Archives for December 7, 2008

But almost no papers report retraction of the story following the coroner’s verdict that the vaccine played no part in the death. On Tuesday the Telegraph, the Independent, the Mirror, the Express, the Mail, and the Metro all reported that a coroner was hearing the case of a toddler who died after receiving the MMR…

Hat Tip: Atheist Media Blog

Ubuntu 8.10 and Fedora 10 Compared

And the results are at the same time boring and astonishing. I mean, look at this graph: Never mind the details of the graph. The point is that the two distros, running on an almost identical Linux kernel and using identical desktops and an almost identical X system, are almost identical when run on an…

Get your science news in 3D

This is a bunch of people getting their science news in 3D: It must be a story about one of those parasites that come flying out of your head after breeding in your brain or something. Anyway, 3D Science News is HERE.

Today an LOL Cat …

Tomorrow, this dog is a snack.

Some Science News

Genetic Tests of Athletic Prowess — For Babies A new genetic test offers to predict the sports at which a baby will someday excel. But even if the science were sound — it’s not — this might not be a good idea. The $150 test, offered by Colorado-based Atlas Sports Genetics, looks at ACTN3, a…

Future Space Robot Revealed

It jumps. It rolls. It could be coming soon to a planet near you. Designed by biomimetics researcher Rhodri Armour at the University of Bath, the Jollbot is a spherical cage that can roll in any direction. If it can’t go around an obstacle, it goes over. To jump, the cage compresses and springs open…

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Welcome to the War on Christmas. As I think it was Mike who pointed out for himself, “Happy Holidays” is what I learned to say when I was a kid because it was inclusive of New Years. Later, it continued to make sense because I discovered Jewish People. Eventually, by the time I was ten…

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Commenter Awards Announced

The Winners Are: 19,958 and counting… Comment by John: “Are we there yet?” Human Cell Chasing Bacteria… Comment by Chris C. “Amazing. Anyone know what the dense looking portion lagging behind at the rear of the cell (neutrophil?) is?” 19,958 and counting… Comment by Akheloios “Hat, hat, hat, hat! *dances*” Each of these commenters has…