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Avinash Pujala
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Summary: A new study that looks at the development of rhesus monkey brains could shed light on the neurodevelopmental processes involved in disorders such as schizophrenia and autism in humans.Sou
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Simply, mind-boggling!
 
Have We Finally Achieved Information Immortality?


The implications are profound—hinting at the possibility of human knowledge outliving us.
5D storage technology could be the thing that allows human knowledge to outlive us

http://singularityhub.com/2016/02/25/have-we-finally-achieved-information-immortality/
The way information is stored and shared may now be forever changed thanks to a recent major five-dimensional (5D) digital data recording and retrieval announcement. Scientists from the University of... read more
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Life among the bone eaters

A hyena can bite with a force of 220 pounds. But they are fiercely loyal to their friends. So Marcus Baynes-Rock became friends with some.... and ran with them through the streets of an ancient Ethiopian city at night.

It's quite a story! Read more here:

https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/among-the-bone-eaters/

Mathematicians will be amused to hear that graph theory plays a role.
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The astoundingly fascinating water bears!


Gizmodo: Frozen Tardigrade Brought Back to Life After 30 Years. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwnu7Qhyk
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A real artist!
 
David Bowie, 1947-2016

Even after his death, we're still trying to catch up with his music. What is this strange, scary stuff?

Brian Eno said:

"I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, Brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye."

A fan on YouTube wrote:

You have liver cancer, 18 months left to live, and a net worth of $230 million. How do you spend your last moments? On drugs? Sex? Wild escapades across the world? Maybe you would. Bowie, however, got himself into the recording booth and lent his whole voice rehearsing and recording over and over--shooting scenes and retaking them for videos constantly, despite dying of a fatal and often painful disease. That's Bowie's way of doing it. Giving us--all of us--his last moments.

That is arguably the greatest gift anyone has ever given me.

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"When a prominent researcher suddenly dies in an academic subfield, a period of new ideas and innovation follow." http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2015/12/15/10219330/elite-scientists-hold-back-progress
Another reason progress in science is confounded by human behavior.
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I am not sure that the situation is as dire as this article suggests, but the article certainly makes clear how certain motivations in the scientific community can lead to risk aversion, and how that in turn might lead to slower advancements in understanding than might otherwise be possible.
 
Scientific innovation is being smothered by a culture of conformity.
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Mountain biking is fun, but this is ridiculous!

This is Danny Macaskill on the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Isle of Skye.

He is a great mountain biker,  but he had to carry the bike up the last part of this scary peak.

The Isle of Skye is an island off the west coast of Scotland.   It's the largest of the Inner Hebrides, and the most northerly of the large islands in this group.    In the center of this island is a mountain range called the Cuillins, and the Inaccessible Pinnacle sits among these.

Skye has been occupied since Mesolithic times, and it appears in Norse poetry, for example in this romantic line:

"The hunger battle-birds were filled in Skye with blood of foemen killed."

Almost a third of the inhabitants still speak Gaelic, and apart from a few bigger towns, the population lives in crofting townships scattered around the coastline.  "Crofting"?  Yeah, a croft is a small farm with a wall around it.  

The only distillery on the Isle of Skye is the Talisker Distillery, which makes a rather famous single malt Scotch whisky.  It's in a village on the south shore.

I've always been fascinated by the Inner Hebrides and the even more exotic-sounding Outer Hebrides.  I'm annoyed at how all my visits to the British Isles have only taken me to the lofty centers of academe, not islands like this.  I don't know much about them, but anything that remote appeals to me: inaccessible pinnacles, inaccessible cardinals, the Taklamakan desert, the underground oceans of Europa....

You can see Danny Macaskill's whole journey along the Cuillin Ridgeline here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_IQS3VKjA

Pretty impressive!  Beautiful scenery, too!
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Maggie McNeill is a sex worker, a deep thinker, and an amazing writer. The article below is a great introduction to her: it's an interview she recently gave to Jeff Pearlman about the day-to-day of her work, and most of all about the kinds of people who she encountered. It's a fascinating set of stories, and the story of the clean-up worker after Katrina is going to stick with me for quite some time.

There are important things to learn from her writing.

First, that sex work is work. It can be pleasant or horrible, honest or dishonest, fulfilling or soul-crushing, just like any other work can.

Second, that many kinds of sex work — especially the work of escorts, call girls, and the like — are psychologically very complex. It's a mixture of companionship, therapy, desire, and sexuality. If you were to view this sector of sex work on a spectrum with other jobs, its closest relatives would probably be psychoanalysis and diplomacy.

And third, that people are really interesting. Her work has provided her with a chance to see people in profoundly honest moments, and her writing gives you a chance to peer behind the curtains of people's lives, and often see just how human they are.

The interview is a great start, but once you've gotten that, I highly recommend her site as a whole (https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/), as well as her Twitter feed,@Maggie_Mcneill. 
Call her a whore, a hooker, a prostitute—whatever. Just know that this former librarian has spent years being paid to have sex, and sees no need to apologize (or feel anything but pride) for doing so. POSTED January 26, 2016. Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 10.41.36 AM ...
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Technological Progress
All sorts of remarkable examples exist of the exponential progress of technology but I happened upon this one today and thought I'd share it with others.  Below is an image of a hard drive being loaded onto a plane via a forklift.  Also, in the link below you can purchase a key fob for $5.99 on Amazon.  The hard drive being loaded on the plane had 5mb of storage capacity.  The key fob has 16gb of storage capacity.  Judging roughly by size, they could have fit about 20 of those hard drives in that plane in 1956.  Thus, you'd need 160 planes to carry around in 1956 what you can carry in your pocket on a key ring today.  http://www.amazon.com/HP-v165w-16GB-Flash-Drive/dp/B009VQK3FQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453642235&sr=8-1&keywords=gb+fob 
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The plight of Asian Americans
 
When 49% hold a bachelor’s degree compared to 28% of the general population, why are Asian-Americans barely visible in top political and business jobs? This was one of our most popular articles of the year
Asian-Americans are the United States’ most successful minority, but they are complaining ever more vigorously about discrimination, especially in academia
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