Archives for July 24, 2008

Book Meme

Below the fold is a memetic book list. You are supposed to copy it on to your blog and bold the ones you’ve read. The initial assertion is that the ‘average American’ has read six items on this list of 100. Since this is an international blog, I’d like to see what the non-American perspective…

Supposed evidence of ghosts

The following video is NOT for the feint of heart. Not. If your hear is feint, go away. Now. I am not kidding. You have been warned.

Blogospherics: Recommended reads

Separated at Birth: Richard Dawkins and Emma Watson! Seriously! Check it out! This news just in courtesy of Bore me to Tears: Tiny Dog Has Been Barking Nonstop For 6 Years

Tiny microbes beneath the sea floor, distinct from life on the Earth’s surface, may account for one-tenth of the Earth’s living biomass, according to an interdisciplinary team of researchers, but many of these minute creatures are living on a geologic timescale. This is from a press release covering research coming out momentarily on the PNAS.…

24 hours of silence

This blog will now engage in twenty four hours of silence as a show of respect for the all those who have suffered at the hands religious zealots around the world and throughout history. I say this out of inspiration from a post written on Pharyngula by biologist PZ Myers. PZ makes the link between…

A recently published study seems to indicate that adult brain volume is reduced in individuals with significant lead exposure during childhood. While this study may lead to important findings linking lead to reduced cognitive function, it is important to note that observed effect is very small, very hard to link to specific outcomes, and may…

Claims, “It was a lot like teaching summer school, but with fewer ups and downs.” A Minnesota high school teacher has lasted 20 hours on a carnival ride to win the Ride the Tide Challenge at the Mall of America. Forty-year-old Jim Salava, of Oakdale, was declared the winner at the Nickelodeon Universe theme park…

Ronald Herberman is the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Despite the fact that no published study indicates a clear link between cell phone use and cancer, Herberman has warned his staff at the cancer institute a memo warning them of possible risks from cell phones, based on unpublished data. Isn’t that interesting.

Notice how I put “complete skeleton” in quotes. A paleontologist’s idea of complete is not exactly the same as everyone else’s.. But this Gobi Desert Tyrannosauris-like Tarbosaurus has a lot of its bone. It was recently extracted from sandstone blocks dug up a couple of years ago. Another nice thing about this fossil is that…

Blog Roll

Writer’s Daily Grind ~ Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog ~ Mystery Rays from Outer Space ~ Astrocreep’s Science ~ Analyze Everything ~ Aardvarchaeology ~ Chaotic Utopia ~ Terra Sigillata ~ Paul Hutchinsons Blog ~ post doc ergo propter doc ~ Deltoid ~ The Thinking Blog ~ fool for the process ~ When Pigs Fly Returns ~…