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14 March 2009


Happy Pi Day! It's also Albert Einstein's birthday.

In one of the sections of his book The Tipping Point Malcom Gladwell shows how suicide can be "contagious." When one person does it it in a sense gives others a sort of permission to do it themselves. There are apparently even fads... the detergent method.

This is interesting as hell. Some scientists found that they could make nickel particles self assemble in water by inducing small amounts of electric current... and then they moved around like a snake... and avoided objects as if they could think. Of course it's a bit early to draw specific conclusions as to how this may have affected the origins of life but it certainly is an interesting avenue to pursue.

Jim Cramer, of CNBC's Mad Money, takes a beating via John Stewart. Full episode here, starts around 5:30. I just feel kind of bad for Cramer in this... he just gets eaten alive.

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