“Anti-vaccers, climate change deniers, and anti-GMO activists are all the same”

An excellent discussion of why anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers and anti-GMO activists (not be mention Darwinian evolution denialists) really are all the same.


“Less than a year to develop a COVID vaccine – here’s why you shouldn’t be alarmed”

An excellent article that explains why the fact that a COVID-19 virus has been developed, tested and (in the UK) approved in a matter of months is not, in and of itself, a cause for concern.


I suppose that I should state the obvious: life is not without risks. There is no guarantee that any approved vaccine will not harm anybody. What we do know and should take to heart is that the COVID vaccines which are ultimately approved by major regulators have been studied and deemed to be sufficiently safe for use by the population as a whole.

Also, anyone who refuses to take any risks at all when it comes to vaccines should ask themselves why they routinely take risks in their day-to-day lives: crossing at a traffic light, flying, riding in or driving an automobile, eating a meal which (for a variety of reasons) might contain dangerous bacteria or other substances, getting out of bed in the morning (obviously, the risk of falling and breaking your neck is much lower if you just stay in bed), etc, etc, etc.

P.S. I fully intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when my cohort becomes eligible, and getting vaccinated becomes feasible and relatively hassle-free. My current best if somewhat wild guess is that this will happen sometime in the spring or summer of 2021.

“Russell Kirsch, inventor of the pixel, dies in his Portland home at age 91”

Everything in our digital world was invented or discovered by someone. Russell A. Kirsch invented the pixel.


While working with the National Bureau of Standards as a member of the Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) team in 1957, Russell Kirsch invented the pixel while developing a digital scanner. The 176×176 pixel image above of Russell’s son was one of the first digitally scanned images.



“This is The Heartwarming Reason ‘Mind The Gap’ Sounds So Different At Embankment Station”

The story of why the ‘Mind The Gap’ announcement at Embankment Station is different than the ‘Mind The Gap’ announcement at every other London Tube station is told at https://secretldn.com/mind-the-gap-embankment-station/

An earlier version of this story is told by the BBC at https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-21719848

“Evolution of Star Trek Series Music Theme (1966-2020) | VioDance”

A spectacular medley of Star Trek television show theme songs including The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, Discovery, and Picard. Even a guest appearance by “Dog of Nine” (I hope that I got the name right).


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“The Spectacular Science Behind Puddle Stomping”

A look at the importance of puddle stomping and other forms of play as children learn how to use their bodies.

The article also mentions our eight senses and then proceeds to explain the ones beyond the five (taste, touch, smell, vision and hearing) that most of us already know about:

  • the sense of knowing where our bodies are in space (aka sense of balance or vestibular sense)
  • the sense of knowing without looking where our limbs and body parts are (aka proprioception sense)
  • the sense of knowing what his going on within our bodies (aka interoception sense)


“Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance”

“Summary of the article: Strong coronavirus measures today should only last a few weeks, there shouldn’t be a big peak of infections afterwards, and it can all be done for a reasonable cost to society, saving millions of lives along the way. If we don’t take these measures, tens of millions will be infected, many will die, along with anybody else that requires intensive care, because the healthcare system will have collapsed.” (copied from the article)