Based on their calculations, they concluded that Monet must have painted the work between February 3rd and 7th. After studying the letters Monet wrote during that time, as well as historical weather and tidal data, they narrowed the precise date to February 5th, 1883 at 4:53 PM local time.
Be mindful, in particular of the way you respond to strong emotions or desires. When you experience a distressing or problematic thought, pause, and tell yourself: “This is just a thought and not at all the thing it claims to represent.” Remind yourself that it is not things that upset you but your judgements about things.
Future historians, pondering changes in British society from the 1980s onwards, will struggle to account for the following curious fact. Although British business enterprises have an extremely mixed record (frequently posting gigantic losses, mostly failing to match overseas competitors, scarcely benefiting the weaker groups in society), and although such arm’s length public institutions as museums and galleries, the BBC and the universities have by and large a very good record (universally acknowledged creativity, streets ahead of most of their international peers, positive forces for human development and social cohesion), nonetheless over the past three decades politicians have repeatedly attempted to force the second set of institutions to change so that they more closely resemble the first.
The point of your productivity system is not to keep absolute track of your tasks. The point is to keep the important information in the front of your brain where it will improve your improvisation and inform your whims. A task tracking system gives you just enough information to calculate your chaos while reminding you to create and act on random moments of high potential.


What do you get the person who has everything?

What can you get this close to the holidays that will get to you in time?

A skull! Well, not literally, they probably already have that. No, the skull THEY need is one of the many skulls in the Hyrtl skull collection of the Mutter Museum. Or rather, the skulls need them. Or you! They’re old, and falling apart. Over 150 years old, to be exact.

The antemortem (before-death) information known about these skulls, the medical studies done using them, and the fact that they’re incredibly historically important, as they were some of the many points Hyrtl used to make a thorough debunking of phrenology, means that these bones are irreplaceable. But the vibrations of visitors and the wear of time on these old faces means that teeth are loosening, condyles are cracking, and internal structures are beginning to crumble.

In order to keep the skulls available to researchers and visitors, highly-skilled meticulous restoration and reinforcement is needed, and that’s where you can help: For $200, you can sponsor the “rejuvenation” of one of these bad boys. Your (or your friend’s) name will even be displayed alongside the skull in the museum!

Help save an invaluable part of medical history, and have your name in one of the coolest museums around, to boot! (not to mention, if you save a skull you’re given a membership to the museum, so you can go and see your bony buddy :D)

But move quickly if you want to give one of the awesomest gifts out there - there are only 139 skulls, and over half are already adopted.

See the catalogue of skulls here [pdf]. Might I suggest adopting Mr. Boechedi Cattaro or Paul Dragio? They’re cuties.




Radiation Physicist Colorizes X-Ray images

by Arie van’t Riet


We are all Supermen.

For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stonewritten. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
The world of IVF is a market, a market in hope. Those who enter it deserve to be fully informed of its potential to deliver grief and a sense of failure, as well as success.
What your correspondent realized, relaxing there in his tub one day, was that the real subject of this literature was the professional-managerial audience itself, whose members hear clear, sweet reason when they listen to NPR and think they’re in the presence of something profound when they watch some billionaire give a TED talk. And what this complacent literature purrs into their ears is that creativity is their property, their competitive advantage, their class virtue. Creativity is what they bring to the national economic effort, these books reassure them — and it’s also the benevolent doctrine under which they rightly rule the world.
Advanced computer-assisted analysis of every surviving play of the period has allowed the authors to go “quite a lot further than previous scholars” in establishing Shakespeare’s involvement, he said, noting that it presents Shakespeare in a new light – as “reviser, rewriter and collaborator”.
The commission is also expected to warn of a gathering “perfect storm” of graduate debt, lack of finance to buy homes and job insecurity that threatens middle-class children as they emerge from full-time education. Graduates will come out of university with up to £50,000 of debt to their name; the proportion of 25- to 34-year-olds who own their own homes has fallen from 60% to 40% in the past decade and is expected to plunge further; and the number of 18- to 24-year-olds unemployed for more than two years is at its highest since 1994. The commission is expected to note that for the first time, a grandmother in her 80s can expect to enjoy higher living standards than someone in their 20s even if they are working, due to housing costs and poor wages.
plagiarism (or, more generally, obscuring of the provenance of data) is a statistical crime in that it reduces our ability to learn from reality.