Archives for February, 2010

Jungle-Covered Impact Crater

The Vichada river in Colombia is a tributary of the Orinoco. In 2004 part-time geologist Max Rocca discovered that it skirts South America’s largest impact crater. It measures 50 km in diameter, nearly a third of the Chicxulub crater caused by the space rock that killed off the non-avian dinos. This image visualises two important…

Beautiful Vendel Period Jewellery

I’m happy and relieved. A 73-page paper that I put a lot of work and travel into and submitted almost five years ago has finally been published. In his essays, Stephen Jay Gould often refers to his “technical work”, which largely concerns Cerion land snails and is most likely not read by very many people.…

Pray and Get Rich

Being an atheist and a rationalist, I find most religious beliefs quite silly. But religious people vary hugely in their behaviour, and many do excellent deeds. Generally, I find it easier to respect the believer who lives by the core tenets of his faith, as all major religions have pretty reasonable ethical groundwork. Christian charity,…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The eighty-seventh Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Anthropology in Practice. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to Ciarán at Ad hominin. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting. The next vacant hosting…

Hot New Science Blogging Anthology

The Open Lab 2009 science blogging anthology has been published and is available as a paperback book and a PDF file. There’s a piece of Aard in there among many fine contributions. Tell me what you think and what e-reader you’re using if you buy the PDF!

Weekend Fun

Friday night I unexpectedly found myself looking at dinner all alone. So I quickly arranged for a visit with friends to a Jamaican restaurant (I had jerk chicken), and after our meal Swedepat beat me and Dr Sandy at Race for the Galaxy. Saturday was mainly chores, but in the evening the Rundkvist family (including…

Four Stone Hearth: Call For Submissions

The 87th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at the Anthropology in Practice on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Krystal, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The next open hosting slot is already on 10 March. If you’re a blogger with an interest in the anthro/archaeo field, drop me…

Been Shoveling Snow

Sunday, 07:53 Sunday, 11:13

Swedish Autism & Vaccination Lawsuit

Yesterday the parents of a 17-y-o Malmö boy who suffers from autism lost a case in the Swedish court of appeal, Hovrätten. They had sued their insurance company for not recognising their claim for compensation. The parents blame the boy’s condition on common vaccines, which would have entitled them to insurance money, while the company…

I Axed My Heat Pump and Now It Works Again

There was a lot more ice in the heat-pump box than I had thought, a 10 cm cake covering its floor, but getting rid of it proved easy. All I needed was a screwdriver and a small axe. The hot air gun wasn’t much use. I turned off the power feed, took the hood off…