Archives for January 14, 2008

The Origin of Syphilis

Syphilis is first clearly seen in Europe in 1495, when it appeared as a plague (though it was not “the blague” … Yersinia pestis) among Charles VIII’s troops. When these troops went home shortly after the fall of Naples, they brought this disease with them, staring an epidemic. The level of mortality in Europe was…

In this hopeful talk, 2006 TED Prize winner Jehane Noujaim unveils her wish: a global acceptance of diversity, mediated through the power of film. The first step? Getting people to understand each other. In 2003, Noujaim gained access to both sides of the story of the Iraq war for her film Control Room, a dichotomy…

In this bracingly honest and funny talk, international security strategist Thomas P.M. Barnett outlines a post-Cold War solution for the foundering US military: Break it in two. He suggests the military re-form into two groups: a Leviathan force, a small group of young and fierce soldiers capable of swift and immediate victories; and an internationally…

The Boneyard # 11

The blog carnival, is here, at When Pigs Fly Returns.

Sim City Goes Open Source!!

This is big. Sim City, the really cool computer game simulation program, is open source as of now.

Blogospherics – Recommended reads

Larry the Junk Man Moran is always on the lookout for ways to elevate the discussion of “Junk DNA.” Here he bounces off Ryan Gregory’s post (Is most of the human genome functional?) on the topic. How to find the good surfing spots may be learned over at Deep-Sea News. Overview of recent work on…

Baby Orangutan

There is a new baby orangutan born at the Como Zoo in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I mention this for the edification of my local readers (who probably already know about it) and not as a statement of support or opposition to zoos, orangutans, or babies. Details, including photographs, here on Science Buzz.