But it was 63 yesterday!?!
Study: US government is an oligarchy
Researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities released a study in April that found U.S. politicians more often reflect the wishes of the rich and powerful over the needs of the majority of Americans, who have a "minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."
I found @darth (at Central Park Zoo)
Declan meets the sea lions (at Central Park Zoo)
Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as The Late Show host
Stephen Colbert, host of the “Colbert Report,” will replace David Letterman after Letterman retires, CBS announced in a press release. Colbert will be given a 5 year contract. The producers and location of the Colbert-hosted show have not yet been determined.
But now I’m wondering if what I consider “reporting” is just a form of aggregating, of skimming, of lifting the best parts of a scientist’s work and repurposing it for my own interests. These scientists have spent many, many years doing research, much of it at the very edge of the knowable, where finding a new piece of solid data is a laborious process that may require long nights at the computer or the laboratory bench, or mulling a bust of Galileo, and this work has to be slotted among other obligations, including grant applications, peer-reviewing papers, teaching, advising graduate students, holding office hours, serving on faculty committees and schmoozing at the faculty club. And here I am calling up and saying: “Give me the fruit of your mental labors.” Asking for the ripest fruit, as it were. Asking not just for information but for wisdom. Give it to me! For free. And they did, because they always do, because we have a system of sorts. — Joel Achenbach
Pakistani group makes giant poster of child for drone operators to see
A group called #NotABugSplat unraveled a 90 x 60 foot vinyl poster of a girl facing up to the sky in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Northwest Pakistan. The child remains nameless, but organizations that helped launch the project said she lost both her parents in a drone strike.
The group said it hopes drone operators see the picture and think twice about an airstrike.
Researchers at the University of Louisville and UCLA published a study in the journal Brain on April 8 that shows that four paralyzed men — the only patients so far to undergo the treatment — have all regained movement in their lower bodies, as well as bowel, bladder and sexual control.
Researchers on April 7 said that they have produced the most accurate measurement to date of how fast the universe was flying apart when it was 3 billion years old. At the rate of 68 km/s, the universe was growing at a rate of 1% every 44 million years at the time, which is actually slower than expected.
Photo: Globular cluster NGC 6362 captured by Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.