A Blog Around The Clock

Archives for March, 2008

Climate Change, Humans, and the Extinction of the Woolly Mammoth: What caused the woolly mammoth’s extinction? Climate warming in the Holocene might have driven the extinction of this cold-adapted species, yet the species had survived previous warming periods, suggesting that the more-plausible cause was human expansion. Testing these competing hypotheses has been hampered by the…

My picks from ScienceDaily

Teenaged Dome-skulled Dinosaurs Could Really Knock Heads, Virtual Smash-ups Show: After half a century of debate, a University of Alberta researcher has confirmed that dome-headed dinosaurs called pachycephalosaurs could collide with each other during courtship combat. Eric Snively, an Alberta Ingenuity fellow at the U of A, used computer software to smash the sheep-sized dinosaurs…

Blogrolling for Today

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Today’s carnivals

The latest edition of Encephalon is up on Of Two Minds Carnival of the Green #121 is up on Conserve Plastic Bags

Words of wisdom (via): The internet isn’t a decoration on contemporary society, it’s a challenge to it. A society that has an internet is a different kind of society than a society that doesn’t. I agree. And people, regardless of chronological age, appear to separate along “generational” lines, with the word “generation” really meaning how…

Elisabeth Montegna is quite a prolific blogger, with SECular Thoughts being just one of her virtual spaces. We finally got to meet at the second Science Blogging Conference in January and took a tour of the Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh together. Welcome to A Blog Around The Clock. Would you, please, tell my…

Happy birthday Robert Bunsen

Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen (31 March 1811 – 16 August 1899) was a German chemist. With his laboratory assistant, Peter Desaga, he developed the Bunsen burner. Bunsen also worked on emission spectroscopy of heated elements, and with Gustav Kirchhoff he discovered the elements caesium and rubidium. Bunsen developed several gas-analytical methods, he was a pioneer…

ClockQuotes

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. – Garrison Keillor

SEA will train scientists to run for office: SEA is holding a workshop to train scientists to run for office on May 10th at Georgetown University. If you are a scientist or engineer and have been considering running for office or working on an election campaign, then join us for a crash course on how…

This is What a Feminist Looks Like

Ignore the mysogynist commentary over on YouTube….