Archives for March 7, 2008

Carnival!

Linnaeus’ Legacy #5: You Can’t Stop the Beat is at Catalogue of Organisms.

How to get to Mars

If you thought robotic snakes were creepy, you should check out this (very serious) proposal for how to make a “manned” Mars trip a reality.

From Slashdot: “After major improvements in SMP support in FreeBSD 7.0, benchmarks show it performing 15% better than the latest Linux kernels (PDF, see slides 17 to 19) on 8 CPUs under PostgreSQL and MySQL. While a couple of benchmarks are not conclusive evidence, it can be assumed that FreeBSD will once again be a…

Some people are freaked out by snakes. Some people are freaked out by robots. But what about a Modular Snake Robot? Is that just a little too freaky even for someone who is not freaked out by snakes or robots?

Schools should put faith in science

Scott Rowed published an Op Ed piece in the Calgary Herald last October that has just come to my attention. It is about evolution in schools in Canada, and provides an interesting perspective. Should we reward them with taxpayers’ money to pass on these wonderful insights to the next generation? Should our future leaders learn…

New Name for a Great Blog

When Alice and I teamed up last month, we realized that we needed a new name – one that was inclusive of both of our identities and reflects where we want this blog to go. Today, we’re proud to unveil that new name and a new banner to go along with it. From here on…

Life Science Teachers….

…. Have you ever had this happen: You are minding your own business, teaching your life science course, it’s early in the term. A student, on the way out after class (never at the beginning of class, rarely during class) mentions something about “carbon dating.” This usually happens around the time of year you are…

Rambling Geek Rants on IE 8

Internet Explorer 8 passes the Acid2 test. Huzzah! But waitaminnit… What’s this stuff about forward compatibility by adding some new X-UA-Compatible header to my pages or my server? Am I reading this right? Are you telling me that in order for IE8 to use its fully compliant rendering, we have to add something new to…

… Because they are concerned about that “who’s going to answer the phone at 3:00 AM” thing. while the consensus is that the 3 a.m. ad helped Clinton, it has also drawn criticism as a tactic that ultimately benefits John McCain, particularly if he is to face Obama in the general election. In essence, Clinton…

Nature News

Groups seek more room for bison to roam from PhysOrg.com Give bison running room in a cattle-free zone in Montana outside Yellowstone National Park, wildlife advocates and homeowners said. […] Loggers Invaded Butterfly Haven, Photos Show Illegal loggers have chopped their way deep into unique forest reserves in a mountain range in central Mexico where…