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I’ve Had 40 Jobs, What Did You Ever Do

For most of the 28 years of my life, I’ve pretty much taken up any offer to make money that came my way. Here are 40 jobs that I remember. Unknown Highlights: I only have hazy memories of this, but it somehow involved tacky clothes from some store in my hometown mall, which until 2002 was only called “The Mall.”

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Solar Eclipse from Space

Let me show you something that is pretty amazing. It was cloudy over most of the Northwest and thus we were unable to see the annular solar eclipse from the ground…disappointing! But if you can’t see it from the ground, why not enjoy the view from space?

How Creativity Connects with Immorality

In the mid 1990’s, Apple Computers was a dying company. Microsoft’s Windows operating system was overwhelmingly favored by consumers, and Apple’s attempts to win back market share by improving the Macintosh operating system were unsuccessful. After several years of debilitating financial losses, the company chose to purchase a fledgling software company called NeXT.

Visions: A Different Point of View | Assignment: Impossible, Scientific American Blog Network

In the series “Visions,” science fiction about the very latest research will be paired with analysis looking into the facts behind the fiction. The goal is to marry ripped-from-the-headlines science fiction with analysis into the possibilities hinted at by new discoveries. Everyone hated the Turing Tests in school, but everyone begrudged them.

Spider silk violin strings made

4 March 2012 Last updated at 19:59 ET By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News More than 300 spiders were used to generate the thousands of strands of silk making up each string A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to spin a set of violin strings.

InformationWeek Mobile Edition

Microsoft Launches Curation Site msnNow Microsoft has launched a site that curates content from blogs, news feeds, and social media sites in an effort to aggregate buzzworthy topics from around the Web in one place. The site, msnNow, “cuts through the clutter of the Web, providing an up-to-the…

Foster Friess Can’t Be Serious About Using Asprin as Birth Control

Rick Santorum backer Foster Friess shocked MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell into silence when he told her, “Back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives — the gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”

Interracial marriage hits new high – 1 in 12 – CBS News

WASHINGTON – Interracial marriages in the U.S. have climbed to 4.8 million — a record 1 in 12 — as a steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses. Blacks are now substantially more likely than before to marry whites.

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011

I almost didn’t make a best-of list this year, but as I clicked through the year’s post, it was hard not to. If last year (and maybe the year before) was the year of the gigantic graphic, this was the year of big data. Or maybe we’ve gotten better at filtering to the good stuff.

Jamie Dimon Speaks

FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Melissa Francis spoke exclusively with JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon live from Florida about the company’s expansion and the economic challenges facing the United States today. Excerpts from the report are below. ‘The part where they said no propriety trading we are fine with.

The Grinches That Stole Valentine’s Day: Creatures That Say No to Sex | Sex & Reproduction | DISCOVER Magazine

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Vaccination program credited in fight against whooping cough

By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times Facing an epidemic of whooping cough that led to the deaths of 10 infants in 2010, California public health officials launched a massive vaccination effort and public awareness campaign about the disease.

Language Log » “Not just any sale, it’s a #$&@^’ sale”

” previous post | next post ” With these words, Zarina Yamaguchi presents the following photograph, taken at Osaka’s Shinsaibashi Shopping Street, on her Facebook page: Zarina also observed: “Seriously, this only happens in Japan.” The photograph was reposted by Pat Myers on Twitter with this note: “An on-sale sign in English that you won’t see outside Japan.”

Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life

Mike Daisey was a self-described “worshipper in the cult of Mac.” Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out. Host Ira Glass speaks with an Apple device about its origin.

How long is Rope? | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August

In an old article that Scientific American recently reprinted, Antonio Damasio looks at how Hitchcock’s “no cuts” feature Rope squeezes 105 minutes into 80: Where do the missing 25 minutes go? Do we experience the film as shorter than 105 minutes? Not really.

Welcome To The Altern-auto-ve Universe!

Okay, Jalops, hear me out; I have an idea here I think we can all have fun with, and I’ll need your help. What I’d like to do is, every week I’ll draw a hypothetical car, a car from an alternate reality, that you, the Jalopnik commenters, come up with.

What Can U.S. Universities Do About a Student Stampede in Johannesburg?

By 2050 or so, the human population is expected to reach nine billion, essentially adding two Chinas to the number of people alive today. Those billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on a planet where, scientists say, humans are already shaping climate and the web of life.

Nature News Blog: Mathematician claims breakthrough in Sudoku puzzle

Posted on behalf of Eugenie Samuel Reich. An Irish mathematician has used a complex algorithm and millions of hours of supercomputing time to solve an important open problem in the mathematics of Sudoku, the game popularized in Japan that involves filling out a 9X9 grid of squares with the numbers 1-9 according to certain rules.

NCBI ROFL: The best men are (not always) already taken: female preference for single versus attached males depends on conception risk. | Discoblog | Discover Magazine

“Because men of higher genetic quality tend to be poorer partners and parents than men of lower genetic quality, women may profit from securing a stable investment from the latter, while obtaining good genes via extrapair mating with the former. Only if conception occurs, however, do the evolutionary benefits of such a strategy overcome its costs.

Blogads Holiday Calendar, 12/9: 15% off ads on Culture of Science | Blogads

We’re counting down to the New Year with our gift-a-day holiday calendar. Make sure to bookmark the calendar and come back every day for a new surprise. On the 9th day of December, Blogads gives to you… A 15% discount if you purchase an ad on Culture of Science by 12/31/11!

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