Game Theory and the Treatment of Cancer — Thinking about cancer as an ecosystem is giving biologists access to a new armoury of mathematical tools for tackling it, such as evolutionary game theory.
The History of Typography - Animated Short — This is kind of nifty. (Via
Alice E. Kober, 43; Lost to History No More — Ancient languages and eccentric professors. It doesn't get any better! (Via my Dad.)
Dull Flag and Tongue of Gangsta: The Laugh-out-loud Place-names of Shetland and Orkney
Beatnik JFK: 1957 — For some reason, I find this photo very funny.
Researcher Analyzes Oldest Fossil Hominid Ear Bones Ever Recovered
Fossil Amber Challenges Theories About Glass — Scientists discover that glass doesn't flow like a liquid.
Kangaroos have three vaginas — Mmm, marsupials. (Via David Goldman.)
One Small Step for Geoengineering — or Is “Ecoengineering” Better?
Space Oddity — David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station. We are indeed living in the future. (Via David Goldman and others.)
'Einstein's Planet': New Alien World Revealed by Relativity
Climate Sensitivity Stunner: Last Time CO2 Levels Hit 400 Parts Per Million The Arctic Was 14°F Warmer!
The Dark Art of Racecraft — Jason Richwine's place in the long history of research on race and IQ. Ta-Nehisi Coates is powerful on race and racism in academic tradition.
Infographic: Is Your State's Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably) — I'm so proud of America at moments like this. With all the budget problems of government, and all the human suffering in our debated economy, we still have our priorities straight. (Via
Japan WWII 'comfort women' were 'necessary' - Hashimoto — A prominent Japanese politician has described as "necessary" the system by which women were forced to become prostitutes for World War II troops. Oh, God. Really? Not only seven kinds of wrong, but disgusting and morally depraved. China indignant at Japanese politician's "comfort women" statement.
Homophobes Might Be Hidden Homosexuals — A new analysis of implicit bias and explicit sexual orientation statements may help to explain the underpinnings of anti-gay bullying and hate crimes. Also, this just in: water is wet. Inside a great number of angry conservative bigots is a fabulous gay man struggling to get out.
Naked TSA Protester's Appeal to Be Heard Tuesday — A story of local interest here in Portland. It would be pretty funny if it weren't so darned serious.
Police search for 19-year-old man shooting, wounding of 19 at New Orleans Mother’s Day parade — Because an armed society is a polite society, and guns make us all safer. Think how much harder it would have been for this shooter to exercise his theoretical defense of essential liberties without the smiling protection of the NRA and the Republican Party.
Right-wing media check up: still crazy — The right-wing media hasn't learned anything from its failures in 2012. It's the same-old 'Obama is evil' conspiracy theories.
Gates: Administration Critics view of US Military Capabilities in Benghazi “Cartoonish” — Former Bush and Obama administrations secretary of defense Bob Gates, a lifelong Republican, replied to some of the GOP fantasies about the possibility of a US military mission into Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The Republican obsession with Benghazi is just as bizarre and counterfactual as the vast majority of their other obsessions. Not that bizarre counterfactuals stopped Whitewater from morphing into the Clinton impeachment. Essentially, the GOP has been unable to accept the legitimacy of any Democratic president since LBJ.
Government secretly obtains phone records from journalists — Prosecutors targeted the Associated Press in an attempt to learn who leaked information about the CIA and an apparent terrorist plot in Yemen. If proven out, this is seven kinds of wrong. I don't care what your politics are, this isn't what our government does or should be doing. Should these allegations be substantiated, Attorney General Eric Holder needs to go, and Obama needs to answer for this. If nothing else, can this administration give us accountability? And some counterpoint on this.
QotD?: What is it that you have got that puts you where you are?
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (1.25 hours of revision, plus WRPA, editing METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: m/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett