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Dr. Joan Bushwell

A friend in another galaxy far away, when presented with photos of another friend’s wide-eyed infant, remarked that the cute (and she truly is) baby made her icy heart melt. In today’s New York Times, Natalie Angier discusses primatologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s forthcoming book Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding. Hrdy posits…

My Illinois homeboy, Philip Jose Farmer, died on Wednesday Feb 25. Please find linkage here: the obit in the New York Times and the announcement at his website. From the NYT: Philip José Farmer, a prolific and popular science fiction writer who shocked readers in the 1950s by depicting sex with aliens and challenged conventional…

I <3 Neil deGrasse Tyson!

Nabbed via digg, check out this clip of NdGT’s wonderfully acerbic commentary on the Day of Doooooooom! That is to say, December 21, 2012.

Correspondent SDC, reporting in from the Land o’ Hoosiers, offers an awe-inspiring account of a recent visit to the famous Creation Museum, located “just seven miles west of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.” A teaser follows. The rest of the article (including photos), copiously dusted with SDC’s dry sardonic humor, may be found here: Elitist…

I am so pleased to see that Adam Kay’s masterwork has made it to the big time: YouTube. Happy holidays, bonobos! (Pharma-phunnies, some medically graphic, contained therein.)

A few regulars who drop by for grooming sessions and pant-hoots at the Refuge are probably aware that I am a long time J. Robert Oppenheimer fangrrl, or more accurately at my age, a fancrone. So when I discovered that Doctor Atomic was playing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, I impulsively bought tickets…

Celestial fishpot

Yeah, yeah, so you’ve seen this before. I still found it amusing. Hat tip to a dedicated Bertie fan in Ireland. My favorite: (Intelligently designed by Patrick Quigley and submitted to Inkling Magazine’s Design Your Own Darwin Fish.)

Curious George

My seventeen year old daughter is keenly interested in politics and political figures so I wasn’t surprised that she wanted to see Oliver Stone’s biopic W. We saw it on Friday night in an almost full theater. In a nutshell, the movie was entertaining in a squirm-in-your-seat fashion. Josh Brolin (l) [No Country for Old…

Hox in the Box: Evo-Devo on TV

A couple of posts back, I plugged the Spore game a bit, and I see that proprietor of Pharyngula asks if anyone has played the game yet? PZ shrugs his skeptical shoulders and says insouciantly (well, maybe…I just like the adverb): I’ve played with the creature creator, which is actually rather fun…but it’s really just…

Abiogenesis as a Tetris game!

So Spawn the Elder (my son) is an avid gamer in such milieus as World of Warcraft, Halo, Civilization, and Lord of the Rings Online, the latter of which, errr, I might have indulged in a few times — I’m pretty hopeless with gaming so my foray into Middle-earth was an unmitigated disaster. So the…