Parents Baffled By Science Questions
Agreed! I had a book called "10,000 Interesting Facts" .... read it to pieces. But it's critical to not only get kids interested in knowing about the world around them but getting them to think for themselves, experiment, formulate ideas, etc... otherwise they're just trivia machines.
Science, Technology, Natural History Museums?
At one time the Museum of Nature (Ottawa, Canada) was the most surreal experience you could imagine. The building is literally a massive castle. Beautifully built with an atmosphere without comparison. They had the most fantastic paleontology section where you would start at the bottom of a ramp, very dark and foreboding and see fossils from a billion years ago. As you walk up the ramp you see newer and newer fossils - they did an excellent job showing transitional fossils. The ramp would wind around, showing the incredible assortment of life our planet has seen in the past. Finally, it would open up into a large chamber with dinosaur skeletons as far as the eye could see. You would begin with Triassic, Jurassic then Cretaceous. The chamber would then lead to the rise of mammals, ice age, etc... I swear the designer was a genius.
After renovating (I kid you not) they've lumped everything together in a horrible assortment of ice age animals, dinosaurs, mammals, etc... in a set of adjoining open ceiling rooms. There's no atmosphere (everything is bright white with phosphorescent lighting) and the science is certainly gone. I've tried to look into what idiot designed the new layout and I was certain I would find some slack-jawed creationist being responsible but no luck.
Anyway, this is just me venting and telling people not to waste their time on this travesty. However, the three museums of war, aviation and civilization in the Ottawa area are fantastic!
Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man
Exactly. It's a glorified lookup table.
You hit the nail on the head with this statement: "When your software can start diagnosing diseases we don't know about, please let us know!"
New Map Hints At Venus' Wet, Volcanic Past
Simpsons IS +5 Interesting
US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu
Please report your illness directly to the CDC. Thank you.
YouTube Halts Uploads and Comments In Korea
Yep, first thing I thought of when I read the article was "big deal... nothing new coming from the North Koreans..."
Ponzi Schemes Multiply On YouTube
Isn't that how stocks work? You simply "buy" your way into wealth? Lends credence to the theory that capitalism is a pyramid scheme.
Study Finds the Pious Fight Death Hardest
I think you can consider the fear of death in two ways...
1. You're afraid to die because of the act of dieing - you fear dieing in a painful or traumatic sort of way, rather than a calm or at least non painful sort of way.
2. You're afraid of the non-physical consequences of death.
I'm scared of the 1st, because I have an intricate history of cancer in the family and will likely go the same way. Personally I have no fear of the 2nd. When I'm dead, I won't care much that I'm dead since I'm dead (some Greek said it much better than me!)
US Adults Fail Basic Science Literacy
I think if someone is interested in science and fortunate enough to live in Western society, you're going to get into science whether you have amazing teachers or poor teachers. I had terrible high school and university teachers with the exception occurring when I hit my fourth year. I had a prof who taught two electromagnetics courses (Elec. Eng.) and I was sold from that point on. I did my masters with him and soon to finish my PhD. I'm sure it's a YMMV type of problem, but at the very least curiosity and inquiry can take you VERY far in terms of your education, despite countless roadblocks.
Facebook's New Terms of Service
Soes that mean deleting a picture on Facebook doesn't actually delete it, just your record of it?
What, Me Worry? MAD Magazine Going Quarterly
- prolonged sitting on the toilet isn't good for your bowels if you're not actually going the whole time
- if you have enough time to read while you go (i.e. the action takes that long) there's something wrong with your diet
Fraudsters Abusing Canada's Do-Not-Call List
As much as I'm a proud fellow Canuck, and would love to view our nation as one that will stand the test of time -- the US will just begin taking resource laden countries by force as they become incapable of purchasing / trading for resources legally. We also have enormous amounts of fresh water too. Oh wait... I've said too much...
Blu-ray Update Sent To User Via Credit Card Records
Yes, but the question is she your Ex? If that is the case she wouldn't have told you about the fire hazard. Think about it.
New Energy Efficiency Rules For TVs Sold In California
If they both have similar specs, but one is rated for 1000W and the other at 500W, would you not choose the latter?
How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?
Engineers, by definition, are more likely to think outside the box. The problem is that a lot of engineering companies are too afraid to take risks, not willing to re-design so they demand design re-use, etc. I think companies stifle engineer's creativity.
You make some terrific points - I learned blues guitar, started to criticize sports less and just shut the fuck up and enjoy it. Mind you, whenever a hockey fight breaks out I still jump out of my seat and beat my chest and hollar like an ape to tease my brother in law! I agree with the nurse comment too - in Canadian universities, it's a tradition for engineers (mainly males) to hang out with nurses (mainly females) during frosh and beyond. It was always a pleasure.
But I have to take issue with the Feng Shui. There are numerous debunkings to be found on the net, not to mention the show Bullshit! did good coverage of it. Just common sense would stop one dead in their tracks. You need to be careful you don't take thinking outside the box to thinking outside of reality.
How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?
I'd argue that the mathematics is the easiest part of engineering. It's the problem solving that is most difficult - especially when confronting with an entirely new problem OR you're on the bleeding edge developement or research. I'd say mostly anyone can learn the mathematics given enough dedication - problem solving is something quite difficult to learn!
Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?
I realize the majority of readers are SW or Comp Sci, but for anyone wondering about the basics of microwave engineering, I highly recommend this text. IMHO, it's the best textbook I've ever read. Terrific diagrams, tons of practical examples and he doesn't shy away from the mathematics but introduces it intelligently.
The requirements for reading the text is the standard Science/Engineering Calculus background.
Are Newspapers Doomed?
"and the content trashy with alot of spelling mistakes"
I think you mean "a lot". Sorry, couldn't help myself.
MySpace Verdict a Danger To Depressed Kids
As strange as it is to say so on Slashdot of all places, you're probably right. Thanks for your comments - I do have some thinking to do.
MySpace Verdict a Danger To Depressed Kids
All I can say is boo-fucking-hoo. Everyone in Western society is so utterly spoiled. Anyone wanting to committ suicide in a Western country, save a very minute number of cases, should just get it over with because we don't need your cowardly influence any longer. Let me explain.
A good friend of mine lived in the former Yugoslavia in the 90s. She, her sisters, and friends were systematically raped by the occupying military daily over a period of many years. Not one of them comitted suicide, and some of them (my friend included) didn't even consider it.
Consider other countries in Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, and so on. 99% of Western people will never experience anything close to what the majority of these people go through every day. These fucking cowards, wanting to kill themselves because they're picked on at school and bullied, because they're overweight, because they're unpopular or unattractive - I mean fuck, I was beat up daily in high school, and all it ever did was make me certain that I would never reciprocate it to others.
These suicidal fucks are no different than the retards that shoot up schools - they're cowards and should be labelled as such.
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