MedScape: Visualization Tools in Clinical Medicine. "The practice of clinical medicine relies heavily on pattern recognition -- the ability to recognize patterns in the presentation of patient data and thereby formulate a diagnosis." Automating that pattern recognition is what I do :)
The 2nd Annual Space Elevator conference is taking place in Santa Fe. "A space elevator is a revolutionary way of getting from Earth into space, a ribbon with one end attached to Earth on a floating platform located at the equator and the other end in space beyond geosynchronous orbit (35,800 km altitude)." Based on an idea from Arthur C. Clarke, who is speaking at the conference.
From Slashdot: "Democrats have just introduced the Space Exploration Act of 2003 to the U.S. House of Representatives; the author is Nick Lampson of Texas, with 26 co-sponsors. The bill sets a vision and goals for the future of NASA, beyond the Low Earth Orbit of the Space Station and Shuttle, outlining a series of incremental steps for human spaceflight. These include development of reusable spacecraft for carrying people around in the Earth-Moon vicinity, including to the nearby Lagrange points; sending people to an Earth-crossing asteroid; establishing a lunar base, and sending people to Mars with a base on a Martian moon by 2024." Man, is this a great time to be alive, or what?
A great post on Intelligent Design vs. Evolution, by godless. "Should we decide whether to teach things because they're 'plausible' to people? Of course not." You know where I stand on this... The biggest argument against ID is that is isn't necessary! Essentially Occam's Razor. Natural selection all by it very own self can explain everything. So why postulate intelligent design?
From Kevin at VentureBlog, Snidely Whiplash And The Liquidation Preference. I love it.
Clay Shirkey discusses the persistent failure of micropayments in Fame vs. Fortune. So good I probably would have paid $.25 to read it.
Wired: Disney Animates Dalí's Flick. "In 1946, Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí, in one of cinema's oddest collaborations, teamed up on a short film called Destino. But Disney's studio ran into financial trouble and put the unfinished film on the shelf. Now, 57 years later, a team of Disney animators has finished what Dalí started." This looks wild!
The 51st Carnival of the Vanities is up, I haven't checked it out yet... but you should.
Do you love ice cream? I do... Anyway we're not the only ones: Bolshoi Theater Struggles with 'Heavy' Ballerina. "Volochkova, who is taller than most ballerinas, admits being partial to ice cream although she opts for the lower-fat option of frozen yogurt. 'I love ice cream so much that I can't imagine life without it,' she said in a statement handed out at the news conference." I found the picture at left on the web (click for larger pic). I examined it closely, and she doesn't look too heavy to me :)