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March 31 2015

Statistical evidence suggests that the death of Melisa Marijanovic was premeditated murder via air embolism planned and executed by a group of c. 350 members.
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Stefan Jellinek: Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern. Deutscher Verlag für Jugend und Volk, 1931.
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Wayne Chisnall: "And When I’m a Man", 1998.
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"Despite the uncertainties, air embolism has served as a reasonably dependable method of execution. After public outcry stopped Nazi gassing of mental patients in 1941, psychiatric institutions were ordered to continue so-called mercy killings by less conspicuous means. A program described as "wild euthanasia" began at the Meseritz-Obrawalde hospital in 1942, with doctors selecting the victims and nurses doing the deed. While most of the murders were carried out with overdoses of sedatives, some patients were injected with air, which usually killed them within minutes. Though thousands of patients died, at trial years after the war 14 nurses claimed they were just following orders and were acquitted. Decades later Germany saw another rash of murders-by-embolism when a nurse confessed to injecting an estimated 60 to 130 milliliters of air into the veins of 15 seriously ill elderly patients. All died."
—— Cecil Adams

Wie starb Melisa M.?
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March 30 2015


Campaign for Public Participation in Naming Features on Pluto

In partnership with NASA’s New Horizons mission and the SETI Institute, the IAU is endorsing a campaign that will allow the public to participate in naming newly discovered features on Pluto and its satellites. It is expected that many new features will be discovered in the upcoming flyby of Pluto and will be available for naming. The public is invited to suggest names within the designated IAU themes for these celestial bodies.

Pluto retains a unique position in the hearts and minds of many. Pluto is a remote and enigmatic world that resides at the edge of the Solar System, in a region known as the Kuiper Belt, where it is one among many similar dwarf planets, although Pluto remains the largest discovered to date.

On 14 July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons probe will fly past Pluto, offering the first close-up look at this small, distant world and its largest satellite, Charon. These denizens of the outer Solar System will, at long last, be transformed from mysterious, hazy bodies into worlds with distinct features.

In celebration of this historic occasion, the IAU is proud to endorse a campaign that will allow members of the public to participate in naming newly imaged and identified features on the surfaces of Pluto and its natural satellites.

This naming campaign is a partnership between the NASA’s New Horizons project, the SETI Institute and the IAU.

You are invited to visit the website http://ourpluto.seti.org, where you can vote for the names that you think should be used to identify the most prominent features on both Pluto and Charon. You can also suggest additional names. These must be associated with a set of accepted themes set out by the IAU’s Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) related to mythology and the literature and history of exploration:

* Names for the Underworld from the world's mythologies.
* Gods, goddesses, and dwarfs associated with the Underworld.
* Heroes and other explorers of the Underworld.
* Writers associated with Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
* Scientists and engineers associated with Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

* Destinations and milestones of fictional space and other exploration.
* Fictional and mythological vessels of space and other exploration.
* Fictional and mythological voyagers, travellers and explorers.

* River gods.

* Deities of the night.

* Dogs from literature, mythology and history.

* Legendary serpents and dragons.

Please note, however, that votes for other themes will not be taken into account, incl. the following, since these themes have already been used on Mercury, Venus and Mars:

* Space missions and spacecraft names.
* Authors, artists, directors and producers of the fiction of exploration.
* Explorers of the Earth, air and seas.

The campaign ends on 7 April 2015, after which the New Horizons team will sort through the names and submit their recommendations to the IAU. The IAU will have the final decision on how the names are used.
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March 28 2015

Save the Fluffy Snugglebunny (Ochotona iliensis)!

Dramatic decline of the threatened Ili pika Ochotona iliensis (Lagomorpha: Ochotonidae) in Xinjiang, China
by Li Wei-Dong and Andrew T. Smith
Oryx, Vol. 39/1 (2005), pp 30-34,

The Vulnerable Ili pika Ochotona iliensis (Lagomorpha: Ochotonidae) is a poorly known mammal species that inhabits a restricted geographic range in the Tian Shan Mountains, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. It was discovered in 1983, described in 1986, and subsequently investigated over the following decade. As no studies were conducted on this pika during the next 10 years, a comprehensive census was undertaken in the summers of 2002 and 2003, including all sites where it had previously been observed. Evidence of the Ili pika was found at only 6 of 14 sites censused, and was extinct in two of six regions, including the type and paratype localities (Jilimalale Mountain). Ili pika populations appear to have declined in three of six regions, and in only one region did the population appear to be comparable to a decade earlier. Like all rock-dwelling pikas, the Ili pika has a low population density and rate of reproduction. Additionally, populations on its preferred habitat of cliff faces are highly fragmented. Increased temperatures, possibly due to global warming, and increased grazing pressure may have interacted with the normal population dynamics of the Ili pika to contribute to its recent dramatic decline. We recommend that the Ili pika's Red List status be changed from Vulnerable to Endangered.
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March 25 2015

New in the teapot.
(Nova Sagittarii 2015 No.2, 21 March 2015)
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March 24 2015

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Meaningless to humans, these images are recognized by a computer wiith great certainty as common objects.

Deep Neural Networks are Easily Fooled: High Confidence Predictions for Unrecognizable Images

by Anh Nguyen, Jason Yosinski, Jeff Clune

Deep neural networks (DNNs) have recently been achieving state-of-the-art performance on a variety of pattern-recognition tasks, most notably visual classification problems. Given that DNNs are now able to classify objects in images with near-human-level performance, questions naturally arise as to what differences remain between computer and human vision. A recent study revealed that changing an image (e.g. of a lion) in a way imperceptible to humans can cause a DNN to label the image as something else entirely (e.g. mislabeling a lion a library). Here we show a related result: it is easy to produce images that are completely unrecognizable to humans, but that state-of-the-art DNNs believe to be recognizable objects with 99.99% confidence (e.g. labeling with certainty that white noise static is a lion). Specifically, we take convolutional neural networks trained to perform well on either the ImageNet or MNIST datasets and then find images with evolutionary algorithms or gradient ascent that DNNs label with high confidence as belonging to each dataset class. It is possible to produce images totally unrecognizable to human eyes that DNNs believe with near certainty are familiar objects. Our results shed light on interesting differences between human vision and current DNNs, and raise questions about the generality of DNN computer vision.
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March 23 2015

Aschenputtel lost her shoe in the Mauerpark.
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March 22 2015

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March 21 2015

Vizualization of a quantum field theory calculation showing virtual particles in the quantum vacuum (by Derek Leinweber).
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(By Daniel Roland/AFP in Gaiberg near Heidelberg, 20 March 2015.)
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March 19 2015

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Johannes de Sacrobosco: Sphæra Mundi, c.1230 CE, chapter IV.
(Edition Venice 1482)

Cum autem luna fuerit in capite vel in cauda draconis vel prope infra metas et in coniunctione cum sole, tunc corpus lunare interponetur inter aspectum nostrum et corpus solare, unde obumbrabit nobis claritatem solis. Et ita sol patietur eclipsim, non quia deficit a lumine sed quia deficit nobis propter interpositionem lune inter aspectum nostrum et solem. Ex hiis patet quod semper debet esse eclipsis solis in coniunctione sive in novilunio. Notandum etiam quod quando est eclipsis lune, est eclipsis in omni terra. Sed quando est eclipsis solis, nequaquam, immo in uno climate est eclipsis, in alio non, quod contingit propter diversitatem aspectus in diversis climatibus. Unde Virgilius elegantissime naturam utriusque eclipsis sub compendio tetigit dicens, "Defectus lune varios solisque labores."

Ex predictis etiam manifestum est quod, cum eclipsis solis esset in passione domini et eadem passio esset in plenilunio, illa eclipsis non fuit naturalis, immo miraculosa et contraria nature, quoniam eclipsis solis in novilunio vel circa debet contingere. Propter hoc legitur Dionysius Ariopagita in eadem passione dixisse:
"Aut deus nature patitur, aut machina mundi dissolvetur."
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March 18 2015


Omnia tibi felicia

mosaic from Dougga, 4th century CE, Musée national du Bardo, Tunis,
looted by islamic terrorists March 18, 2015.
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March 17 2015

Mesopotamian hipster with original design of the Apple iWatch and iCone. (c.715 BCE, Musée du Louvre)
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