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    Blame the Brain?

    Putting the brain on trial: did your brain make you do it? Neuroscience in the courtroom exposed. Plus the dark side of new neurotechnologies and do we have free will or are our actions pre-determined?

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  • The Discovery of the Higgs Boson

    The full playlist of the free MOOC, on the “Discovery” of the Higgs Boson offered by the University of Edinburgh.

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  • Our Buggy Moral Code

    Behavioural economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it’s OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we’re predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we can’t grasp.

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    Update to Fedora 21 and GNOME 3.14

    To update to GNOME 3.14 with Fedora, it is first necessary to update to Fedora 21 from Fedora 20. To do this, first open a terminal and as root (i.e. […]

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    Install GNOME 3.10 on Ubuntu 13.10 Without Stuff Breaking

    If it was not for my keen interest in experimental analysis, combined with a unique approach to risk assessment, then I do not think I would have developed such an […]

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  • Run Gedit From a Mac OSX Terminal

    If you want to be able to run gedit from a terminal command knowing the full path to its executable is useful. Apple made it quite hard to do that […]

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A Crash Course in Einstein’s Relativity

Mark Twain once wrote: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble –it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” So it was that, 109 years ago, some of humanity’s collective confusions were lifted when a 26-year-old Swiss patent clerk realized that something that everyone on Earth knew for sure was actually profoundly wrong. Come hear Professor Shankar get to the heart of Albert Einstein’s great insight, which has been called “The most beautiful thought that anyone has ever had,” using a blackboard, a piece of chalk and no equations. The only prerequisite for you: an open mind.

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Belt of Stability

The graph of stable elements is commonly referred to as the Band (or Belt) of Stability. At the higher end of the band of stability lies alpha decay, below is positron emission or electron capture, above is beta emissions and elements beyond the atomic number of 83 are unstable radioactive elements.   Alpha decay is located at the top of […]

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