Archives for April 13, 2008

State of the Wild 2008-2009

State of the Wild 2008-2009: A Global Portrait of Wildlife, Wildlands, and Oceans (State of the Wild) is a production of the Wildlife Conservation Society. …State of the Wild is a collection of evocative essays featuring emerging issues in the conservation of wildlife and wild places. The book brings together international conservation experts and writers…

Ode To Ben Stein: A Poem

Do you know that this is National Poetry Month? Inspired by national poetry month, I’ve gone ahead and written a poem. I call it “Ode to Ben Stein” … but really, it is only a limerick.

The Robots have been very quiet lately, have you noticed? This is probably because they have been chagrined by recent events only now being made public. Kevin Fahey, US Army program executive officer for ground forces … said there had been chilling incidents in which the [Combat Robots] had … attempted to train … 5.56mm…

Former conservative speech writer discusses economy (he feels that the economy is very strong) and intelligent Design Creationism here. [Hat Tip: Peter M.]

Leonardo Da Vinci’s life and work is well known — but his own face is not. Illustrator and activist Siegfried Woldhek used some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo. Here, he walks viewers through exactly how he did it.

Technology News

Shouldda kept the guy with the hooker….. New New York Governor David Paterson will likely sign a bill now working its way through the final legislative steps that will add a sales tax to items purchases on the internet by New Yorkers. The controversial bill ends what for many New Yorkers had been tax-free online…

Dawkins on Maher

Dawkins Admits to Not Being Perfect Atheist: Consideres Possibility that Fairies and Green Unicorns May, just May Exist. (But almost certainly not.) Hat tip: Science and Religion News

PC vs. Mac: Games

NASA Science Web Site

The Open Source content management system PLONE runs the newly released NASA Science web site. The site has something for everyone (researchers, educators, kids, and “citizen scientists”). The Plone seems to be working quite nicely. Some of it is still a little rough. The Space Calendar link seems to be broken, and the email to…

David Hoffman: Catch Sputnik mania!

Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race — and jump-started science and math education around the world.