If you are reading this on a smartphone, please monitor your sighing activity. As you read, and as you sigh, consider the details presented in the following study: “Reading on a Smartphone Affects Sigh Generation, Brain Activity, and Comprehension,” Motoyasu Honma, Yuri Masaoka, Natsuko Iizuka, Sayaka Wada, Sawa Kamimura, Akira Yoshikawa, Rika Moriya, Shotaro Kamijo, […]
Murder aforethought be described in this study, which focuses on a particular kind of cereal killer—one that strikes from within: “Programmed cell death in cereal aleurone,” Angelika Fath [pictured here], Paul Bethke, Jennifer Lonsdale, Roberto Meza-Romero and Russel Jones, Plant Molecular Biology, 2000 Oct;44(3):255-66. The authors, at the University of California, Berkeley, report: “Progress in […]
Inventions to detect and prevent annoying phone calls, documents, or people
Annoying phone calls and documents clog our telephone, email, and other communications networks. Inventors, and the institutions backing them, are trying to fight technology with technology. Here are three of their patent applications: “Detecting and rejecting annoying documents,” international patent application WO 2007070622 A3, Filed Dec 14, 2006 by Anurag Agarwal and Deepak Jindal (Google […]
Best biologist-horror film: Death By Design
Death By Design is an intentionally, delightfully overdrawn horror melodrama about apotosis. (Thanks to investigator Dany Adams for recommending it.) Here’s part 1 of the action. Watch or download the entire documentary at documentary-log.