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Interzone / Re: Noise pollution
« on: May 14, 2012, 06:52:44 PM »
"What we found is that there's an inverted-U relationship between noise level and creativity," Mehta said. "It turns out that around 70 decibels is the sweet spot. If you go beyond that, it's too loud, and the noise starts to negatively affect creativity. It's the Goldilocks principle -- the middle is just right."

Using background noise commonly found in consumers' lives, the researchers show that, as noise increases, so does one's level of distraction.

"An increased level of distraction makes you think 'out-of-the-box' -- what we call abstract thinking or abstract processing, which is a hallmark of increased creativity," Mehta said. "But when you start to go beyond that moderate level of noise what happens is that distraction becomes so huge that it really starts affecting the thought process. You really can't process information because the distraction is so pronounced. And that is what inhibits creativity.


Metal / WAR MASTER - Free show May 19
« on: May 14, 2012, 06:39:24 PM »
Metal Summit VI [map] [event]
War Master, Spectral Manifest and Bound In Flesh
May 19th 8:30pm - 12:00 AM
Sound Exchange Houston
1846 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77098


Metal / Those who mock black metal die unexpectedly.
« on: May 14, 2012, 12:27:51 PM »

FPOS from this band died suddenly at age 27.


He left behind nothing of importance.

Interzone / Re: Want to become a whore?
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:33:05 AM »
A new study by University researchers demonstrates that several months before a female victim is sexually assaulted, her pattern of drinking alcohol influences her risk for unwanted sexual contact, ranging from unwanted kissing to rape.

The study, recently published in the journal Violence and Victims, found that first-year female college students who drank four or more alcoholic drinks in one day at the start of the study were 33 percent more likely to be victims of a sexual assault in the following months. Women who drank four alcoholic beverages during two days or more were 17 percent more likely to be sexually assaulted later. In contrast, 6 percent of the non-drinkers experienced a sexual assault during the course of the study.


Interzone / Re: Protestant work ethic
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:32:23 AM »
Companies spend billions on rent, offices, and office equipment so their employees will have a great place to work.

However, when you ask people where they go when they really need to get something done, you'll rarely hear them say it's the office.

If you ask, you'll usually get one of three kinds of responses: A place, a moving object, or a time.


I don't blame people for not wanting to be at the office. I blame the office. The modern office has become an interruption factory. You can't get work done at work anymore.

When people walk into the office, they trade their work day in for a series of work moments. It's like the front door is a "time Cuisinart" -- shredding it all into little bits.

When you're in the office you're lucky to have 30 minutes to yourself. Usually you get in, there's a meeting, then there's a call, then someone calls you over to their desk, or your manager comes over to see what you're doing. These interruptions chunk your day into smaller and smaller bits. Fifteen minutes here, 30 minutes there, another 15 minutes before lunch, then an afternoon meeting, etc. When are you supposed to get work done if you don't have any time to work?

People -- especially creative people -- need long stretches of uninterrupted time to get things done. Fifteen minutes isn't enough. Thirty minutes isn't enough. Even an hour isn't enough.


Interzone / Protestant work ethic
« on: May 14, 2012, 06:45:32 AM »
In The 20% Doctrine, Tate explores how tinkering, goofing off, and breaking the rules at work can drive success in business. If you're lucky, your boss may someday find Tate's book in his or her conference schwag bag and be inspired enough by the tales of skunkworks projects at both tech (Google, Flickr, pre-Scott Thompson Yahoo) and non-tech (Bronx Academy of Letters, Huffington Post, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group) organizations to officially condone some form of 20% time at your place of work.


Interzone / Re: Anti-Dualism
« on: May 14, 2012, 06:43:49 AM »
Novels may have a lot more power than we think.

When you identify with a literary character, like Katniss Everdeen of the "Hunger Games" books, there’s a good chance you’ll become more like her, new study shows.

Researchers have found that when you lose yourself in a work of fiction, your behavior and thoughts can metamorphose to match those of your favorite character, according to the study published early online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


Interzone / Re: Source of consciousness
« on: May 14, 2012, 06:31:12 AM »
It has long been suspected that humans do not experience the world continuously, but rather in rapid snapshots.

Now, researchers at the University of Glasgow have demonstrated this is indeed the case. Just as the body goes through a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle controlled by a circadian clock, brain function undergoes such cyclic activity – albeit at a much faster rate.

Professor Gregor Thut of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, said: “Rhythms are intrinsic to biological systems. The circadian rhythm, with its very slow periodicity of sleep and wake cycles every 24 hours has an obvious, periodic effect on bodily functions.

“Brain oscillations – the recurrent neural activity that we see in the brain – also show periodicity but cycle at much faster speeds. What we wanted to know was whether brain function was affected in a cyclic manner by these rapid oscillations.”


Interzone / Re: Monarchism, feudalism and eugenics
« on: May 14, 2012, 06:19:44 AM »
Societies that adopt the hereditary principle do so because it is consistent with common observations: Leadership qualities often run in families and, as we now suppose, can be encoded in heritable genes. By limiting contenders for power, heredity makes violent disputes less frequent than in societies run by competing alpha males. Inherited authority discourages corruption and reduces factionalism and partisanship. There is, on balance, less chance of tyranny than under the rule of toughs or visionaries. As with every system, there are disadvantages: Some leaders are bound to be incapacitated by incompetence, sickness or insanity; dynasties become extinct. In the U.S., however, the advantages of a hereditary system elude most people's attention, perhaps because Americans are so used to seeing themselves as models for the world. "Why can't others be more like us?" is the implicit question. The often unnoticed answer is: "Why should they be?"


Interzone / Re: Metal music listeners more intelligent?
« on: May 14, 2012, 06:16:29 AM »
Results from a BBC experiment that tests musical skill suggest that many people who have not had formal training still have musical ability.

And talent is not influenced by age, sex or occupation either. The test indicated people from all walks of life underestimate their music potential.


"In addition to that, there doesn't seem to be a very good correlation between people who make money from music and their musicality. There might be people out there who are utterly musical, but don't do anything with that skill or haven't fully developed it."


Interzone / Re: Metal Hall: the musical
« on: May 01, 2012, 09:59:44 AM »
Autism has a strong genetic basis, but so far efforts to identify the responsible genes have had mixed results. The reason for this is that autism is influenced by many different genes, and different genes are involved in different individuals, making it hard to find the common genetic ground between patients.

Now, research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has shown that despite this fact, the different genes involved in autism tend to be involved in specific processes in the brain. This can explain, on the one hand, similarities in the behavioral symptoms of different autistics, but also the large spectrum of behaviors observed in different autistic individuals.

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Instead of testing individual genes, the researchers chose to study gene collections, in an attempt to understand general pathways involved in autism.

To that end the scientists constructed a network based on the expression pattern of genes across different brain areas. This allowed them to discover groups of genes with shared function in the brain. Next, based on genetic data from thousands of families with autistic children, the researchers studied the contribution of different groups of genes to autism.

To their surprise, they found -- when looking at mutations found in autism as well as thousands of common gene variants that are more frequently seen in autistics -- that these mutations and variations are located in specific functional groups.


Interzone / Re: What will quantum physics research do to Atheism?
« on: May 01, 2012, 09:58:14 AM »
Entanglement is a weird statewhere two particles remain intimately connected, even when separated over vast distances, like two die that must always show the same numbers when rolled. For the first time, scientists have entangled particles after they've been measured and may no longer even exist.

If that sounds baffling, even the researchers agree it's a bit "radical," in a paper reporting the experiment published online April 22 in the journal Nature Physics.

"Whether these two particles are entangled or separable has been decided after they have been measured," write the researchers, led by Xiao-song Ma of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the University of Vienna.


Metal / Best death metal
« on: April 30, 2012, 11:37:03 AM »
Asphyx - Last One on Earth
Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
Autopsy - Severed Survival
Autopsy - Mental Funeral
Avulsed - Yearning From The Grotesque
Baphomet - The Dead Shall Inherit
Benediction - Transcend the Rubicon
Bolt Thrower - Realm of Chaos
Brutality - Screams of Anguish
Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated
Carbonized - For the Security
Carnage - Dark Recollections
Convulse - World Without God
Cryptopsy - None So Vile
Cynic - Focus
Death - Scream Bloody Gore
Death - Leprosy
Death - Human
Darkthrone - Soulside Journey
Deicide - Legion
Deicide - Deicide
Demigod - Slumber of the Sullen Eyes
Demilich - Nespithe
Demolition Hammer - Epidemic of Violence
Disembowelment - Transcendence into the Peripheral
Dismember - Like an Everflowing Stream
Dissection - Storm of the Light’s Bane
Entombed - Left Hand Path
Entombed - Demos
Fleshcrawl - Descend into the Absurd
Funebre - Children of the Scorn
God Macabre - The Winterlong
Gorefest - False
Grave - Into the Grave
Grotesque - In the Embrace of Evil
Hypocrisy - Osculum Obscenum
Immolation - Dawn of Possession
Immolation - Close to a World Below
Immortalis - Indicium de Mortuis
Incantation - Onward to Golgotha
Massacra - Final Holocaust
Massacre - Inhuman Condition
Master - Master
Messiah - Extreme Cold Weather
Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
Mordicus - Dances From Left
Morgoth - Cursed
Morpheus Descends - Ritual of Infinity
Mortification - Scrolls of the Megilloth
Necrophobic - Satanic Blasphemies
Necrovore - Divus De Mortuus
Nihilist - Nihilist (1987-1989)
Nirvana 2002 - Recordings 89-91
Nuclear Death - Carrion For Worm
Obituary - Slowly We Rot
Pestilence - Consuming Impulse
Pestilence - Testimony of the Ancients
Possessed - Seven Churches
Pungent Stench - Been Caught Buttering
Rottrevore - Iniquitous
Rigor Mortis - Rigor Mortis
Rippikoulu - Musta Seremonia
Sadistik Exekution - We Are Death... Fukk You!
Sinister - Diabolical Summoning
Sorcery - Bloodchilling Tales
Suffocation - Pierced from Within
Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten
Terrorizer - World Downfall
Thanatos - Emerging from the Netherworlds
Unleashed - Where No Life Dwells
Vader - Litany


Interzone / Re: 98.4 > 99.9 (Caution: HBD)
« on: April 30, 2012, 11:26:11 AM »
The HBD movement is racism by another name.

The last decade has witnessed important advances in our understanding of the genetics of pigmentation in European populations, but very little is known about the genes involved in skin pigmentation variation in East Asian populations. Here, we present the results of a study evaluating the association of 10 Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) located within 5 pigmentation candidate genes (OCA2, DCT, ADAM17, ADAMTS20, and TYRP1) with skin pigmentation measured quantitatively in a sample of individuals of East Asian ancestry living in Canada. We show that the non-synonymous polymorphism rs1800414 (His615Arg) located within the OCA2 gene is significantly associated with skin pigmentation in this sample. We replicated this result in an independent sample of Chinese individuals of Han ancestry. This polymorphism is characterized by a derived allele that is present at a high frequency in East Asian populations, but is absent in other population groups. In both samples, individuals with the derived G allele, which codes for the amino acid arginine, show lower melanin levels than those with the ancestral A allele, which codes for the amino acid histidine. An analysis of this non-synonymous polymorphism using several programs to predict potential functional effects provides additional support for the role of this SNP in skin pigmentation variation in East Asian populations. Our results are consistent with previous research indicating that evolution to lightly-pigmented skin occurred, at least in part, independently in Europe and East Asia.


Interzone / Re: Death to racism
« on: April 30, 2012, 11:24:41 AM »
The genetics of Jews are a large set of related fields. Much of it is motivated by medical considerations, in particular “Jewish diseases” such as Tay-Sachs. Though the ultimate aim of much research is to clarify population stratification in association studies, over the past few years there has been a great deal of light shed on the possible origins of and the relationships of Jews to each other and other populations. Originally the focus was on uniparental lineages, male and female markers passed through the Y chromosome and mtDNA respectively. The general results of these were that both the extreme scenarios of total replacement and pure cultural diffusion are false. On the one hand Jews across the world by and large share unexpected genetic affinity which one would not predict from geography, but only from their common religious-ethnic identity as Jews. But Jews also cluster geographically in a way that is reminiscent of the gentile populations among whom they have settled, suggesting either independent evolution after an initial separation and/or admixture with the local populations.

One of the most popular posts on this weblog focuses on the differences between Ashkenazi Jews and gentiles, in particular peoples of European descent. The figure to the left illustrates that white Americans who are gentile or Jewish are rather easy to distinguish genetically from each other. That Jews exhibit a particularly distinctive genetic signature may not be all that surprising, considering that medical geneticists have long known that there are diseases which are biologically rooted and heavily overrepresented among this population. Distinctive traits imply distinctive genes. And the demographic history of the Jewish people as attested to in the literary records can be fitted rather easily within the framework of many of the results coming out of the genetic studies.

But what about the issues I mooted above in regards to the divisions among the Diasporic Jewish community? A new paper in The American Journal of Human Genetics takes a stab at attempting establish a set of relations between different Jewish communities, as well as other populations which they may have admixed with. Abraham’s Children in the Genome Era: Major Jewish Diaspora Populations Comprise Distinct Genetic Clusters with Shared Middle Eastern Ancestry:

    For more than a century, Jews and non-Jews alike have tried to define the relatedness of contemporary Jewish people. Previous genetic studies of blood group and serum markers suggested that Jewish groups had Middle Eastern origin with greater genetic similarity between paired Jewish populations. However, these and successor studies of monoallelic Y chromosomal and mitochondrial genetic markers did not resolve the issues of within and between-group Jewish genetic identity. Here, genome-wide analysis of seven Jewish groups (Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian, Italian, Turkish, Greek, and Ashkenazi) and comparison with non-Jewish groups demonstrated distinctive Jewish population clusters, each with shared Middle Eastern ancestry, proximity to contemporary Middle Eastern populations, and variable degrees of European and North African admixture. Two major groups were identified by principal component, phylogenetic, and identity by descent (IBD) analysis: Middle Eastern Jews and European/Syrian Jews. The IBD segment sharing and the proximity of European Jews to each other and to southern European populations suggested similar origins for European Jewry and refuted large-scale genetic contributions of Central and Eastern European and Slavic populations to the formation of Ashkenazi Jewry. Rapid decay of IBD in Ashkenazi Jewish genomes was consistent with a severe bottleneck followed by large expansion, such as occurred with the so-called demographic miracle of population expansion from 50,000 people at the beginning of the 15th century to 5,000,000 people at the beginning of the 19th century. Thus, this study demonstrates that European/Syrian and Middle Eastern Jews represent a series of geographical isolates or clusters woven together by shared IBD genetic threads.


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