Links for 25th June 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Teenage ‘baby’ may lack master ageing gene

    "Walker thinks that Brooke is the first recorded case of what he describes as "developmental disorganization". His hypothesis is that the cause is disruption of an as-yet unidentified gene, or genes, that hold the key to ageing by orchestrating how an organism matures to adulthood, reproduces, then gradually ages and dies.

    Walker believes that Brooke lacks this "regulator" of development – first proposed in 1932 by British marine biologist, George Parker Bidder. Like Bidder, Walker believes that the regulator guides organisms through to adulthood, but also works beyond then to orchestrate ageing and, eventually, death."

    Tagged with: ageinggeneticsbiologytranshumanismmedicine

  2. And Data for All: Why Obama’s Geeky New CIO Wants to Put All Gov’t Info Online

    "Wired: What do you mean? You'll release the data and just hope people do interesting things with it?

    Kundra: Yes. Think about the Department of Defense. When satellite data was made available, you had this explosion in the private GPS market. Now GPS is available on your iPhone, so if you're lost you can navigate. The car rental industry uses it. Google and Facebook use it to help you get real-time information on where friends are and where the closest restaurant is. The key is recognizing that we don't have a monopoly on good ideas and that the federal government doesn't have infinite resources. We're even thinking about running competitions for people making applications. What wired was able to do with that wiki, frankly, would have cost the government a fortune and taken much longer." Odd to hear 'em talking sense; will it last?

    Tagged with: USinformationgovernmentdatatransparencyopen-sourceopen-governmentgovernment2.0

  3. The hidden persuaders: How businesses are using neuroscience to make you buy

    "“Conventional research only gets you so far because it’s rationalisation after the event, and most decision-making is done subconsciously. We set out to measure physical changes people cannot consciously control.”

    Honda is not alone in believing brain science can boost the bottom line. A growing number of businesses say that traditional ways of understanding consumers – direct questioning, observing our behaviour – don’t explain why we buy one product over another. And they are turning to neuroscience for the answers."

    Tagged with: advertisingmarketingneurosciencemindbrainpsychology

  4. Climate science is by nature uncertain

    "Never mind that the level of uncertainty about mean temperature increase, sea level rise and seasonal rainfall was dealt with in painstaking and meticulous detail in the report. For some, the mere presence of uncertainty was reason enough to doubt. But uncertainty is not an enemy of science that must be conquered – it is the stimulus that drives science forward. As in economic forecasts, medical diagnoses, and policy making, uncertainty runs through climate science like the lettering in sticks of rock."

    Tagged with: climatescienceskepticismuncertaintyresearchmodelsdebunking

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