Archives for March 25, 2008

The Shape of Life 6

Science News Tidbits

New findings from Tibetan Plateau suggest uplift occurred in stages from PhysOrg.com The vast Tibetan Plateau–the world’s highest and largest plateau, bordered by the world’s highest mountains–has long challenged geologists trying to understand how and when the region rose to such spectacular heights. New evidence from an eight-year study by U.S. and Chinese researchers indicates…

Saving the rare Azores Bullfinch

Azores Bullfinch, known locally as Priolo, is confined to eastern São Miguel in the Azores, Portugal. It has suffered through widespread loss of native forest and invasion by exotic vegetation, which has largely overrun the remaining patches of natural vegetation within the species’s breeding range. These funds will enable the continuation of crucial habitat restoration…

Tower of London Lions

Two lion skulls found during excavations at the Tower of London originated in north-west Africa, genetic research suggests. The big cats, which were kept by royals during medieval times, have the same genetic make-up as the north African Barbary lion, a DNA study shows. Experts believe the animals were gifts to English monarchs in the…

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PZ Myers Asteroid Confirmed

I believe I knew before PZ Myers did that an Asteroid had been named after him. I heard it on the radio. and much later on he confirmed it on his blog. See this post. [Correction: He knew, he was just being cool. See this.] Curiously, PZ claims that we do not know what the…

A “radiation” (sometimes called an “adaptive radiation”) is when a single ancestral species gives rise to a number of novel species, often in a fairly short (geological) period of time. Following this radiation event, it seems often to be the case that subsequent speciation is less common. In fact, many living clades that have only…

PZ Myers, Asteroid

UPDATE: Rumor confirmed. Today it was announced that an asteroid is being named after PZ Myers. Details at 11.

4000

Yesterday it was announced that 4000 American Soldiers had been killed, in total, in Iraq. I am not sure if this counts contract soldiers (such as Blackwater; Added: See notes below. It does not.), and I do not know if it includes American deaths since the very beginning of Iraq involvement or since the current…

You’ve probably already seen this: it is a bunch of crazy home schooling creationists demonstrating that they are utter, incurable morons. In this video, they are seen committing child abuse. Again and again and again. I stole it from Pharangula, he stole it from Sandwalk. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO APPEASE THESE PEOPLE, PEOPLE?????? Chris…