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Software pioneer and ENIAC programmer Jean Bartik dies at 86

The New York Times has published an obituary for Jean Jennings Bartik, “one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software.” She died on March 23 at a nursing home in Poughkeepsie, NY, at age 86. She was the last surviving member of the… Read More »

Make a birthday present for Al Jaffee!

David from MAD Magazine sez, “AL JAFFEE IS TURNING 90! On March 13, long-time MAD writer/artist, creator of the Fold-In and Snappy Answers, and accused (but never convicted!) shoplifter Al Jaffee is going to be 90 freakin’ years old! To celebrate, we’re asking all fans (and enemies) to send in letters, cards, poems, drawings, paintings,… Read More »

NY-based Iraqi artist to implant camera in the back of his head for Qatar museum

A photography professor at NYU plans to install a camera in the back of his head for an art project commissioned by a new modern art museum in Qatar. Artist Wafaa Bilal (shown below), who was born in Iraq, will stream images captured by the device to the museum; visitors there will be able to… Read More »

Brain-imaging and neurorealism: what does it mean to “feel something” in your brain?

Ben “Bad Science” Goldacre dissects the reporting of an experiment purporting to show a neurological basis for low libido in women’s brains. Goldacre points out that the alternative to believing in a neurological basis for how you feel is to believe that you can feel something without having something happen in your brain. Interestingly, this… Read More »

Rosalind Franklin: Crick and Watson’s uncredited collaborator

Many of you wrote in response to the Crick obit from earlier today to remind us of the unsung and uncredited hero of DNA, Rosalind Franklin. Here’s what Allison says about her: It is past due that Dr. Rosalind Franklin received credit for actually being the scientist who demonstrated the helical nature of DNA. Her… Read More »