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“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” – Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

Fresh Reads from the Science 'o sphere!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fresh Science 13 August 2007

We do the hard work of crawling the globe for the spiffiest science articles - so you don't have to.

Why there are no ghosts (Angry Doctor - Singapore)
If something only happens once...

Size does matter (Bug Girl's Blog - USA)
Big fun!

Homo sapiens: The evolution of what we think about who we are (Laelaps - USA)
Comprehensive (and very long!) article on the history of human evolutionary thought...

The Civil War phantom limb (Mind Hacks - USA)
One of the earliest accounts of "phantom limb" sensations...

Unicorn Museum* (The Bird's Brain - USA)
It's the gospel truth!

*Brought to you by Kirsten Sanford (a reader's choice uber hot scientist!)
Thanks to Science Avenger for this news alert.

Also check out Tour of Creation Museum.


Anonymous Coward said...

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Lim Leng Hiong said...

Ah, I'm honoured to be part of your cancer research blog carnival! Let me scour my seminar notebooks for stuff to write.


John - Evolutionary Middleman said...

If anyone is interested in reading more about phantom limbs, the guy you need to look into is VS Ramachandran. Known in the science world as "Rama", this is his line. He has a terrific book from about 10 years ago entitled, "Phantoms of the Brain" and there are a number of great talks he gives that you can find video of on the net.

Lim Leng Hiong said...

Yes, Prof. Ramachandran is the expert on phantom limb phenomena.

He came to Singapore in 2001, and I went to his talk where he described his mirror box technique to help "amputate" the phantom limb of a patient.

He also has an animated and humorous style of presentation - great stuff!

John - Evolutionary Middleman said...

I think he one of the most enjoyable people to LISTEN TO.

For people who haven't heard him, they really should do a google video search. Partly it's his animated style, partly it's his accent and tone, partly it's his knowledge. Awesome combination.

Hopefully I'll get to see him in person. He's right down the road from me in La Jolla.