Why Did NASA Create a Material Ten Times Blacker... →
List of Words (Learned) in 2010
During the outage, I realized that I have come across a few words this year that I quite love. Here are some of them: Antinomy (as it applies to literature) 1: a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences correctly drawn from such principles 2: a fundamental and apparently unresolvable conflict or contradiction <antinomies of beauty and evil, freedom...
We never imagined it would be for this long,” waitress Katie Underwood,...– UK Snowstorm Traps Seven People In Pub For Eight Days No complainers amongst those stranded at the pub for the week. Meanwhile, from our reporter at the local parish…
It seems that pandas have an inactive version of the Tas1r1 gene that allows us...– How the giant panda lost its taste for flesh - life - 05 December 2010 - New Scientist I’m pretty shocked it is the gene that allows for tasting meat and not digesting meat.
State Department To Columbia University Students:... →
Again, this is an overly sensational headline. Were one to read this seemingly outrageous story, it becomes clear that students are being warned about discussing Wikileaks because of the political fallout one might experience in looking for a job.
I Got Healthcare
To preface, you should know that my mother is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican.
Mom: "What is your SSN?"
Me: "Hold on..." ~move to other room~ "Why?"
Mom: "My company is changing up their health care. You can get coverage till you're 26."
Me: almost snickering "First off, that is because of Obama. And my SSN is ###-##-####."
Mom: "Ok, wait, what was the first part?"
Me: "That coverage is because of Obamacare."
Mom: "No it isn't."
Me: "Yes ma'am, it is, it was part of the health care overhaul bill passed earlier this year."
Mom: "...mmm, ok. Say that again and I'll take back the health care."
Me: "Ok, love you mom."
Mom: "Love you too, bye."
Do Zombies Eat Ivy? The Undead Reach Academia -... →
Now three Australian professors have sent out a request on the scholarly listserv H-Ideas for contributions to a book on how zombie culture resembles the culture of higher education itself.
MATTHEW CARTER, a type designer and the recipient of a MacArthur genius grant,...– Doyen of type design: The most-read man in the world | The Economist
A paper from UC San Diego computer science department researchers, “An...– Who spies on your browsing history? - Boing Boing I would also like to direct you to NoScript, the Firefox addon which disables all scripts not specifically allowed by the user.
Archos Tablets Android 2.2 Froyo Update →
For those interested, this is what I talked about in my previous post. Be advised, if you have hacked Google Market onto the device, you will lose it. I am testing another hack out right now.
December 2nd is Treating Me Right
To preface, over the past few weeks I have had a lot of work but I have been taking it in stride. With the exception of one paper and a final, I am nearly in the clear for the semester. And then today happens… I don’t work Thursdays and have only one class. Given that I have no school work I must do, today gets to be a rest day. It is a beautiful day outside to boot. On top of...
librarysciences asked: I just wanted to add that because of the pattern of stages of sleep, sleeping 8 hours doesn't necessarily mean you're getting enough REM. I can't really comment, as I know next to nothing about your sleeping habits, but just be careful not to use that as your only qualifier.
Xmarks Blog » LastPass Acquires Xmarks! →
This is great news for two reasons: (1) I don’t have to change over to another sync platform for browsers and (2) I have been considering LastPass for a bit now.
TSA recommends using sexual predator tactics to... →
Huge red flag. This is one of the best ways to shift a near-criminal act into a criminal one.