The Deadline has passed! There are a total of over 700 submissions for OpenLab 2009. Thank you all for submitting your and other people's blog posts. I at least opened every one of them, and already read many of them and the overall quality looks very high. SciCurious is ready (here is her post), judges are ready, and the judging process is about to begin. And while you are waiting for results, you can read all the submitted entries right here! And once you are done reading them all, you can go back to the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions and read them as well. And keep checking in every now and then....nobody knows exactly on which date the final winners will be announced - whenever we are happy with it and ready. 10 days of science: Astronomical art: Representing Planet Earth 2020 Science: Hooked on science - ten things that inspired me to become a scientist A Blog Around The Clock: On Being a Nurse- a guest postWhy social insects do not suffer from ill effects of rotating and night … [Read more...] about The Final and Complete List of All Entries Submitted for The Open Laboratory 2009
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Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 20:00 12 March 2019 Lynne Mortimer Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council of cinema manager Neil Bates and Joyce Dowding with the door that inspired Larry Grayson's famous catchphrase 'Shut that door'. Picture: Stuart Boulton/PA Wire Archant The door that Larry Grayson was referring to when he first said: “Shut that door,” has been found and will be kept as a monument to that immortal line. Here, we celebrate the catchphrase. Delacriox's painting of the gravedigger's scene in Hamlet. The skull is Yorick's. Picture: Wikimedia CommonsClichés and catchphrases litter our language with varying degrees of elegance.But this week, it seems, one of the first entries into what may eventually become a museum of catchphrases, is to be preserved for posterity?What could it be? The glass and bottle as immortalised by Tommy Cooper: “Bottle, glass; glass bottle.”?"Let them eat cake," said Marie Antionette, … [Read more...] about We are not amused by catchphrases? Oh yes we are
Well, I've finally seen it. The things I do for my readers, the pain to which I subject myself by watching neuron-apotosing levels of pseudoscience, misinformation, and lies as antivaccine propaganda, in order to deconstruct them for your amusement and, I hope, education! Yes, I've finally seen Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree's "documentary" VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe. Now, having watched Wakefield and Bigtree's "masterpiece," I can quite confidently say that it's every bit as accurate and balanced a picture of vaccine benefits and risks as Eric Merola's two movies about the quack Stanislaw Burzynski and his Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering are about cancer and cancer research, The Beautiful Truth is about the Gerson protocol for cancer, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is about diet and diabetes, Expelled! No Intelligence Allowed is about evolution, and The Greater Good is about...vaccines! Of course, based on what I knew of the story, saw of the VAXXED … [Read more...] about In which Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree’s antivaccine documentary VAXXED is reviewed…with Insolence!
The family and close friends of Ruislip girl Jess Shepherd, who passed away on September 7 after a seven-year battle with cancer, have got matching tattoos to remember her forever. Ranging in age from 22 to 62, they had Jess' hashtag #roarforjess, which supporters across the world and some celebrities tweeted in her honour, tattooed at a West Drayton parlour. Close family members even had some of Jess' ashes mixed with the ink to create a more tangible connection to her. Jess' aunt Cheryl English had a large piece done with one of her favourite quotes - "Don't be sad, it's a waste of a day" - as a tribute to her relentlessly positive attitude. Steve Evans from Mantra 2 Tattoo wanted to help them create a lasting memorial and raise awareness of neuroblastoma, the rare cancer Jess suffered from, having followed her story for years. Jess' grandmother Louise Walker said: "As a family we wanted to do something unique that would leave us a permanent reminder of our beautiful Jess. "We … [Read more...] about Loved ones of Ruislip girl Jess Shepherd get matching tattoos
Michael H. Hodges Detroit News Fine Arts Writer Published 9:38 PM EDT Oct 31, 2018 She's one of the great legends of rock's heroic era, a singer/songwriter of surprising depth who helped define what it meant to be young and alive in the 1960s and 70s. Yet Joni Mitchell, a polio survivor whose songs dominated the airwaves with lilting melodies and cinematic lyrics, typically felt under-appreciated and ultimately put out to pasture by a recording industry interested only in the very young and pretty. Shedding light on this most-complex woman is a new collection of Mitchell's interviews from 1966-2014, "Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell," edited by former Detroit News music writer Susan Whitall. There's no denying Mitchell's wider impact. "Joni earned her status as a pop legend with earthy, poetic images," wrote Whitall, an editor at Creem magazine before coming to The News, "and the … [Read more...] about New book reveals unfiltered Joni Mitchell