Archives for November, 2007

Ancient Jade Exchange in Southeast Asia

Hot off the presses from PNAS, we have a paper on ancient jade exchange in Southeast Asia. From the abstract: We have used electron probe microanalysis to examine Southeast Asian nephrite (jade) artifacts, many archeologically excavated, dating from 3000 B.C. through the first millennium A.D. The research has revealed the existence of one of the…

OMG It’s So Cute!

Yet Another Cutie: Sharp and Tappin Technology (STTech) is readying two PCs based on Via’s recently introduced pico-ITX motherboard. The picoPC1 and picoPC2 measure as little as 5 x 3.4 x 1.5 inches, and feature separately available cases fashioned from billet aluminum, according to the company. [source]

PZ Myers at Pharyngula examines this question in an entirely different case. This is the case of 14 year old Jehovah Witness Dennis Linberg. Dennis died on Wednesday night at a Seattle area hospital because he refused to accept a life saving transfusion on religious grounds. This is, indeed, a parent’s worse nightmare. Your child…

Is religion a form of child abuse?

This is the tag line for an article in yesterday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune: Where punishment drifts into abuse is the issue in the case of a father who hit his son 36 times. In this case, the “drifting” occurred because… When Shawn Fraser’s discipline failed to rein in his 12-year-old son, he turned to his…

Wow, this makes me thirsty

… But not hungry. That’s probably because I am thirsty.

Don’t be a Closed Source Moron

Morons are so annoying. Even the ones that are just passing by, the ones you don’t really have to talk to. These days I often have lunch in a public dining area where most of the patrons are scientists or geeks, or students learning to become scientists or geeks. The other day two geeky scientist…

Wikipedia: Bad for ID, DI

The blog Afarensis brings us an amusing yet at the same time disturbing discussion of the Discovery Institute’s Casey Luskin concerns about the reliability of Wikipedia as a source of information for students. This is hysterically funny because of the fact that Casey Luskin and all the others at the Discover Institute are a pack…

War on Christmas Update

12 Days of the War on Christmas (Fox Style)

Genesis 2 ends with Adam and Eve being naked yet not ashamed. In Genesis 3, the Serpent, who is wiser than average, tricks Eve into partaking of the forbidden fruit of one of god’s two magic trees. This results in Adam and Eve recognizing their own nakedness, and compelling them to produce the first clothing.…

Something is Rotten in the State of Texas

The Texas Education Agency’s director of science cirriculum is resigning. Check this out: In documents obtained Wednesday through the Texas Public Information Act, agency officials said they recommended firing Comer for repeated acts of misconduct and insubordination. But Comer said she thinks political concerns about the teaching of creationism in schools were behind what she…