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Archives for October, 2007

This latest news item courtesy of New Scientist a.k.a. the London tabloid of science journalism (1), is worthy of Bora’s (Blog Around the Clock) Friday Weird Sex Blogging but what the heck – there’s nothing more uplifting that a four-headed phallus on a Monday afternoon.

Gakked from Technovelgy: Here is a new cell phone that sports a replaceable scented strip on its body. Although it doesn’t transmit odors to the recipient of a phone call, it’s not a far cry from Fred Pohl’s joymaker, a fictional form of PDA described in The Age of the Pussyfoot: The remote-access computer transponder…

Holothuria-matic

I’ll hop on the sea cucumbers bandwagon along with Sheril of The Intersection, Coturnix on Blog Around the Clock, and Benny of Zooillogix (be sure to check out the boffo cartoon in Benny’s article).

George Clooney, You, and Chantix

One of the more recent offerings in the pernicious practice of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising from Big Pharma is a tortoise and a hare hawking a smoking cessation med: Chantix. The drug, varenicline tartrate, has a dual action in that it acts as both a partial agonist (enhancing activity but not by too much) and antagonist…

USATF Stretch Study

USA Track and Field, the governing body of the sport in the USA, is launching a study to determine the effectiveness of pre-run stretching on injury prevention. You can participate. From the USATF web site: USATF is conducting a study to determine the effect of pre-run stretching on running injuries. The purpose of the study…

DIY Lab Gear: Vibrating String Apparatus

Sometimes I can’t seem to find just the right lab equipment I want for a particular experiment so I design it myself. Such was the case recently for a course I developed and teach entitled Science of Sound. This course is a natural science elective and deals with the physics of audio and acoustics. We…

In the same spirit as OBJECTIVE: Ministries, I give you Telco Powered™ Products. New Patented Technology allows you to use Power from the Phone Company to operate everyday items that you have to use -even if the power is out. The product line is truly amazing. I’m torn: should I order the Telco Powered™ Fan…

Hagee on Beck

What happens when an end-of-times pastor meets a CNN bobble-head? One thing is for certain both science and rationality will be chucked out the window. John Hagee, head of a Texas mega-church had some truly crazy things to say on Glenn Beck’s Friday evening show (October 12, 2007). You can get the complete transcript here.…

I have a hodge-podge of old National Lampoons stored away in the basement. Periodically, I scan a few selected items (articles by P.J. O’Rourke and Chris Miller, various cartoons) for digital posterity. All are highly irreverent and culturally insensitive, and yes, I hoot raucously at them. Among my favorite bits of the NatLampPoo are Son-o-God…

Email Hoaxes and a Little Math

Recently I received emails from two associates regarding a “get rich quick” scheme. It’s made the rounds before and quite frankly I was surprised to see it poke its ugly head up again. While these hoaxes are mildly irritating, it only takes a moment of thought to determine that they absolutely must be false. Why…