Why Charlie Hebdo Was Attacked
Jan10

Why Charlie Hebdo Was Attacked

Charlie Hebdo was not a nice publication. But it had every right to be not a nice publication. People who don’t like not nice publications don’t have to read them, don’t have to pay attention to them. People who don’t like not nice publications have the right to petition to have them removed from circulation or persuade others not to buy them if they can’t avoid paying attention to them – this is...

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Photos Of Los Angeles
Dec23

Photos Of Los Angeles

An interesting account of the work involved in hunting down photos of the people and places in Los Angeles’s history with an emphasis on the ethnic diversity of the city and its environs: Shades of L.A.: 20 Years of Illuminating Diversity Through Photography We begin to click through silvery images of weddings and birthday parties, Thanksgivings, first television sets, interiors of pre-Prohibition Era saloons, laughing families...

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The Pearlfish, The Oyster, And The Starfish Anus
Dec22

The Pearlfish, The Oyster, And The Starfish Anus

At last! An article that finally covers everything you ever wanted to know about the sounds that fish make, making homes in oysters, and burrowing inside the anus of a starfish! Here’s how pearlfish call to each other from inside the bodies of other living animals: Rather famously, pearlfish (family: Carapidae) species from the the genera Carapus and Encheliophis make their homes in the living bodies of invertebrate hosts, including...

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Fundamentalist Mormons At War
Dec07

Fundamentalist Mormons At War

Mormon Fundamentalists: A reasonably long but disturbing and well-worth-reading account of inner fighting, ostracism, and threatening behaviour enacted on behalf of the now-jailed leader of a group of fundamentalist Mormons, Warren Jeffs. In recent years, this enclave has been ripped apart by a modern holy war, led by a divisive spiritual leader who ended up on the F​⁠BI’s Ten Most Wanted list and is now in prison. The majority...

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ColdZyme
Dec07

ColdZyme

I just saw an advert on television for Boots promoting ColdZyme, the spray that fights off the common cold. Somehow. When all other attempts to ward it off have failed for decades. My skeptisense tingled. I searched online… Pop along to Coldzyme: a result of real science being left out in the cold for a look at ColdZyme and its apparent ability to perform a feat no medicine can perform (not “no other medicine”...

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Materials In High Radiation Environments
Dec03

Materials In High Radiation Environments

If you’ve got any interest in future spacecraft design – real design, not the stuff of fantasy and science fiction – then Icarus Interstellar is a great source of information. As an example of the sort of thing you can expect to read why not take a look at this article on Materials in High Radiation Environments which explains the sort of building materials and shielding you’d need with near-future fusion drive...

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