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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.

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…

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…

Pudendolls in Bronze

Last Saturday (09/29) found me ambling around the DeCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln MA. When I lived in Cambridge and indulged in hobbyjogging with a few other women, the sculpture park was a frequent pit (bathroom) stop during our long weekend runs on the Lincoln Conservation Trust trail system. In the summer, these runs were…

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…

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…