Sunday Mutants 19/9/10

Grow your own algae – food source of the future? “Imagine that – you can have a personal algae tank that provides fresh, ultra-nutritious food on a year-round basis.” Link is to an interview with a guy at NASA who does this.

“It is my firm belief that the last seven decades of the twentieth will be characterized in history as the dark ages of theoretical physics.” Way to start a book, dude. One of the world’s ‘most successful practical scientists’, Carver Mead, seems bent on overturning quantum physics: interesting interview with him. Helps if you are a bit of a physics geek.

Global Consciousness Project. It seems like I should have already known about this.

The Global Consciousness Project, also called the EGG Project, is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists, engineers, artists and others. We collect data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located in 65 host sites around the world. The archive contains more than 10 years of random data in parallel sequences of synchronized 200-bit trials every second.

Our purpose is to examine subtle correlations that may reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. We predict structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events. When millions of us share intentions and emotions the GCP/EGG network data show meaningful departures from expectation. This is a powerful finding based in solid science.

Rethinking learning and study habits
. Article about learning styles, teaching styles, and factors that influence learning. This bit struck me, as I have long abhorred the right/left brain distinction as anything other than a clumsy oversimplification.

Take the notion that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners” and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.” In a recent review of the relevant research, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of psychologists found almost zero support for such ideas.

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