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The Willpower Circuit. The marshmallow test needs no introduction.

The Willpower Circuit

Walter Mischel’s ingenious experiment – first conducted in 1968 – has entered the pop culture canon. The study has even spawned an adorable series of YouTube imitations, such as this clip featuring little kids wrestling with temptation: ENERGY EQUALS MASS TIMES THE SPEED OF LIGHT SQUARED STOP. Back in 1936, renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi was in Mexico working on a 72-ft-long public mural when he hit a snag: for some reason, he couldn't precisely recall the famous formula, E=mc².


The Singularity is Far: A Neuroscientist’s View. David J.

The Singularity is Far: A Neuroscientist’s View

Linden is the author of a new book,The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good. He is a professor of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. Ray Kurzweil, the prominent inventor and futurist, can't wait to get nanobots into his brain.

In his view, these devices will be equipped with a variety of sensors and stimulators and will communicate wirelessly with computers outside of the body. In addition to providing unprecedented insight into brain function at the cellular level, brain-penetrating nanobots would provide the ultimate virtual reality experience. Facebook will destroy your children's brains. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have left a generation of young adults vulnerable to degeneration of the brain, we can exclusively reveal for about the fifth time.

Facebook will destroy your children's brains

Symptoms include self-obsession, short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback, according to a 'top scientist' with no record of published research on the issue. “Majestically Scientific” Federal Study On BPA Has Stunning Findings: So Why Is The Media Ignoring It? - Trevor Butterworth - Medialand. Reef Madness Begins: Louis Agassiz, Creationist Magpie. Below is the first in a series of self-standing excerpts from my book Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral (Pantheon, 2005), that, in an experimental act of re-publishing, I will run a dozen or so of these over the next several weeks, partially serializing the book.

Reef Madness Begins: Louis Agassiz, Creationist Magpie

Each post will stand on its own as an intriguing story within a larger context: the struggle of some of history’s smartest and most determined people, including Charles Darwin, to figure out how to do science — to look at the world accurately, generate ideas about how it works, and test those ideas in a way that gives you reliable answers. This was usually (certainly not always, as we’ll see) a polite debate. Yet it was also, always, a high-stakes war about what science is, and that war continues today. Climate-controlled clothing: Don't forget to recharge your jacket. Eight Out Of China’s Top Nine Government Officials Are Scientists. Eight of the nine top Chinese government officials are scientists.

Eight Out Of China’s Top Nine Government Officials Are Scientists

This same sort of ratio is found at all levels of the Chinese government. Did you know that the president of China is a scientist? President Hu Jintao was trained as a hydraulic engineer. Likewise his Premier, Wen Jiabao, is a geomechanical engineer. In fact, 8 out of China’s top 9 government officials are scientists. Quick, name a scientist member of your government’s top offices. You Know More Than You Know. Book Review: E=MC²: Simple Physics by Jeff Stewart. You know that friend you have, the one who likes cars, watchin’ action flicks and talking about physics, except the last time they actually “studied” any science was in junior high?

Book Review: E=MC²: Simple Physics by Jeff Stewart

Yeah, that friend… Well, I read the book for them today. E=MC²: Simple Physics: Why Balloons Rise, Apples Fall, and Golf Balls Go Awry by Jeff Stewart, published by Readers Digest. The intersection of physics, optics, history and pulp fiction. Harrison Ford and Dr. E.O. Wilson to Hold Press Conference. October 6, 2010 SAN JOSE, CA – October 6, 2010 – Actor and conservationist Harrison Ford, and world acclaimed naturalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Dr.

Harrison Ford and Dr. E.O. Wilson to Hold Press Conference

Edward O. Wilson will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15, at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto, California, to announce the newly created PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. This new award joins the ranks of other prestigious annual honors given by PEN American Center, which has recognized outstanding voices in literature for over 50 years. "I am honored to have my name associated with this award," said Dr. DNA Ends: Just the Beginning (Nobel Lecture) - Szostak - 2010 - Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Scienceblogging: – a Q&A with Mark Hahnel. This is the series of interviews with people doing interesting things in the current science blogging ecosystem.

Scienceblogging: – a Q&A with Mark Hahnel

Today I got to ask Mark Hahnel of a few questions. Hi, thank you for taking your time for answering a few questions about the past, present and future developments of the science blogging ecosystem. Let me begin with you – can you tell our readers, please, who are you, where you come from and how you got into science blogging? I’m a final year PhD student at Imperial College studying stem cell mobilisation. I have a strong interest in ‘Science 2.0’ and online science in general. Everyone seems to agree that the summer of 2010 saw some big and important changes in the science blogging ecosystem. The Sound of Science. In which I notice a trend - Mind the Gap Blog. Less than two weeks remain until my big fellowship application is due – the one I’m banking on to rescue me from the dwindling life of my latest short-term contract.

In which I notice a trend - Mind the Gap Blog

If I get the fellowship, my position should finally be secure. If not, I’ll need to scrabble together another fellowship or short-term contract, or try to find a different position altogether. All of this is happening in the context of the mind-blowingly large number of pounds I have just set up as a monthly standing order to Joshua’s new nursery starting in February, and the stark fact that after childcare fees, the mortgage and the other household bills, there are only a few pence left to rub together for anything else. An interruption in salary, no matter how short, is simply not an option. What if the Public Had Perfect Climate Information? The Rich History of Eggplant or Aubergine. Eggplants in the 14th Century An interesting website, Zester, explores the culture of food and drink – including a range of different species with potential for exploitation, as well as recipes about cooking them.

Hopefully it does not give too much encouragement of wild collection (Sept 17: see comment below) or unsustainable fishing practices! I was particularly interested in an article, “Eggplant’s Rich History: From ancient Arab diets to Sicilian recipes, the versatile eggplant has evolved around the globe”. Two papers in Annals of Botany provide a remarkable insight into the appearance of the earliest eggplants/aubergines used as food, and the ways they were cultivated. Amazingly, the first reliable written record comes from China in 59 BC.

Science is vital

Science sources. Science blogs. Science images. Science humour. Science reference. Science Online 2010. On Student Bloggery « BenjaminDBrooks' Blog. So easy a cat can do it! - Image by Vicki's Pics via Flickr. Pee is for power: Your electrifying excretions - tech - 24 August 2010. Why let your waste go to waste when it could be powering your mobile phone – or even your car? IT IS a bright spring morning here at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, where I have come to meet my interviewee for this article, Shanwen Tao . In The Shadow Of The Sun. The light of the Sun is the primary source of the free energy that potentiates life on Earth. Solar energy is naturally harnessed by chlorophyll in the leaves of trees and plants; and together with water from the soil and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the process of photosynthesis propagates the release of oxygen.

As humans, therefore, we have an indirect dependence on the sun and without it, we would all perish. Remarkably, we are also able to harness solar energy by using solar panels, as ways of producing electricity both domestically and commercially. On Saturday 21st August, as part of the British Film Institute's Film Science season, Dr Adam Rutherford hosted an event called In the Shadow of the Sun at BFI Southbank. A short clip was shown of the opening scenes of "Sunshine", a film set in 2057 about the formidable mission of a team of scientists sent to re-ignite the dying Sun, in order to save Earth. Stimulating quasi-erotic excitement through organic structure determination.

Thanks to the graces of the intertubes I came across this rare and fascinating video of R B Woodward put up by some kind soul a couple of months ago. False vacuum: a weblog by Aaron Sidney Wright. Since the 1970s, post-Kuhnian history and philosophy of science has become increasingly concerned with scientific practice. How Many Deep-Sea Nematodes Are There & Why We Many Never Know. A professor once told me that if you removed everything from earth and just left the nematodes you would still recognize the outlines of everything. I have absolutely no idea if this is even remotely true. Oppositional Defiant Disorder: I am Opposed « Shirah Vollmer MD.

Posted by Dr. Cocktail Party Physics: mucus, slime and killer snot monsters. How to become a fossil « Thoughtomics. What happens when you teach monkeys to use money? « O'Really? What happens when you teach monkeys to use money? Sex at Dawn. Problems with Pitch: Congenital Amusia and Tone Languages. How About That! How About That! New Biotopes in the North Sea: Wind Turbines Create Artificial Reef - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International.