Christopher LloydOver the next few years, some experiments hold out a chance of finally being able to show whether or not time can move backward as well as forward. Theoretically, at least, it might be possible for the future to influence the past, said John Cramer, a physicist at the University of Washington. He and his colleagues plan to try just such an experiment next year.

1. Take this with a grain of salt. It’s MSNBC after all.
2. The article is peppered with movie references. Really great science reporting there. No w could one of the writers explain to me – were you really dumbing down and confusing things for your readers, or yourself?
3. What’s more, not a single reference to a Delorean.
Time-travel physics: Stranger than fiction – Mysteries of the Universe – MSNBC.com

Cat's meow Vocal communication involves caterwauls for mating, chattering upon spotting prey, hissing to ward off an intruder, or shrieking when hurt or terrified. Meowing is not part of this language. Meow-ese, it would seem, is a language developed exclusively for humans.

How fascinating! The article goes on to discuss research into this inter-species communication, and how cat owners are better at understanding the emotion being conveyed by a particular caterwaul.

Very interesting, even if completely obvious when you think about it.
petcentric: Your Bi-Lingual Kitty

Cosmologists Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok have a radical idea… They theorize that the cosmos was never compacted into a single point and did not spring forth in a violent instant. Instead, the universe as we know it is a small cross section of a much grander universe whose true magnitude is hidden in dimensions we cannot perceive. What we think of as the Big Bang, they contend, was the result of a collision between our three-dimensional world and another three-dimensional world less than the width of a proton away from ours—right next to us, and yet displaced in a way that renders it invisible. Moreover, they say the Big Bang is just the latest in a cycle of cosmic collisions stretching infinitely into the past and into the future. Each collision creates the universe anew. The 13.7-billion-year history of our cosmos is just a moment in this endless expanse of time.

String theory. A theory that has no experimental implications. It makes for exciting articles, sure. But I think they would have been better calling it rope theory.
Before the Big Bang

Some years ago scientists at CALTECH California Institute of Technology in Pasadena discovered that humans possess a tiny, shiny crystal of magnetite in the ethmoid bone, located between your eyes, just behind the nose.

It seems that magnetite helps direction finding in animals and helps migratory species migrate successfully by allowing them to draw upon the earths magnetic fields. But scientists are not sure how they do this.

The funny thing is that I have often get a strange tingling sensation in that area. Usually when I am lying in bed after a night out on the town (or out on the living room, more often these days 😐 ).

Of course, just because this exists, doesn’t mean we actually use it for anything. Or maybe we’ve forgotten how, since we don’t need it. There isn’t much of a reason to assume that this isn’t vestigial, or is it?

The biggest question asked by this finding however, is how can I learn to use it to find where I parked my car?

Do humans have a compass in their nose?

Wonkette interviews a real live lobbyist.

Do these people just stay so freaking manic that they CAN’T contemplate how they are ruining the best government ever seen on the planet?

Maybe if we all bothered to vote, to start, and then voted for smart people rather than those with the best teeth/hair/campaign commercials there wouldn’t be as much of a use for me. But, lucky for me, most of you don’t bother voting (though find me a lobbyist who skips voting and I’ll buy you a drink) and you vote for the best politician rather than the best, smartest or most ethical lawmaker. The “best government ever seen on the planet” is managed by politicians who appeal to the least common denominator, but I’m the one ruining it? Don’t bullshit a professional bullshitter.

Ask a Lobbyist: Open Bars, Open Roads – Wonkette

Every one of us carries about 100,000 virurses, embedded in our genes. Scary…virus

Every day, viruses traffic in and out of human bodies. They invade people’s cells, make new copies of themselves, and then, if they’re lucky, infect a new host. Some viruses do this by stapling themselves into our DNA, so that their own genes are read by our cells much as they read their own genes. In many cases, infected cells die as they manufacture hundreds of new viruses that burst out of them. But in some cases the viruses get stuck. They sit in the cell’s genome, and the cell goes on living. When the cell duplicates, it duplicates the virus DNA as well. Just because the virus spares the cell is not necessarily a good thing. The virus may still be able to pop out of dormancy and wreak havoc. It may also trigger its host cell to duplicate like mad–giving rise to cancer. One in five cancers is associated with these viruses.

The Loom : The Sixty-Million-Year Virus

Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.

I’m feeling pretty powerless right now. Here’s the news article:

MiamiHerald.com | 10/28/2006 | Glitches cited in early voting

There’s discussion on Daily Kos about this. And this, on how to report problems you see.


I am constantly running out of space on my hard drives. And, every time I do, windows starts complaining about the amount of space available. It will then offer to scan the drives for ‘recoverable’ space – calculate how much crap is in your recycle bin, how many temporary files you have lying around wasting space, and also offer to ‘compress old files’.

Don’t do that last one. It’s a piece of crap. You’ll save maybe 5% or so. It will take a few hours. All good and well, but any modification to the disk’s environment – such as moving it from one computer to another, reinstalling the OS, or goodness knows what other little things may cause distress to the finicky, tempermental, but thoroughly-critical-to-your-day-to-day-life orrnithopter that is the Windows OS and the disk will be come unmountable, and you’ll be shelling out for data recovery software, and tearing your hair out, swearing you’ll never let another day go by without a decent back up.

At least, that has been my experience.

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