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Occupy Elsevier!

The mathematician and Fields medal winner Tim Gowers is calling for a boycott of Elservier:

http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/elsevier-my-part-in-its-downfall/

and there is a web site

http://thecostofknowledge.com

to sign up, as you should! One question though: should Springer be boycotted too?

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The sliding crow.

Here is a nice post about the sliding crow video on youtube

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/science-can-neither-explain-nor-deny-the-awesomeness-of-this-sledding-crow/251395/

It sums up my view; it is hard not to see this as an amazing example of tool use and possibly play by the crow, the crows behavior seems very deliberate. If it isn’t playing perhaps it means to scrap the snow, it is however possible that it is just pecking at the object and doesn’t mean to slide, from this one short video it is impossible to know for sure.

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