Monthly Archives: February 2014

The status of science… 450 years after Galileo!

“A quarter of American adults do not know that the Earth goes round the sun. Half think that antibiotics kill viruses and almost as many believe electrons are larger than atoms” Stephen Luntz – I Fucking Love Science.

In an earlier post, I reported that a majority of young adult in the US thought that astrology was a science. Similar numbers and others can be found in a biennial survey from the USA National Science Foundation. A round up can also be found here, with link to the said survey and a link to the Science and Engineering Indicators.

Meanwhile the 450th anniversary of the birth of Galileo, who was persecuted for something that is now proven without the shadow of a doubt (for those who may wonder, I refer you to the first sentence of the quoted text above 😉 ), was just a few days ago.

Two or more Dropbox accounts simultaneously on your Mac, it’s possible and easy!

Dropbox is a great tool for keeping certain documents accessible from everywhere (provided you have an internet connecting!). It is also a very nice cross platform collaborative tool. In the past, I have created specific folders that I share with collaborators across the globe. Recently, something different presented itself: as part of an important international project I am participating in, a specific (free) Dropbox account was created.

Of course, you can access both accounts from a web browser but the OSX Dropbox application does not provide for multiple accounts simultaneously. Daniel Mann posted sometimes ago a great solution to this problem on his Blog theTerran. It used Apple’s Automator to create two or more instances of the Dropbox application all running in parallel. If you look at the figure below you can see the toolbar from my Mac having two instances, the color one is my regular Dropbox account and the B&W one is for this special project. Both folders reside side-by-side on my Mac 😉


It takes no more than a few minutes to go through the step-by-step instructions. Have fun and visit Daniel’s blog!

The failure of an education system is happening when…

The majority of young adults think astrology is a science –

Doing anything special for World Cancer Day

It touches everyone and everyone knows of family members, friends or colleagues it touches. February 4th is World Cancer Day


World Cancer Day

2014 Map of Submarine Fiber-Optic Connections

Without them no internet: Submarine Cable Map 2014.



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