I’ve already mentioned the nonsensical paper “published” in (surprise, surprise) arXiv in which the authors claim that the origin of life occurred long before the origin of the Earth based on the application of Moore’s Law to DNA.
I won’t go into all the reasons that this is silly — for that, you can see critiques by PZ Myers and Massimo Pigliucci. Suffice it to say that the data, the analysis, and the interpretation are all problematic.
A team from the School of Family and Consumer Sciences
at Eastern Illinois University have discovered a reliable method of
persuading people to eat up to 50% less pistachio nuts – just leave them
in their shells.
Some readers may well feel themselves in the dark when it comes to the usage of the interjection ‘oh’
in English and its translation in Catalan. Thus they could find a 2007 article published in the Catalan Journal of Linguistics
, (Vol. 6, pp 117-136) of help.
‘The translation of oh in a corpus of dubbed sitcoms
‘ is authored by Dr. Anna Matamala
who is a Professora titular d’universitat, at the Departament de
Traducció i d’Interpretació of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona,
“The stereotype of women’s limited parking skills is deeply anchored
in modern culture.” But has rarely been scientifically investigated,
prompting Claudia Wolf, M.Sc. and Sebastian Ocklenburg M.Sc.
and colleagues at the Fakultät für Psychologie, Institut für Kognitive
Neurowissenschaft, Abteilung Biopsychologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum,
Germany, to perform an experimental study.
“The modern drive towards mobility and wireless devices is motivating intensive research in energy harvesting technologies.” say two research fellows at Cranfield University in the UK, who are currently examining the question – ‘Why not harvest energy from people’s knees?’
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There are currently a number of research teams worldwide working towards the implementation of bionic heads and faces which can attempt
to express human emotions, however “… most of them can not express
continuous changing expressions effectively, and they just express
limited pre-existing emotional state.” explain the developers of a new
Chinese Bionic Head.
“Previous studies of slithering have rested on the assumption that
snakes slither by pushing laterally against rocks and branches.”
a joint research team from the Applied Mathematics Laboratory, Courant
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, of New York University and the
Departments of Mechanical
Engineering and Biology, at the Georgia
Institute of Technology.
The funniest thing I have read lately.
Ben Elton's new Britcom 'The Wright Way' has been panned by critics. It is about a health and safety team in the fictitious borough of Baselricky.
One review I read, by The Guardian's Charlie Brooker, makes mock of 'The Wright Way' and then goes on to wax lyrical about 'elf n'safety' in general. It is a very good read: I literally laughed out loud.
One of the major criticisms of The Wright Way, apart from the title and scripting and performances and set design and soundtrack and ambience and positioning of each individual pixel making up the overall image, is the main character's chosen career.