On Unintentionally Intimidating People

While most of us rightly want to be exceptional in some way or another, we often feel a lot of social and moral pressure not to think of ourselves as generally better than others. And, even more urgently, we feel pressure not to convey to others that we think ourselves superior and not to be [Read More...]

Tesla. Edison. Oatmeal vs. Forbes.

The Oatmeal published an amusing comic strip tribute to Tesla which celebrated him as a hero geek and demonized Edison as a cynical anti-geek businessman who exploited geeks. Forbes published a really interesting piece challenging The Oatmeal’s accuracy and simplistic, dualistic good vs. evil narrative. The Oatmeal replied by writing in the margins of the [Read More...]

Higgs Boson Research Explained With Cool Cartoon

I can’t say I understand all of this but it’s fascinating to try: Go to PhD Comics for individual images from the video. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Biodiversity Project

Photographer Joel Sartore shoots gorgeous portraits of endangered species to raise awareness about what’s at stake and to raise money. See photos and buy prints to support the cause here. Below is a news story from NBC about Sartore’s project. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy H/T: Neko Case, [Read More...]

How Faith Theoretically Makes People Less Likely To Be Trustworthy

I am learning that there are a lot of people out there who are surprisingly willful in believing whatever they want and who actively resist information or ideas that they highly suspect (or outright know) would have the power to disabuse them of their errors. We all probably do this to one extent or another [Read More...]

The Dangers of Sitting

I saw this chart last spring and it spooked me, and it has lingered in my mind ever since: A disturbing new Australian study backs up the chart: [Read more...]

Do We Live In The Age of Sociopaths?

Seems like either a pessimistic assessment of the age or a loose use the word to me, but I still found this New Inquiry excerpt from Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide To Late Capitalist Television a bit thought provoking: My greatest regret is that I’m not a sociopath. I suspect I’m not alone. I have written [Read More...]

The Scale of the Universe

Click here for a gorgeous, interactive science website on the relative sizes of things in nature. If you are a science teacher, this is not just a recommendation. It’s mandatory you explore this resource for your students if you haven’t already. [Read more...]

Brain Electrophysiologist Wants €1 Billion To Model Entire Brain

“Brain researchers are generating 60,000 papers per year,” said Markram as he explained the concept in Bern. “They’re all beautiful, fantastic studies — but all focused on their one little corner: this molecule, this brain region, this function, this map.” The HBP would integrate these discoveries, he said, and create models to explore how neural [Read More...]


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