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Theoretical Physicist Marcelo Gleiser, Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy at Dartmouth College, writes about Einstein and Bohr and adds his own insight to one of my favorite series here on Science 2.0, by Don Howard - Revisiting The Einstein-Bohr Dialogue.
Start by scaring people about some digital stuff.
Then, over-hype some animal behavioral experiments that are difficult to translate to humans.

Rest on Nature Network
Body-clock gene reveals sleep cycles with just a pluck, study says.  Early bird or late riser? The mysteries of your sleep cycle may be unlocked by the hairs on your head, says this National Geographic article, and that's because the genes that regulate our body clocks can be found in hair-follicle cells, researchers have discovered.
And The Latest Word On Climate Change Is -

How to solve the climate change problem?

Invent a new word.

There!  Job done.  You can go back to sleep now.


http://www.grist.org/article/2010-08-24-climate-change-found-to-be-rapid...
As told by the creator at Overclockers.com
I made the Playstation controller coffee table for my year 12 major work, as an Industrial Technology project. I made the whole controller out of Plywood, MDF and Veneer on Veneer. I used the MDF for the R and L legs and the Veneer on Veneer for the 2 analogue joysticks as the 6mm Bendy Plywood wouldn’t bend around such a small diameter. To bend around the Handles I used 6mm Bendy Plywood. To give the finish of the playstation controller coffee table I used polyurethane full gloss finish. I used White gloss for the whole controller and the Black gloss for the Buttons.
A game that involves scientists?  Why not?   AmoebaMike is creating a series of Science Trading Cards - now he just needs to invent a game to go with it.  Sample:



Sure, some of our writers have cards, but they are more like Magic:The Gathering, with some specific effects, as you can see:


A U.S. district court issued a preliminary injunction on Monday stopping federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, in a slap to the Obama administration's new guidelines on the sensitive issue.

There's a growing conflict between liberalism and progress in the country and the courts go either way, almost at random.   An appeals court can overturn state constitutional amendments so they can certainly shut down a controversial government policy - but it isn't that controversial, it isn't even much different from the Bush policy ... 
The Minneapolis city attorney's office has decided to pay seven zombies and their attorney $165,000, which settles a federal lawsuit the seven filed after they were arrested and jailed for two days for dressing up like zombies in downtown Minneapolis on July 22, 2006, to protest "mindless" consumerism.

Many people today either are too young to have ever seen some early pc’s or have forgotten what they looked like and how much they cost. Today we complain about the cost of a laptop running 2Ghz with 4GB ram for a cost of $ 400.00, however it wasn’t that long ago that laptops and pc’s were priced quite a bit higher. Here are 30 Old PC ads that will make you laugh and possibly appreciate what you have today.

Randall Stephens of The Historical Society writes 



"As the semester revs up, quite a few history profs are looking on-line for primary source docs, web-based activities, digital images, and on-line map collections. I use a healthy does of maps and map progressions in the various courses I teach. "
Randall Stephens of The Historical Society writes 



"As the semester revs up, quite a few history profs are looking on-line for primary source docs, web-based activities, digital images, and on-line map collections. I use a healthy does of maps and map progressions in the various courses I teach. "
I know the bulk of the contributors, and maybe even the readers, are progressives, but big government progress has never accomplished much good over the long term - and going after bloggers making $50 a year and requiring them to pay $300 for their 'business' is the kind of thing a bigger government will get us.   Let's hope this doesn't become a bigger problem.
Lots of folks seem to be talking about the latest linkbait Wired story claiming that the web is dead, based on this graphic (built off of Cisco data):


TechDirt has the real scoop
Really, does anything more need to be said?   Patrick, where were you when this was filmed??

At Salon, Matt Zoller Seitz writes on fan movie art
While a lot of fan art is just a time-killing diversion, some of it is valuable because it situates P.R. material within a larger conversation about what, exactly, constitutes good design.
Including when the fake art is so interesting people assume it is real, like for this "Deadpool" 2011 movie ...


This guy is really talented.   

As Anita Ashbaugh wrote, "As I was watching this I was thinking "how cool" because it's a skeleton. If the marionette had been a clown, for instance, I'd have wanted to claw out my eyes in an attempt to unsee the horror":

A group of former Scienceblogs.com folks have created Scientificblogging.org - an aggregator for science blogs.
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From Brain Windows

Ephus is a modular Matlab-based electrophysiology program that can control and record many channels of tools and data simultaneously.  

ScanImage is another Matlab-related software program that is used for optical imaging and stimulation of neurons in vitro and in vivo.  

Neuroptikon is a sophisticated network visualization tool. It can build Van Essen-like diagrams of any circuit you like ...
Star Wars Uncut, the fan-made remake of Star Wars done by hundreds of nerds in 15-second increments is finished, and it is ... well, what you might expect.