History of Religion – Yvonne Seale Cases of poisoning fascinate and terrify us in equal measure. This has been very apparent in recent weeks, given the extent to which the attempted murder in Salisbury, England of Sergei and Yulia Skripal—a former Russian double agent and his daughter—has caused international political uproar and caught the media imagination. The poisoning is just the latest installment in a long series of politically-motivated poisonings which have been linked to the Russian state. In the 1950s, KGB defector Nikolai Khoklov was poisoned with thallium; former Ukrainian president Viktor Yuschchenko survived an attempt on his life in 2004; in 2006, FSB officer-turned-Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko was murdered using a dose of the radioactive substance polonium. Police now believe that the Skripals were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent which was smeared on the front door of their home, something which has added an extra frisson of unease to the horror.
Criminal tattoo Tattoos are commonly used among criminals to show gang membership and record the wearer's personal history—such as his or her skills, specialties, accomplishments and convictions. They are also used as a means of personal expression. Certain designs have developed recognized coded meanings. The code systems can be quite complex and because of the nature of what they encode, the tattoo designs are not widely recognized. A member of the Mexican Mafia has the organization's name tattoed on his abdomen Tattooing in prison
Edwin Stephen Goodrich Edwin Stephen Goodrich FRS (Weston-super-Mare, 21 June 1868 – Oxford, 6 January 1946), was an English zoologist, specialising in comparative anatomy, embryology, paleontology, and evolution. He held the Linacre Chair of Zoology in the University of Oxford from 1921 to 1946. He served as editor of the Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science from 1920 until his death. Life When Goodrich was two weeks old his father died, and his mother took her children to live with her mother at Pau, France, where he attended the local English school and a French lycée. Inhabitat » Death Star Lunar Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan Why wonder if we’ll ever live on the moon when it’s being built right here on Earth? Heerim Architects are planning to bring Star Wars chic to the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, defining the look with two uber-futuristic buildings to act as markers of the gateway of one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Facing the Caspian Sea, the buildings are named Hotel Full Moon – a disc with rounded edges and a hole in one of the top corners – and Hotel Crescent, a curving arch similar to a crescent moon – and will mark out an area appropriately named Full Moon Bay. Designed to appear drastically different from different viewing angles – from one angle Death Star and from the other Gherkin – Hotel Full Moon will be a 150 meter-high, 35 story luxury hotel with 382 large rooms. Hotel Crescent is designed as a counterpoint to Hotel Full Moon, with its column supports being disguised by its arched façade.
Cog (project) Cog was a project at the Humanoid Robotics Group of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was based on the hypothesis that human-level intelligence requires gaining experience from interacting with humans, like human infants do. This in turn required many interactions with humans over a long period. Because Cog's behavior responded to what humans would consider appropriate and socially salient environmental stimuli, the robot was expected to act more human. This behavior also provided the robot with a better context for deciphering and imitating human behavior. Painting One of the most frequently painted of the classical deities, this is out of all proportion to her tiny role in the pantheon. From Ricci to Waterhouse. Two masterpieces of the Western canon turn a minor tale about a nymph into major narratives: Botticelli and Poussin explored. A World View with a high aspect ratio, they came to dominate in the latter half of the 19th century, some being major commercial attractions.
Criminal tattoo Tattoos are commonly used among criminals to show gang membership and record the wearer's personal history—such as his or her skills, specialties, accomplishments and convictions. They are also used as a means of personal expression. Certain designs have developed recognized coded meanings. The code systems can be quite complex and because of the nature of what they encode, the tattoo designs are not widely recognized. A member of the Mexican Mafia has the organization's name tattoed on his abdomen Tattooing in prison Tattooing is forbidden in most prisons.
Ernest Everett Just Ernest Everett Just (August 14, 1883 – October 27, 1941) was a pioneering African-American biologist, academic and science writer. Just's primary legacy is his recognition of the fundamental role of the cell surface in the development of organisms. In his work within marine biology, cytology and parthenogenesis, he advocated the study of whole cells under normal conditions, rather than simply breaking them apart in a laboratory setting. In addition, Just also left an everlasting impression within the African American community for his ability to pursue a high level of education in spite of the racial obstacles that he faced torwards the path to success. Majic Jungle Software Available on the App Store Rubber duckies float in a pond with beautiful highly realistic interactive water, rain and snow showers, reflected clouds and relaxing ambient sounds. This is the most realistic water available on the iPhone. With amazing reflection, refraction, animation and interaction, you won't believe your eyes. But it isn't just pretty, it's a game too. The goal is to swim all of your ducks to matching colored whirl pools.
robotic turkey gets a spring in its step Researchers at MIT's Leg Laboratory have built a series of legged robots, including one-legged hoppers, bipedal runners, bipedal walkers, a quadruped, and two kangaroo-like robots. Legged robots may be useful for everything from exploring inaccessible or hazardous locations to providing service or entertainment in the places we live and work. Understanding how humans and other animals walk and run is interesting scientifically and important medically. Leg Lab research has been used to develop a new and improved artificial knee that adapts to terrain, among other applications. The first walking robot was Spring Turkey, which could only walk in circles attached to the end of a mechanical boom. Later came Troody, a fully autonomous bipedal robot modeled after the dinosaur Troodon, which could walk around on its own.
The recipe for China’s oldest known face cream: beef fat and ground ‘moonmilk’ : Research Highlights Chemical analysis has revealed that a pot buried with a Chinese nobleman some 2,700 years ago held a skin cream made from animal fat and ground stalactite — a mixture that was probably foundational to China’s cosmetics industry. The ornate bronze jar was still sealed when researchers unearthed it at the Liujiawa archaeological site in northern China. That allowed Yimin Yang at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and his colleagues to analyse the composition of the yellowish lumps inside the pot.
HIV Transmission Among Male Inmates in a State Prison System The estimated prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is nearly five times higher for incarcerated populations (2.0%) (1) than for the general U.S. population (0.43%) (2). In 1988, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) initiated mandatory HIV testing of inmates upon entry into prison and voluntary HIV testing of inmates on request or if clinically indicated. GDC offered voluntary HIV testing to inmates annually during July 2003--June 2005 and currently offers testing to inmates on request. During July 1988--February 2005, a total of 88 male inmates were known to have had both a negative HIV test result upon entry into prison and a subsequent confirmed positive HIV test result (i.e., seroconversion) during incarceration.
CapExBio A new Scientific Workflow Management System is being developed at the Grand École TELECOM Bretagne, France, in a co-venture with Station Biologique de Roscoff and OUEST -genopole. The project name is CapExBio and the scope is to develop a knowledge capitalizing, cooperative workflow environment for the genomics community within a three-year period with due date in June 2010. Life Science and Bioinformatics Much focus within biological research today is on genomics and post-genomics characterized by mass production of scientific data. Research centers and institutions, as well as small local, and big international companies, are driven by the scientific and/or the monetary aspects of this specific field of study.