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Merck Makes Phony Peer-Review Journal. That's not the bad part. The bad part, although neither illegal nor unexpected, is that Elsevier published it.

Peer reviewing is an excellent idea. I'm not even opposed to for-profit peer reviewing (there's an internet business model for you if you were looking for one). But oligopolic for-profit peer reviewing is just stupid, and it's high time we just dropped it for good.

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Learning things is fun

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Schizophrenics are immune to certain optical illusions.

A cynic would say that sociopaths are immune to other illusions.

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Oh, all-knowing friendlist

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I got a question: You know how after you haven't slept for a long while (*coughs*) you get a bit of a second wind? It's not that you are any more rested or effective, but it does feel that way. Does that have to do with things like sunlight, or is it endogenous? What's the neurochemistry behind it?

Apologies from the rambling, incoherent post. Not coincidentally, I didn't get any sleep last night.

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Holographic principle for dummies

[...] The maximal amount of energy that can be jammed into a sphere of the size R coincides with the mass of a black hole with radius R:

. (1)

As a result, there is a maximum amount of information that can be crammed inside a sphere of the radius R, and this amount is proportional to

, (2)

where Area is the surface area of a sphere with radius R and is a very tiny area called the Planck area.

[...]

This observation allows many people to think that maybe relevant degrees of freedom in physical problems involving gravitation actually live on a surface rather than in a volume - and that is where the term “holographic principle” comes from. Relevant degrees of freedom live on a surface, interact with each other there, and the 3d world we see is in a sense fiction - reflection of this dynamics on a surface.

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Spiders freak me out. Seemingly intelligent spiders, doubly so.

(But social insects really creep me out; they make me feel a sticky, crawling form of mental claustrophobia. The idea of a really intelligent collective organism --- instant shudders).

Totally unrelated ETA: Saw Closer last night. Proof of how much fandom has twisted my mind made me a more reasonable person: I ended up thinking that Allie/Anna + (but far away) Larry/Dan was a more sensible final configuration (specially Larry/Dan - I've seen good fic written based on half the subtext of their final (was it also their first?) meeting).

Biology link

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This *is* sheer elegance in its simplicity! A viable, self-contained, single-species ecosystem. Neat!

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Taken from the DARPA Mathematical Challenges.


Awesomely science-fictional *real* projects under the cutCollapse )

Obvious comments are obvious:

1. This is DARPA's wish list; it doesn't mean any of this is going to get done just because they asked for it.
2. DARPA has often wished for things and later made them true (e.g., the Internet), and most of the things in this list would change the world.

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Coolness factor: Eleventy bazillons

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[...] Patches of matter in the universe seem to be moving at very high speeds and in a uniform direction that can't be explained by any of the known gravitational forces in the observable universe. Astronomers are calling the phenomenon dark flow.Collapse )

Link

To recap: "Giant, massive structures much larger than anything in our own observable universe" are pulling clusters of galaxies from hundreds of billions of light-years away. And we get to see it, deciphering the patterns of light in wavelengths no human can see, looking across gulfs of space, scale and sheer time that would make Lovecraft blabber in ecstasy and terror, for clues to things that are literally beyond the horizon of what we can see.

Some days, just being here, alive, knowing things like that, is enough to blow my mind away.

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The future began in 1986

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Non speculative, non science-fictional obvious question of the day: Are brain implants with erotic stimulation side effects addictive? Yes.

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