Archives for December 10, 2007

Bell Museum Events (Twin Cities)

CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE: Tough Ceramics at the Seashore Tuesday, December 11, 2007; 6 p.m. Kitty Cat Klub, Dinkytown What secrets to seashells hold? For University of Minnesota Civil Engineering Professor Roberto Ballarini, the natural strength of materials found in seashells may be the key to improving the design of bridges and other human structures. Join Ballarini…

Happy Birthday Upper Volta!

And who would have known were it not for my Linux Calendar….

The blog carnival … is HERE

The gunman believed to have killed four people at a megachurch and a missionary training school had been thrown out of the school a few years ago and had been sending it hate mail, police said in court papers Monday. ADVERTISEMENT The gunman was identified as Matthew Murray, 24, who was home-schooled in what a…

Scales of Space

This is one of those cool views of changes in scales. It runs from pretty large (some distance from the Milky Way) to pretty small (subatomic). One of the things you notice is that there is NOT a consistent fractal theme that operates on all scales. Fractals are not everything. They are just something. View…

There is a new paper, just coming out in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that explores the idea that humans have undergone an increased rate of evolution over the last several tens of thousands of years.

Seagate: You done us bad…

Seagate’s new “Free Agent” (ha!) drives are all broken, it would seem in an interesting way that makes them partially incompatible with Linux and other *nix based operating systems, including Macs. Seagate representatives claim that there may be workarounds for this, but they do not intend to find out what they are and will not…

John Lynch has a calendar too with Today in Science in history. A History of the Holidays from Evolving in Kansas. Where did winter holiday celebrations come from? Well, in a way, they originated with those ancient Persian party-dogs, the Mesopotamians. What Would Jesus Buy? At the Jesus Myth. Well, actually, what would Jesus buy…

Yes, of course there should. And a large number of prominent scientists have put their shoulders to this idea and are pushing hard. This is embodied in the “Call for a Presidential Debate on Science and Technology”

From Obscurity to Infamy: Sidr

Sort of. The hurricane that the press ignored until it was impossible to ignore is now listed on Time’s Top Ten Natural Disasters of 2007.