Archives for January 16, 2008

Blogospherics – Recommended reads

A variety of shocking, insightful or inspiring bits and pieces from the blogosphere: Shifting Baselines: Anti-Whaling Activists Detained The Beagle Project Blog: Evolution and science in teenage fiction. Trinifar on gasoline, bread, and the value of time. A Very Remote Period… covers a topic close to my heart, as a Hunter-Gatherer researcher: Recent research pertaining…

Jacqueline Novogratz is pioneering new ways of tackling poverty. In her view, traditional charity rarely delivers lasting results. Her solution, outlined here through a series of revealing personal stories, is “patient capital”: support for “bottom of the pyramid” businesses which the commercial market alone couldn’t provide. The result: sustainable jobs, goods, services — and dignity…

Hope for Nearly Extinct Ibis

Efforts to save the Middle East’s rarest bird have been boosted by two chance sightings of the species 1,500 miles apart. Now, if only they could get these birds together, they would have a flock. Sort of. Here’s a press release from BirdLife International:

Technology News

Slashdot has a number of interesting technology tidbits you may want to know about: Later this year, at ShopRite supermarkets in the eastern US, Microsoft will be rolling out computerized shopping carts. These carts will allow people with a ShopRite card to enter their shopping list on the ShopRite site from home, and then pull…

Political Misgivings

Fleeing Ron Paul: I’m out of the Ron Paul campaign …He does not believe in Evolution! If there was ever a time we need science to solve our problems of energy resources and climate control it is 2009! … He was my last chance at returning to the GOP. Yet another story of a rino…

What is that dog, dawg?

Culture influences brain function

People from different cultures use their brains differently to solve the same visual perceptual tasks, MIT researchers and colleagues report in the first brain imaging study of its kind. This is not that surprising, but it is very interesting research. We already knew, for instance, that people who read and write different “kinds” of languages…

Traveling from Ecuador to Africa, Jane Goodall takes the audience on an ecological journey, discussing highlights and low points of her experiences in the jungle. She shows how progress is helping research (DNA analysis) and hurting the environment (clear-cutting). And she draws a dozen parallels between primate and human behavior, making the point that we…

Black holes have a maximum speed? Not really, just the usual Cosmic Speed Limit of the speed of light. From a Penn State Press Release….

Kids who won’t eat: Is there any hope for changing their preferences? at Cognitive Daily Where do the hagfish fit in? at Pharyngula More on Armored Worms at Laelaps Research trails and sample plots (another topic close to my heart!) at Further Thoughts Humans Have Only 20,500 Protein-Encoding Genes at Sandwalk