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# No signal from Phoenix

I've been Tweeting updates on the search for signals from Phoenix -- very appropriate for Twitter, since the updates consist of nearly no information -- but now it appears to be time for a real blog entry. After three listening campaigns taking place from January through April, Mars Odyssey has detected no signal from Phoenix. The Martian north polar lander Phoenix, you may recall, was last heard from on November 2, 2008. It was necessary to ....

http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00002439/

# The riddle of experience vs. memory

Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.

http://machineslikeus.com/news/riddle-experience-vs-memory

# Christopher Hitchens: Arrest The Pope!

"Justice is coming!" Christopher Hitchens talking to MSNBC's Tamron Hall about arresting The Pope during his Britain visit in September 2010.

http://machineslikeus.com/news/christopher-hitchens-arrest-pope

# On The Path To Pikes Peak: New Video of Stanfords Robot Car

It will be one of the more daring feats of robotic driving ever attempted: Stanford’s autonomous car, an Audi named Shelley, will race up Pike’s Peak at breakneck speeds. That mountain has been the proving grounds for racers since 1916, with annual competitions to see who can scale its treacherous curves in the shortest time. [...]

# This should get the kids back into mathematics

Seen over at imgur and also at fridley.

Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following order:

$0,\;1,\;1,\;2,\;3,\;5,\;8,\;13,\;21,\;34,\;55,\;89,\;144,\; \ldots.$
After the 0 and 1, each number is the sum of the previous two. A Fibonacci spiral can be created by drawing arcs connecting the opposite corners of squares in a Fibonacci tiling. In the picture above, the "squares" have side-lengths 1, 1, 2, 3, and 5.

Edit: Just in case it wasn't obvious, this post is more humour than maths. The curve would actually be a parabola (I think). If you look hard enough in nature, you can find all sorts of curves - see Fibonacci Flim-Flam for an overview of this idea.

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# MOUTH BREATHERS NEED HELP!

Ungh!

“BREATHERS”

Remember Hal Finkelstein?

The glasses? The awful red sneakers?

Remember how he breathed through his mouth all the time? The way his nostrils seemed welded together? “Ngh! Gimme BANNNK my BOOK!”

Hey Finkelstein. You still out there? Maybe you should pop by the dentist. I been readin’ about mouth breathers – a study in General Dentistry by Yosh Jefferson, DMD.

Not good.

The faces of “breathers” change. In a bad way. They get longer and narrower (like you, Finkelstien, now that I think about it).  Their teeth get crooked, their gums go bad, and they’re at at risk for ADD, high blood pressure, heart problems, and lots of other stuff.

If Finkelstein’s any examples, it doesn’t do much for yer personality neither.  (Sorry Fink.)

I wouldn’t be so mean if there wasn’t stuff a mouth breather can do. But there is.

Dr. Jefferson, being a dentist, suggests that a good place to start would be a.. a dentist. (I’m in shock!). A GP could probably help too.

Could be tonsils, adenoids, allergies, narrow passages (that can be expanded). Other stuff.

I also wouldn’t be so mean if Finkelstien didn’t happen to be a figment of my overheated imagination. But you can be sure I’ll be hearing from SOME Hal Finkelstien anyway. He’ll turn out to be a mouth breather. And he’s gonna read this and HATE MISTER ScienceAintSoBad.

And I’ll hate myself!

ScienceAintSoBadRating = 0 to myself and my cruel indifference to the Hal Finkelstein’s of the world.

But ScienceAintSoBadRating  = 8 for a useful study, bringing to light an unexpected and troubling condition which can be remedied if caught.

# IS YOUR KID HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING

WITHOUT HIS GLASSES

“BREATHERS”

Remember Hal Finkelstein?

The glasses? The awful red sneakers?

Remember how he breathed through his mouth all the time? The way his nostrils seemed welded together? “Ngh! Gimme BANNNK my BOOK!”

Hey Finkelstein. You still out there? Maybe you should pop by the dentist. I been readin’ about mouth breathers – a study in General Dentistry by Yosh Jefferson, DMD.

Not good.

The faces of “breathers” change. In a bad way.

They get longer and narrower (like you, Finkelstien, now that I think about it).  Their teeth get crooked, their gums go bad, and they’re at at risk for ADD, high blood pressure, heart problems, and lots of other stuff.

If Finkelstein’s any example, it doesn’t do much for yer personality neither.  (Sorry Fink.)

I wouldn’t be so mean if there wasn’t stuff a mouth breather can do. But there is. Dr. Jefferson, being a dentist, suggests that a good place to start would be a.. a dentist. (I’m in shock!). A GP could probably help too.

Could be tonsils, adenoids, allergies, narrow passages (that can be expanded). Other stuff.

I also wouldn’t be so mean if Finkelstien didn’t happen to be a figment of my overheated imagination.

But you can be sure I’ll be hearing from SOME Hal Finkelstien anyway. He’ll turn out to be a mouth breather. And he’s gonna read this and HATE MISTER ScienceAintSoBad.

And I’ll hate myself!

ScienceAintSoBadRating = 0 to myself and my cruel indifference to the Hal Finkelstein’s of the world.

But ScienceAintSoBadRating  = 8 for a useful study, bringing to light an unexpected and troubling condition which can be remedied if caught.

# Forensic DNA blow to commercial whaling proposals

Proposals to resume commercial whaling have been dealt a blow by DNA detective work at US and South Korean sushi restaurants

http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/424048/s/9f74ed5/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carti

# NCBI ROFL: Magnetic resonance temperature mapping of microwave-fried chicken fingers.

“The main objective of this study was to compare the heating patterns of chicken fingers deep-fried conventionally and using a microwave. Two dimensional internal temperature maps of fried chicken fingers with rectangular geometry were measured post frying using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Frying was performed in a microwave oven at 365 W power level for [...]