Archives for April 11, 2008

Genomicron Is One

Happy Birthday Genomicron. You are one year old today!

Bats and Shade Grown Coffee

Birds have always gotten a fair amount of the credit for ridding shade grown coffee plants of various insect pests. But a new study now shows that bats have a huge positive impact in this area as well. The study also shows something else interesting: These insect eating bats often use a “perch and wait”…

In Al Gore’s brand-new slideshow (premiering exclusively on TED.com), he presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists were recently predicting, and challenges us to act with a sense of “generational mission” — the kind of feeling that brought forth the civil rights movement — to set it right.…

Expelled! Reviewed in Time

And the review is very negative. Of Expelled, as well as of PZ Myers and atheists in general. The man made famous by Ferris Bueller, … quickly wades into waters far too deep for him. He makes all the usual mistakes nonscientists make whenever they try to take down evolution, asking, for example, how something…

Cambodia’s Water Birds

Storks, pelicans, ibises, and other rare waterbirds from Cambodia’s famed Tonle Sap region are making a comeback, thanks to round-the-clock protection by a single team of park rangers. In a project established by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Ministry of Environment of the Royal Government of Cambodia, former hunters and egg collectors have…

Johnny Lee: Wii Remote hacks

Finally, something really important to blog about: Johnny Lee demos his amazing Wii Remote hacks, which transform the $40 game piece into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

Monique Davis is Sorry

Worst Person in the World Monique Davis, who has a thing against atheists, apologized for her recent rant against atheism. after widespread public criticism. She called the object of her tirade, Rob Sherman, and said she was sorry. Sherman says Davis told him she “took out her frustrations and emotions on me and that she…

Because they are being charged with kidnapping. (The “are social networking sites evil” poll is here.)

Holy Crap, Kobe!

It is said that scientists involved in the Manhattan Project to engineer and implement the first nuclear bombs seriously considered the possibility that such a bomb could initiate a chain reaction that would destroy the Earth. Now it is being claimed that the production of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at…