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Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Apr 10, 2013

"The octopus-like movements and appearance of both protists reminded James of the horrid Cthulhu and…" “The octopus-like movements and appearance of both protists reminded James of the horrid Cthulhu and Cthylla, and the little protists were baptized after the two monsters. Cthulhu is often depicted as a giant, octopus-like entity with wings. Cthylla is his […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Nov 07, 2012

Universities are not job-training factories: Salutin – thestar.com Universities are not job-training factories: Salutin – thestar.com: I don’t agree with him on everything, but he has a point. I also think it’s useful to continue the separation of functions between universities and colleges (we need to stop underfunding the colleges) — and to make it […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Oct 03, 2012

The Evolutionary Advantage of Depression – Brian Gabriel – The Atlantic The Evolutionary Advantage of Depression – Brian Gabriel – The Atlantic: It turns out that depression may not be a mere trade-off for a vigorous immune response. Dr. Miller suggests that depressive symptoms like social withdrawal, lack of energy, and a loss of interest […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Sep 19, 2012

Boiling water without bubbles: Researchers engineer special surface, allowing water to boil without producing bubbles Boiling water without bubbles: Researchers engineer special surface, allowing water to boil without producing bubbles: Published Sept. 13 in the journal Nature, the research outlines how a specially engineered coated surface can create a stable vapor cushion between the surface […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Aug 22, 2012

PLoS ONE: Lost Letter Measure of Variation in Altruistic Behaviour in 20 Neighbourhoods PLoS ONE: Lost Letter Measure of Variation in Altruistic Behaviour in 20 Neighbourhoods: The results show a strong negative effect of neighbourhood income deprivation on altruistic behaviour, with letters dropped in the poorest neighbourhoods having 91% lower odds of being returned than […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Aug 01, 2012

Repetitious, time-intensive magical rituals considered more effective, study shows Repetitious, time-intensive magical rituals considered more effective, study shows: Cause-and-effect thinking is critical to human survival, Legare said. So it’s natural for people to find logic in supernatural rituals that emphasize repetition and procedural steps. If doing something once has some effect, then repeating it must […]