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Ben C. O. Grimm
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~ Scientists discover the protein interaction that triggers conception ~ [The Verge] :: [Excerpt:] Scientists may have discovered the key to mammalian fertilization: the interaction between two proteins, Izumo and Juno, located on the surface of sperm and eggs, respectively. The finding, published in a mouse study today in the journal Nature, closes a gap in our understanding of how mammals conceive, and could help researchers develop novel fertilization techniques and contraceptives. [More at the link.] :: #biology
Scientists may have discovered the key to mammalian fertilization: the interaction between two proteins, Izumo and Juno, located on the surface of sperm and eggs, respectively. The finding,...
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Haha! A mate of mine works in that lab (unsurprising as I live in Cambridge.)
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~ Because physics, bitch ~
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~ Finland's New Stamps are Drawings of Gay Bondage Porn ~ [Gawker] :: [Excerpt:] The drawings come courtesy of the Tom of Finland Foundation, the organization that controls the works of the famous Finnish gay porn artist born Touko Laaksonen. In a statement, Finland's post office praised Laaksonen's contribution to culture. [More at the link.] :: #lgbt
I can't remember the last time I even saw a stamp, but then again I don't live in Finland, where their new stamps feature drawings of gay bondage porn.
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No man is an island. Unless it's a penisland.
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~ Casual Marijuana Use, Brain Abnormalities Linked In New Study Of Young Adults ~ [HuffPo] :: [Excerpt:] A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. The young adults who volunteered for the study were not dependent on pot, nor did they show any marijuana-related problems. "What we think we are seeing here is a very early indication of what becomes a problem later on with prolonged use," things like lack of focus and impaired judgment, said Dr. Hans Breiter, a study author. [.] The results showed differences in two brain areas associated with emotion and motivation — the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens. Users showed higher density than non-users, as well as differences in shape of those areas. Both differences were more pronounced in those who reported smoking more marijuana. [More at the link.] :: #marijuana #drugs
NEW YORK (AP) — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. The young adults who volunteered for the study were not dependent on pot, nor did they...
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No way!  I smoked pot like a pot-smoking chimney all through high school and college, and I never...um...what was the question again?
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~ Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner foiled, device hacked ~  [Android Community] :: [Excerpt:] Like the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor. Like the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor has been hacked to allow access. The part responsible for the hack is -- as you may have guessed -- the same person who found the  vulnerability on the iPhone 5S when it was launched. [More at the link.] ::
Like the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor. Like the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor has been hacked to allow access. The part responsible for the hack is — as you may have guessed — ...
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~ Young Women Don't Report Sexual Violence Because They Assume It's Normal ~ [ThinkProgress] :: [Excerpt:] Most young women assume that being harassed, assaulted, and abused is simply something that everyone experiences, according to the results from a forthcoming study that will be published in the next issue of the journal Gender & Society. The perception that gender-based violence is normal dissuades most victims from reporting those crimes. In order to arrive at those conclusions, sociologist Heather Hlavka analyzed interviews conducted with 100 young women between the ages of three and seventeen years old. The interview subjects had been identified as potential sexual assault victims through an advocacy group that works to combat child abuse. Hlavka discovered that most of those girls rationalized their everyday experiences of abuse and harassment, simply believing there was nothing unusual about being victimized. [More at the link.] ::
Girls tend to rationalize their everyday experiences of abuse and harassment, believing it's just "normal stuff" that "guys do."
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+James Karaganis I'm intimately aware.
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~ Porno Pete Arrested At Canadian College After Refusing To Leave The Campus ~ [Joe.My.God.] :: [Excerpt:] An American anti-gay activist and a Canadian abortion activist have been arrested at the University of Regina. Peter LaBarbera, the controversial head of an American lobby group that has been labelled a hate group by the South Poverty Law Center, and Bill Whatcott, an abortion activist who has a history of legal troubles in Saskatchewan, were taken into custody by the Regina Police Service. News Talk Radio's Kevin Martel observed police officers tell the two to leave the school's campus or risk being arrested; after some discussion the men refused to move and were arrested for trespassing. LaBarbera and Whatcott were in Weyburn over the weekend to speak at a pro-life conference. They were at the school attempting to hand out anti-abortion and anti-gay pamphlets, flanked by large placards depicting aborted fetuses. [More at the link.] ::  #atheism #lgbt   #prochoice  
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Read my full profile ('About') before you decide to circle me! Dutch, FreeBSD Geek/Forums Mod, a(nti)theist, science lover, and stable male person.
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Topics I post about include: atheism, political activism, progressive politicsphysics, maths, cosmology, astronomy, biology, evolution, genetics, philosophy, sociology, neuroscience

Circle me:

If you're interested in rationalityscienceatheism (the disbelief in gods), anti-theism (the position that belief in deities is actually bad), anti-religionism (the position that all supernatural/irrational/spiritual belief systems are actually bad), skepticism (within reason, some issues are beyond questioning by now), secularism (freedom of and from religion, church/state separation), social/political activism, and social progress: by all means, be my guest. 

Me:

I'm informed, educated, and old enough by now to know what view of society I feel most comfortable with. You will need empirical evidence and solid reasoning to convince me of the contrary. I'm a typical European secular and rational left-winger. I don't hide that. I tend to share a lot of information and ideas about the "Circle Me" topics, and I welcome constructive comments. 

Welcome.

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When anyone wants to debate the content of an external article that I post, don't assume it is written by me, or that I necessarily agree with it. I post a wide variety of articles of interest to atheists, secularists, and progressives. If those were all exemplary of my own opinions I'd be a raving schizophrenic.. External articles are always posted in the form of: 

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“There is no polite way to suggest to someone that they have devoted their life to a folly.” 
-- Daniel Dennett

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I actively uncircle people who push their +1 activity into my stream. See here how to stop doing that: https://plus.google.com/106166434029666510237/posts/QsH5eYQ7MMu

I actively mute or even block people who push notifications for their posts my way. I have circles to follow people; I don't need them shouting in my ear.
Bragging rights
My girl calls me the love of her life. She is the love of my life. We are now married. Beat that.
Education
  • Leiden University
    Political Science, 1988 - 1995
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Communication Science, 1989 - 1993
  • Erasmus University
    Politics & Business, 1992 - 1995
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Male
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Married
Other names
Ben Grimm, BenGrimm, Ben C. O. Grimm, BenCOGrimm
Work
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Senior IT Engineer/Innovator, Ministry of Defense / FreeBSD Forums Administrator
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Bleiswijk
Previously
Rotterdam - Leiden