Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky

–Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky (Cowles Gallery) Rosemary Frezza first suggested the Washington Post’s current article on Burtynsky, but since that will expire soon she did a little hunting and found the Cowles Gallery link. There is really no quotable text in the gallery press release (“BURTYNSKY’s photographs, monumental both in scale and subject, capture the indomitable spirit of nature in the face of human-imposed adversity.” Bleah.) There’s also…

A Fight for Free Access To Medical Research

“Why is it, a growing number of people are asking, that anyone can download medical nonsense from the Web for free, but citizens must pay to see the results of carefully conducted biomedical research that was financed by their taxes? | The Public Library of Science aims to change that. The organization, founded by a Nobel Prize-winning biologist and two colleagues, is plotting the overthrow of the system by which…

Glove Won't Speak for the Deaf

“For years, researchers have worked to improve gloves that can translate American Sign Language into spoken and written speech…. Some members of the deaf community are ambivalent about the technology, which aims to ‘fix’ deafness, a trait they accept and even embrace as culturally unique. Many also are wary of a machine that can translate only a few hundred words — much less the nuances crucial to human communication.” Elisa…