Daily Archives: June 24, 2011

You’re Invited To a Cup of Tea: (Not the Five O’clock? Well, have a cup of tea anyway!)


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New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards


New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards

New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards

 Three U.S. senators have called for a congressional probe on safety issues at the nation’s aging nuclear plants following a pair of new exposés. In a special series called “Aging Nukes,” the Associated Press revealed that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry have been working in tandem to weaken safety standards to keep aging reactors within the rules. Just last year, the NRC weakened the safety margin for acceptable radiation damage to reactor vessels. The AP report also revealed radioactive tritium has leaked from 48 of the 65 U.S. (Source:  http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/24/new_expos_reveals_nuclear_regulatory_commission)

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The Competition Made Them Do It: Got What It Takes?


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The Competition MAde Us Do It: do You Have What It Takes?

The Competition Made Them Do It: do You Have What It Takes?

One of the First Major Outbreaks of St. John’s Dance (1374)


One of the First Major Outbreaks of St. John’s Dance (1374)

Germany was the site of one of the first outbreaks of dancing mania, a phenomenon seen primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. During such outbreaks, groups of up to thousands of people would dance uncontrollably, screaming, shouting, and claiming to have visions until they collapsed from exhaustion. Initially considered a curse sent by a saint, usually St. John the Baptist, it was called “St. John’s Dance.” To what do researchers now attribute the strange behavior? More… Discuss

In the News: New Camera Allows Refocusing of Photos


New Camera Allows Refocusing of Photos

A newly launched company called Lytro will debut a light-field camera that some say will bring the biggest change to the field of photography since the inception of digital photography. The camera will produce what the company calls “living pictures,” photographs whose focus may be adjusted after they have been taken and that may be easily switched from 2D to 3D. Multiple internal lenses that capture much more light than a normal camera and at multiple angles allow the camera’s photographs to be manipulated in this way. More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday (June 23): Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795)


Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795)

Weber was a German physiologist who is known for his work on touch and for the formulation of Weber’s law—which states that the increase in stimulus necessary to produce an increase in sensation is not fixed but depends on the strength of the preceding stimulus. Weber’s law led to the discipline of psychophysics and serves as the basis of the scales used to measure the loudness of sounds. He is considered a founder of experimental psychology and is also known for what discoveries in anatomy? More… Discuss

Seal Beach Pier Movie: Come along for a walk on the…sunnyside



Just an excuse to spend some time outdoors, and fill the passing time with mementos.
I hope you enjoy th e music, I think it’s great.
TGIF!