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Astronomy Wed Feb 21 2018 04:21:50 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- The name of this galaxy cluster is PLCK G004.5-19.5. You may not think the name is very creative, but it did remind me of a paper: Strong Lensing Analysis of PLCK G004.5-19.5, a Planck-Discovered Cluster Hosting a Radio Relic at z=0.52. Thanks Hubble
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The piece is at PBS.org. In part: This indictment is a foundational indictment. It establishes the bedrock foundation of this conspiracy charge on which the special counsel can now build a broader case. And I think theres every reason to...
Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen Science, the journal, is beginning to go the way of the magazine Scientific American, in that it is beginning to become an oxymoron all by itself, as SciAm did in the Forrest Mims scandal. Science Magazine has turned itsel
Melissa N. Shaw in AAIHS: In 1932, Mittie Maude Lena Gordon spoke to a crowd of black Chicagoans at the old Jack Johnson boxing ring, rallying their support for emigration to West Africa. In 1937, Celia Jane Allen traveled to...Melissa N. Shaw inAAIH
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Cambridge researchers have built an online game, simply titled Bad News, in which players compete to become "a disinformation and fake news tycoon." By shedding light on the shady practices, they
With little more than pen, paper, dice, and imagination, a group of friends can transport themselves to another plane for shenanigans involving dungeons and/or dragons. An avid fan of D&D and a budding woodworker, Imgurian [CapnJackHarkness]
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Prabha Kotiswaran (King's College London The Dickson Poon School of Law) has posted Governance Feminism's Others: Sex Workers and India's Rape Law Reforms (Introduction) (Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field, eds. Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran
Douglas Hofstadter takes a deep dive into why AI techniques don't equate to real undersanding. longread.
Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanIf you live long enough, some of your quirks wind up being vindicated.   Coming from a long line of Swedes, my family wasn’t particularly huggy. The first time I heard the expre
From afar, French artist David Bayos portrait might look a regular portrait (albeit a STUNNING one), but look closer and youll see that its made up of dots about ... Read more The post It took this man 300 hours and 3 million dots to make this portra
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From Jurist: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) released two [Goodlatte, PDF] letters [Nunes, PDF] on Thursday stating that it would consider requests from two Congressional Representatives to release the hearing transcripts which cau
If you've noticed a distinct lack of blog updates lately, it's not been for lack of creative ideas. I've actually been in the wild hinterlands of the eastern California desert, specifically Death Valley. We had a marvelous time, but we also experienc
Apparently, I'm in a minimalist mood, now; yesterday's kitchen design, and this barely-there bathroom, are mirroring the colorless, stripped-down quality of the late-winter landscape. What does the narrow portal to the shower portend? I see it as a p
Blog: Technology and LearningHow are traditional academic departments and academic centers different? I’ll give you one difference, based on a sample size of 1 (me).  Academic centers are far less contentious than academic
Day 44 of 80 Days of Excellence. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Westwood Schools Alumnus, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hilliard, (soon to be a Colonel in the Army) spoke to our students today. As he talke
For six weeks, filmmaker Florian Nick travelled 5,500km through the wilderness of British Columbia and Alberta in Canada to create a breathtaking short film called ALIVE. The Stuttgart-based creative explored ... Read more The post This stunning vide
This is a handy video from educ8s.tv – if you’re looking to use the ESP32 for battery-powered projects you might want to watch this. Or if you just wanna dive right in you can download the code and read more here. Welcome to this
{gravelly voice} Throughout history, mythical creatures and phenomenon have been spoken of, described, searched for. Often, with no resulting evidence, no video, no photo. The Yeti, the Sasquatch, the Unicorn, non-hipsters who eat Blue Star donuts; t
Trying to lose weight? Researchers have some good news: You can chose either a low-fat or low-carb diet. As long as you stick with it, you can slim down no matter what your genetic make-up or metabolic particulars. And heres an added bonus: You wont
Stanford's Russ Altman discussed the pharmgkb.org database which matches genomes with medication information at the recent Beckman Symposium on campus. The post Database allows physicians to tailor prescriptions to complement an individual’
Romance book publisher Mills and Boon has released new data identifying Western Sydney and Toowoomba as hotspots for adult literature. The data suggests that romantic fiction is most popular in ... Read more The post Romance publisher reveals which A
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Rafael Domingo (Emory University School of Law) has posted Penal Law in the Roman Catholic Church (Ecclesiastical Law Journal 20 (2018), Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This article surveys the general framework of the law of sanctions or
Melting moneyUndergraduate Megan Prien melted a nickel in nitric acid to measure how much copper it contained as part of an analytical chemistry lab at University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. When Prien added the coin to the acid and heated it, the liqu
"Aerial view of Xxxxx." Who'll be the first tell us where we are? View full size.
  Soon after Antwan Wilson became chancellor of the D.C. public schools, he put in place a strict policy about transferring from one school to another to ensure that there was no favoritism. Everyone was expected to use the lottery, especial
Ouch.WENN We’re no strangers to bruises at the Olympics, but skier Gus Kenworthy is replacing Michael Phelps’ headline-making purple circles on his body from cupping with a much harsher reality of athletes. The athlete pulled down
NEW STUDY: CLIMATE GROUPTHINK LEADS TO A DEAD END London, 21 February: A new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) shows that both the science and policy of the climate debate are shaped and driven by an almost flawless exam
Thomas, a goose whose love life has delighted visitors to Waikanae's Waimanu Lagoons in New Zealand for many years, has died. His funeral featured a procession led by a bagpiper and a speech from the local mayor before the diminutive coffin was burie
  Soon after Antwan Wilson became chancellor of the D.C. public schools, he put in place a strict policy about transferring from one school to another to ensure that there was no favoritism. Everyone was expected to use the lottery, especial
“For decades, Kraft Foods produced Oscar Mayer cold cuts out of a 6-story, former slaughterhouse built in 1872,” reports The Wall Street Journal (Feb. 13, 2018). The systems seemed out of another era. Workers drove forklifts loade
I keep reading about how physicians rightful bitching and moaning is peaking at an all-time high. Its time they do so before the bow breaks, and let me tell you were almost there. The worst problem that persists is the enemy within ourselves. This vo
The company has new payload fairings and a new boat. Better luck this time with recovery? Enlarge / SpaceX has a sooty booster on the pad in California, ready for a launch Wednesday morning. (credit: SpaceX) After the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocke
The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: Artificial Intelligence and Neoreaction - by Shuja Haider. A story of: Time travel, a future superintelligence as unavoidably but passionlessly vengeful God, neoreactionaries as the alt-right's intellectual avan
Even though he’s a faithful DeWalt cordless tool guy,[Richard Day] admits to a wandering eye in the tool aisle, looking at the Ryobi offerings with impure thoughts. Could he stay true to his brand and stick with his huge stock of yellow too
Landmark study of all 571 European cities shows the impact of flooding, droughts and heatwaves by 2050-2100 will exceed previous predictions.
Durer PerspectiveMy mother said, "Even you, Paul, can be in only one place at one time." Maybe soon I will be relieved of this disadvantage. Maybe, once I've left, I'll be able to be in many places at the same time. Maybe then I'll be able to collabo
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Peter A. Joy (Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law) has posted A Judge's Duty to Do Justice: Assuring the Accused's Right to the Effective Assistance of Counsel (Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 46, No. 139, 2017) on SSRN....
Remains of giant sloths and proto-elephants were found interspersed with burnt human bones and ceramics in Mexico's Sac Actun cave system. Last month, researchers from the Great Maya Aquifer Project announced the discovery of the world&#3
Wiith survivors of the Parkland massacre watching, the Florida House voted down a bill to ban the kind of gun that Nikolas Cruz to murder 17 students and teachers only days ago. This is from the Sun-Sentinel of Florida:   With Stoneman Dougl
If you want to add a little something extra to your Rey, Chewbacca, Han, or even Lando costume, you could make a light-up Millennium Falcon purse by hand. Instructables user MikaelaHolmes wrote a detailed tutorial on crafting the hunk of junk by hand
This Stanford Medicine study clarifies the underlying biology of high-grade serous ovarian cancer and could help lead to future therapies. The post In study, Stanford researchers analyze ovarian cancer cells at unprecedented level of specificity appe
A new theory suggests that Homo erectus was able to create seagoing vessels and must have used language to sail successfully. Oceans were never a barrier to the travels of Erectus. He traveled all over the world, traveled to...  &am
Reading through The Guardian website, I came across this terrible graphic about US airlines 2016 comparison for killing pests pets they carry. Beyond the gross imprecision resulting from resorting to a (gross) dead dog scale to report integers, the i
Wiith survivors of the Parkland massacre watching, the Florida House voted down a bill to ban the kind of gun that Nikolas Cruz to murder 17 students and teachers only days ago. This is from the Sun-Sentinel of Florida:   With Stoneman Dougl
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Thepetition of the day is: Bostic v. Pash 17-912 Issue:Whether, when the Supreme Court held inGraham v. Floridathat [t]he Constitution prohibits the imposition of a life without parole sentence on a juvenile offender who did not commit homicide, stat