Cool Links

I can't speak for any of you but the only thing worse than going to a coffee shop and not being able to find a seat because the mid-1990s fad of 'free Wi-Fi' in there made slackers hang out all day has been, in 2010, having them talk on their cell phones while we order the coffee to go.

Have you been to Spain?   You will get shot doing using a laptop and talking on a cell phone in a coffeeshop there.   Sitting in a Spanish cafe for two hours and drinking a tiny espresso while girl watching is a time-honored ritual and one of the only things we should emulate about Spain.  
What do you do when you get stuck with no pay by a crappy publisher?  Not much, except never work without a contract again.   

Freelancer DeLene Beeland dispels the notion that it's always balloons and ponies out there - though the 4 years I have done this have been a total blast.
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1960s ads for modern websites
You remember Friendster, right?  No?  It is a social media cautionary tale about hubris and taking the money while it's good.    Friendster was one of the original social media networks, long before Facebook, and in 2003 they were offered $30 million in pre-IPO Google stock and in 2008, a year before it sold for under $30 million, Friendster turned down a $150 million buyout.   The Google stock would have been worth $200-800 million.  Basically, it was run stupidly.   When you get acquired by Kuala Lumpur-based MOL, a payment systems seller heard of nowhere outside Asia, you have fallen far.
Alexey Bersenev does not mean Scientific Blogging as in, you know, us, but rather scientific blogging in general, when he writes on his perspectives in Scientific blogging as a model for professional networking online.
I don't think this needs a lot of introduction - but if it does, they are talking about electro-surgery instead of old-fashioned scalpels.  Electro-surgery, which uses concentrated electric currents, has been around since 1914 but this is a new ... area of experimentation.

Who are the test subjects for this?  And why not use a laser?   You'll have to read to find out, but Dr. Tsai said no penises were harmed during the course of the experiment.
Foldit, the company that has made protein folding mastery into a game used by more than 75,000 people, has had an article accepted in Nature and they want all of their participants to be with them on the cover.  Yes, all 75,000.   Sounds like Science 2.0 to me.   It will look something like this:

Why is this cool?   Foldit is a company that is squarely in the heart of the participation aspects of Science 2.0.   Making protein structure prediction and protein design into a fun game means the whole world can help, and still have a good time doing it.
In case you are one of those people running out to buy a copy of Andrew Morton's new unauthorized (whatever that means) biography of Angelina Jolie and are unsure of the many subtexts that just have to exist in each event of her life because she is famous, Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly of the Washington Post are here to help guide you with meaningful questions to ask at the next Book Club meeting.   Take that, Oprah!

You can probably even relate the events to your own life to make it more interesting.  To wit:

Did you let your 14 year old daughter take over your bedroom and have her boyfriend move in with you?  
Sometimes eeeevil corporations (aren't they all eeeevil?) give a green light to cool ideas, so let's give it up to Volkswagen for their The Fun Theory award - the idea being that if you make something more fun, they will be more inclined to do it.  Even if it's good for them.

The link above has lots of fun theories on the environment, healthy, behavior, etc. but in the meantime check out this clever way they get sloths in Stockholm to take the stairs!
... no, better, if only we had an open source, downloadable, multi-scale, virtual catalog of the mouse brain and its cellular constituents.

Wait, now we do!

In 2009, British men made 16.4% more auto accident claims during the Summer than other seasons - and 25% % of men have had a crash or near miss in Summer compared to only 17% of women.

The reason?  Well, women are less easily distracted and apparently men will look at anything in a skirt.

Did you lose your place in this article because of this pic?  Behavioral psychologists claim 25% of you did.
Well, now there are 7 stages of Mitosis;  Interphase, Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophase, Cytokinasis and ...

... Delicious!

Kevin Van Aelst art - see more here.
Scott Rosenberg delivers a message many in media knew but Scienceblogs bloggers were not thrilled to hear - they were a community to themselves but a commodity to the guy running SEED.  
This loss of innocence is, I think, a nearly universal experience online. It occurs when one’s initial surge of idealistic delight at the freedom and opportunities of boundless self-expression slams into the realities of the media business online.
And then ...
via It Takes 30, from the Department of Systems Biology @ Harvard Medical School

As so often with mathematical treatments of complex problems, one of the key benefits of creating the model is that it forces you to make explicit your assumptions.
Can't be at the San Diego Comic Con because your dog's Boba Fett costume is at the cleaners? Great news ... ScriptPhD is on the scene.

It's just like being there, without having to stare at some guy wearing a t-shirt with barbecue sauce on it from dinner three nights ago telling you you're not really a "Farscape" fan because you pronounced Gigi Edgley's name wrong.

The 1960s were a great decade - the 1960s that the '60s would become famous for (drugs, riots, protests) didn't really happen until the end and, as David Crosby replied when asked to disclose one thing people did not know about the '60s stated, "They happened in the '70s" - and its mystique has become even greater with the gentle misogyny and rampant chain smoking of "Mad Men".

But there was cool science too.  At Psypost, they write of a Journal of Personality and Social Psychology study that set out to find what we could learn about men from what they preferred in women - like the size of butts or boobs.  
Gamblers House, a blog dedicated to work on Chaco Canyon, goes into some common questions they get from visitors
One thing that seems to surprise a lot of visitors is the fact that the Chacoans apparently had no knowledge of the wheel, or if they did have such knowledge they didn’t apply it to transport any of the many things they brought into the canyon from distant sources.
Answer; a lack of draft animals.    It's cool stuff.

Now tell us why so many of the New World civilizations learned to write either.
The article we all wanted to write, but it isn't science and we feel guilty wasting the audience's time complaining about people they never run across but we see day ... after day ... after day ... 

They subscribe to our Twitterfeed, they want to write to us on Facebook, they can show us how to make money if we just bookmark them.

No one knows what they actually do is just 1 of the 5 signs.  You have to read for the rest ...

H/T Jennifer Ouellette at Cocktail Party Physics.
Since I know you are all too cheap to pay for Newsday and this article is behind their pay firewall, I will sum it up for you - Darth Vader apparently missed his flight to San Diego for the Comic Convention and decided to rob a bank in Setauket instead.

Really, that doesn't need anything else to be funny.

The camouflage pants are a nice extra humorous touch, though.   H/T and photo Gothamist