An evil spirit sings about the destruction and pollution of the planet. From the movie Fengully. Ah, toxic love.
Dylan Moran on Politics, Technology and Science and Consumerism
Oh I love Dylan, I’d love to get drunk with him at some point and argue about stuff.
Isabella Rossellini’s award-winning series of very short films about the reproductive habits of different animals. Green Porno: Praying Mantis.
Oh, remember when we were all talking about brain-computer interfaces? No? Ok, if your just tuning in, the thing above is what we are talking about. Neat, right? These things are able to “listen to regions of the brain that control speech”. Via It’s surgically implanted and used to analyze the frequency of brain wave activity and a computer program translates it. For instance in this study, the participant would say, or just think a sound (like a vowel sound) and the computer would understand that frequency and respond accordingly.
The full article, Using the electrocorticographic speech network to control a brain–computer interface in humans is available here. Yay for open access! The researchers explain “We want to see if we can not just detect when you’re saying dog, tree, tool or some other word, but also learn what the pure idea of that looks like in your mind,” he says. “It’s exciting and a little scary to think of reading minds, but it has incredible potential for people who can’t communicate or are suffering from other disabilities.” Via And you know how the people just love when science says we can read minds. Welcome to it, and get ready to love it even more.
Government officials in Brazil have confirmed the existence of an uncontacted population in the Amazon rainforest after the tribe of 200 was spotted by satellite.
Three large clearings were identified in a southwestern area near the Peruvian border this week, but the tribe’s existence was only verified after airplane expeditions in April gathered more data.
Local government agency the National Indian Foundation uses the aircraft to avoid disrupting isolated groups.(via Daily Mail)
Hideo Otsuna, 5-day old zebrafish head (20X)
“In my opinion, it’s not just good for visualizing the information captured by the microscope in research, but it’s also aesthetically superior than traditional methods.” Says Dr. Otsuna.
Good without Gods. First in a series on morality by QualiaSoup, UK artist and secular humanist interested in critical thinking, science and the natural world.
Emperor penguin makes rare appearance in New Zealand
The penguin, a juvenile male, arrived at a beach on the Kapiti Coast, some 1,900 miles from its Antarctic home. The bird appears to be in good health and is taking regular swims to cool down in the relative warmth of the New Zealand climate. Wildlife officers are monitoring the penguin and expect it to eventually depart for the long swim home.
Posted by Samantha McCann on June 17th, 2011 – The Morning Side Post
Marcy Dolin, of Rohnert Park, California, smokes eight joints (marijuana cigarettes) every day, and eats a marijuana cookie before he goes to bed every night.
He prefers the peanut-butter cookies.
A seventy-one year old man who has struggled with multiple-sclerosis for over half his life, Dolin is not the typical drug user often parodied in popular culture. He does not smoke recreationally, but rather because marijuana is the only thing that takes away the pain and stops the muscles spasms.
- Liberal and Moderate Religion Justifies Religious Extremism.
- Religion Requires a Belief in a Supernatural God.
- Religion Causes Bad Behavior.
- Atheists are Anti-Religious.
- All Religions are the Same and are “Equally Crazy”.
I don’t completely agree with the blogger. But I like his harshness.