Archives for January 25, 2008

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“This is the story of a battle between faith and knowledge…” The first in a series from the BBC

 Did humans wipe out the Pleistocene megafauna? This is a question that can be asked separately for each area of the world colonized by Homo sapiens. It is also a question that engenders sometimes heated debate. A new paper coming out in the Journal of Human Evolution concludes that many Pleistocene megafauna managed to…

A diversity of science news items

China Spacewalk; India bird flu outbreak spreading; Pollution and diabetes linked?; Cryptosporidium; Controversial theory of Alzheimer’s

Pig Converges on Hagfish

Speaking of Hagfish, check out this pig:

From the NCSE newsroom: At least nine county school boards in northern Florida have adopted resolutions calling for the state board of education “to revise the new Sunshine State Standards for Science such that evolution is not presented as fact, but as one of several theories,” according to a January 23, 2008, report from Florida…

UC Berkeley biologist Robert Full shares his fascination with spiny cockroach legs that allow them to scuttle at full speed across loose mesh and gecko feet that have billions of nano-bristles to run straight up walls. His talk, complete with wonderful slow-mo video of cockroach, crab and gecko gaits, explains his goal of creating the…

You can say whatever you think, or believe, or want to think or believe, about the importance of Clinton’s whiteness, Obama’s blackness. and Edward’s southern whiteness. As the primaries move south of the Mason Dixon line, race has become the only issue of importance.

Today’s Linux Calendar Output

Jan 25 Robert Burns born, 1759 Jan 25 Virginia Woolf born, 1882 Jan 25 W. Somerset Maugham born, 1874 Jan 25 Conversion of St Paul Jan 25 First U.S. meeting of ALGOL definition committee, 1958 Jan 25 Passing of Gandalf Jan 25* Parashat Yitro Jan 25 Bob Dylan plays the second “Hurricane” benefit, in the…

Frank Gehry: Nice building. Then what?

Frank Gehry wanted to be a scientist when he grew up. But after blowing up a part of his house, at age 14, he decided against it. He’s gone on to create some mindblowing buildings, including the Guggenheim at Bilbao and LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. This wildly entertaining conversation with Richard Saul Wurman (then…