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L’effet McGurk

— Is Seeing Believing?, BBC Two. Intéressant, il faudrait prendre en compte l’habitude de regarder des séries doublées et son impact sur cet effet. Parfois, un mauvais doublage me fout la nausée, physiquement.

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Dryococelus australis, le retour

They were Dryococelus australis. A search the next morning, and two years later, concluded these are the only ones on Ball’s Pyramid, the last ones. They live there, and, as best we know, nowhere else. How they got there is a mystery. Maybe they hitchhiked on birds, or traveled with fishermen, and how they survived […]

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Le mythe des huit heures de sommeil

In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks. His book At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past, published four years later, unearths more than 500 references to a segmented sleeping […]

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Le vrai patient zéro

[Gaetan] Dugas was soon dubbed Patient Zero, and labeled by the media as the cause of the AIDS epidemic. But as Carl Zimmer and David Quammen explain, Dugas was absolutely not Patient Zero. Not by a long shot. Michael Worobey and Beatrice Hahn help us search for a much earlier Patient Zero, by taking us […]

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The Wild Parrots of San Francisco

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a 2005 documentary film directed, produced, and edited by Judy Irving. It chronicles the relationship between Mark Bittner, an unemployed musician who is living rent-free in a cabin in Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, California, and a flock of feral parrots (cherry-headed and two blue-crowned conures) that he […]

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Ce que disent les animaux

Washoe est la première chimpanzé ayant appris à communiquer grâce à la langue des signes : Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing “MY BABY DIED.” Washoe stared at her, […]

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To love and let go

Letting go. Linked everywhere, but definitely worth a read.

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Ligne claire

Darryl Cunningham Investigates: The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Homeopathy. Two really good comics, about science, fear and money, the first one on vaccins and the other one on homeopathy.

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Racket

Revues scientifiques : à quand la fin du travail gratuit? [via]

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No So Stupid After All

The new media have caught on for a reason. Knowledge is increasing exponentially; human brainpower and waking hours are not. Fortunately, the Internet and information technologies are helping us manage, search and retrieve our collective intellectual output at different scales, from Twitter and previews to e-books and online encyclopedias. Far from making us stupid, these […]