Biology Study

Scientific method mnemonic: On quest [for] hippos, exercise caution.
Observe: The earth appears flat as I look around in all directions. When the earth is between the sun and moon, it casts a round shadow on the moon. This seems to be true regardless of where one is located on the earth.
Question: What is the shape of the earth?
Hypothesize: I hypothesize that the earth is circular or perhaps a sphere.
Experiment: I find a cubic object, a spherical object, and a conical object. I hold all three objects between a sphere (that represents the moon) and a light source (the sun). I find that the sphere casts a circular shadow on the moon no matter how I hold it. The cone casts a circular shadow in some positions. The cube never casts a circular shadow.
Conclude: Earth appears to be a circle, a cone, or a sphere.


Jewish Ethnicity

“We perform a genome-wide population-genetic study of Jewish populations, analyzing 678 autosomal microsatellite loci in 78 individuals from four Jewish groups together with similar data on 321 individuals from 12 non-Jewish Middle Eastern and European populations. … We find that the Jewish populations show a high level of genetic similarity to each other, clustering together in several types of analysis of population structure.


“What was it like working with…?”

  • Gregory Peck: A Biography (2002) by Gary Fishgall, p. 155

    “[Virginia Mayo] enjoyed working with Peck, whom she called ‘a beautiful, sensitive man: what he gives you as an actor he gives with gentility and kindness…. [H]e studies each role so thoroughly that it is little wonder that his performances are so great.’ ”

  • Robert De Niro, at the 32nd AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Meryl Streep

    “…Meryl, you have my lifelong loyalty and friendship because you’re a truly special person and a great actress….”

  • Patrick Swayze on Jennifer Grey

    “Jennifer Grey, if you’ve watched her career at all, she’s an incredibly available acress. What you strive for as an actor is you do all this work, do the history, find the subtext, find the subtleties, find out what protections this characters puts up to insulate themselves and, yet, when the camera rolls, have the courage to throw all that work out the windows and let magic happen. … I think Jennifer, at that time and still, is one of the most gifted actresses around in terms of her ability to be present in the moment right now and I think that’s what made Baby and her character really special.”

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