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Archives for July, 2008

The Eighth Harry Potter Book?

You can’t have it until December, but you can pre-order it now (in case they run out!). Click the picture. Maybe. Probably, this is more properly thought of as the Zeroth Harry Potter Book. Do you know about the Tales of Beedle the Bard? According to Julia (I didn’t know) it has to do with…

A total Solar Eclipse will happen tomorrow, August 1st. Here is the map (click the map for the original version at NASA): More details here.

Penguins adrift

I noted earlier that hundreds of baby penguins are being washed, dead, onto beaches thousands of miles away from their native lands. Various causes have been suggested, including the idea that the penguins are swimming into unfamiliar and penguin-hostile waters in search of fish, diminished in supply owing to overfishing. Well, this phenomenon has continued,…

A Goshen Family has identified an apparition of Banana Jeezus on their kitten. Here is a closeup: Go HERE for a film of Banana Jeezus. All Hail Banana Jeezus! All Hail Orac for Brinin’ Us Dis Newz! All Hail Ceelin’ Kat! We ask Ceelin’ Kat, “Ceelin’ Kat, whut 2-do about teh unbeleevers????” Laik dis, ceelin’…

Austrian Franz Sikora was a fossil hunter and merchant of ancient bones working in the 19th centuyr. In 1899 he found the first known specimen, which was to become the type fossil, of Hadropithecus stenognathus in Madagascar. This is an extinct lemur. To be honest, I’m not sure when this lemur went extinct, but I…

 Sabertooth Cat, Megantereon nihowanensisl There are two kinds of “true cats.” Cat experts call one type feline or “modern” partly because they are the ones that did not go extinct. If you have a pet cat, it’s a modern/feine cat. This also includes the lions, tigers, leopards, etc. The other kind are called “sabercats”…

An ugly fact killing a beautiful hypothesis I’m not mentioning any names, and don’t ask me any details. In fact, don’t repeat this story. Some years ago, when I was a mere graduate student, a fellow student working in an unnamed country in Africa discovered a very very old stone artifact. To this day, this…

Did Past Climate Changes Promote Speciation in the Amazon? Any time you’ve got a whopping big river like the Amazon (or a mountain chain like the Andes, or an ocean, or whatever), you’ve gotta figure that it will be a biogeographical barrier. Depending on the kind of organisms, big rivers, high mountains, oceans, forests, deserts,…

A recent article in PLoS examines the possibility that disease is spreading from domestic to wild bees. Osmia ribifloris

How many Microsoft software engineers does it take to change a light bulb?