Archives for November 10, 2007

Flying Cars are Here!

We’ve been waiting far too long for our flying cars. Here is Popular Mechanics making note of the lack of actual flying cars: And here’s Popular Science putting in their two cents: But now, it seems that Flying Cars are just around the corner… From Slashdot: “Complaints of the non-existence of flying cars as expressions…

The Yellowstone Problem

As you have surely heard, the Yellowstone Caldera … the place where Old Faithful and the Geyser Basin reside … has been undergoing increased “activity” including some earthquakes and a rising up of the land. Is this a big problem? Should the evacuate? Should those of us living only a few states away start wearing…

Review of Judgement Day

JUDGMENT DAY PRAISED IN NATURE From the National Center for Science Education … Judgement Day Praised in Nature Reviewing Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial — the new documentary about Kitzmiller v. Dover — for the November 8, 2007, issue of Nature (450: 170), Adam Rutherford was impressed, not least with the way in which…

Fresh Video from the Moon

Are you aware of Kaguya (Selene)? The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA) launched “KAGUYA (SELENE)” by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle at 10:31:01 a.m. on September 14, 2007 (JST) from Tanegashima Space Center. The major objectives of the “KAGUYA” mission are to obtain scientific data of the lunar origin and evolution and to develop the technology for…

Have a look at this: Did you notice that “miracle” and chlorophyll” are rhymed? So, maybe there is no word other than “miracle” that rhymes with “chlorophyll.” But I doubt it. (See below.) One could, and many will, argue that this is an innocent use of an innocent phrase and one should not think twice…

Cool DNA Video RNA silencing

From the provider: Mechanism of RNA silencing; a cool video clip based on the animation from “Nature”. Video material: Nature Magazine; music mix and sound effects by boulderdash. Please critique. Suitable for classroom use?

Open Access Bill in Congress

From Nature: US investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) may soon be compelled to publish only in journals that make their research papers freely available within one year of publication. President George Bush, a patsy of the Publishing Pirates, is expected to veto the bill. However, if he does that he will…

Creationist’s Reign Ends in Kentucky

Kentuckians can be less embarrassed starting soon. This from the NCSE … it’s a bit old, but it had slipped past in a flurry of other emails, and I think it is really interesting. FLETCHER LOSES KENTUCKY GOVERNORSHIP Kentucky’s incumbent governor Ernie Fletcher (R) was soundly defeated in the November 6, 2007, election, by Steve…

The Search Function

… is now working. Thanks Tim.