September 26th, 2007

The Arctic Hole

Trip Proposed to Earth Centre via Arctic Hole

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U.S. scientist and a small band of believers are planning a journey to the Canadian Arctic for what they call "the greatest geological expedition in history."

Are they searching for Arctic oil reserves? Documenting evidence of climate change? Not quite. They're looking for a fog-shrouded hole in the Arctic Ocean that leads -- they say -- to the centre of the Earth, where an unknown civilization is lurking inside the hollow core of the planet. 

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Amazing Anagrams

Anagrams are words or phrases made by transposing or rearranging letter of other words or phrases. This is a list of some pretty dam good ones, obviously there are people out there with way too much time on their hands.

Let’s have a look at them...

"Dormitory" - Dirty Room

"Evangelist" - Evil's Agent

"Desperation" - A Rope Ends It

"The Morse Code" - Here Come Dots

"Slot Machines" - Cash Lost in 'em

"Animosity" - Is No Amity

"Mother-in-law" - Woman Hitler

"Snooze Alarms" - Alas! No More Z's

"Alec Guinness" - Genuine Class

"Semolina" - Is No Meal

"The Public Art Galleries" - Large Picture Halls, I Bet

"A Decimal Point" - I'm a Dot in Place

"The Earthquakes" - That Queer Shake

"Eleven plus two" - Twelve plus one

"Contradiction" - Accord not in it

"George Bush" - He bugs Gore

 
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I Watch, Therefore I Know

How Observation Beats the School of Hard Knocks...


Few questions are more fundamental than that of how we learn. Indeed, this question has been central to psychological inquiry from the time of the first experimental psychology labs in the late 1800s. 

Ever since, a primary goal of psychology research has been to describe how we acquire and retain the information necessary for survival. Most of this work, however, has concerned direct, first-person learning. There is another mode of learning, however, famously alluded to by Yogi Berra when he said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." 

As these sage and inimitable words suggest, we learn not just through direct experience but also by observing others' experiences.

 

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Other Worlds

NASA Imagines Earth-Like Worlds

Astronomers have yet to find an Earth-size planet beyond our solar system, but that hasn't stopped them from modeling what these worlds might look like. 



A new catalog of 14 types of such planets, some fantastical, could help planet hunters spot what has until now remained fictional. The computer models provide specs for 14 planet types, varying according to mass, diameter, composition and where the worlds could be found in our galaxy.

 

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Image of the Day

Galaxy M101



The AKARI Spacecraft made new observations of galaxy M101, revealing differing populations of stars spread across its spiral arms. Many young high-temperature stars populate the spiral arms, revealing the areas of star formation and warming the interstellar dust. This makes the galaxy shine at shorter infrared wavelengths. In contrast, the longer wavelengths show the "cold" dust. Normal stars, typically like our own Sun, warm this dust.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

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