Not Every Job is Made Better by Robots

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F’rinstance: South Korean prison guard. And this is necessary because … CCTV is too efficient and cost effective and doesn’t involve cool proto-Daleks? Now, if Robo-Guard wandered up and down gen-pop shouting “EX-TER-MI-NATE!” randomly, then I might be able to get behind this. This article at Phys.org appears to have an accurate read on this. It’s not [Read More...]

New Imaging Reveals Unexpected Order in the Brain

This detail from a DSI scan shows a fabric-like 3-D grid structure of connections in monkey brain. Credit: Van Wedeen, M.D., Martinos Center and Dept. of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University Medical School

National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D. calls the image above “a high resolution wiring diagram of our brains.” Well, sort of, but I won’t fault the guy for reaching for a bit of overstatement in order to produce a pithy soundbite, and what the team has accomplished is pretty dang amazing. [Read More...]

See Your DNA!

I don’t want to brag or anything but, my vegetable DNA extraction station is a HUUUUUGE hit at the annual Cub Scout Cub-O-Ree run by my wife. We look at vegetable DNA by smooshing up strawberries in ziplock bags and using a process similar to the one shown in the video below. I’m not planning to change that human [Read More...]

Practicing Self-Control Is Good

From the Department for Spending Lots of Grant Money to Learn the Bloody Obvious comes super-science wisdom! It turns out the people who have to practice self-control once in a while get really irritable and violent. However, people who practice self-denial over a steady period of time wind up with a much higher level of [Read More...]