Archives for November 28, 2008

The Political Gender Gap

A new study published by Chiao et al. in the journal PLoS ONE explores the gendered nature of American voting behavior. Subjects were asked to rank politicians — based only on photographs of each politician’s face — along different quality scales, and also to choose among these photographs who should be President. The study concludes…

Darwin Limerick Contest Winners Announced

Poets they tried hard to win on Dispersal of ol man Darwin. Some limericks they wrote And truly they smote But winning was all ’bout affection Here.

The lower house in the central African nation of Burundi has passed legislation making homosexuality a federal crime. The legislation, which must first be approved by Burundi’s senate, is part of a sweeping reform of the country’s legal system that for the first time abolishes the death penalty and creates laws on genocide. The new…

Blorging the Luge

I had no idea there even was a Mole Day, and I’m really pissed that I missed it. (And that’s “mole” as in the animal, not mole as in the Mexican chocolate sauce you put in chicken.) Speaking of chickens, read about A Thanksgiving tale of an encounter with a chicken activist. And, speaking of…

Totally stolen from the Friendly Atheist.

NASA Press Release: Scientists continue to search for the cause of the geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The geysers are visible as a large plume of water vapor and ice particles escaping the moon. Inside the plume are jets of dust and gas. What causes and controls the jets is a mystery. The Cassini spacecraft…

New Squid Video Discovered!

Not a new squid, but a very rarely filmed one. The video was taken late last year and is only now coming to light. Apparently it (the video, not the squid) has been floating around the internet as an email attachment for quite some time. Two thousand five hundred monometers down, which is pretty deep…

Friday Cephalopod

I know, I know, I don’t usually do a Friday Cephalopod. But I happen to have this one laying around extra:

Million Comment Winnter Announced

In case you have not heard, the Millionth Comment Contest Winner was Peggy Kolm, an actual blogger with Two Blogs. Just so you know, this blog (this one, right here, where you’re reading) is soon to hit its twenty thousandths comment. And, the twenty thousandth commenter will be rewarded, you can be sure!