Archives for February 3, 2009

An article released moments ago in PLoS ONE, by Gingerich et al., describes one of the more interesting fossil discoveries ever. To cut right to the conclusion: We now have reason to believe that the proto-whale Maiacetus inuus, a true transitional form, gave birth on land, not in the water. Artist’s conception of male Maiacetus…

Inspired

I have unsubscribed from Human Events

Human Events is a right wing email newsletter and magazine/publishing thingie that regularly spews out the puss produced by such notable festering sores on the asscrack of humanity known as Anne Coulter and Pat Buchanan, with frequent contributions by Chuck Norris and others. I used to subscribe in order to keep an eye on them.…

Well, the above statement, while true, is just a tiny bit beyond the peer reviewed paper I’m reporting to you today, but this paper supports the assertion and the results presented in the paper should not be a surprise to anyone. Here’s the basic idea:

Don’t pray for me Great Britain

… or Argentina or Nurse Ratchet. In our allegedly multicultural society, there is one religious group which is apparently not to be afforded equal respect, let alone treated for what it embodies – the foundational creed of this nation. That group is Britain’s Christians. Somerset community nurse and committed Christian Caroline Petrie has been suspended…

Stay Tuned ….

Two or three items of interest that are scheduled and that you may want to know about. In order: 1) This evening, at 8:00 Eastern Time (US), the embargo lifts on an amazing new find. Tune in to your favorite science blog to read all about it. It is very cool if you are into…

Yes we can! Like the planarian of the 8th grade science science fair projects I used to judge, or the arm of a sea star in our deep blue realm. – Yes We Can Like a tardigrade outside the International Space Station, frozen under the permafrost of Antarctica or dessicated on a moss-covered pine. –…

Help Me Do B.A.D.

This is Blogroll Amnesty Day. I’m going to give you five sites and I’d really appreciate it if you’d visit them and say hi. The first site is called EXPERIENCE and it is a personal web log of Asha Shoffner, a Minneapolis based student, activist, and performing artist. Asha is a very cool person who…