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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 24 2011

Happy birthday Stephanie Zvan! Here’s your gift.

My dear lady. Congratulations on lapping the sun once more. Though I’m sure you didn’t put any direct effort into it, you’ve managed to make it all the way around again. Sure, Earth may not be where it was this time last year, what with the movement of the solar system in this galaxy and …

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Sep 23 2011

Using fMRI to reconstruct approximations of visual cortex data

Unbelievable. From UC Berkeley: Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and computational models, UC Berkeley researchers have succeeded in decoding and reconstructing people’s dynamic visual experiences – in this case, watching Hollywood movie trailers. As yet, the technology can only reconstruct movie clips people have already viewed. However, the breakthrough paves the way for reproducing …

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Sep 23 2011

The outrage over Troy Davis, vs the outrage over the Death Penalty

As I said over at X Blog, Canada has executed a “mere” 710 people in its history. We lost our taste for the death penalty in 1976, 14 years after our last killing in 1962. Wednesday night, the US Supreme Court heard and denied an appeal for stay of execution of Troy Davis, a man …

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Sep 23 2011

Through Hardship, To The Stars

I love NASA’s The Sagan Series, done by Youtube user damewse. We are capable of so much. A mere hundred thousand years ago, we were just climbing down from the trees. We probably reached behavioral modernity about fifty thousand years ago. As a species, we are still in our infancy and we’re already exploring the …

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Sep 23 2011

Mock The Movie: Rocketship X-M transcript

If simply watching the movie and mocking it yourself wasn’t enough, and if you happened to miss this Twitter event, please enjoy the following transcript of five nerds thoroughly eviscerating this Lloyd Bridges “masterpiece”.

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Sep 22 2011

Hubble discovers a new form of apologetics!

Okay, sorry, it wasn’t the Hubble, it was the Spitzer telescope. And it wasn’t “new”, it’s actually a form of apologetics as old as the practice. Via Christian News Wire: Since Biblical times, people have put their trust in the Genesis account of creation. In recent years however, some have challenged the account and say …

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Sep 22 2011

RCimT: a quick science news roundup

Welcome to the first Random Crap in my Tabs posted to Freethought Blogs! Every once in a while, my browser’s tabs get far too full of “stuff that must be blogged”, stuff that I figured was too interesting to just read and close, and in order to free up resources so I can do other …

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Sep 21 2011

You should be reading other Freethought Blogs too

I know my readers are exceptionally loyal, and hang off my and only my every word. But if you were subscribed to or click around on the front page for other Freethought Blogs, you’d know that Daniel at Camels With Hammers has an excellent post up about being a sensitive male. That guy loves girls!? …

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Sep 21 2011

Mock the Movie: Rocketship X-M

Dr. Rubidium, Dr. Skyskull, Stephanie Zvan and I (yes, I just linked myself, whaddaya gonna do about it?) are teaming up once again this Thursday for our next Mock The Movie event. Rocketship X-M promises to provide plenty of bad space science as Lloyd Bridges and his — what’s the opposite of “intrepid?” — crew …

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Sep 20 2011

Only terrorists take photos at the Mall of America

ZOMG TERRISM

From Alternet: Mall of America officials say their security unit stops and questions on average up to 1,200 people each year. The interviews at the mall are part of a counterterrorism initiative that acts as the private eyes and ears of law enforcement authorities but has often ensnared innocent people, according to an investigation by …

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