I think this is the one of most useful books for a wannabe scientist. I checked it from a library.
These days news articles about Japan tend to be very negative probably because it actually offers not many positive news. If articles are not negative, these tend to cover very fringes side of Japan like whaling and geishas etc. Journalists have no incentive to introduce normal aspects of life of Japanese which are functioning very well. Therefore people in any country tend to have distorted images of other countries. The distortion can only be fixed by living in other countries for long time to see ‘a real world’ or probably such distortion will not disappear from the mind of some people, no matter what. Or even more amplified after unsuccessful integration due to culture or language barrier. And some of these ‘cultural drop outs’ become extremists or critics of a country they once used to admire or dream about. Bin Laden and many recent terrorists are these examples. But some Japanese also become ‘xenophobic’ after their stay in another country, while many of us gain invaluable experience to enhance their life.
Is Europe Turning Japanese?
By Stephen Fidler: WSJ
“The dismal growth prospects of many European countries has raised an increasing number of questions about whether large parts of the continent will emulate Japan of the 1990s and endure a decade-long economic stagnation. On the face of it, a long-lasting Japan-style post-bubble slump with deflation seems a plausible outcome for a large part of the continent.” Continue Reading
Interviews with Bill McKibben who wrote Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.
- Science Talk 4/21/10
- Writer and activist Bill McKibben talks to Scientific American‘s Mark Fischetti about his new book Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet Part 1 of 2. Edited and produced by podcast host Steve Mirsky
- Science Talk 4/22/10
Bill McKibben’s Eaarth, Part 2
He has a good vision but is very weak in details as he admits it by himself. He is focusing in the trajectory. To make his vision possible, he needs support from many strong scientists. His idea in technology is a bit naive even to people who sympathize him like myself.
- Some more similar podcasts:
What Would Failure to Combat Climate Change Quickly Mean?
…BOULDER, Colo. – Turns out climate policy has some tipping points….
January 12, 2010 – News – By Douglas Fischer, The Daily Climate
What Can Past Climate Change Reveal about Human Adaptation?
…Research on climate change today focuses mostly on the future, taking stock…
March 05, 2010 – Climatewire – By Lauren Morello, Climatewire
Linked Challenges: Climate Change and Energy Use
…about the twin challenges of climate change and energy consumption. His…
September 24, 2009 – 60-Second Earth
- On the eve of the United Nations Global Warming Conference in Copenhagen and in the wake of the hacked climate researchers’ e-mails, former Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie discusses his ScientificAmerican.com article “7 Answers to Climate Contrarian Nonsense,” available at http://bit.ly/8bg9Fx
Solving emerging problems by bio-synthetic engineering. Craig Venter tries to make synthetic organisms to make biofuel.
This will not likely solve the problem unfortunately. Something must be done fundamentally to shift the principle of economic growth. But blindly blaming and denying science and technology is equally stupid. We should try to shrive to be better and not to be illogical morons.
College instructors are living on food stamps and paid less than janitors. This cannot be good for college students, he argues.
May 11, 2010By Peter D.G. Brown
“I must confess right off that I did not become a contingent labor activist until I turned 60, a mere six years ago. Until then, I was a fairly typical senior professor, passionately involved in teaching my students and interacting with my tenured colleagues on a variety of faculty governance committees. I have also pursued a fairly active research agenda. In addition to publishing my own scholarly articles, I have edited over a hundred books dealing with modern German literature, Jewish history and women’s studies. This year saw the publication of the third book I have written on Oskar Panizza, the 19th-century German author …
I’m sure my tenured colleagues would find it totally unacceptable if they could be told at the end of any semester that they should simply leave, that there was no value to their accumulated expertise, thank you, because the college wished to hire a fresh young face at a lower salary.”
It seems all the industries in developed countries are on the verge of a mass extinction. But science and engineer disciplines look more promising or do they?
Can we improving language skills based on observations in research?
“The children in this study were early bilinguals whereas the adults were late bilinguals. It has been hypothesized that AoA modulates linguistic and cognitive processes because procedural learning declines as age progresses while declarative leaning increases (Hernandez and Li, 2007). It has been proposed that procedural memory relies on frontal-basal ganglia circuitry, while declarative memory relies on a medial temporal circuit (Ullman, 2001, 2005; Hernandez and Li, 2007). We found more L2 ToM specific activity in the vmPFC and putamen (among other regions) in children than adults (Table 2). Thus, alternatively, the age difference in ToM processing involving the L2 may be associated with a greater reliance of adults on the declarative memory involving the temporal regions, and children’s greater reliance on the procedural memory involving the frontal-basal ganglia region.” Continue Reading
Source: Sweetnam, DOE, April 2009
“But because conservatives have blocked or rolled back all serious efforts to move us off of oil in the last three decades, peak oil will soon change that (see Deutsche Bank: Oil to hit $175 a barrel by 2016 and World’s top energy economist warns peak oil threatens recovery: “We have to leave oil before oil leaves us”).”
Well it might get really expensive to fly.