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New Male Birth Control

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Kind of a crazy thing at that, it's something that could be turned on and off literally at the flick of a switch. How strange is that eh? Via Yahoo EcoGeek.



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I couldn't figure out why Pharyngula was so good natured about being kicked out of an event based on no legal reasoning. Then I got to the end. So funny.


KSR interview

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Awesome interview with Kim Stanley Robinson on Wires's Bldgblog.


Superman Pod Crashes in Bolivia

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Next time I say let's go someplace like Bolivia... beware of crashing poisonous meteorites.


Crazy cameraness

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Check out this video of an insane picture quality. Supposedly it's 13.4 GIGAPIXELS. LOTS OF DOTS! - Watch more free videos


We’re Not Adult Orientated

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I've read several articles lately about the biology or not biology of homosexuality. One was linked from Pharyngula, who you may or may not know, is a developmental biology associate professor at the University of Minnesota. The article he has linked( The Biology of Sexual Orientation ) is about the fact there have not been any conclusive studies linking sexual orientation in humans to biology. I had no idea this was the case before reading that article, as I have heard people say the opposite on many occasions, but trust the sources in this case. I have always felt strongly that sexual orientation was not based on biology, but on the same factors that determine personality and other things that are part of your socialization. I am obviously not a biologist. I also have much stronger feelings about socialization being responsible for almost everything a person does. Lots of people seem to see the idea that sexual preference is not biological as directly hostile to people who aren't heterosexual, and this I've also always felt, is a strange position. Because I wasn't born already interested in men and women or just women or just men, is hardly a reason that it's ok to be a jerk to me based on who you think I should or shouldn't love or want to have sex with. I do not think people have a choice. Much like most everything about love, you rarely get much say in the matter. There is another article this week in Mother Jones that is mroe of a conversation about the issue. I wouldn't start the mother jones article if you aren't going to finish it, because it talks to some people who feel very strongly on many sides of ideas about sexuality, and starts off seeming like it's going one way before eventually going nowhere. Anyway, all good articles and interesting things to talk about.


Please don’t flashy thing my whole brain

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Again from Ars, a study published in Science details an experiment on some rats showing that long term memory can be stopped from forming and likely completely erased with a chemical called protein kinase M zeta (PKMĪ¶). Terrifying??!


New robot thinks knock-knock jokes are funny

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Via Ars Technica, UC doctoral student Julia Taylor and professor Larry Mazlack are writing software for a robot to understand jokes based on puns and other similar sounding word jokes. CALL DATA!


Wikipedia anonymous editting tracking FTW

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Article over at Wired about an awesome program a guy name Virgil Griffith, a CalTech grad student, made to track down IPs of anonymous posters. It showed wide ranging locations for changes, such as the CIA, Wal Mart, and Diebold:

Some of this appears to be transparently self-interested, either adding positive, press release-like material to entries, or deleting whole swaths of critical material.

Voting-machine company Diebold provides a good example of the latter, with someone at the company's IP address apparently deleting long paragraphs detailing the security industry's concerns over the integrity of their voting machines, and information about the company's CEO's fund-raising for President George Bush.


Court Rules E-Mail is protected the same as phone calls

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As if it mattered, they don't get the warrants they are supposed to for phone calls either. NONETHELESS! That is excellent news that email is now protected the same as real mail. Another victory from our peeps at the EFF.