Archives for March 9, 2009

What is Ana reading?

Franken/Coleman recount updates, what happened to the General Motors pension funds, 10 reasons why conservatives’ fiscal ideas are dangerous, and the last stronghold of free-market economics: academia? catch up here.

Fermi lab has observed a single top quark. If you know anything about quarks, especially top quarks, you will know that this is extraordinary. Top quarks, generated using the Strong Nuclear Force have been observed in the past, but a single top quark is generated with the Weak Nuclear Force. This is apparently very hard…

Rebecca and Shawn Lawrence Otto

I am reluctant to use the term “power couple” in reference to a pair of Minnesota leaders in the area of science and politics, but considering the contributions of Rebecca and Shawn Lawrence Otto, the term moves past cliché and into double entendre. Rebecca is the Minnesota State Auditor, an elected constitutional office that I…

Why is there “junk DNA”? What is Junk DNA? What is a Pseudogene? What is Gene Duplication? Goodness, you certainly do have a lot of questions. And some of them can be answered, or at least addressed, on examination of a very interesting new paper recently published about a gene that became a useless “pseudogene”…

Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

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Mac vs. Windows (/ducking)

Consider this: Apart from “Windows or Linux?” nothing will start an argument in a bar full of techies quicker than, “Which hardware gives you more bang for the buck, Mac or PC?” It turns out that they are the same, but Mac’s are more expensive. Hey, don’t yell at me, it says so here.