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huh? 
Drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease and depression are capable of altering the moral judgements of those who take them, according to a new study.
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Soon, we'll have unthinking caps that can suppress development of new ideas in peoples' brains by carefully transcraniated electric fields, and then, Connecticut police will have no excuse for refusing to hire too smart people anymore.
 
Cutting-edge brain imaging technology has offered the first glimpse into how new concepts develop in the human brain.

Read more: http://ow.ly/P3ZWO

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I hate this story. It recurs every few years with a similar illustration. The original source always makes much less sweeping claims.
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Using molded mushroom/agricultural waste instead of styrofoam!

Who needs Styrofoam? Watch a handful of agricultural waste and roots of mushrooms grow into foam packaging before your eyes!
#plastic, #mushrooms, #molding
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A two month old kitten, Marimo, and a five year old owl, Fuku-chan, have become the newest internet sensation in Japan
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+Steve S: When the pussycat grows up, he might bring a few mice as gifts to the owl.
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The similarities between the Invention's Fate and the Hero's Journey are obvious.

1. I've never heard of it.
2. I've heard of it but don't understand it.
3. I understand it, but I don't see how it's useful.
4. I see how it could be fun for rich people, but not me.
5. I use it, but it's just a toy.
6. It's becoming more useful for me.
7. I use it all the time.
8. I could not imagine life without it.
9. Seriously, people lived without it?

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A fantastic invention: Jie Bao (of Tsinghua University) and Moungi Bawendi (of MIT) have invented an optical spectrometer small and cheap enough to attach to a cell phone, which can nonetheless perform comparably well to serious professional equipment.

Spectrometers are amazingly useful devices: they simply break light up through a prism, and report on how bright the light is in each frequency. That lets you recognize chemicals (each molecule has a distinctive color "fingerprint"), measure temperature (when you heat an object, it glows with a spectrum that's a simple function of temperature), and even measure the speed of objects. (If you know something's color when it's still, its colors in motion are shifted by the Doppler effect, just like an approaching siren's pitch goes up and a receding one goes down. The fingerprints of chemical colors give you an excellent reference point for that)

Bao and Bawendi's device is completely different from traditional spectrometers: Rather than using a prism and precision optics, they use an array of 195 carefully chosen inks and a CCD light sensor. The result is rugged and cheap – a few dollars, instead of a few hundred or thousand.

This is a tool that could revolutionize all sorts of devices; the authors give an example of a tool that could identify skin cancer just by pointing at it. (Cancers contain specific chemicals which produce specific optical fingerprints, after all!)

And more to the point, it's neat.

Dear Drs. Bao and Bawendi: TAKE MY MONEY!

Via +California Academy of Sciences.
A spectrometer that fits in your mobile devices could let you scan yourself for skin cancer.
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Finland has granted asylum to Vladimir Naumov and Vasili Kolesnikov, a gay couple who fled Russia over sexual persecution.

<http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/a1422072193365> has a more in-depth background of their case.
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The moral of the story is — never let facts get in the way of a profitable Morality.
 
Reuters: Europeans Tried to Block IMF's Greek Debt Report

More confirmation of my earlier post. Brussels (E.U. gov't) tried to prevent an I.M.F. report on Greece's debt from being published. Amazing. Here's an analogy for Americans: European Too Big Banks, primarily in Germany, made "liar's loans" to a country (Greece, with help from Goldman Sachs in falsifying financials) that could never, feasibly be repaid, in return for large, short-term profits.

Now that the longer term has come due, the Too Bigs are being bailed out by the European Central Bank (which means, largely, German taxpayers) but the faux-moralists don't want the loans written down, even though it is impossible to ever pay them off. So .... they enforce cuts that make the loans even harder to pay off, in an endless spiral of pain. 

Reuters.com exclusive: "BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone countries tried in vain to stop the IMF publishing a gloomy analysis of Greece's debt burden which the leftist government says vindicates its call to voters to reject bailout terms, sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.

"The document released in Washington on Thursday said Greece's public finances will not be sustainable without substantial debt relief, possibly including write-offs by European partners of loans guaranteed by taxpayers."

And: "The IMF argues that Greece's debt burden of nearly 185 percent of gross domestic product can only be made sustainable if the euro zone provides considerable extra financing through a mixture of new loans and a debt restructuring.

"This is politically anathema in Germany, the biggest creditor country, and most other euro zone states, where no leader wants to explain to taxpayers that the money they lent to Athens will never be coming back."
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In police state USA, mental illness is treated with haymaker baton blows from armed men dressed in black, and steel cages.

Heart Breaking Video HERE: http://bit.ly/1CfRrHV
In police state USA, mental illness is treated with haymaker baton blows from armed men dressed in black, and steel cages.
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Introducing our newest twins on #neckerisland – the first lemur twins born outside Madagascar http://virg.in/twl
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The guidelines for negotiating a heatwave are pretty similar to other forms of diplomacy: walk softly, and carry a big bottle.
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On how Smilodon's saberteeth grew. Article by +Brian Switek. "It’s actually not surprising that young sabercats temporarily carried two sets of upper canines. If you’ve ever raised a kitten, you may have noticed when their permanent teeth started to erupt and push their milk teeth out of the way. That’s a standard mammalian feature, as true for Smilodon as your household moggie. But juvenile Smilodon were a bit different. They were double-fanged for nearly a year.
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As much as I’m tickled by the thought of awkward, double-fanged Smilodon youngsters, though, this new study has some serious implications for reconstructing past life. If paleontologists can determine when a certain skeletal part – like a tooth – starts growing and accurately measure the rate at which that feature grew, Wysocki and coauthors suggest, then they can pin absolute dates on developmental milestones in the life of that animal."
The La Brea asphalt seeps have me trapped. It seems I can't visit Los Angeles without stopping by the Ice Age treasure trove to pester the paleontologists at Project 23 about what they're finding a...
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+God Emperor Lionel Lauer: Hmm, I guess the Australian border guards might have made it angry while they were deciding whether the bitey-clawey office chair fits under the quarantine regime.
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Google's pet name for me is 115353300954648237355. It's a real name, not imaginary — it does not have √−1 as a factor.
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If you're looking at this profile, you're most likely trying to see whether I'm interesting enough to be circled.  Take a look at my posts, they're a more accurate overview of my interests than anything I could write here.  For example, I never knew I would get interested in what's now known as #nymwars (and its probable followup, #facewars).

In addition to the kind of things that I post about on G+, I dabble in retrocomputing.  I'm particularly interested in programming techniques in low-resource environments, from designing creative bit patterns to self-modifying code.  My first experience was with Z80 (actually, U880) and CP/M.  I'm quite fond of the m68k processor family.

I have done freelance work in various computing and statistics fields, from domain-specific languages to text clustering.  I've written a few web servers, including one to service a small country worth of people and one to run well inside an iPAQ.  Now I'm a novice priest studying the ways of the deity who knows almost everything and answers most prayers in under a second.

Being an atheist of Chaotic Neutral alignment, I generally prefer deities who don't take themselves too seriously, from the Great Coyote to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

My political views, should you care about this short of thing, fall somewhere in the European spectrum.  I subscribe to the notion that Good Governance is a worthy human right.  I support individual freedoms but I'm cautious about generalising them to organisations whose power is closer to countries than individuals.  I disagree, sometimes loudly, with anti-tax fanatics.  I like to think I understand the major political and economic theories I don't accept.

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