Archives for October 21, 2008

Clinton, Franken and Madia at The U

It has always been suggested, by a wide range of evidence, that australopiths in general, and robust australopiths in particular, have a higer degree of sexual dimorphism than chimps, and possibly, dimorphism in body size as high as one sees in any ape. Resent research on growth patterns, just published in Science, examines this. In…

Russians Turn Down McCain

You will recall that John McCain has been trying to get the Cold War going again as part of his ill-fated and hapless campaign for the US Presidency. Now this: The Russian mission to the UN in New York says it has turned down a request from John McCain to help fund his presidential campaign.…

… wait, wait, does this make any sense at all? Wouldn’t the conservative Muslim clerics normally call for the gruesome execution of children who play video games because they involve the creation and manipulation of images of humans and animals? So Koranic lyrics in a background song … that is just salt on the wounds,…

Every few years a paper comes out “explaining” short stature in one or more Pygmy groups. Most of the time the new work ads new information and new ideas but fails to be convincing. This is the case with the recent PNAS paper by Migliano et al. From the abstract:

Funding for Math Education

If you live in or near Boston, Raytheon is one of those companies that you know about because you know someone who works for them. Or, you’ve been to the “Raytheon … something or ‘nuther” funded by the Defense contracting giant. Back when I lived in the vicinity, they were famous for making Patriot Missiles.…