Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

“New Study Shows Boxing’s Early Toll on Muhammad Ali – – Research finds a direct correlation between the boxing legend’s fights and his diminished speaking ability at the end of his boxing career”

August 25, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-study-shows-boxings-early-toll-on-muhammad-ali-1503489119

Excerpt:

In 1968, Ali spoke at a rate of 4.1 syllables per second, which is close to average for healthy adults. By 1971, his rate of speech had fallen to 3.8 syllables per second, and it continued sliding steadily, year by year, fight by fight. An ordinary adult would see little or no decline in his speaking rate between the ages of 25 and 40, but Ali experienced a drop of more than 26% in that same period . . . The paper suggests that by 1978, six years before his Parkinson’s syndrome diagnosis and three years before his retirement from boxing, Ali was slurring his words.

Eclipse mania! Millions of Americans sit in some of the ‘worst traffic jams in history’, flock to Burning Man-style festivals and fill camp grounds at 21 national parks ahead of TODAY’S once-in-a-lifetime celestial event

August 21, 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4807100/Millions-prepare-lifetime-celestial-event.html

Fantastic photos from throughout the country.

 

“But many who have experienced a totality will tell you that it is the most awe-inspiring sight you will ever see in your life.”

August 20, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21726681-months-eclipse-cultural-much-scientific-event-once-portents-terror

Well, I wish someone had told me this earlier, or that I had read this article before yesterday.

While people I know are headed north tomorrow morning, or will have made arrangements to see what they can of the eclipse from here, I’ll be in the wrong place at the wrong time in order to keep an appointment for a business meeting.

Excerpt from article:

A big part of the appeal, says Dr Diego, is the sheer drama of the event itself. “By the time the sun is around 70-80% obscured, you start to notice it’s getting dark.” Just before totality, “the light level really plummets. You can see the moon’s shadow rushing across the ground towards you.” Even if you know exactly what to expect, Dr Diego says, the experience can be frightening, for the shadow moves across Earth’s surface at several thousand kilometres an hour. “People can’t help themselves—they start shouting and screaming.”

“There are good psephological reasons for thinking that Labour’s 40% score in June might be a high-water mark” — psephological?

August 12, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/britain/21726093-there-are-reasons-think-corbyn-bubble-may-not-burst-soon-peak-corbyn

“Psephology /sˈfɒləi/ (from Greek psephos ψῆφος, ‘pebble’, as the Greeks used pebbles as ballots) is a branch of political science which deals with the study and scientific analysis of elections.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psephology)

“Air taken from above a pile of manure—this has been scientifically observed—is purer than air taken from above Paris.” Hugo, Victor. Les Misérables (Modern Library Classics) (Kindle Locations 23820-23821). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

July 31, 2017

Les Misérables (Modern Library Classics) by Victor Hugo (Author), Julie Rose (Translator)