October 26, 2012

Friday Roundup of Interesting Links

Gallup Special Report.Only  3.4% of U.S. Adults Identify as LGBT

This is the largest single study of the distribution of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population in the U.S. on record.

Mitt loves peanut butter and honey sandwiches, but peanut butter and pickles?  Dwight Garner in the New York Times says the peanut butter and pickle sandwich is one of those unlikely pairings that shouldn’t work, but does

“The first time I tried one, I had this incredible sense of tasting something really new for the first time,” Mr. Zalben said. “I couldn’t get it out of my head. I had one every day for a week.”

 Peanutbutter+Pickles

When distraction works.  Virtual reality experiment finds video game works better on wounded soldiers' pain than anesthetic.  They played SnowWorld.

In a study published in 2007 Sam Sharar, an anesthesiology professor at Washington University, said the therapy could be as effective at controlling pain as an intravenous dose of hydromorphone - a potent derivate of morphine.

The crowd psychology of Grand Central Station

New York's Grand Central Terminal, as it currently stands today, was built between 1903 and 1913. But it is the third Grand Central. …Turns out, the rapid reconfiguration of Grand Central had a lot to do with crowd control — figuring out how to use architecture to make the unruly masses a little more ruly.

London Telegraph: The assassination of President Kennedy points to hard-line Stalinists in the KGB  incapable of taking the humiliation of Cuba lying down. They conspired behind the back of Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet premier, to take revenge on Kennedy.

Predictable consequence. 'We won’t advise the state again': Scientists outraged at Italian seismologists' jailing

The head of Italy’s disaster evaluation body has quit in protest against the conviction of seven of his colleagues for failing to warn people of a deadly earthquake in 2009. Scientists all over the world have expressed outrage at the verdict.

Hacking the President’s DNA

The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.

Boeing Now Has A Missile That Destroys Only Electronics And Leaves All Else Intact

The Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), led by Boeing's Phantom works, promised to change the face of contemporary warfare, and its test was a complete success.

CHAMP flew over the Utah Test and Training Range last Tuesday, discharging a burst of High Power Microwaves onto the test site and brought down the compound's entire spectrum of electronic systems, apparently without producing any other damage at all. Even the camera recording the test was shut down.  Struggling to contain his enthusiasm, Boeing's Keith Coleman says, "We hit every target we wanted to. Today we made science fiction into science fact."

 Morpho Butterfly

True Blue Stands Out in an Earthy Crowd

For the French Fauvist painter and color gourmand Raoul Dufy, blue was the only color with enough strength of character to remain blue “in all its tones.” Darkened red looks brown and whitened red turns pink, Dufy said, while yellow blackens with shading and fades away in the light. But blue can be brightened or dimmed, the artist said, and “it will always stay blue.”
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“Blue pigments played an outstanding role in human development,” said Heinz Berke, an emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Zurich. For some cultures, he said, they were as valuable as gold……blue love is a global affair. Ask people their favorite color, and in most parts of the world roughly half will say blue, a figure three to four times the support accorded common second-place finishers like purple or green.
Posted by Jill Fallon at October 26, 2012 1:37 PM | Permalink