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July 18th, 2006

July 18th, 2006
06:42 pm


From the livescience LiveJournal feed:

Flocking to the Coast: World's Population Migrating into Danger

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Scientists project where people will move to by 2025. Along the coast, it's going to get very crowded.
From http://eurekalert.com:

Public Release: 18-Jul-2006
Brain and Language
Study confirms males/females use different parts of brain in language & visuospatial tasks
Differences in the way men and women perform verbal and visuospatial tasks have been well documented in scientific literature, but findings have been inconsistent as to whether men and women actually use different parts of their brains. But a new study published in the journal Brain and Language, which accounted for and corrected these methodological factors, confirmed that men and women do indeed use different parts of their brains when processing both language and visuospatial information.
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Public Release: 18-Jul-2006
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Connect the Quantum Dots
A new study, published today in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has significant implications for the design of disease markers and the development of chemoreceptors used in human biomedical research. The groundbreaking study, entitled, 'A Mechanism to Signal Receptor-Substrate Interactions with Luminescent Quantum Dots', demonstrates that quantum dots can one day replace conventional organic dyes in biomedical applications.

Public Release: 18-Jul-2006
Science Express
Direct link established between tropical tree and insect diversity
Higher tree species diversity leads directly to higher diversity of leaf-eating insects, researchers report in the July 13, 2006 early-online version of the journal Science. Understanding the drivers of the high diversity in tropical forests has been a major question since Darwin and Wallace visited tropical forests and even before, Smithsonian co-author Scott Miller writes, We found that higher tropical tree diversity explains why there are more leaf-eating insects in tropical than in temperate forests.
US National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Czech Grant Agency,Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Ministry of Education, National Geographic Society, Darwin Initiative, Slovak Grant Agency

Public Release: 18-Jul-2006
Journal of Neuroscience
UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researchers find fewer neurons in the amygdala of males with autism
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute have discovered that the brains of males with autism have fewer neurons in the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in emotion and memory.
National Alliance for Autism Research, the National Institutes of Health

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10:15 pm


From bna.com's newsletter:

A Los Angeles video news service sued YouTube Inc. on Friday in federal court for allowing its users to upload copyrighted video footage onto the popular Web site, including the beating of trucker Reginald Denny during the 1992 riots. Los Angeles News Service and its owner and operator, Robert Tur, assert in the lawsuit that in one week's time, one version of the Denny beating uploaded by a YouTube user was viewed and downloaded 1,000 times via the site.
<http://tinyurl.com/mekkp> [Hollywood Reporter Esq.]

Bloggers in India are getting together to protest against the sudden blocking of popular Google-owned blog-hosting site Blogger by some Internet Service Providers like Spectranet, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), Reliance Powersurfer, Airtel Broadband and Sify. The Department of Telecommunications reportedly sent ISPs a list of sites to be blocked.

With heightened concerns over sexual predators lurking at so-called social-networking sites, state attorneys general have called for such communities, particularly MySpace, to improve age and identity checks. However, experts say that implementing such a system would not be that easy. MySpace's safety czar says any technical solution must be part of a set that includes education and cooperation with law enforcement.

A report by Click Forensics says swindlers have stepped up their effort to fleece millions of dollars from online advertisers who use lucrative marketing networks run by Google and Yahoo. The sales referrals generated by clicks on the brief advertising links popularized by the two Internet powerhouses are a sham 14.1 percent of the time, up from a click fraud rate of 13.7 percent three months ago.

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10:58 pm


Tuesday July 18, 2006. I woke up feeling deliciously cool. And I didn't need to take a decongestant.

***Second (and last) day of the Wilson Library (U of MN) book sale.

At 12:30, a bag sale started: One shopping bag full of books for $5.

I didn't fill the bag, but I have enough reading to keep me occupied for a while.

Notice in Blegan Hall: "Economists smell good." Plus time and day of Economist Club meetings.
Do other people see the same subtext I do in this ad? "Friendly housekeeper wanted. Lively couple who travel often seeking housekeeper...."

***From USA Today's state snippets: "CALIFORNIA: Santa Clarita -- in an attempt to keep a steady supply of service dogs, the Los Angeles Police Department is breeding and training some of its own to save money. The department will still import dogs from Europe, which supplies most of the K-9 units, in the USA, at a cost of $8,500 per dog."

***Also from USA Today: Is this woman the living 'Code'?

Is the world ready for a book and an author more controversial than Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code?

Meet Kathleen McGowan, novelist and self-proclaimed descendant of a union between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. McGowan, who says she is from the "sacred bloodline" Brown made famous in his mega-selling novel, says she's ready to cope with people who think she's crazy or a heretic.

But among believers are her powerful literary agent and the editors at New York publisher Simon & Schuster, who are throwing their weight behind her autobiographical religious thriller The Expected One, out July 25, with a sizable first printing of 250,000 copies.
Writing: "Down Among the Sane Ones" -- Added more, to the point where protagonist is asked why he's 1) turning down a chance at big money and medium power and 2) offering to do some of the same work for free. Now I have to figure out what his intended-polite answer is.

Self-help information:

Decluttering: Trash out. Dishes washed.


Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba

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