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I've never seen high heels with flippers before, but that is what is great about the Internet ...

I am betting there are more readers of this site who have worn flippers than high heels but the odds are with me in contending none of you have worn both at the same time.

Manolo's Shoe Blog has the details, including solving the mystery of who the designer was
The popular web-based RSS reader and news aggregator Bloglines will discontinue service on Friday, October 1. The team that operates the site has essentially said that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook killed it.
Camille Paglia, America's foremost cultural critic, demolishes a sort-of, modern-day, fabricated icon:
She told a magazine with messianic fervour: “I love my fans more than any artist who has ever lived.” She claims to have changed the lives of the disabled, thrilled by her jewelled parody crutches in the Paparazzi video.
Although she presents herself as the clarion voice of all the freaks and misfits of life, there is little evidence that she ever was one. Her upbringing was comfortable and eventually affluent, and she attended the same upscale Manhattan private school as Paris and Nicky Hilton.
A quest to get Barack Obama to shout his commitment to solar power from the roof tops - by re-installing vintage solar panels at the White House - ended in disappointment for environmental campaigners today.

Yet it isn't right for him but is right for you, so subsidies for solar power will again be in the next round of 'stimulus' funding.   Let's get those solar power installers back to work!
You would think a guy would be grateful, but a paper from Cornell graduate student, Christin Munsch, says something entirely different.
A federal appeals court ruled today that federal financing of embryonic stem cell research could continue while the court considers a judge's order last month that banned the government from underwriting the work
The Today show wants to bring science to the masses - football fan masses, that is.   Enjoy Lester Holt stumbling over velocity vectors in this clip below!
The Food and Drug Administration warned five electronic cigarette makers today that they are violating federal law.  The agency said the products, which use a device to turn nicotine liquid into a vapor mist, are drugs that require FDA approval ...
Reprint of an article in The Madison Institute Newsletter, Fall Issue, 1894:

On the Conduct and Procedure
Of the Intimate and Personal Relationships
Of the Marriage State
For the Greater Spiritual Sanctity
Of this Blessed Sacrament
And the Glory of God

by Ruth Smythers
Beloved wife of The Reverend L.D. Smythers,
Pastor of the Arcadian Methodist Church
of the Eastern Regional Conference
Published in the year of our Lord 1894
Spiritual Guidance Press, New York City

Google Instant is basically a way to show you results as you type, sort of like your browser's ability to complete a URL as you type it in.  Estimate: 2-5 seconds saved per Google Instant search and maybe even optimizing your search when you are not sure exactly what you want or how to spell it.

To allay concerns that results for improper words don't show up, like the first three letters of the word 'assign' showing you things you don't want your kids to see, filters are still in place and they say Google Instant is deactivated for slow connections.
The LA Times shows our Science 2.0 There's Science To Dancing Also article some love.
A study was done at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom identifying the dance moves that attract women to men. Here is what the research found...
Some Facebook tips from CNN guest columnists Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich, Ehrlich being editor at and Bartz editor at

Facebook gets a lot of attention for being, uh, your space -- a handful of entry fields in which to sum up your awesomeness, right down to the bewildering "Write something about yourself" box.

Researchers fixate on what your profile says about you, while increasingly complex pages, plug-ins and boxes (what are those all about, anyway?) make it clear that Facebook is all about you.

Still, at least one tab of your Facebook profile is largely left to others' devices: the wall.
Oddly, the company won’t disclose the size of the round, other than to say it’s a typical series A round, which implies $5 million or so.

Are airplane pilots more reliable witnesses than others, lending more credibility to UFO sightings?

Rob Britt at Livescience: An interesting argument is playing out in the Space section of MSNBC. It began when veteran space reporter James Oberg questioned the foundation of a new book about UFOs called "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record."

You've probably never heard of "Newt" unless you are an animated film aficionado.   Not to worry, Disney/Pixar has cancelled it anyway.  Nothing new, studios cancel things all of the time if they don't pan out as being quality stuff.   

But on their Facebook page they at least posted some cool art from the cartoon-you-will-never see.  Smart move.  They will get a ton of free attention for a picture that people likely would have hated and so didn't want to finish.

In 1977, Harrison Ford had a sporadic career and was mostly a carpenter but he had done another film with George Lucas and sat down with KXAS-TV reporter Bobbie Wygant to discuss it. The new project? "Star Wars". Next stop: mega stardom.
CERN owes its historic aversion to patenting to its 20 European member states, says spokesman James Gillies. They pump millions of euros into the organisation every year to help develop new technologies – and don't want to have to pay to use the inventions in their own country. "So we have to square a circle: how do we protect the technology without double-billing member states?"

Last week, it struck a deal with the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to ensure that it profits better from its engineers' innovations.
British newspapers have always been more contrarian than US ones when it came to global warming coverage.   One skeptic thinks the damaging IAC report last week didn't go far enough.
In line with my article today, How To Make Open Access Better: Make Publishing Free Too, here is an economic analysis of which journal to choose for your publication.
Dorothy wanted to submit to PLoS One, whereas Al wanted to submit to a more prestigious journal. The advantage of publishing in PLoS One is that they have a very high acceptance rate and are fast 
Unlike physics or biology, the social sciences have not demonstrated the capacity to produce a substantial body of useful, nonobvious, and reliable predictive rules about what they study—that is, human social behavior, including the impact of proposed government programs.

The missing ingredient is controlled experimentation (read on)