Archives for August, 2008

Gustav cf Katrina

This is a rough sketch of the actual path of the eye of hurricane Katrina compared to the current projected path of the eye of hurricane Gustav. Now, this is NOT Gustav’s actual path. We don’t know what the path is going to be. But this graphic allows for a few key points to be…

New Species of Giant Clam

A new species of giant clam has been discovered in the Red Sea. Fossils suggest that, about 125,000 years ago, the species Tridacna costata accounted for more than 80% of the area’s giant clams. The species may now be critically endangered, researchers report in Current Biology journal. BBC

So just who is Sarah Palin?

Over the source of several hours before the announcement by John McCain that Sarah Palin was to be his running mate, Palin’s Wikipedia entry was heavily edited. The editors included individuals who were simultaneously updating McCain’s Wikipedia entry. Apparently, similar activities associated with Biden’s selection occurred as well. So, in other words, if you want…

Hurricane Gustav: Changing Predictions

There has been enough change in the predictions regarding Gustav to make it worth a fresh look. Bottom line: It is weaker than previously predicted, it is still almost exactly on the same track, and it may be speeding up a little bit. Tropical Storm and soon after hurricane force winds may strike the Northern…

Gustav’s eye has passed over western Cuba, and remained a category four hurricane the entire time. One gust in Cuba, where Gustav mainly affected the tobacco growing region, as clocked at 204 miles per hour. Miles. Not kilometers. The storm has caused considerable damage there (source). Here is the salient information regarding the current forecast:

Palin for President?

Razib has noted that there is a 15% chance that if McCain/Palin is elected, that Palin will take office based on actuarial data. However, I beg to differ with this given that the presidency is a) known to add years to a person’s life, b) is a somewhat more dangerous job than average (there are…

Sarah Palin comes in at 4 minutes 20 seconds. Turns out she wants all the Polar Bear to die.

In November, 2007, a small group of six citizens – two screenwriters, a physicist, a marine biologist, a philosopher and a science journalist – began working to restore science and innovation to America’s political dialogue. They called themselves Science Debate 2008, and they called for a presidential debate on science. The call tapped a wellspring…

The following announcement regarding Sarah Palin is from Move On Dot Org. This is about McCain’s running mate. Obviously, in my earlier post I was too quick to judge this woman. It turns out that she is not a bad choice, not a person with less than ideal experience, not a person unsympathetic to liberal…