The How to Destroy Angels website (a project by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame) offers a free EP featuring six 320kbps tracks. The only requirement is provide an email address which will be used to send a link to the zip file which contains the tracks.
Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled?
Concealed patterns beneath life’s variety (PhysOrg)
Although the tropics appear to the casual observer to be busily buzzing and blooming with life’s rich variety when compared with temperate and polar regions -a fact that scientists have thoroughly documented -the distribution of species in space and time actually varies around the globe in surprising and subtle ways. So explains Janne Soininen of the University of Helsinki in an article published in the June 2010 issue of BioScience.
Natural selection for moderate testosterone surprises scientists (ScienceDaily)
A field study of the relationship between testosterone and natural selection in an American songbird, the dark-eyed junco, has defied some expectations and confirmed others. Scientists report that extreme testosterone production — high or low — puts male dark-eyed junco at a disadvantage in both survival and reproduction outside their semi-monogamous breeding pairs.
Mars was Wet, but was it Warm? (PhysOrg)
Mars is frozen today, but when it was young there may have been liquid water on its surface. What does the latest evidence indicate about the ancient martian climate? Understanding the past environment of Mars can help future missions “follow the water” in the search for alien life.
Did fornicating Farm Girls boost the rise of atheism in Britain? (Epiphenom)
These days, Britain is one of the most atheistic countries around. It wasn’t always like that, of course, but one of the problems with trying to work out how the present state of affairs came about is that there are very few statistics on religion the stretch back far enough.