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Yeah, you're not surprised the Hebrew God had a wife, Ashera. She was pretty much edited out. Interesting new finds from Discovery.

It is weird stuff like this makes me so happy? ;-)
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Even if the new one has funny ears and big feet.

... This post is in reference to this crazy book I'm reading, about Jesus and the Peacock Angle. It has cool moments. But then it has bald-faced sentence about Lemuria and beings from Venus. It leaves me gasping sometimes, Melek Ta'us references or no!
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Listen to a 'trumpet' from 3000 years ago: http://www.sciencenews.org/musicfiles/ChavinPututusExample1.mp3

From Discovery. In addition to the fascinating ancient music itself, there's intriguing discussion of psychoacoustics. Something ritualists and movie theme writers know well. :-)
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I hadn't really expected these two fields to intersect. Check out the NYT article if you're interested in either. Happy geeking!
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Tasty science in the physics arXiv blog. What if there really is no beginning and no end? No need for hard-to-swallow huge quantities of dark matter? 

The theory could generate some great story ideas at the very least. Perhaps combined with another piece I read, about how stars ring like bells, with their expanding and contracting sunspots...
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science and fanfic. Life is good. If typically strange.
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For an excellent, wonderfully depressing analysis, see this article on Slate.com.
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It's *not* sexual orientation or gender which determines if a person's blood is safe to share... it's behavior! Not to mention a little luck. A gay guy in a sexually monogamous relationship with another man is less likely to get AIDS (or any other STI) than a straight guy having random unprotected sex with women. It's time and time again to let science determine rules around donating blood, NOT social mores which change with the political mood. We have pretty darn good screenings on donated blood; it's one thing to discourage folks from looking for a 'free' AIDS test (via blood donation) and quite another to imply that the screening processes don't do their jobs, so we dare not let men who have sex with men (even once, since 1977!) donate blood.

FDA, please bring equality, sanity, and science to the blood donation process. There are a number of men who would happily donate blood, if you would let them. We need the blood!

This rant brought to you in support of a regularly scheduled blogswarm! Please make a public statement today if you want the FDA to update its rules. The issue is under consideration *right now*.
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Timeline on the construction of the international space station
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(snagged from David Brin; sorry don't have the link to hand, though his blog is good stuff)

Guy puts a box together with a GPS and a camera, and captures video a la NASA. 

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From Discover:
  • Cancer cells use fat molecules as signalling tools.
  • The cancer cells signal each other to grow larger and more dangerous.

    ... in the spirit of Cancer Sucks. It's just shown in mice, but fits in with other links seen in humans.
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    What I love about this video, as well as learning lots about depression, is how the science brings together all of different ways people have looked at psychology-related diseases... and finds they all have value; syncretic goodness. This guy (Robert Sapolsky) is an awesome lecturer. ... so many bright folks have depression, O my flist. Yea learning.

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    I've read a couple of fascinating articles in the last couple days, both talking about how the expression of preference depends on things besides actual preference (experience of  'I like this').

    One article talked about how when things are hard to explain (prefering abstract over commercial art, for example), due to not-having-the-language, people will say things which aren't actually true (that they like the commercial art), rather than have to say 'because' when asked 'why?'.

    On another tangent, here is an article about how 'wanting' and 'liking' (or, reward and pleasure) are different.

    Juicy! How might this affect our relationships, our magick?

    A quote (part of a discussion on wireheading; the idea of sticking an electrode into the pleasure center of your brain):

    The wanting system is activated by dopamine, and the liking system is activated by opioids. There are enough connections between them that there's a big correlation in their activity, but the correlation isn't one and in fact activation of the opioids is less common than the dopamine. Another quote:

    It's relatively hard for a brain to generate pleasure, because it needs to activate different opioid sites together to make you like something more. It's easier to activate desire, because a brain has several 'wanting' pathways available for the task. Sometimes a brain will like the rewards it wants. But other times it just wants them.

    So you could go through all that trouble to find a black market brain surgeon who'll wirehead you, and you'll end up not even being happy. You'll just really really want to keep the wirehead circuit running.
    Problem: large chunks of philosophy and economics are based upon wanting and liking being the same thing.

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    Fascinating excerpt about what happens in "taming". I also read a piece in the NYT today about the intelligence of dogs. Cool to see more science on the critters we live.

    for [livejournal.com profile] inflectionpoint and all the dog people n science people...

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    Cool article. Aimed at a general readership.
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    Can't help but think a temp version of circuit board tattoos has awesome costume potential...

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    this is rather sweet: http://dsc.discovery.com/news/slideshows/animal-pleasure.html
    as well as new science.

    I've never understood people who don't understand animals. :-)
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    Tesla's labs/grounds are neglected and up for sale. Rather a steampunk dream.

    This link goes to the slide show: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/05/04/science/050509-Tesla_index.html?emc=eta3

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    O intarwebs.... there is a shape... center is kinda long and tube like, it opens out on each end, and I think kinda wraps back into itself. Maybe used in theoretical depictions around wormholes? I can't think what it is called in order to find an image of it (I was guessing 'bolus', but that appears to be wrong).

    I don't even know how to start searching for this. Any ideas?


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    Bay-area-ites, if you're at all interested in Leonardo da Vinci, or the Renaissance and its sciences, don't miss the show at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation . It's actually two exhibits, from Italy, combined for the first time; one on engineering in the Renaissance, and the onther specifically on the mind of Leonardo. Come January it leaves here, then goes back to Italy (to be split back into two exhibits).

    This has to be one of the best, most engaging museum exhibits I've gone to. There's lots of multimedia. Working replicas of many drawings! Pages from the notebooks (drool). Plus, tons of related stuff for kids, and a couple of paintings from the Renaissance, based on daVinci's works. I spent over three hours (but I am a da Vinci fan; you don't have to linger as much as I did :) ).

    Fair warning though: it's not inexpensive. $25 for non-members. Worth full price.


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