The drugs don't work : a modern medical scandal - "The doctors prescribing the drugs don't know they don't do what they're meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they're not telling."
What Is Your Favorite Deep, Elegant, Or Beautiful Explanation? - Edge 2012 Annual Question (earlier)
"The whole endeavour of the consciousness studies community is absurd – they are in pursuit of a chimera" - Peter Hacker on philosophy
For the first time in the Indian state of Maharashtra, life sentences were meted out based on the findings of Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature(BEOS) profiling. [more inside]
An unprecedented five consecutive years of stagnant funding for the National Institutes of Health is putting America at risk - a few prominent research institutions get together to voice their concern over flat funding of the National Institutes of Health over the past 5 years, in their report The Broken Pipeline (pdf). Bloggers comment [1, 2, 3].
MindPapers - David Chalmers organizes, streamlines and expands his collection of papers related to mind and neuroscience.
Where the Engineers Are - "To guide education policy and maintain its innovation leadership, the United States must acquire an accurate understanding of the quantity and quality of engineering graduates in India and China."
Recursion and Human Thought - Why the Piraha don't have numbers
Belief and knowledge - a primer on science communication
Dictionary of Disorder - shaping the DSM
Obesity and Diabetes - another free supplement by Nature
Journal of Visualized Experiments is an online research journal for publishing visualized (video-based) biological experiments
Neuroscience Gateway - "a comprehensive source for the latest research, news and events in neuroscience and genomics research"
Psychiatry by Prescription - Do psychotropic drugs blur the boundaries between illness and health?
Motion Mountain - "The project aims to produce a simple, vivid and up-to-date introduction to modern physics, with emphasis on the fundamental ideas of motion. 'Simple' means that concepts are stressed more than formalism; 'vivid' means that the reader is continuously challenged; 'up-to-date' means that modern research and ideas about unification are included."
The Human Speechome Project - "A baby is to be monitored by a network of microphones and video cameras for 14 hours a day, 365 days a year, in an effort to unravel the seemingly miraculous process by which children acquire language.". Selected video clips. Paper (PDF, 750KB). To test hypotheses of how children learn, Prof Deb Roy's team at MIT will develop machine learning systems that “step into the shoes” of his son by processing the sights and sounds of three years of life at home. Total storage required: 1.4 petabytes.
Nature has a somewhat technical but free supplement on stem cells (alongwith a podcast and related blog).
Living with half a brain - hemispherectomy, probably the most radical procedure in neurosurgery
Nature has a somewhat technical but free supplement on sleep
Beyond Discovery - illustrations of the path from research to human benefit
Gödel and the Nature of Mathematical Truth : A Talk with Verena Huber-Dyson
Science explores 125 big questions that face scientific inquiry over the next quarter-century. [via]
Godel's theorems have been used to extrapolate a great many "truths" about the world. Torkel Franzen sets the record straight in his new book Godel's Theorem: An Incomplete Guide to Its Use and Abuse. Read the introduction (PDF). If you want, check out his explanation of the theorems.
Resonata - A Wave Machine [Java]
Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Biointeractive - a nifty biology instruction site.
Quantum Diaries - follow physicists from around the world as they experience the World Year of Physics 2005.
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