Hey writers in all kinds of media: this summer, Chad and the Joint Quantum Institute in Maryland are hosting The Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction, which is a three-day workshop on quantum physics for writers (a la the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop). Check out his blog post for more details; applications will open Friday. Housing and breakfast+lunch will be provided (there may also be a small amount of money for travel support), and diversity is a priority in selecting applicants. Please consider applying if it sounds interesting!

5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Addicted, which reminded me of last summer's Slate article, Seeking: How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. And why that's dangerous.

(The first article describes how job satisfaction arises from autonomy, complexity, and connection between effort and reward, and made me say "oh, hey, yeah, that's exactly why I like my job." Which I now have to go to, having finished the lengthy process of de-clinging SteelyKid from me at daycare and eaten my breakfast.)

QOTD

Mar. 5th, 2009 07:50 am

From an American Scientist review of a book called Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World:

I mainly learned from this volume that evolutionary theory can have a strangely narcotic effect on the brains of otherwise intelligent people, leading them to take quite bizarre positions.

To which my reaction was, "True, but dude, you're only noticing this now?!"

Two Daily Show videos behind the cut of Neil deGrasse Tyson, one talking about his new book on Pluto and an amusing follow-up; particularly for [livejournal.com profile] oyceter and anyone else who likes funny, engaging talk about science.

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