Archives for May, 2008

NASA is Twittering Phoenix

Every few minutes I get an email from NASA telling me which button they’ve pressed on the Phoenix Robot, recently landed on Mars. And I’m only slightly exaggerating. OK, I’m exaggerating a lot. The latest: Phoenix has been commanded to move its arm:

… But don’t panic. Apparently, this is normal. It turns out that bacteria living at the bottom of the sea are far more abundant and diverse than scientists had previously thought. These bacteria appear to be consuming the planet’s oceanic crust. This raises several interesting questions regarding the interaction and co evolution of life on…

Carnivals

Encephalon – 46th Edition Grand Rounds, 4.36 Carnival of Political Punditry – May 25, 2008 Carnival of the Liberals #65: Skepticism and Politics Gene genie #32 – googling the genie Carnival of the Green #129 Carnival Of Homeschooling #126

Lead What causes some individuals to be more violent than others? Obviously, being male is a risk factor for violence and more broadly for criminal behavior. The behavior of one’s parents or other adult caretakers, as one is growing up, has been implicated in some studies as well. Poverty is an indirect factor as it…

Phoenix landing photo

This: Is a picture of Phoenix landing on Mars, taken from above. One always wonders where the camera operator is during these things….

A very large Azhdarchid shown with a human for scale. Azhdarchids were pterosaurs (flying reptile-like creatures) of the Cretaceous. These included some gigantic critters with up to a 10 meter wing span, but also some little ones (2.5 meters or so). Most reconstructions of these flying animals have them skim-feeding across the surface of bodies…

Carnival

The 92nd Carnival of the Godless is Here at Jyunri Kankei

The Answers in Genesis Creation Museum of Kentucky is planing to expand. Some of the expansion will be internal … the construction of additional kiosks. Some will be external, including the construction of a playground. All of the planned expansion efforts will be targeted towards children. Ken Ham, director of the museum, also indicated in…

Got home from the lake last night happy to see that our neighborhood was spared any significant damage from the big giant storm that engulfed several local communities, including ours. There was very large hail up-stream from us and there are a few big trees down not far from here. The people really hit were…

Clinton on staying in the race.

This is one of the few times you’ll see this large of a context provided for the famous “assassination” remarks. What do you think? Interestingly, both right and left in the media are jumping on a similar band wagon…