James Fallon: Confessions of a #Pro-Social #Psychopath [#geekgirl]
The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D [#geekgirl]
“…an animation that was rendered using the measured redshift of all 10,000 galaxies in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image.”
#Genetics Are Awesome [#geekgirl]
#ShockHorror! Women Scientists Who Have Been Screwed by The #Phallocentric System [#geekgirl]
“In April, National Geographic News published a story about the letter in which scientist Francis Crick described DNA to his 12-year-old son. In 1962, Crick was awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, along with fellow scientists James Watson and Maurice Wilkins.
Several people posted comments about our story that noted one name was missing from the Nobel roster: Rosalind Franklin, a British biophysicist who also studied DNA. Her data were critical to Crick and Watson’s work, but as several commenters noted, Franklin was robbed of recognition. (See her section below for details.)
She was not the first woman to have endured indignities in the male-dominated world of science, but Franklin’s case is especially egregious, said Ruth Lewin Sime, a retired chemistry professor at Sacramento City College who has written on women in science.” – From 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism
“Only For #Children” [#geekgirl]
“[The] ANAR Foundation…attend[s] children and teenagers [in] a risk situation…they can find the help they need in a totally anonymous and confidential way. But, how can we get our message to a child abuse victim, even when they are accompanied by their aggressor?
Knowing the average height for adults and children under 10,GREY has created two different messages. Using an outdoor lenticular we show adults an awareness message, while children see a message where we offer them our help and show them the telephone number. A message only for children.”
“Sea surface temperatures reach highest level in 150 years..” #sigh# [#geekgirl]
“Sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest recorded in 150 years, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). These high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are the latest in a trend of above average temperature seen during the spring and summer seasons, and part of a pattern of elevated temperatures occurring in the Northwest Atlantic, but not seen elsewhere in the ocean basin over the past century.
Sea surface temperature for the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem reached a record high of 14 degrees Celsius (57.2°F) in 2012, exceeding the previous record high in 1951. Average SST has typically been lower than 12.4 C (54.3 F) over the past three decades.”
- Via Phys.org
If #Minecraft and #Tetris had #Robot Babies…. [#geekgirl]
[So evidently if Tetris and Minecraft had multiple Soft Robot babies, they'd all evolve just like this. Awwwwww.]
#Freetronics and #ArduSat team up to beam up. Design and run space-based applications #geekgirl
Have you heard about ArduSat? It’s the first open-platform low Earth orbit satellite system that allows any member of the public to design and run their own space-based applications. The project was originally funded by KickStarter donors and is now progressing very well. Participants can create their own Arduino sketches to run inside the satellite, taking advantage of the on-board sensors to record results and generate data. The hardware contains the equivalent of sixteen Arduinos which can run up to around 12 sketches concurrently. Freetronics co-founder Jonathan Oxer gives us more details in the following video.
Freetronics are really proud to be part of the ArduSat vision of allowing anyone to run their own experiments in space, so as well as being the payload hardware partner – Freetronics also have ArduSat prototyping modules for sale that allow you to recreate your own hardware for testing before uploading the sketch to the ArduSat system, or for your own projects.
For more information about the ArduSat, visit their website.
ANAT presents – The Subjects Sleep Research Residency #art #thesubjects #geekgirlThe Subjects Sleep Research Residency
As part its 25th anniversary celebrations, the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) is pleased to present The Subjects – an experimental and experiential arts project. Acclaimed author, Sean Williams, will be joined by artists Thom Buchanan and Fee Plumley and writer Jennifer Mills for a week-long residency at the Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University’s Adelaide-based sleep research centre. Isolated from contact with the outside world, The Subjects will experience severely disrupted sleep patterns, loss of subjective control and constant surveillance. Each day – or is it night? – they will produce creative accounts of their experience. These will be posted to the project blog, enabling those of us on the outside to respond directly with comments and questions. As the residency progresses we expect The Subjects’ to become increasingly stressed by their privations. Will they go mad – quietly or otherwise? Will they lose their creative mojo? Will they find new ways of expressing themselves, personally and creatively? You be the judge. http://thesubjects.anat.org.au
Join the conversation on Twitter #TheSubjectsThe Subjects will be joined by The Scientist, Professor Drew Dawson, in a special panel discussion for Adelaide Writers’ Week. Keep visiting the blog in the lead up to and during the residency (9 – 16 February) to see what happens!
SCANZ 2013 3rd Nature Symposium :: #NewZealand #environment #intercreate13 #geekgirl
SCANZ 2013 3rd Nature Symposium / 1 – 3 February 2013 ::
New Plymouth Nga Motu and Waitara, New Zealand SCANZ is a biennial event that includes a hui-symposium, a two week group residency and an exhibition. Intercreate Trust and event partner Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research Centre (TMIRC) are organising the symposium, which will propose that the solution to sustainability requires listening to the indigenous voice on the environment. Sessions of the symposium include: Matauranga Maori, Science and Art; Environment; Society; Indigenous Cultures; Data, Art and Ecology; and Futures. Views expressed include those from a Social Work perspective on environment, barriers to sustainability, working with remote communities, the body and the environment, art and data, biotechnology, little blue penguins and ‘Martian diaspora’ – among many others.