Posted in Everything on Dec 20, 2013
More than just an intrusive molecule that foils communication, HIF-1 normally switches on when the body is deprived of oxygen. Otherwise, it remains silent.
Posted in Everything on Dec 19, 2013
Well this is just remarkably clever.
Posted in Everything on Dec 14, 2013
Actually, not funny. Likely quite serious, you gotta give a little creative license to people who've obviously been through a lot. I originally posted this back a few years ago when I was thinking the only way I could post such things online was to disguise it as being funny. I've since realized that my site draws such little traffic I needn't worry.
Posted in Everything on Nov 26, 2013
So basically giving stuff away for free inclines people to advertising for you via word of mouth
"Related to these findings on motivation and incomplete contracts, it has also been shown that when prices are mentioned, people apply market norms, but when prices are not mentioned i.e., the price effectively is zero, they apply social norms to determine their choices and effort (Heyman and Ariely 2004)."
Posted in Everything on Nov 20, 2013
With a graphene amplifier and a graphene transmitter, wow, how small a walkie-talkie can you make?
Posted in Everything on Nov 15, 2013
Scanning the books is fair use. Hooray! Information wants to be free, and Google just helped it get more free.
Posted in Everything on Nov 09, 2013
There is a thoughtful quote at the end of this story which makes a good lead-in to the article:
...this relatively desultory reputation is the result of the public’s rejection of the proposition that pharmaceutical and biotech firms care about patients and strive to develop innovative new medicines. It’s not hard to see why. For one thing, the ubiquitous presence of tacky direct to consumer advertisements present the industry as one more concerned with sales than with having a serious discussion about medical science with a patient and their physician. But one reason, as well, surely is the...
Posted in Everything on Nov 09, 2013
Well here we are again, with Clearhat 2.0. Let's start this new release with a bang, right out of the gate:
Enjoying the importance of zero and infinity in this series from Techdirt. For some context, here is a nice Jefferson quote from the article:
If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps ...
Posted in From the Archives on Sep 07, 2011
During the Revolutionary War, George Washington was sometimes at the mercy of desperation: he was unable to gather men and supplies he needed. At such times he would say "We must consult Brother Jonathan," whereupon he contacted his friend Jonathan Trumbull of Connecticut, the only colonial Royal Governor in support of the patriot cause. Trumbull seemed always able to provide the counsel and supplies which Washington needed. To the British, he was a traitor, but to Washington, a friend in need. Out of this arose the saying "We must consult Brother Jonathan" as a general term which Americans un...
Posted in From the Archives on Aug 09, 2009
This was originally posted at the date and time in the byline, but on my Facebook account. Later, I ported it along with a few other snippets here to my WordPress journal, as my purposes with social media shifted more inward. WordPress thankfully allows back-dating a post, so here it is. It's still one of my favorite gems, and I mention it from time to time in conversation with friends.
The two men locked swords, and swung and parried for a few moments. Swiftly, Descartes brought his sword in one last time and delivered a final blow. His opponent's sword flew up into the air. Descartes put the...