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Friday, December 02, 2005

Shakespearian questions

Our brain forms a million new synaptic connections for every second of our lives. How many connections are opened by that thing called love?
NewScientist.com
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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Hazy vs Hasty

According to the two-heads theory[1], sexual arousal and propinquity to bliss is a harbinger of bad rational decisions. Until recently, the theory remained just that - a theory, that is, based only on anecdotal evidence.
Now empiricists are designing experiments to test the theory: and the first findings, by Dan Ariely and George Lowenstein, are, indeed, in line with the theory.

What about the relatively sizable subset of high stamina, long lasting ones? That's left for future empirical research. We'll keep you posted.


The Guardian, Improbable.com

[1] "God [or the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or whatever] created women and gave men two heads, but just enough blood to keep only one of them functioning at any given time"
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Being significant

It turns out a large portion of scientific papers are, statistically speaking, BS.
NewScientist
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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Ein Mann, ein Warum

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Web wanderings

It's old news, but it appears that our favourite drug has counterintuitive effects on spiders, more so than other high-inducing chemicals, as you can see in this diagram.
Mmm, guess we've all been privy to its erratical effects on humans.
Nasa, NewScientist (via Cecilia's Blog)
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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Why doing a PhD is good for you

You sometimes get to delve into interesting research topics.
Wired
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The next insanely great thing

Some people have imagination and vision, and behave like round pegs in square holes[1]. The past nine years - nine years I have spent mostly in various academic institutions - were the years of the coming of age of the Internet. For all the handful of mistakes he makes every now and then, it's amazing how many things Steve Jobs got right nine years ago in this Wired interview, when he was still just CEO of NeXT and Pixar.

[1] Which, coincidentally, leads to an interesting transcendental equation.
Wired
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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Mathemagics

An article in this week's Nature examines the apparent chasm between mathematics and storytelling, and concludes that it is just that - simply apparent.

Nature

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