Archives for August 31, 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…

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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

Technology Tidbits

From CNET: There is a new electronic capture device that has been developed primarily for law enforcement, surveillance, and intelligence operations that is also available to the public. It is called the Cellular Seizure Investigation Stick, or CSI Stick as a clever acronym. It is manufactured by a company called Paraben, and is a self-contained…

… in regards to its exhibit on Darwin. A creationist visiting the museum objected to phrases regarding evolution on the Darwin Exhibit (Hat Tip: Pharyngula). This led the museum to cover up the offending language. Clearly, the government unit that runs this museum, and the museum itself, needs support. They need letters, emails, and phone…

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…

Happy Birthday Mike!

Mike Haubrich is the transparently pseudonymous proprietor of Tangled Up in Blue Guy, which is one of the best blogs on my blogroll. Mike is also Minnesota’s Voice of Atheism, as the primary host on the Minnesota Atheist Talk Show (Air America, AM 950, Sunday mornings). He is also politically active and a pillar of…