2013-05-17 Please Add My Journal to Your List
Crusading librarian Jeffrey Beall maintains a list of predatory
or fake scholarly journals. Bizarrely, he sometimes gets email
from a journal asking that they be added to his list.
2013-05-09 Google Now on iOS: Broken by Design
After griping from iPhone users since the rollout of Google Now
about it not seeing most calendar appointments nor Gmail, a Google
representative has finally spoken: this behavior is “expected”.
2013-05-08 Planar Choreographies
Although a general solution to the gravitational N-body problem
is not known, there exist a handful of periodic solutions with equal
masses. Here is a lovely visualization of some of these.
2013-05-02 Google Now on iOS: Broken Calendar Reminders
One of the principal functions of the software is to integrate
with your calendar appointments, to do cool and useful things, such
as warning you to leave now if you want to get to the show on time.
But it doesn’t work on the iPhone.
2013-05-01 Death Penalty for Moroccans Who Leave Islam
“Morocco’s High Council of Ulemas (the highest government
religious institution headed by the King) has issued a fatwa
decreeing the death penalty for Moroccans who leave Islam [...]
clearly a response to the establishment of the Council of Ex-Muslims
of Morocco – the first public atheist organisation in a country with
Islam as the state religion.”
2013-05-01 Wikipedia Antics
Public criticism of the “croudsourced” encyclopedia leads to
childish retaliation by its editors.
2013-04-30 Out of Helium, Herschel Telescope Ends Mission
“Herschel has exceeded all expectations, providing us with an
incredible treasure trove of data that that will keep astronomers
busy for many years to come.” Visit the link for beautiful images
provided by Herschel.
2013-04-28 HERE IS TODAY
Perspective about timescales; nicely done.
2013-04-26 Critical Test of General Relativity
In amazing work using observations by the European Southern
Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, Einstein’s theory of gravity
was confirmed, while more recent, competing theories, devised to
attempt reconciliation with quantum mechanics, failed.