Archives for December 5, 2008

Latest LHC Press Release

LHC to restart in 2009 Geneva, 5 December 2008. CERN today confirmed that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will restart in 2009. This news forms part of an updated report, published today, on the status of the LHC following a malfunction on 19 September. “The top priority for CERN today is to provide collision data…

Our own star tribune FAIL

Notice the viking. I’m so embarrassed.

Slender-billed curlew. Extinct?

The RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and other partners have launched a last push to find one of the world’s rarest birds. They have issued a call to search for and find any remaining populations of Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris. This announcement was made at the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to…

Luge Blorgs

A new wild child? See: “Tarzan of Suburbia” Case Being Investigated Read about Russia’s Darwin Museum. .. And the Perils of Electron Microscopy. But be careful about the Mormons. Friday Weird Science: mmm, I love the taste of man-flesh in the morning! What are the top 100 Anthropology blogs? (Hey, wait. I’m not one of…

Allen’s Rule. One of those things you learn in graduate school along with Bergmann’s Rule and Cope’s Rule. It is all about body size. Cope’s Rule … which is a rule of thumb and not an absolute … says that over time the species in a given lineage tend to be larger and larger. Bergmann’s…

IBM makes a move

IBM launches first Linux-OpenOffice desktop with virtualization features … IBM has added a Linux desktop with new virtualization capabilities to its portfolio. The Virtual Desktop, which bundles Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux, Virtual Bridges’ KVM-based desktop virtualization software and IBM’s Open Collaboration Client Solution, is available now, Big Blue announced on Thursday. None of the pieces are…

The Franken Coleman Recount: What next?

All but one precinct has been counted (and I understand that will be done momentarily). However, there is a box (or bag or envelope) of ballots missing in Minneapolis. The Secretary of State has indicated that the recount deadline is extended to allow these missing 130 or so votes to be found and included. (Coleman’s…

Getting sentenced is a drag. One time, when I got sentenced, a conjuncture of highly unlikely events occurred that made the whole thing rather more scary, and more of a circus, than usual.

Friday Cat Blogging

This tiger was owned by a large cat breeder and handler who provides tigers, lions, and some other beasts for the entertainment industry. Notice the white spots on the tiger’s ears. I spent a fair amount of time with this tiger, in its enclosure, photographing it as various other things were going on. As I…

The Rwenzori Mountains

Sometimes called the Mountains of the Moon. The Rwenzori is really one giant mountain with several peaks. Since it is not formed through the usual process of tectonic folding, it is not really like other mountain “ranges.” It appears to have been pushed up in the middle of the Western Rift Valley. Lots of bits…