Permaculture Design Certificate Course with Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. Permaculture Design Certificate Course Join our 12th Course: July 25 – August 10, 2014 Since 2005, we’ve been offering the full internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum, preparing students to put their new design skills to work immediately.
Join this year’s class and immerse yourself in a discipline that is catching on across the globe as a practical, yet revolutionary way to create an abundant and sustainable life. We train people of all backgrounds, ages, experience and skills to design using natural patterns based on ecological principles. This year’s teaching staff includes Michael Burns, Steve Gabriel, Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, and Rafter Sass Ferguson, plus guest presenters from the local permaculture community. Begin with dinner on Friday, July 25th and end with your crew of graduates and new colleagues on Sunday morning August 10th, 2014.
Unknown Mathematician Proves Elusive Property of Prime Numbers. On April 17, a paper arrived in the inbox of Annals of Mathematics, one of the discipline’s preeminent journals.
Written by a mathematician virtually unknown to the experts in his field — a 50-something lecturer at the University of New Hampshire named Yitang Zhang — the paper claimed to have taken a huge step forward in understanding one of mathematics’ oldest problems, the twin primes conjecture. Editors of prominent mathematics journals are used to fielding grandiose claims from obscure authors, but this paper was different. Written with crystalline clarity and a total command of the topic’s current state of the art, it was evidently a serious piece of work, and the Annals editors decided to put it on the fast track. Daft Punk: the midas touch. It is a peculiar experience meeting the most famous faceless musicians in the world.
Daft Punk are certainly well known. Eight years after their last album, their influence can be felt throughout dance music and beyond. The Center of all Things. Carl Sagan - THE sentence ! Colliding Black Holes, A Second Grader, AND Neil deGrasse Tyson. Could This Video Get More Awesome? NASA Starts Work on Real Life Star Trek Warp Drive. 7 sets Venn Diagram. Teach a Kid to Argue - Figures of Speech. Why would any sane parent teach his kids to talk back?
Because, this father found, it actually increased family harmony. (First published in Disney’s Wondertime Magazine. The article was nominated for a 2007 National Magazine Award.) Those of you who don’t have perfect children will find this familiar: Just as I was withdrawing money in a bank lobby, my 5-year-old daughter chose to throw a temper tantrum, screaming and writhing on the floor while a couple of elderly ladies looked on in disgust. (Their children, apparently, had been perfect.) She blinked a couple of times and picked herself up off the floor, pouting but quiet. “What did you say to her?” I explained that “pathetic” was a term used in rhetoric, the ancient art of argument.
Under my tutelage in the years that followed, Dorothy and her younger brother, George, became keenly, even alarmingly, persuasive. Biologist and computer scientist discover the 'anternet' A collaboration between a Stanford ant biologist and a computer scientist has revealed that the behavior of harvester ants as they forage for food mirrors the protocols that control traffic on the Internet.
On the surface, ants and the Internet don't seem to have much in common. But two Stanford researchers have discovered that a species of harvester ants determine how many foragers to send out of the nest in much the same way that Internet protocols discover how much bandwidth is available for the transfer of data. The researchers are calling it the "anternet. " Deborah Gordon, a biology professor at Stanford, has been studying ants for more than 20 years.
When she figured out how the harvester ant colonies she had been observing in Arizona decided when to send out more ants to get food, she called across campus to Balaji Prabhakar, a professor of computer science at Stanford and an expert on how files are transferred on a computer network. Harvester ants.
Animals conscious say leading neuroscientists. Tweets vs. Likes: What gets shared on Twitter vs. Facebook? It always strikes me as curious that some posts get a lot of love on Twitter, while others get many more shares on Facebook: What accounts for this difference?
Some of it is surely site-dependent: maybe one blogger has a Facebook page but not a Twitter account, while another has these roles reversed. But even on sites maintained by a single author, tweet-to-likes ratios can vary widely from post to post. So what kinds of articles tend to be more popular on Twitter, and which spread more easily on Facebook? An Unexpected Ass Kicking. Men Throwing Rocks With The Other Hand. El Patrón de los Números Primos: Prime Number Patterns. BLS Jobs By Industry Treemap.
We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 2) - A New Perspective. Computer program ‘evolves’ music from noise. Evolutionary processes in DarwinTunes.
Songs are represented as tree-like structures of code. Each generation starts with 100 songs; however, for clarity, it only follows one-fifth of them. Twenty songs are randomly presented to listeners for rating, and the remaining 80 survive until the next generation; thus, at any time, the population contains songs of varying age.
Of the 20 rated songs, the 10 best reproduce and the 10 worst die. Reproductives are paired and produce four progeny to replace themselves and the dead in the next generation. The Scale of the Universe 2. Brain Workshop - a Dual N-Back game. Introduction - Download - Tutorial - Details & Options - Donate Dual N-Back exercise featured in Brain Workshop was the subject of an April 2008 peer-reviewed scientific study which shows that practicing the Dual N-Back task for 20 minutes 4-5 days per week will improve your working memory (short term memory) and fluid intelligence.
This Wired article has a good summary of its benefits. If you've never tried Dual N-Back before, here's a quick tutorial to get you started. Dual 1-Back It's best to begin with Dual 1-Back, the simplest mode. Launch Brain Workshop.Press Space to enter the Workshop.Press M to switch to Manual mode.Press F1 to decrease the N-back level to 1.Press Space to begin a Dual 1-Back session. Evidence: Simplified Comic « Don in Massachusetts. Sigur Rós: Ekki múkk (moving art)
Amazing optical illusion or "glitch in the Matrix"? - The Feed Blog. (CBS News) Watching this video is a bit like seeing a "glitch in the Matrix".
Is it impressive? Without a doubt. QuickThing15: dazzling wind map « itsallonething. Mar 28, 2014 Posted by Martin Harrison How to Do Guest Blogging Safely When we talk about safety in guest blogging we aren’t talking about wearing a helmet or goggles when you’re sitting in front of your computer, typing your article.
We’re talking about safe links. . … Man Successfully Flies With Custom-Built Bird Wings. Update 1:06pm PDT: A Dutch artist named Floris Kaayk has admitted that “Human Birdwings” was an elaborate hoax 8 months in the making. Update 2:15 pm PDT: We have a follow-up report documenting inconsistencies both in the video and Smeets’ online resumes.
Update 11:15 am PDT: The headline of this post has been changed to reflect that we have not confirmed Smeets’ claim. Editor’s note (March 21, 8:15 am PDT): The authenticity of this video has been questioned (Gizmodo, The Register), but Wired’s preliminary analysis by physicist Rhett Allain found nothing in the video that indicates it must be a fake. We are contacting other experts and will update this post when we have more information. Jarno Smeets has not yet responded to several interview requests. Dear Human, Peter Diamandis interviewed by Jeff Walker about his book "Abundance" Spider silk spun into violin strings. 4 March 2012Last updated at 19:59 ET By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News More than 300 spiders were used to generate the thousands of strands of silk making up each string A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to spin a set of violin strings.
The strings are said to have a "soft and profound timbre" relative to traditional gut or steel strings. That may arise from the way the strings are twisted, resulting in a "packing structure" that leaves practically no space between any of the strands. The strings will be described in a forthcoming edition of the journal Physical Review Letters. Video explains the world's most important 6-sec drum loop. The Muppets Attack Fox News. Study: Stem cells may aid vision in blind people. The first use of embryonic stem cells in humans eased a degenerative form of blindness in two volunteers and showed no signs of any adverse effects, according to a study published by The Lancet on Monday.
Publication in the peer-reviewed journal marks an important step for embryonic stem cells, which were hailed as a miracle cure after they were discovered in 1998 but then ran into technical and political hurdles. The results of the cautious first-stage test, designed to evaluate whether the treatment is safe, had been previously announced by Massachusetts biotech firm Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) Inc. The positive outcome in the United States opened the way to the first trials in Europe, which began on Monday.
Embryonic stem cells are extraordinarily versatile cells, found in early-stage embryos, that can differentiate into any tissue of the body. Scientists have been hoping to turn them into replacement for tissue lost through disease or lost in accidents or war. SOPA Outrage Is Breaking the Senate's Websites. Controlled Quantum Levitation on a Wipe'Out Track. Trash. A guy style yoga dance breakdance .... most beautiful extreme sport. Watch flying robots build a 6-meter tower. A quadrotor just before a precision landing on a brick (credit: Markus Waibel/ETH Zurich) ETH Zurich roboticists and architects used a fleet of quadcopters to build a 6 meter (20 feet) twisting tower out of 1500 foam bricks, IEEE Spectrum Automaton reports.
The ceiling of the room where the assembly is taking place was equipped with a motion-capture system. A computer uses the vision data to keep track of the quadcopters and tell them where to go. First, the robots grab foam bricks from a special brick dispenser on the ground. Cartier: "Painted Love" by AIR. Planet confirmed that could have water. Kepler-22b is the first confirmed planet in the “habitable zone,” the area around a star where a planet could exist with liquid water on its surface, that has been discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission. The planet’s radius is about 2.4 times that of the Earth. It is located about 600 light years away.
An Ingenious Way to Financially Bootstrap a Resilient Community. Brand New Windowfarms- Vertical Food Gardens by The Windowfarms Project. Money. A Town in New York Creates Its Own Department Store. THE residents of Saranac Lake, a picturesque town in the Adirondacks, are a hardy lot — they have to be to withstand winter temperatures that can drop to 30 below zero. But since the local Ames department store went out of business in 2002 — a victim of its corporate parent’s bankruptcy — residents have had to drive to Plattsburgh, 50 miles away, to buy basics like underwear or bed linens. High speed video reveals the bizarre physics of an ordinary water droplet. Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over.