Published September 30, 2013
Tags: complex, Discovery, intelligence, learning, mystery, Robert Krulwich, science, truth, understand, unknown
In a post from NPR –
Gardner allows that humans have wonderful brains, that we can invent thinking machines, microscopes and any number of intelligence-enhancers, but he says there are still limits, hard limits. Just as “there is no way to teach calculus to a chimp, or even make it understand the square root of 2,” he writes, “surely there are truths as far beyond our grasp as our grasp is beyond that of a cow.” He concedes that once upon a time humans were chimp-like and over time developed brains that cracked the “square root of 2” problem — but that doesn’t faze him. There are properties of our universe so profoundly complex that no sentient mind, no matter how enhanced, will ever understand them fully.
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BBC reports –
Barely half an hour after they were jolted by a major earthquake on Tuesday, people of the Pakistani coastal town of Gwadar had another shock when they saw a new island emerge in the sea, just over a kilometre from the shore.
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Moillusions.com posted a page of illustrations by Alessandro Diddi that seem to leap off the page.
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Everyone has a birthday, so do a lot of fictional characters. BuzzFeed has a page that has a fictional character’s birthday for each day of the year.
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Published September 24, 2013
Tags: cardiovascular, chloride, diet, health, heart disease, hypertension, mortality, salt, sodium, University of Glasgow
ScienceDaily reported –
Sep. 8, 2013 — Eat less salt’ is a mantra of our health-conscious times and is seen as an important step in reducing heart disease and hypertension. Too much salt in the diet — and specifically sodium — is widely acknowledged as a major risk factor for high blood pressure however, scientists have found that salt’s other oft-overlooked constituent chloride might also play an important role. A study by researchers at the University of Glasgow has revealed that low chloride levels in the blood is an independent indicator of mortality risk in people with hypertension. The role of chloride in hypertension has received little attention from scientists hitherto. After analysing data from almost 13,000 patients with high blood pressure, followed up over 35 years, the researchers found that low levels of chloride was associated with a higher risk of death and cardiovascular disease.
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