August 31, 2007

One Species' Genome Discovered Inside Another's

"Scientists at the University of Rochester and the J. Craig Venter Institute have discovered a copy of the genome of a bacterial parasite residing inside the genome of its host species."
One Species' Genome Discovered Inside Another's
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:39 AM

Disease resistance may be genetic

"According to a study in Evolution, resistance to certain infectious diseases may be passed genetically from parent to child. The genetic resistance may be beneficial to families as those with the gene are both unlikely to suffer from disease and unlikely to carry the disease home. Paul Schliekelman, author of the study, says the research was inspired by personal experience after catching stomach flus from his daughter three times over a six-month period."
Disease resistance may be genetic
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:36 AM

August 30, 2007

Mistrust rises with social diversity

"HIGH rates of immigration are a good thing, most economists argue: the mixing of cultures fosters creativity and boosts economic productivity. But a survey in the US shows that greater ethnic diversity may hurt community spirit - in the short term, at least."
Mistrust rises with social diversity - being-human - 01 September 2007 - New Scientist
Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:52 PM

10 Questions for Greg Clark

'In his new book A Farewell to Alms, Greg Clark, an economic historian at the University of California, Davis, contends that "[t]he New World after the Neolithic Revolution offered economic success to a different kind of agent than had been typical in hunter-gatherer society: Those with patience, who could wait to enjoy greater consumption in the future. Those who liked to work long hours. And those who could perform formal calculations in a world of many types of inputs and outputs...."'
Gene Expression: 10 Questions for Greg Clark
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:30 AM

No sex please, we're Swedish, underwear firm told

'A competition launched by German underwear maker Sloggi to uncover the world's most beautiful bottoms has been slapped down in Sweden after media protests against the "pornographic" event.'
No sex please, we're Swedish, underwear firm told - Yahoo! News
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:30 AM

August 27, 2007

The Great Iraq Swindle

"How Bush Allowed an Army of For-Profit Contractors to Invade the U.S. Treasury"
The Great Iraq Swindle: : Rolling Stone
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:14 PM

Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers a question

YouTube - Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers a question
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:12 PM

A bloke being shot in the balls with a champagne cork

Naked Steve gets shot with a champagne cork in the balls
Posted by Martin Sewell at 7:56 PM

World Clock

There's one born every minute.
worldclock.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)
Posted by Martin Sewell at 7:53 PM

1900bhp twin turbo Dodge Viper 7.99 1/4 mile

YouTube - Viper twin turbo 1900 hp 7.99 1/4 mile
Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:44 PM

August 24, 2007

Genetic diversity shrinks in UK: study

"Britons are less genetically diverse today than 1,000 years ago, according to a study that could offer clues to why some people survive disease better than others."
Genetic diversity shrinks in UK: study | Science | Reuters
Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:05 PM

August 23, 2007

Time changes modern human's face

"Researchers have found that the shape of the human skull has changed significantly over the past 650 years."
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Time changes modern human's face
Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:45 PM

August 21, 2007

In Dusty Archives, a Theory of Affluence

"For thousands of years, most people on earth lived in abject poverty, first as hunters and gatherers, then as peasants or laborers. But with the Industrial Revolution, some societies traded this ancient poverty for amazing affluence."
Review - A Farewell to Alms - Industrial Revolution - Human Population - New York Times
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:05 PM

Blue-eyed people better off, say scientists

"PEOPLE with blue eyes are likely to achieve more in life than those with brown, say US scientists."
Blue-eyed people better off, say scientists | NEWS.com.au
Web Frog has blue eyes, but has achieved very little.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 7:16 PM

England's success may be in our genes

A radical explanation of what made this island so wealthy
Gregory Clark
"The Industrial Revolution is the great event of world history. Before this, from the Stone Age to 1800, there was no gain in average living conditions. Now incomes rise steadily."
England’s success may be in our genes | Gregory Clark - Times Online
Posted by Martin Sewell at 7:02 PM

August 17, 2007

Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy's Couch

"there’s a 20 percent chance we’re living in a computer simulation"
Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch - New York Times
Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:42 PM

Wikipedia 'shows CIA page edits'

BBC NEWS | Technology | Wikipedia 'shows CIA page edits'
Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:38 PM

The 'Ball Lifter'

WildmanT Ball Lifter
Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:26 PM

August 12, 2007

Double-nosed dog

"Explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell has had close encounters with vampire bats and angry bees, but his latest brush has been with a rather odd dog."
BBC NEWS | UK | Double-nosed dog not to be sniffed at
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:22 AM

August 10, 2007

How to Give a Dog a Lovely Breast

"If you're anything like Will or me, you'll have thought at some point in your life: 'Sure, dogs are great, but wouldn't it be even better if they had some sort of massive breast on their side?'"
lobsterking: How to Give a Dog a Lovely Breast
Posted by Martin Sewell at 9:28 PM

August 8, 2007

MySpace

A few weeks ago, Web Frog's MySpace account was deleted for no apparent reason (cunts!) I've just set up a new account, and the URL is the same as before: http://www.myspace.com/martinsewell.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:09 AM

August 6, 2007

800bhp Toyota Supra

An 800bhp Toyota Supra on the streets - fucking awesome!
Posted by Martin Sewell at 2:57 PM

August 4, 2007

Brian May has handed in his PhD thesis 36 years after abandoning it

"Queen guitarist Brian May has handed in his astronomy PhD thesis - 36 years after abandoning it to join the band."
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Queen star hands in science PhD
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:37 AM

Porn addict forum

Support Board - I mastrubated (sic) yesterday, wasting 7 days
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:02 AM

August 2, 2007

Mailing Lists

Today, Web Frog was kicked off his fourth mailing list in three years, this time it was the Radical Statistics Group mailing list.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 9:48 PM