> My picks – 18th March 2012
My picks – 18th March 2012
Here are some links that you might be interested in. I have not been doing this weekly as I had planned, thanks to my insane work load.
- A neat experiment on why flies get drunk? (Unfortunately, the reasoning cannot yet be extended to humans)
- Not all the light that enters our eyes is used for making images. Blind people too use light. Here is the story.
- Will you please step in to the abdominal cavity? The story of a scientist who dissects whales.
- Dolphins should have legal rights, says a group of scientists.
- A written discussion on the role of religion in UK. When Dawkins is told “The situation here is broadly OK, although we have to be watchful. But it is why in a British context your critics can portray you as militant and hysterical – but why in an American or Islamic context where the public impact of religion is potentially much more dangerous your stance is a vital corrective.” He beautifully responds with “secularism isn’t something we need only when threatened with theocracy, any more than democracy is something we need only when threatened with dictatorship.” Game, set and match.
- About cleaning up the mess in space.
- “It’s time to quit the catholic church”. For the Americans out there.
- James Randi starts a new column. I will keep track.
- A woman, with only four fingers suffers a car crash. Her hand is amputated. Now she starts experiencing not only the 4 fingers she lost but also the fifth one which she never had.
- Neil DeGrasse Tyson, makes the case for funding NASA to pursue space exploration. He is worried about US not being at the forefront of space, and about China catching up and overtaking it.
- Wonderful small science videos. What a talent he has got!
- “unethical for health practitioners to treat patients using homeopathy, for the reason that homeopathy (as a medicine or procedure) has been shown not to be efficacious”, says National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.
- Similar appearances need not mean the same species. A new species of frog discovered in New York.
- Looks like a Tamil movie. Failing to find love, these flies take to the bottle.
- Why pi matters?
- Squids have eyes as big as basketballs. But why? Here is a possible answer.
- Encyclopedia Britannica will not print any more of those books.
- Here is a longish piece about why mother-child bonding is essential for a child’s development and why a network of support goes a long way in helping both the mother and the child. Surprising that this idea was considered false at one point.