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Translation: “André Wants a Shag”. A short story by Julia Wähmann — Nomadic Permanence: Rob Packer’s Blog

Julia Wähmann was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1982. She has written for the online magazine Ornitorrinco since 2014. In 2015, she published the standalone short stories, “Diário de Moscou” (“Moscow Diary”, Megamíni/ 7Letras) and “André quer transar” (“Andre Wants a Shag”, Pipoca Press). In 2016, she published Cravos (“Carnations”, Record), her first […]

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Brigantes — StuDom

Brigantes from Awhelin on Vimeo. A short time lapse journey through scenic landscape in northern England. Brigantes was a Celtic tribe in Roman period, living in area which later became Yorkshire. I took an artistic liberty to cross into neighbor tribes (Carvetii) area too. Shot in Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks with Nikon […]

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Physics Titan Still Thinks String Theory Is “On the Right Track”

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At a 1990 conference on cosmology, I asked attendees, who included folks like Stephen Hawking, Michael Turner, James Peebles, Alan Guth and Andrei Linde, to nominate the smartest living physicist.

At a 1990 conference on cosmology, I asked attendees, who included folks like Stephen Hawking, Michael Turner, James Peebles, Alan Guth and Andrei Linde, to nominate the smartest living physicist. Edward Witten got the most votes (with Steven Weinberg the runner-up). Some considered Witten to be in the same league as Einstein and Newton. Witten was and is famous for his work on string theory, which unifies quantum mechanics and relativity and holds that all of nature’s forces—including gravity–stem from infinitesimal particles wriggling in a hyperspace consisting of many extra dimensions.

Even then, string theory—which some enthusiasts (not including Witten) called a “theory of everything”–was extremely controversial, because there seemed to be no way to confirm experimentally the existence of…

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Is Scientific Materialism “Almost Certainly False”?

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When it comes to science, ours is a paradoxical era. On the one hand, prominent physicists proclaim that they are solving the riddle of reality and hence finally displacing religious myths of creation. That is the chest-thumping message of books such as The Grand Design by physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow and A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence Krauss. A corollary of this triumphal view is that science will inevitably solve all other mysteries as well.

On the other hand, science’s limits have never been more glaringly apparent. In their desperation for a “theory of everything”—which unifies quantum mechanics and relativity and explains the origin and structure of our cosmos—physicists have embraced pseudo-scientific speculation such as multi-universe theories and the anthropic principle (which says that the universe must be as we observe it to be because otherwise we wouldn’t be here to observe it). Fields such as neuroscience, evolutionary…

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‘Ears Like a Bat?’ – Not the Best Anymore!

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Yes, Bats have incredible hearing, the best of any mammal, but it turns out that one of their favorite prey has developed even more sensitive hearing to elude its main predator – the common bat.

Meet the Greater Wax Moth.

Wax Moth


A native of Eurasia, the moth was introduced some time ago in North America, and bats find them very tasty both locations.

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde discovered that the greater wax moth is capable of sensing sound frequencies of up to 300kHz – the highest recorded frequency sensitivity of any animal in the natural world.

Humans are only capable of hearing sounds of 20kHz maximum, dropping to around 12-15kHz as we age, and even dolphins, known exponents of ultrasound, can’t compete as their limitations are around 160kHz.

The research, conducted at the University’s Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, has identified the extraordinary sensory characteristics of the moth, paving the…

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Havana Street Art 7

"I do wander everywhere"

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana along the MaleconCuba Day 6 Central Havana along the Malecon

I approached this sculpture from the rear and had no idea what it was, except that it made an interesting composition with the lamp post, the cars and the fort across the harbour.  The pedestrian and the runner were a bonus.

Imagine my surprise when I got to the other side…

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana along the MaleconCuba Day 6 Central Havana along the Malecon

Cuba Day 6 Central HavanaCuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana along the MaleconCuba Day 6 Central Havana along the Malecon

For more Havana Street sculpture look here, or at any of my other recent Thursday posts.

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