Archives for June 13, 2008

“We are going to visit a living, breathing star for the first time,” says program scientist Lika Guhathakurta of NASA Headquarters. “This is an unexplored region of the solar system and the possibilities for discovery are off the charts.” The best job you’ll ever love! Travel! Excitement! Join NASA on an amazing new venture. A…

Science News

Clipped from CultureCat Bacterial Communication Pathways; Super Computer to Mimic Brain Language Area; CDC: Breastfeeding Gap in US. Hospitals; Online Checklist of Bee Species; Bird Flu Strains that have Acquired Nasty Properties

Engineer, Heal Thyself

The University of Minnesota Mascot, Goldie Gopher. Biological engineers at the University of Minnesota tend to be creationists. The main professor who teaches this subject is a creationist and he teaches a creationism seminar on a regular basis. He helps run and organize a Christian student group that has a pledge of faith for members.…

Tim Russert is Dead

Tim Russert, most recently the host of Meet the Press and the Washington Bureau Chief for NBC died earlier today. Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program when he collapsed, the network said. No details were immediately available. Russert, the recipient of 48 honorary doctorates, took over the helm of “Meet the…

A very Darwin-like god ponders what the nature of life will be like. From Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. The origin of life presents a number of fundamental difficulties to science. One of these is the seemingly irreducible complexity of life itself. For instance, DNA codes for the molecules that are essential to life.…

Mars Robot to cut a few lines…

… of Martian Dirt. Phoenix used its Robotic Arm to test a “sprinkle” method for delivering small samples of soil to instruments on the lander deck. Bigger picture here. The Phoenix Lander is preparing to sprinkle Martian soil onto a flat place for a microscope to look at. “On Monday, Phoenix tested delivering Martian soil…

Hot Evolution Topic

I highly recommend that you visit Carl Zimmer’s site (The Loom) to see his post on “A New Step in Evolution.” The discussion there promises to get inserting. HERE

A field guide to the Republicans

Hat Tip PZ But wait, there’s more.

Shoulders of Giants

A new, absolutely fantastic blog carnival is being developed. It is called “Shoulders of Giants” and it is meant to be a venue for blogging on classic papers. The details can be found here.