Archives for February 8, 2009

Sunday Darwin Talk Radio Podcast

The podcast of this morning’s radio show with Stephanie Zvan, Lynne Felman, Don Luce and Yours Truly is now up, here: “Celebrating Darwin and Evolution at the Bell Museum” Atheists Talk #56 February 8, 2008 Lynne and Don read a book on the radio (that was cool) and Lynne asked me a bunch of good…

Open Access Under Threat

The publishing industry is dangerous. Why? Because it is big and rich, but it is also in danger. The publishing industry, like the music industry, and like the commercial proprietary software industry, faces structural reorganization of the markets served and uncertainty in the flow of cash into coffers. So we should not be surprised when…

Turtles in the Ancient Arctic

Turtles Island-Hopped Their Way Across a Warm Arctic Sometime about 90 million years ago, Asian turtles hit the road for North America. Although researchers thought that these reptiles had crawled around the globe via Russia and Alaska, new findings suggest that they may have taken a shortcut–over a series of islands now submerged under the…

How to build Stonehenge

First I thought: “… noooo..” Then, I thought: “hmmmmmm.” Hat Tip Miss Cellania.

I can see Lake Superior from my Porch!

We Minnesotans are so funny. Hat Tip Colin.

Peter Ward: Earth’s mass extinctions

This is an oversimplification, but it is exactly what the archaeology and physical anthropology had previously told us. Except the physy and archy data give us more detail. But, important and interesting nonetheless: Short people known as pygmies are scattered across equatorial Africa, where they speak various languages, inhabit different types of forests, and hunt…

Microsoft = Evil

From slashdot: “Microsoft is advertising for a new director of open source strategy, but this one has a specific purpose: fight the Linux desktop. ‘The Windows Competitive Strategy team is looking for a strong team member to lead Microsoft’s global desktop competitive strategy as it relates to open source competitors.’ For a variety of reasons,…