Archives for July 27, 2008

On August 1st, 2007, the I35W Bridge over the Mississippi collapsed, probably because the Minnesota DOT, run by a crony of the Republican no-taxes (and thus no spending on essential services) governor Tim Pawlenty failed in the areas of inspection and/or engineering. It was a big mess, people died, and we are spending millions to…

The “Dumbo Octopus”

Strangest thing I’ve seen all weekend:

Patch your OS now

In early July it was made public that Dan Kaminsky, internet security guru, had figured out (several months earlier) a way to use DNS (the internet name server thingie) to do bad things. It is called “cashe poisoning.” DNS uses a cache to remember typically redundant info about addresses so it does not have to…

Yet Another Shooting Rampage

Jim Adkisson entered the Unitarian Church for a children’s play earlier today, carrying a guitar case. But instead of taking out a guitar and singing Kumbaya, he pulled out a shotgun, killed two adults, and wounded seven others before being overpowered. This was in Knoxville Tennessee. Jim Adkisson, 58, of Powell, Tennessee, was charged with…

Sushi and Canaries

The end is near, if you are a tuna fish. “The rage for sushi and sashimi, Japan’s raw fish dishes that overtook the West and have now spread to increasingly prosperous China, risks wiping out one of the Mediterranean’s most emblematic residents: the bluefin tuna.” according to a recent report. Shouldn’t be much of a…

Frog The Major Histocampatibility Complex (MHC) is an adaptive feature of the immune system that probably evolved in basal tetrapods. The MHC is genetically diverse in most populations, so the pattern of genetic variation of the MHC is probably behind the pattern of morbidity and mortality when a population is challenged with a given pathogen.…

Meta LOL

PZ Myers‘ appearance on Atheist Talk Radio was positively Orwellian. Host Mike the Madman Haubrich actually asked PZ about developmental biology (evodevo). Fish embryos? What about crackers!!!! I wanted crackers!!!! And I get Zebrafish! The interview was actually very interesting, in which PZ discussed homologous structures in the mouse and the bat, in reference to…

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Blogospherics: Recommended reads

This looks like something I would do. Flying through the tropics (in a plane) is worse than other flying, environmentally speaking. Or so it says here. “Zhongornis haoae is an itty-bitty, teeny-weeny juvenile bird from the Early Cretaceous of China. At just over 10 centimeters long, the little guy is positively tiny.” Read the fine…