Archives for May 12, 2008

And a few sexist remarks to boot. Is this a famous person? [Hat Tip: Hilde Knustad!] And now, let’s see how YOU do under pressure:

In the 1970s and 80s, a number of law suits and other actions began to change the rules for hiring firefighters. There was a moment in the 1980s when a documentary was made (starring the very annoying John Stossel) pieces of which I still use when teaching on Gender. It shows Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem,…

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Despite the fact that the presidential candidates will not accept the invitation extended by Science Debate 2008 for a nationally broadcast science forum in May there is ample evidence to suggest that they should: A new poll … a real poll .. indicates that 85% of US Adults agree that there should be a debate.…

Tricoloured Mega-colony Saved

Audubon California has announced that it has reached an agreement with a farmer to safeguard a single colony of about 80,000 Tricoloured Blackbirds Agelaius tricolor – nearly a third of the world’s population of this Endangered species. The estimated global population of Tricoloured Blackbirds is 250,000 to 300,000 birds, with at least 95% of these…

Deconstructed and Constructed, but not in the same sentence. Philip Guston’s “Sea,” a lithograph on handmade paper from 1980, the year the artist died. Students at Cornell have constructed an exhibit of the art of human body disassembled or otherwise rearranged called Exquisite Corpus: Interacting with the Fragmented Body which is on exhibit through June…

From the Office of the Future President of the United States of America

Tornadoes in perspective

With all the interest in tornadoes, I thought it would be helpful to provide some contextual data (focusing on US tornadoes). Damaged houses along Grace St. in St. Peter. (Photo courtesy of St. Peter Kiwanis) One thing that has to be said is that tornadoes are very powerful, but very small and short lived meteorological…

Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.

It is estimated that between 3 and 5 thousand people have been killed by an earthquake in Beichuan County, Sichuan Province, China. That is about one in ten residence of this county. ADDED: This number is increasing quickly. In at least three cases, schools appear have collapsed trapping hundreds of students. About 900 students were…