Archives for November 23, 2008

Space Tool Bag Visible from Earth!

Here is the film of the space tool bag floating away. Apparently, a veteran sattelite watcher … this is a guy with a telescope who watches satellites from earth … has filmed the bag from a different angle. From his back yard! … Last night, Nov. 22nd, veteran satellite observer Kevin Fetter video-recorded the backpack-sized…

Franken To Win Recount

FiveThirtyEight is a pretty good web site dealing with polls and other election realted number crunching. They predicted the outcome of the race for president almost as accurately as I did, so I figure they’re pretty good. And now, FiveThirtyEight has a reasonably good analysis suggesting that Franken is going to win the recount. Here’s…

In fact … Linus Torvalds can run kill -9 and kill Chuck Norris. Linus Torvalds doesn’t die, he simply returns zero. Linus Torvalds runs Linux on his wristwatch and toaster. There is no theory of probability, just a list of events that Linus Torvalds allows to occur. In the tradition of PZ Myers and Obama…

Carnivalia!!!

Carnival of the Recipes Turkey Recipes Edition The 100th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: The trouble with Orac The Carnvial of the Liberals: The Post Election Blues Gene Genie Edition #40 Four Stone Hearth

How To Make Gravy

… a culinary repost. You’ve got your turkey all planned out, and you’ve got some stock. Now, it’s time to explore the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Gravy. (And maybe something to put it on.) I will tell you how to make excellent gravy with no stress and guaranteed success. Without lumps.

Laron dwarfism and cancer

There are a little more than 300 people in the world with the condition Laron dwarfism, a third of whom live in remote villages in Ecuador’s southern Loja province. Sufferers of Laron – believed to be caused by inbreeding – lack a hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor 1, or IGF1. Research uncovered during an investigation…

Mammoth DNA Sequence

The genome of the extinct woolley mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) has been sequenced, and reported in Nature. This confirms that elephant genomes are large, like the elephants themselves. It confirms previously proposed relationships amongst the elephants (see phylogeny below) and refines the known phylogeny. Interpopulation differences among mammoths were also demonstrated. Here’s the phylogeny: Comparison of…

According to Julia. Here, I’m speaking of the books (Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1), New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2), Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3), and Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)) not the movie. Julia went off yesterday with my sister in law to see the movie, and I’ve not…

Real? Or Not Real?

PZ Thinks this is for real: I’m not so sure. What do you think? (Click on Fidel to visit the site. If you dare.)