Fox in the Schoolhouse: Rupert Murdoch Wants to Teach Your Kids! | Mother Jones

Fox in the Schoolhouse: Rupert Murdoch Wants to Teach Your Kids! | Mother Jones.

 “Next month, Murdoch will make an unusual public appearance in San Francisco, delivering the keynote address at an education summit hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has lately been crisscrossing the country promoting his own version of education reform.

The high-profile speech to a collection of conservative ed reformers, state legislators, and educators is just the latest step in Murdoch’s quiet march into the business of education, which has been somewhat eclipsed by the phone-hacking scandal besieging his media empire.”


Tiangong-1 and China’s Space Program

Coaching a Surgeon: what makes top performers better? Atul Gawande in New Yorker

Top athletes and singers have coaches. General surgeon Atul Gawande experiments by having a mentor sign on as coach:

An AlJazeera documentary on College Street, Kolkata and it’s future

via Uday Krishnakumar

Landfill life: Indonesians make a living from dump – in pictures | The Guardian

Landfill life: Indonesians make a living from dump – in pictures | World news |

A useful guide to the progress of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Sydney Morning Herald

Italian Geophysicists on trial: Are they at fault? – From Nature News

Scientists on trial: At fault? : Nature News.

In 2009, an earthquake devastated the Italian city of L’Aquila and killed more than 300 people. Now, scientists are on trial for manslaughter.

“According to an open letter to the president of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, signed by more than 5,000 members of the scientific community, the seven Italians essentially face criminal charges for failing to predict the earthquake — even though pinpointing the time, location and strength of a future earthquake in the short term remains, by scientific consensus, technically impossible.”

“The view from L’Aquila, however, is quite different. Prosecutors and the families of victims alike say that the trial has nothing to do with the ability to predict earthquakes, and everything to do with the failure of government-appointed scientists serving on an advisory panel to adequately evaluate, and then communicate, the potential risk to the local population. ”

A detailed account of a complex (?) issue.

(via Himanshu Burte)

Videos from the Mind ? – Well, almost!

Brain Imaging Reveals What You’re Watching – Technology Review.

“Researchers develop an fMRI-based model to reconstruct moving images that people are seeing.”

Scientists Turn Brain’s Visual Memories into a Mind-blowing Video

“UC Berkeley scientists figured out a way to turn the way our brains interpret visual stimuli into a video, and the result is amazing.”

(This site has some of the videos – try them out!)

From brain scans of people viewing movie scenes, computer roughly reconstructs what they saw

“It sounds like science fiction: While volunteers watched movie clips, a scanner watched their brains. And from their brain activity, a computer made rough reconstructions of what they viewed……In the future, it might help stroke victims or others who have no other way to communicate..”

The abstract of the original paper is available at

Reconstructing Visual Experiences from Brain Activity Evoked by Natural Movies

Attica Is All of Us: On the 40th Anniversary of Attica Prison Rebellion

Attica Is All of Us: Cornel West on 40th Anniversary of Attica Prison Rebellion.

“So, 40 years later, we come back to commemorate this struggle against the historical backdrop of a people who have been so terrorized and traumatized and stigmatized that we have been taught to be scared, intimidated, always afraid, distrustful of one another, and disrespectful of one another,” West says. “But the Attica rebellion was a countermove in that direction.”

Gernika (Guernica) – The Peace Museum

An extraordinary small museum in the Basque country dedicated to the victims of the air attack by Nazi and Fascist bombers on April 26 1937, immortalized by Picasso in his famous painting.

‘The Finest Life You Ever Saw’ by James Salter | The New York Review of Books

‘The Finest Life You Ever Saw’ by James Salter | The New York Review of Books.

Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961
by Paul Hendrickson
Knopf, 531 pp., $30.00

“ “Hemingway’s Boat” is a book written with the virtuosity of a novelist, hagiographic in the right way, sympathetic, assiduous, and imaginative. It does not rival the biographies but rather stands brilliantly beside them—the sea, Key West, Cuba, all the places, the life he had and gloried in. His commanding personality comes to life again in these pages, his great charm and warmth as well as his egotism and aggression.”

A republican prince: Mukul Kesavan on MAK Pataudi | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo

What made ‘Tiger’ Pataudi such a transformative influence on Indian cricket?

Faster than light particles found, claim scientists — but the betting is they’re wrong; Einstein is right

Particle physicists detect neutrinos travelling faster than light, a feat forbidden by Einstein’s theory of special relativity:

Faster Than Light Neutrinos? Not So Fast:

Can Neutrinos Move Faster Than Light?

CERN neutrinos faster than light? I’m sticking with Einstein, for now:

Tiny Neutrinos May Have Broken Cosmic Speed Limit:

World Development Report, 2012: Gender Equality and Development

Here is the full report as a PDF file.

World Development Report, 2012

Note that it is a large file (21.2 MB) and may take some time to download.

(Source: WDR 2012 on The World Bank website)

Gender inequality: Death and the maiden | The Economist

Gender inequality: Death and the maiden | The Economist.

“OVER a quarter of all excess female deaths occur in China at birth, says the World Bank’s annual World Development Report, published on September 19th. The number has risen since 1990 from 890,000 to 1.1m.”