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Views of North Korea show how a policy spread misery

Thu, 2010-06-10 06:12 by Hans-Georg
The Tumen River serves as part of the border between China and North Korea, with the Chinese city of Tumen on the left and the North Korean town of Namyang on the right. The railway bridge in the foreground is a major route for transporting Chinese aid …

The New York Times
Published: June 9, 2010

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YANJI, China — Like many North Koreans, the construction worker lived in penury. His state employer had not paid him for so long that he had forgotten his salary. Indeed, he paid his boss to be listed as a dummy worker so that he could leave his work site. Then he and his wife could scrape out a living selling small bags of detergent on the black market.

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The Neanderthal genome

Sat, 2010-06-05 09:41 by Hans-Georg
Neanderthal range Human DNA locations used for comparison with Neanderthal DNA

Only recently has it become possible to sequence Neanderthal genes. Scientists were able to obtain DNA from the remains of three Neanderthal women and sequence it. They then proceeded to compare the Neanderthal genome with five different modern people and have arrived at evidence of genetic influences on us.

We now have evidence for some gene flow from Neanderthals to all non-Africans. The most surprising part is that these same genes were not only found in a European, but also in a Han Chinese and a person from Papua, New Guinea.

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KCAA English Language Proficiency Test

Fri, 2010-04-30 15:12 by Hans-Georg

(KCAA = Kenya Civil Aviation Authority)

I took the test today and thought I should let other testees know what to expect. Similar descriptions are already making the rounds in emails and on paper, so it is in the interest of fairness to show one publicly.

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Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth

Thu, 2010-04-01 18:18 by Hans-Georg

Here is again one of his delightful speeches.

Alternatively to playing it here you can also go to the original page.

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A Tale of Two Cities

Wed, 2010-03-24 23:14 by Hans-Georg


Feed: The Online Photographer
Posted on: Sunday, March 14, 2010 5:00 PM
Author: Michael Johnston
Subject: A Tale of Two Cities

Twenty-six gigapixel Paris: Photographer Arnaud Frich and Martin Loyer have created what is being billed as the highest-resolution gigapicture yet made,

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Irish music stream for St. Patrick's Day

Sat, 2010-03-20 12:24 by Hans-Georg

Click here, and on that page click on the LISTEN NOW link.


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Social Media Revolution

Sat, 2010-02-27 10:11 by Hans-Georg

For more resolution choices watch it directly on YouTube.

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Journey into a fractal

Wed, 2010-02-10 20:33 by Hans-Georg

Source: Vimeo. Please go there to read the explanatory text for this video or to watch it in HD resolution.

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The Known Universe

Sun, 2009-12-27 09:01 by Hans-Georg

After starting the video click on HD and full screen if your Internet connection allows it.

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Inspired bicycles

Mon, 2009-12-07 18:17 by Hans-Georg

If you have a fast Internet connection, click on HQ after starting the video.