be said today of the standard model of particle physics, our most successful description of the building blocks of matter and their interactions. The recent discovery of … Continue reading

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World’s Scientist Victor Stenger on Our Big Questions

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado,   Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hawaii, http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/VWeb/Home.html 1. What do you say to someone who comes to the realization that this is all there is, that there is no personal … Continue reading

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