Month: January 2009

  • Why do the majority of people never get cancer?

    http://www.physorg.com/news151840958.html A highly productive scientific career of over 60 years might lead you to reflect on longevity. Maybe that is what George Klein to ask a very interesting question. Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with cancer – a remarkably high number. But what about the flipside of those statistics? That is, two out…

  • Waiting for your call waiting

    It’s a mild coincidence that happens to everyone, you call a friend and as your phone is dialing or reaching their answerphone message, the little blinking message on your phone tells you that they are trying to call you. So naturally you want to hang up your call to them and answer your call to…

  • Do as we say not as we do..

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    http://foiorder2009.writetothem.com/write On thursday MP’s are going to vote to exempt their own expenses from the Freedom of Information requirements that apply to all public institutions. I suggest you tell your MP that you are not happy. FOR THE ATTENTION OF: Tessa Jowell MP Dulwich and West Norwood Monday 19 January 2009 Caspar Addyman London SW9…

  • Everyone’s got problems

    An excellent card from indexed today.

  • what goes up (must come down)

    A short film by Adam Smith with music by North of Ping Pong and featuring lots of lovely londonness [video:youtube:8V_T9qkrdHs]

  • The Universe As Hologram

    http://science.slashdot.o…446238&from=rss I am certain that the ‘holographic’ theory is misleadingly named as far as we the general public are concerned but that does not stop it from being a potentially interesting discovery. But mostly I am loving the quote in the last line of this slashdot story Several readers sent in news of theoretical work…

  • visions of psychology

    At the risk of turning this blog into an inefficient mimeograph of Mind Hacks, I have share yet another of Vaughn’s finds with you.. This is just one image in a sequence of 83 by Will Lion. He combines striking quotes and summaries of suprising research with even more arresting images, all of which he…

  • you spin me right round

    Hopefully your new year’s hangovers have now passed because following hot on the heels of the freaky reversing ballerina.. comes another ambiguous spinner.. click on the image to see the movie of a point light figure walking in a circle.. as before, you ought to see the figure reversing the direction from clockwise to anticlockwise…

  • DSM V? = Decided in Secret Meetings

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    As mentioned in the previous post, a committee is currently deciding on the contents of DSM-V. National Public Radio has just run a program on the process [ link]. As Vaughn at Mind Hacks points out one of the more disturbing aspects of the process is that all members of the committee have been required…