Archives for November 7, 2007

Boo Hoo Yahoo

I’ve always been annoyed by Yahoo. The Yahoo, as in the on-line computer thing, not the Yahoos, which are also annoying. Years ago, a small group of us ran a discussion list that was at the time the most heavily used discussion list in the area of Human Evolution. It was a good list. It…

Minnetonka School Board Elections

Bill Wenmark, a member of the Minnetonka School Board who supports the teaching of Intelligent Design in High School Cirriculum was ousted in yesterday’s election. Bill sent me an email that included a note to his constituents, and he and I have been discussing the possibility of me posting it here. Now that the election…

Athletes are more likely to be gay

[Reposted without revision from gregladen.com] This is obviously true, and i’ve been saying this for a long time. And I’m not talking about the butt-slaps and sharing chewing tobacco and stuff. To a certain extent, digit ratios seem to be a reasonable indicator of the kinds of hormonal environment in which a person develops in…

Toddlers and Robots

Turing’s Toddlers: As far as I know, no computer has ever consistently fooled an adult human into thinking it is sentient. But it apparently the case that toddlers can be tricked into accepting a small, cute machine as a fellow toddler: Computers might not be clever enough to trick adults into thinking they are intelligent…

[Repost with minor modifications form gregladen.com] width=”250″/> As indicated in a press release by the National Center for Science Education, the National Council for the Social Studies has released a position statement on Intelligent Design. …There have been efforts for many decades to introduce religious beliefs about the beginning of life on Earth into the…

[A repost from gregladen.com, unmodified] There is a ceremonial burial in Britain .. ceremonial because it has some red stuff smeared on bone … that has now bee dated to a few thousand years earlier than previously thought (to ca 25,000 years old). Age of earliest human burial in Britain pinpointed from PhysOrg.com The oldest…

A Fungus Among Your Follicles

I think this is a great teachable moment: Scientists complete genome sequence of fungus responsible for dandruff, skin disorders from PhysOrg.com Scientists from P&G Beauty announced that they successfully sequenced the complete genome for Malassezia globosa (M. globosa), a naturally occurring fungus responsible for the onset of dandruff and other skin conditions in humans. Results…