Archives for May 17, 2008

Holy Crap…

Every now and then there is a moment … I see something, hear something, learn something … that makes me want to jump to my feet (if I’m not already standing) and shout “To the blog mobile!” Well, I don’t actually have a blog mobile. So when that happens, I just run into the basement.

Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he’s come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal (repost)

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Next Week’s Four Stone Hearth will be hosted at Remote Central. Please have a look here to find out about submitting stuff. This is the most diverse of all of the blog carnival that I know. So you probably have something. So send it in, OK?????

Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium — and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world. …Paul Stamets believes that mushrooms can save our lives, restore our ecosystems and transform other worlds

We know, deep down, you are an Obama Girl, Hilary.

… or at least, according to the Discovery Institutes’s own Michael Medved. The idea of a distinctive, unifying, risk-taking American DNA might also help to explain our most persistent and painful racial divide – between the progeny of every immigrant nationality that chose to come here [the source of the distinctive american DNA signal], and…

MIT researchers found that phalaropes depend on a surface interaction known as contact angle hysteresis to propel drops of water containing prey upward to their throats. Photo by Robert Lewis The Phalarope starts out as an interesting bird because of its “reversed” sex-role mating behavior. For at least some species of Phalarope, females dominate males,…

Sunday Morning Radio

Minnesota Atheists’ “Atheists Talk” radio show Sunday, May 18, 2008, 9-10 a.m. Central Time The first half hour will feature a discussion of “Genetics and Ethics” with Bonnie LeRoy, director, Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, Institute of Human Genetics, University of Minnesota. The second half hour will feature a discussion of “Camp Quest of Minnesota”…