Archives for February 15, 2009

This is interesting, from a National Geographic press release: TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2009 – A York University researcher has tracked the migration of songbirds by outfitting them with tiny geolocator backpacks – a world first – revealing that scientists have underestimated their flight performance dramatically. “Never before has anyone been able to track songbirds for…

Satellite Debris

Apparently there is an argument among spaceologists as to how long satellite debris floating around the earth will stay “up there.” The difference in opinion ranges from decades or a century or so on one hand to ten thousand years on the other hand . Details here.

I have a cousin in law who tells this story: Her youngest child found out about sex. Then he made the connection that if he existed, his parents must have had sex. So he confronted the parents with this, and mom was forced to admit, yes, of course, this is how babies get “made” and…

Syncing Your To Do List

I still have not found a satisfactory way to sync my calendar and to do list between the University’s calendar server, my Windows “computer” at work, my Linux Laptop, the iPod Touch, and the main computer in the Blog Cave. But we may be getting there. To-do syncing has always been one of the gaping…

The Giants’ Shoulders # 8

“The Giants’ Shoulders” is a monthly science blogging event, in which authors are invited to submit posts on “classic” scientific papers. Information about the carnival can be found here. The last Giants’ was hosted at The Questionable Authority, here. The next issue will be hosted at The Evilutionary Biologist: All Science, All The Time, which…