Archives for January 29, 2008

Cool Stuff, News Stuff

A Biology News Browser; Green Porno; Naked Mole-Rats and Chili Pepper; 3D from 2D; New View of Middle Earth Stuff

“Dover may be the first of many battles to follow…”

Get Your Own Death Ray

The Torch is the world’s brightest and most powerful flashlight. It is capable of melting plastic, lighting paper on fire within seconds, and if you like, fry an egg or a marshmallow on a stick.

Home Schooling = Lower Taxes

This is the first time I’ve seen this argument made, in a letter to the editor in LJWorld of Lawrence, Kansas:

Four Stone Hearth

Four Stone Hearth, the anthropology blog carnival, will be hosted here tomorrow. Please send me your entries! I’ve got a lot of good ones so far, so expect an interesting ride. greg at or laden002 at

Wife Swap and Home Schooling

You may not want to miss this (Feb 13th) episode of Wife Swap:

Creationists Acting Badly, as usual…

Creationists Acting Badly, as usual… [Hat Tip: Pz Myers]

Lee Salisbury, a former evangelical preacher, comments on evolution and creationism.

Ethical Implications of Robots in War

From Slashdot: Schneier points out an interesting (and long, 117-pages) paper on the ethical implications of robots in war: “This report has provided the motivation, philosophy, formalisms, representational requirements, architectural design criteria, recommendations, and test scenarios to design and construct an autonomous robotic system architecture capable of the ethical use of lethal force. These first…

UC Berkeley biologist Sheila Patek gives a wide-ranging talk on the effort to measure the hyperfast movements of peacock mantis shrimp heels using high-speed video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second. She and her team slowed down the movements of these amazing animals and showed they had the fastest known feeding strike in the…