skeptv: Lawrence Krauss: ‘A Universe From Nothing’ HuffPost Science Correspondent Cara Santa Maria speaks with physicist and author Lawrence Krauss about how the universe came from nothing, and how modern physics has changed our understanding of what nothing really is.
Mirror neuron →
youmightfindyourself: A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another. Thus, the neuron “mirrors” the behaviour of the other, as though the observer were itself acting. Such neurons have been directly observed in primate and other species including birds. In humans, brain activity consistent with that of mirror...
myNoSQL: MongoDB GridFS Over HTTP With mod_gridfs →
nosql: Aristarkh Zagordnikov wrote me an email describing the reasons that led his company create and open source mod_gridfs. Some time ago we were looking for a way to serve files to the web right from the GridFS database. We considered different options, including IIS handler (we use .NET on…
Proof: Women In Mathematics #1: Hypatia of... →
drumkey255: This is THE original Woman In Math. The Big Math Momma. The Joan of Arcsines. Born sometime between 350 and 371 AD in Alexandria, Egypt, Hypatia is the first notable woman in Western history to be known as a mathematician. Officially, she was Platonic scholar, the head of a…
Pseudoscience is a morphing monster of undue credulity; an “unsinkable rubber...– Skepticism And The Second Enlightenment (via scipsy)
This is how Instagram has grown since October of 2010, according to Quora: Oct...– Instagram Hits 80M Users, With 4B Photos Shared (via thenextweb)
Skype makes chats and user data more available to... →
infoneer-pulse: Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police, said industry and government officials familiar with the changes. Surveillance of the audio and video...
Visual Turn: Where are the "responsive learning... →
visualturn: With all of the new learning management systems popping up in the last few months like mushrooms after a spring rain, I keep wondering why none of them have yet announced a core platform built on responsive web design principles. There is an opportunity here to open up a big shift toward mobile…
The big shift: cloud, connectivity and innovation →
ibmsocialbiz: JP Rangaswami, blogging as “confused of calcutta,” writes about the “big shift” to social enterprise: The concept of the Social Enterprise is underpinned by the cloud: a public digital infrastructure based on open standards, scalable and elastic. In effect, it represents the Foundation “wave” of the Big Shift. The core of the Social Enterprise is connectivity, bringing about...
Celluloid no more: distribution of film to cease... →
unexpectedtech: A recent report from IHS Screen Digest, a company that analyzes trends in digital media, says that movie studios will cease producing 35 mm film prints for major markets by the end of 2013 (the US, France, the UK, Japan, and Australia are considered ”major markets”). IHS predicts studios will stop producing film for the rest of the world by 2015. The death of traditional...
5 mind-bending facts about dreams
As scientists become increasingly able to probe deeper into our minds, they are beginning to shine some light on the mysteries of what happens when we sleep. When your head hits the pillow, for many it’s lights out for the conscious part of you. But the cells firing in your brain are very much awake, sparking enough energy to produce the sometimes vivid and sometimes downright haunted dreams...
Systems thinking is difficult for those that have been educated to always apply...– How ‘systems thinking’ is making the cloud transparent | Cloud Computing News (via shaneguiter)
For an Isolated Tribe, Time Follows the Terrain,... →
neuroticthought: by Carl Zimmer When we say “I knew him way back when,” or “the best years are still ahead of you,” we’re using space to set up a timeline, with the past trailing behind us and the future stretching forward. Scientists long assumed that all people envisioned time that same way. But more recent studies have shown that’s not the case: Mandarin Chinese speakers may refer to the...
alexanderpf: Ecological Footprint creator William Rees on ‘Why We’re in Denial’ From The Extra-Environmentalist: Dr. William Rees is a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and former director of the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). He is the originator of the “ecological footprint” concept and co-developer of the method. In this interview he speaks with...
futurescope: Robot ethics: Morals and the machine via 33rd Square: As robots grow more autonomous, society needs to develop rules to manage them. A recent piece in the Economist explored the issue of robot ethics and some of the dilemmas that autonomous machines present. [more @33rdSquare & @The Economist]