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Archives for September, 2007

New Marathon World Record

Well, running great Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopa broke Paul Tergat’s four-year-old marathon record of 2:04:55 at Berlin this morning with an amazing 2:04:26. Details here and here. This works out to an average pace of 4:44.8 per mile or 2:56.9 per km over 26.2 miles (42.2 km). Geb’s sustained energy output is mind boggling compared…

Another Orb Weaver

One of my spawn attempted to take a photo of our household araneidid. He eschewed the flash because he didn’t want to frighten the spider, so the photo is blurred. However, the colors and patterns of the charlotte can be discerned and are kinda striking.

Gene Expression’s Razib used a catchy little title for the article in which he referenced DNA Unraveled by Colin Nickerson for the Boston Globe. How overarching the role of RNA will be for the regulation of gene expression throughout the genome is still up for grabs, but one can’t deny that there’s fascinating and uncharted…

Friday Flower Porn: Pump Kin!

Er, make that just pumpkin. This little critter was caught crimson fisted packing her saddle bags with pumpkin pollen recently. I wonder if they fly around looking for some nutmeg and cinnamon, too? In any case, in spite of the numerous pumpkin blossoms that have been produced in the garden over the past couple of…

USB 3.0

This week’s Electronic Engineering Times features a short article on the upcoming USB 3.0 spec. The main highlight is a target transfer rate of 4 Gigabits/second (10 times the current rate) providing usable data at 300 Megabytes/second. This rate would challenge IEEE 1394 (AKA FireWire). USB 3.0 is being referred to as “Super Speed USB”…

Meet my cousins, the beech trees

I mentioned in my previous entry the sense of transcendence I feel when I observe the green light passing through a tree’s leaves. My neighborhood woods on Princeton Ridge is full of tall trees, including beeches which are my favorite arboreal species. Part of that sense of wonder stems (har) from my knowledge of the…

Richard Dawkin’s Unweaving the Rainbow: Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder is on my active reading docket. The book has been around for a while (published in 1998), but it’s proving to be a most enjoyable discovery as I continue to read it. So far, I concur with complete reviews’ take on the book.…

The Scent of a Man…or a Monkey.

I previously confessed that I subscribe to that glossy hardcopy glut of advertising called Vanity Fair. Invariably, the mag contains photo spreads of ripple-ab’ed dudes hawking various men’s cologne. All this to mask delicious or stinky or neutral 5alpha-androst-16-en-3-one (androstenone); based on one’s genetic variation in the olfactory receptor that binds this steroid, it will…

I Get Mail: Arachnoterror!

Found scuttling around in my docbushwell at gmail inbox: Needless to say, I was slightly disturbed when greeted with those images. My learned correspondent wrote the accompanying letter: Dr. Bushwell: My research has confirmed existence of several genera of the wolf spider Pardosa (Araneae, Lycosidae), such as the rabid wolf spider Rabidosa (Araneae, Lycosidae) and…

LOLTHEORISTS

I didn’t shuffle through the digital shoe box of photos for flower porn today, so I’m offering something else. A few posts back, LOLTHULHU made an appearance. It’s a parody of LOLCATS. With regard to the latter and the former, here’s what the blog formerly known as the Table of Malcontents (now Ectomo) had to…