Archives for March 27, 2008

Brightest Gamma-Ray Burst Evah!

NASA astronomers were blown away last week by what was far and away the strongest gamma-ray burst (GRB) ever observed. GRB 080319B, shown here in x-ray [left] and optical/ultraviolet [right] views captured by the Swift satellite, burned so brightly that its afterglow was briefly visible to the naked eye from its origin 7.5 billion light-years…

Philippine Eagle

Don’t mess with me, man, I’m a Philippine Eagle, Pithecophaga jefferyi. You can call me Jeff. This bird is almost extinct.

Please get me your Gene Genie Blog Carnival Entries by tomorrow afternoon! I’d like to get the carnival up ca midnight on Friday. I’ve got lots of good stuff already, but I don’t want you to miss your chance.

The ape human split is a bit of a moving target. In the 1970s and early 1980s, there were geneticists who placed it at very recent (close to 4 million years ago) and palaeoanthropologists, using fossils, who placed it at much earlier. During the 1980s, the ape-human split moved back in time because of the…

The Boneyard

The blog carnival, Number XVI, is here, at Dragon’s Tales.

Bible scholar and NorthPointe Christian High School teacher Kent Dobson resigned Tuesday after he and the school board parted ways over Dobson’s role in a Discovery Channel program, “Jesus: The Missing History.” “It was apparent to both Kent and the board that some of the views expressed on the program were outside of the Statement…

Home Schooling in California

A California appellate court agreed Wednesday to rehear arguments in a controversial case that called into question the legality of home schooling, court documents show. A statewide uproar began when a panel with the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled in last month that there is no constitutional right to home school children. The ruling…

Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent’s creative potential, we can create a change in Africa’s future. Turok asks the TED community to help him expand the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences by opening 15 new centers across Africa…

Classic Shell Scripting

Having examined Learning the bash Shell (In a Nutshell (O’Reilly)) (see here, here, and here), it is now time to turn to a more advanced reference to help you geek out on your Linux computer. If you want to have only one book on bash, get Classic Shell Scripting by Robbins and Beebe. This book…

Jolly ol’ England

Old books can be wonderful sources of information, ideas, and even inspiration. I collect them and sometimes even read them. Reading a 100 year old book in your field of interest is a challenge and can be a rewarding experience. It is a challenge because it is dangerous. I worry that I might accidentally learn…