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Good on them for establishing th…

Good on them for establishing the endowment.

And people say TV will rot your brain: Yesterday, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory made waves—and history—when showrunner Chuck Lorre (Mom, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly) revealed that he plans on taking the award-winning program’s scientific slant from fiction to reality. Starting this week, Big Bang Theory and The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation have established The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment—valued at $4 million dollars. The endowment will…

I had a problem with this sorry …

I had a problem with this sorry when I first saw it the other day. Namely that it was being sensationalized and the call to action seemed misplaced – as the geologic threat was not only out of our control but also nothing new for volcanic islands.

After some minor looks at the original 2009 discovery of this species, I found a note that they believe it to have diverged about five million odd years ago. The concern for the species was predicated around the threat of a volcano that hasn't erupted in thirty three years spoke of humanistic hubris that our timescale and awareness of the species suddenly changed it's historic risk posture.

Sure, we can take conservation steps maybe to degrees of success, as reptiles seem notoriously hard to breed in captivity, but did awareness need to be cast in such a narrow manner? No this could've been a way to educate, but we missed that eruption.

The world’s only population of the critically endangered iguana resides on the slopes of the erupting volcano.

Global Warming Is Thawing Out th…

First the rifles thawed, then the diaries and letters—then the bodies.

“he program applies to devices t…

"he program applies to devices that "demonstrate the potential to address unmet medical needs for life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions." Examples include of previous devices that would meet the condition include the first drug-coated balloon catheter to treat vascular disease.

To be accepted into the program, the device must treat a condition or diagnose a condition for which no appropriate means of diagnosis exists, provide a clinically meaningful advantage over existing technologies, or be in the best interest of patients, The FDA says."

This is great. I am all for improving the turnaround time on diagnostic and niche treatment opportunities based around emerging technologies and practices.

Almost a year after its proposal, the FDA finalized plans for an accelerated review program for critical medical devices and said it will begin accepting applications to participate in the new pathway on April 15.

#TED  has spawned some nice stu…

#TED  has spawned some nice stuff – but this themed list is a good sampling.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” If this sounds like a philosophy you can relate to, then you’ll love TED talks

Nice list of some I hadn’t seen …

Nice list of some I hadn't seen before. A lifetime of learning online.


What Humans Are Really Doing to …

You’ve never seen Earth like this before.

Hardly lost, but fading for any …

Hardly lost, but fading for any number of reasons. We're slowly moving out of an age where anthropologists saw and described a rich tapestry.

"Unfortunately, the number of reindeer is dwindling, and there is no program to help replenish the reindeer from nearby Siberia."

The Dukha people of Mongolia have a connection to nature which allows them to interact with reindeer, wolves, eagles, and even bears.

#TED on creative fiction.

#TED on creative fiction.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-build-a-fictional-world-kate-messner Why is J.R.R

Glad to see the article note tha…

Glad to see the article note that conflict remains around the function of the form. 

The tiny ‘monster’ looks like nothing living on Earth today