Archives for November 20, 2007

End of the Week News

My week ends in about five minutes when I pack for imminent departure to California. I’m being whisked out there (pun intended) to prepare the Thanksgiving gravy for an eccentric couple living in a cabin in a remote mountain area on Thanksgiving. And these people are a bit strange. They recently sent me a picture…

What bird is this?

Can you name the bird?

Wednesday Cat Blogging: King Cheetah

My best photograph of a cheetah. View Larger image I took this photo of a cheetah at De Wildt’s in South Africa. It is a “King Cheetah.” Although there was a period of time when some thought the King was a new subspecies of cheetah, it turns out to be a simple color morph. Although…

This is the fifth in a series of reposts from gregladen.com on global warming. During the 1970s and 80s, creationists had a long list of reasons to doubt evolution, and every one of those reasons was wrong. But they had so many reasons, and it was so hard to keep track of them all, each…

Technology Tidbits

Amazon’s Evil Kindle; Trapping Rainbows; Malware that is worse than ever; The Net is overloaded; Algorithm determines best blog news sites.

This is how we should settle it…

For your Christmas List: Real Snake Oil

Well, OK, it’s actually fake snake oil…. Wired Magazine (wired.com) gadgets section has its annual (I don’t really know if it’s annual, but it should be) issue of Snake Oil products. Such as The Orbo: When it comes to gadgets, perpetual motion machines are bullshit’s bread and butter. Steorn, the Irish company behind Orbo, is…

Creationists are Immoral

Well, no news there… but this really irks me. There is this great piece of biological simulation video that came out of Harvard last year … I’ve posted bits of it here and there. Well, according to PZ Myers at Pharyngula, what would a group of good Christians with the aim of renewing American culture…

The Design of Life

The new creationist textbook, The Design of Life, is now available, or very shortly will be. This definitive book on intelligent design (ID) comes as a shot across the bow to dogmatic defenders of Darwinian orthodoxy. Written by two key ID theorists, mathematician William Dembski and biologist Jonathan Wells, it presents the full case for…

Macaque Mothers Favor Their Sons

The Trivers Willard Hypothesis predicts that under certain conditions, individuals will bias their investment in offspring differently depending on the sex of the offspring. It is believed that this can be as extreme as infanticide or as subtle as providing different amounts of breast milk. A new study by Katherine HInde finds that macaques may…