Archives for February 7, 2009

Juan Williams, WTF?

Hat Tip: Hello Negro. Read HN’s commentary on this, here.

Internet Theory and Philosophy: Nanny Goat Gruff and the Internet Trolls From the Lest We Forget Department: The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer It seems like it should be true, even if it isn’t exactly true: The bigger the car, the more the tickets? I ask myself a question of this general form almost every…

For the love of ancient chocolate

A fresh look at ornate 1000-year-old vases from New Mexico’s canyons has unearthed a surprise: They were used as mugs to drink chocolate. The findings are the first record of the food in North America, long before its introduction in colonial times. They also reveal that chocolate was an expensive delicacy enjoyed by few during…

I heard these folks talking on the radio. It is all very interesting. Here’s a piece in Science by Greg Miller: If you’re thinking of hiring a tax accountant, you might want to note the color of his office. According to a new study, the color red can improve performance on detail-oriented tasks–a desirable thing…

Students of Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, turned out in force yesterday to counter the protests of the infamous Westboro Baptist church congregation who, in typical fashion, turned up sporting placards with such slogans as “God Hates Fags” and “9/11 Was God’s Punishment” protesting the school’s acceptance of LGBT people. details

Borrowed Gene Blackens Wolves

North American gray wolves that crisscross the frozen tundra after migrating caribou tend to be light colored, blending in with snow and ice. But dark wolves are common in forests, possibly because there they can slink through the woods unnoticed. Geneticists have pinpointed the gene variant that imparts this black fur and determined that it…

An investigation by the Sunday Times (UK) indicates that the doctor who reported information suggesting a link between MMR vaccine and autism may have “misreproted results in his research.” The investigation purpots to show that … …Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients’ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and…

Blogospherics: Recommended reads

There is an interesting discussion going on among some of my fellow Sblings and others on the intertubes about so called “honorifics” … I suggest this post as a starting point: Honorifics, credentials, and respect, at Adventures in Ethics and Science. Fight Fight!!!! Over diversity in science and how to talk about it on the…

Maddow on the Stimulus Bill

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“Race Doesn’t Exist, Continued”