The Melody of the Stars

Here’s something off the normal path for this blog: music ratings. I frequently rate my digital music collection as I play it – click one of the five stars in Windows Media Player* to rate a song. For various reasons (mostly a combination of laziness and indecision), only about 20% of my collection is rated […]

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Understanding the mind of a litterbug

I’ve often wondered about the minds of litterbugs. What makes someone drop a piece of garbage on the ground instead of disposing of it properly? A recent article in Science magazine shows that a litterbug might be responding to signals from the surroundings. The article itself and a short summary require a subscription to the […]

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Three years of Mental Masala

I was looking through my Mental Masala archives the other day and realized that my blog’s third birthday had just passed. What started as a way to help me understand some of the things I had seen on a trip to Asia became an engrossing — and sometimes addictive — hobby and an connection the […]

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Noise more than annoys, it truly harms

Although noise pollution doesn’t get the same attention as air or water pollution, it can cause serious health impacts. An article in the S.F. Chronicle reports on a new study by S.F. and U.C. Berkeley researchers that finds that noise pollution from traffic increases the risk of maladies like high blood pressure for 1 in […]

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