Archives for April 10, 2008

Oh Crap, What are we Gonna Do Now?

This is the first time we are forced to weather a major storm in the Twin Cities without Paul Douglas! We’re doomed!!!! This storm is supposed to go for another 24 hours or so. I am reminded of last spring when there was a particularly bad storm raging outside…

… if you live in Baltimore … Details and a poll for you to take:

John Stossel is the woo-loving moronic co-host of the formerly not too bad but these days totally sucky tv “news” show 20-20. It turns out Stossel is a libertarian home schooling supporter and reality denialist

A noted hurricane researcher predicted Wednesday that rising water temperatures in the Atlantic will bring a “well above average” storm season this year, including four major storms. The updated forecast by William Gray’s team at Colorado State University calls for 15 named storms in the Atlantic in 2008 and says there’s a better than average…

Nature News

Deep-sea sharks wired for sound from PhysOrg.com Deep-sea sharks have been tagged and tracked and their habitats precisely mapped in world-first research to test the conservation value of areas closed to commercial fishing. […] Shorebird numbers crash: survey alarm from PhysOrg.com One of the world’s great wildlife spectacles is under way across Australia: as many…

Neuroscientist and inventor Christopher deCharms demos an amazing new way to use fMRI to show brain activity while it is happening — emotion, body movement, pain. (In other words, you can literally see how you feel.) The applications for real-time fMRIs start with chronic pain control and range into the realm of science fiction, but…

Rube Goldberg is the inventor of the Mouse Trap … the better mouse trap that is… He was actually a cartoonist who made famous the Rube Goldberg machines, which were increcibly complicated, intricate devices to do something simple in as many unlikely steps as possible. The board game “mouse trap” is based on this concept.…

Shuttleworth is the man behind Ubuntu. He has written an essay on his blog (Here be Dragons) on playing nice with windows. Windows is a very important platform, and our justifiable pride in Linux and the GNU stack shouldn’t blind us to the importance of delivering software that is widely useful. I believe in bringing…

Health News

Methamphetamine use in pregnancy changes learning ability of the offspring from PhysOrg.com Studies have suggested that infants exposed to methamphetamines while in the womb can suffer irreversible brain damage, although the exact effects of these drugs during pregnancy have been hard to pinpoint due to many other negative behaviors that often occur in meth users.…

Skeptic’s Circle Carnival

The Skeptic’s Circle Number 84 is HERE.