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Archives for April, 2008

Let Us Calculate!

The Ubuntu craze is sweeping SciencBlogs: Aardvarchaeology, Scientific Indian, Greg Laden, Corpus Callosum, even PZ’s kid.   At SB, we strive for logic and precision.  Enough so, that we swoon over passages such as this one, from Gottfried Leibniz: “The only way to rectify our reasonings is to make them as tangible as those of…

From xkcd; click on image to see the original.

Wisdom Teeth

Everyone’s anatomy has little quirks.  One of mine, is the length of the roots of my wisdom teeth.  They go down halfway to Sulawesi.   When I was in college, I had to have two of them extracted.  The oral surgeon told me they were “difficult extractions.”  Magnanimous as he was, he gave me a…

A while back, a guy named Lyle Rossiter wrote a book, The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.  I haven’t read the book, so this is one of those posts that is less than fully authoritative.  Perhaps someone who has read it can point out any errors I might have made. The book…

“Doctors think, ‘Well, of course she’s depressed — she’s dying of breast cancer,’” he said. I do see that kind of response sometimes, not just with regard to terminally ill patients.  The physician does not think the depression should be treated, because it is felt to be an expected response to the situation. If I…

Roundup-Resistant Weeds

Here at ScienceBlogs, we’ve regularly posted about the thorny issue of antibiotic overuse, and the subsequent antibiotic resistance.  This is a good example of evolution in action; it’s also a good reason why we need to study and understand evolution.   But antibiotic resistance is not the only such example.  The same principle applies to…

Tech Tip #6

Forget to water your tomato plants?  Try using ollas (pronounced oy-ya).  Olla is Spanish for pot, as in clay pot.   What you do is to get unglazed clay pots, bury them near the plants, and put water in them.  The water leaks out very slowly, because the unglazed clay is permeable.  This creates a…

I wasn’t sure whether to put the quotes around “Ruthlessness Gene,” or “Discovered.”  I suppose I could have just left them out entirely, but I have this urge to spice things up a bit with punctuation marks.  Don’t blame me…it’s genetic. Now, there is yet another correlation between a snippet of DNA, and a behavioral…

Photo of World Record Breaker

A new world record has been set: The previous record for hanging spoons on a human face was 15.  Joe Allison “smashed” the record with 16.  He’s only 16 years old.  He thinks that when his forehead is a little bigger, he’ll be able to do 17. (link)

More than 90,000 u.s. infants are victims of abuse or neglect.  My question: what is Michael Chertoff gong to do about it?   Homeland security begins at home.  Nothing new there.  It was true before 9/11, and it is true now.