Archives for December 14, 2007

Young-Theory Overturned

Saturn’s rings probably date back billions of years and could likely be around forever although they are continually changing, according to a new study published this week. Data collected by the Voyager spacecraft in the 1970s and later the Hubble telescope originally led scientists to think the planet’s famous rings were relatively young in cosmic…

Science News Tidbits: Climate and Ecology

Four dolphins found dead on Florida beach Researchers are examining four dead dolphins that washed ashore on Florida’s Canaveral National Seashore. Biologist Megan Stolen of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute said the dolphins may have been killed by toxins from a red tide bloom off Florida’s Atlantic Coast, The Orlando Sentinel said Thursday. Ship with toxic…

Would you buy caviar from this fish? When the high end caviar gets scarce, who knows where we’ll have to go for more. Read about Lumpfish caviar, the sublime ugly on Blogfish. ~ They say everyone is a little bit bisexual. I dunno. But bisexual flies and the neurochemistry of behavior kinda makes me, you…

How To Eat A Mangosteen

VideoJug: How To Eat A Mangosteen

But is a love-hate kind of thing: it used to be that science journalists stood between scientists and the public. The scientists did research, then we asked questions and translated their dry jargon and complicated ideas into scintillating prose….Now look what’s happened. Go to the Science Blogs website and you’ll find dozens of actual scientists,…

Science News Tidbits

Coral Reefs Unlikely to Survive in Acid Oceans from PhysOrg.com Carbon emissions from human activities are not just heating up the globe, they are changing the ocean’s chemistry. This could soon be fatal to coral reefs, which are havens for marine biodiversity and underpin the economies of many coastal communities. […] Isotope Shortage Worries Doctors…

REPOST from gregladen.com “Everyone needs to understand the basic facts of evolution as well as the essentials of the scientific method… When people are deprived of a scientific approach to reality as a whole, they are robbed of both a full appreciation of the beauty and richness of the natural world and the means to…

Or maybe even PCP… If religion was merely an opiate, that would be cool. There would be a lot of stoned people waking around. But it could be argued that religion is a harder drug, one that makes people do harder, more unsavory things than just sitting around bleary eyed and happy. Like killing people.…

From a UC Santa Cruz Press Release: The infamous Indian Ocean tsunami that struck on December 26, 2004, caused tragically high mortality–from 10 to 90 percent of the population at various locations. Yet in 1930 a tsunami of similar size, generated by an earthquake near the Ninigo Islands, struck northern Papua New Guinea and killed…

Given the latest efforts in Texas and Florida (and elsewhere) to push religious views into the science classroom, I thought it might be helpful to remind everyone of this blood curdling story.