Archives for April 8, 2008

Hydrothermal Vents

Developmental dyslexia is a disorder affecting as many as 17% of school children. This neurological disorder involves an impairment in reading skills, and has been found to be “associated with weak reading-related activity in left temporoparietal and occipitotemporal regions” in English speakers. However, different abnormalities in the brain are associated with dyslexic readers in the…

Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU – BirdLife in Germany) is protesting vehemently against the planned destruction of Lake Constance’s only colony of Great Cormorants Phalacrocorax carbo. “It is hard to believe that Freiburg local authority intends to commit such a destructive act, not only in a National Nature Reserve but especially within a European…

This is a photo of a Tympanuchus cupido male drumming away on the lek to find a mate. The lek is the traditional breeding ground of the prairie chicken (and many other animals uses lek’s) on which the males display, and to which the females travel to pick a male with whom to mate. This…

A must read for those in the midsts of a decision about their operating system. All your choices have their technical merits but, you really shouldn’t select an operating system based solely on it technical merits. You should instead select one that best suits your usage case. To that end I have done my best…

Let’s Make a Deal!

Do you know what the Monty Hall effect is? Let me explain. OK, I’m Monty Hall and you are a hapless game show guest. I show you three doors and tell you that behind one door is a nice brand new car, and behind each of the other two doors is a goat. You get…

Carnivals

Iandthebird #72 is at Ecobirder Wow, this is a good one, and coming to us from Minnesota no less… Festival of The Trees #22 is at Arvores vivas em Nossas Vidas. Learning in the Great Outdoors Blog Carnival: Environmental Education Week Edition is at The Heard of Harmony Zooillogix has the latest Carnival of the…

Whence public access policy, and why? Flashback. The year is some time in the 1980s. The place, southern Indiana. The setting: A meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists. We are being given a presentation, in the business meeting, by a publisher. The publisher points out that the maintenance of a journal (as we had…

Florida Screws Up

In a move that now sends the deceptively named “academic freedom” bill to the Florida Senate floor, the Senate judiciary committee voted 6-3 to approve it. It looks like some Democrats can see the potential (almost guaranteed) lawsuit pitfalls to come, but the bill marches on nonetheless. I’ll have more later … What’s wrong with…

Carnivals

I’ve not been good about posting current carnivals over the last week or so … thus, some catching up: Scientiae Carnival: Fools and Foolishness at Women in Science The Second Carnival Of Mathematics: The Math Geeks are Coming to Town! at Good Math Bad Math Tangled Bank #102 at Further Thoughts Carnival of the Green…