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Archive for August, 2007

Sky — layer on Google Earth

Posted by bert5 on 28 August 2007

Link  Seems pretty neat.

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Things to never say to a woman

Posted by bert5 on 28 August 2007

Link Examples: “Relax” or “It’s up to you”. I think you might be okay to say these to a gay boyfriend, but maybe don’t count on it.  I guess it never pays to be patronizing.

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Family gathering brings technology demands

Posted by bert5 on 27 August 2007

Link  This is funny!  House guests need to surf, print, and plug-in.

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Viagra could promote social bonding

Posted by bert5 on 27 August 2007

Link  It increases oxytocin in rats.  Oxytocin is supposed to be some sort of emotional bonding hormone.  Hmmm, does that mean it promotes falling in love?

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Gut reaction

Posted by bert5 on 27 August 2007

Link  Well known stocks do better than others.

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Accelerated mutation using radiation creates disease resistant plants

Posted by bert5 on 27 August 2007

Link  Among other benefits, disease resistance seems highest on the list.  It’s sort of like breeding dogs, but on an accelerated schedule.

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Geothermal, wave energy, and frozen methane

Posted by bert5 on 26 August 2007

Link When I was in 3rd grade, I wrote a report on geothermal energy. That geothermal energy could provide 10% of the US power consumption is amazing. That it could do this cheaply and without carbon or fuel costs is spectacular. Perhaps Yellowstone could power the whole of California? Hmmm.

Link Then, how about wave energy. That’s super clean too. But maybe not as cheap.

Link  Or how about clathrates which hold frozen methane gas.

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Cellphone only, no landline

Posted by bert5 on 26 August 2007

Link There are also people who have a landline but no cellphone. But just recently the cellphone only crowd now exceeds the landline only crowd. Of course, most people have both. I switched from one extreme to the other recently.

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Mind the meeting or doing e-mail

Posted by bert5 on 26 August 2007

Link I recognize more than a few things from this article about bringing a laptop to meetings. Unmentioned though are the two hour phone meetings where people say, huh, what, sorry, could you repeat the question (and in the process hopefully give me enough context)? I was doing something else.

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Protein genes, mutation and evolution

Posted by bert5 on 21 August 2007

NYT  How does one protein become another when an intermediate mutation seems non-viable?  The answer might be in the article.

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Average male testosterone levels going down: obesity, pollution

Posted by bert5 on 20 August 2007

Link So being fat somehow reduces testosterone by the percentage of being overweight. I guess hormone production (ball size?) doesn’t scale with weight. The story’s sidebar said to avoid pesticides chemicals etc. blah blah blah. Here’s an article from Harvard about marriage lowering testosterone — which makes sense because there’s less of a need to take further risks for status purposes.

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Aerobic exercise will increase your number of brain cells

Posted by bert5 on 18 August 2007

Link  Lance Armstrong must have a lot of brain cells.  He must of started out kind of slow then.  Okay, okay, sorry, it just never struck me that Armstrong was very intelligent.

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