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She scans theJungle as if an elderly woman watching silent from a rosewood staircase with focused concern, false power. She appears to herself, briefly, as one of the biobots positioned at theWorkstation.
Her monitors put on a show. It's the data that loves her the most. It always will.
Far into the future she will remain actively quiet, without prayer, authorized to run on her own with little interruption of self-instantiated loops and corrections--the most perfect of creatures.
Hers is the kind of data future generations will hold up to a celebrity light.
She amazes... (more)
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...century? It’s a question I gave a little thought to recently. I was born in the twentieth century, in 1986, to be exact, and I'm now over the threshold of my quarter century!
I’m glad to be twenty-five, so I’m glad to be born when I was, possibly at exactly the right moment in history. If I had been born significantly earlier I would most likely have been denied the opportunities that women have now. If I had been born, say, in Jane Austen’s England, no matter how wealthy and privileged, my life would been spent in speculations about marriage and romance, thoughts about... (more)
Blurb: This ten-part history of mathematics reveals the personalities behind the calculations: the passions and rivalries of mathematicians struggling to get their ideas heard. Professor Marcus du Sautoy shows how these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world and proves that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. He explores the relationship between Newton and Leibniz, the men behind the calculus; and, looks at how the mathematics that Euler invented 200 years ago paved the way for the internet and discovers how Fourier transformed our understanding of heat, light... (more)
On June 19th, 1960, Dwight Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth president of the United States, was at the end of his second term and the election of John F Kennedy as his successor was still five months away. America was in a less jaded period of its history, unmarred by the Vietnam war, assassinations, Watergate, presidential impeachment proceedings, resignations, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran. It was before the twin towers were ever conceived, the Beatles were ever heard of and the Civil Rights movement hadn’t seen its dawn. Singer Pat Boone cut the ribbon for what is dimly remembered as an echo... (more)
...for those who have not watched the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers, baseball’s 107th championship series has had just about all of that, and then some.
In case you missed it, Albert Pujols became just the second player in Major League Baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game in the Cards 16-7 game three win over Texas.
In case you missed it, Rangers lefty Derek Holland became the first pitcher in a decade to toss a shutout when he pitched an 8 1/3 inning, two hitter in the Rangers’ 4-0 game four win, just a... (more)
This is a continuation from Why astrology is not scientific, while astronomy is.
Using scientific theories to discover unknown planets, reinforced Newton’s theory of universal gravitation and proved its usability. But there is nothing sacred about Newton or his theories. Had astronomers not found the planets as expected, Newton's Theory of Gravitation would have been falsified, and would have to be replaced by a theory that could better explain the discrepency in the orbit of Uranus.
Meanwhile, astrologers were enthusiastic about these discoveries, which increased the range of... (more)
Whether our life circumstances be happy or harsh,
We have the chance to send forth a ripple even when we cannot make a wave.
From a mountain of despair,
We can work to cleave a stone of hope.
Into an ocean of dismay,
We can cast out a rope.
The world abounds with frightening stories.
Tales of woe in our ears ring.
In turbulent times, fear commonly springs,
Clutching our hearts and ripping our souls on beating bat wings.
We ask of ourselves, “Oh, what can we do?”
For comfort and aid, whom can we turn to?
As we have seen, testability is the heart and soul of any scientific theory. However, as crucial as it might be, it is never sufficient to test a theory against the observations that led to its creation. A scientific theory must predict unknown facts that can only be confirmed by fresh observations.
As a simple example let's assume that after you had tasted sugar, you concluded that white, small-grained powders are sweet. The unscientific way would be to use sugar as a proof for your theory. The scientific way, on the other hand, would be to seek other white, small-grained powders... (more)
...the few blocks. When we got near the corner of what was once Anne Frank's house (now a museum), I immediately became deflated; There was a long line, going down the street and around the corner of the building. Everyone was waiting in line, and like me, they all wanted to taste a part of Dutch history.
I was willing to wait in the cold, across from the street sign that warned visitors in Dutch, to be careful of pick pockets. Alas, my friends couldn't be persuaded, and where I was outnumbered, I reluctantly agreed to get a cup of Dutch hot chocolate at a local cafe nearby. Then, we... (more)
...but that they directly impact on human lives, as they are both the cause of new diseases (e.g. aids, bird-flu) and the means for their cure.
Further evidence has been derived by paleontologists and evolutionary molecular biologists, who have been able to fill many of the gaps in the history of species. Evolutionary molecular biology provides the tools to measure the amount of DNA change that differentiates one species from another. This has led to the surprise discovery that the difference in the DNA sequence between human and chimpanzee is no bigger than 2%. Humans were no... (more)