Archives for February 5, 2009

HTML Code Cheat Sheet

As you know, you can’t just type anything into a blog or other HTML document. Some symbols need to be typed in in ‘code’ in order to make them come out right. But what is the code for, for instance, a lesser than sign, or one of those funny foreign letters, or the symbols from…

Technology tidbits

Yes, Virginia, there is Linux accounting software…. here. Ubuntu vs. Vista vs. Windows 7 Benchmarks: Ubuntu slaughters all versions of Windows on all tests….. here. A video on how to remote control your KDE Linux desktop…. here. Linux Eye Candy: The latest on Compiz. All good news…… here.

Darwin Gets his Wellies Wet

I became acquainted with an Englishman who was going to visit his estate … more than a hundred miles [north] of Cape Frio. As I was quite unused to travelling, I gladly accepted his kind offer of allowing me to accompany him. And so was the case with a number of Darwin’s excursions into the…

Charles Darwin and the Rain Forest

The first time I read the following passage from The Voyage, I was reminded of my own first experience in a rain forest (in Zaire, not Congo). Evident in this passage is at least a glimmering of Darwin’s appreciation for the complexity of ecosystems. Darwin could be considered the first scientific ecologist. But enough of…

Darwin Crossing The Atlantic

 Behold this humble passage by Darwin, which is what immediately follows his discussion of the octopus. This passage is a touchstone to several important aspects of what Darwin was doing and thinking, and is a poignant link to what Darwin did not know:

When word of this study gets around, you may start to hear that voluntary vaccination “works.” This would not be an accurate statement. There is a new study just now out in PLoS Computational Biology that reveals that under certain conditions, which may actually be quite rare, voluntary vaccinations might lead to the eradication of…

Attenborough’s Tree of Life

Totally stolen from Migrations.

I want to bring your attention to a somewhat dense and possibly inconclusive (but important) paper accompanied by a very informative overview in PLoS Biology, concerning mutations in the human genome. Mutation rates and patterns of mutation are important for a number of reasons. For one thing, the genome itself is a data set that…

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common serious neurological disease that affects young adults, wiht about 2.5 million victims worldwide. The disease involves a loss of myelin in brain and spinal cord neural tissues. Myelin is the protective and insulating layer that covers most axons in the mammalian nervous system. can be caused in part…