Archives for March 10, 2009

Technology Tidbits

Which is better, Windows or Linux? Once you decide that it is Linux, you may want to have a look at this tech tip on how to install the latest version. And, if you still want to bring some of your windows software along with you, you can. Check out Codeweaver’s plans for 2009.

Cosmic Science News

The basic fabric of the universe is heterogeneous and lumpy. Why? Cosmologists fight over that. Recent theoretical work may be pushing the pendulum towards a string-related explanation (after a period of time when this seemed less likely). A network of ‘cosmic strings’ criss-crossing the Universe could be responsible for a mysterious flux of antimatter particles…

I first became acquainted with the Romanovs (as historical figures, not the actual Romanovs) reading in middle school about Russian History. Later, someone turned me on to Massie’s Nicholas and Alexandra, which is quite a well known popular historical account of the last Czar of Russia and his family. Everyone knows the story of the…

Nature and Conservation News

Pytoplankton gets some of its nutrients from the dust that settles on the ocean surface. Unfortunately, some of this dust, owing to human caused pollution, is toxic to phytoplankton. Adina Paytan, a marine scientist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her colleagues have found that air samples from different areas of the world…

Proof Of Geek

In case anyone was wondering if I qualify as a full-tilt geek, I now have incontrovertible proof.

… has been found. Inside the fish’s skull, in fact. This is from a chimaeroid fish, which today are fairly rare but during the Carboniferoius were quite common and diverse. There are really two aspects of this find that are especially interesting. One is the 3D imagery that was obtained of the ancient fossilized brain,…

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Karen Ventii is a medical writer in Atlanta, who formerly blogged at Science to Life on the Scienceblogs.com network. Karen has written a guest post for Quiche Moraine on Gender Trends in Science and Medical Writing. Please have a look, it is quite interesting. Here.

A most amazing set of spoor

Dino spoor, that is. A recently reported finding in PLoS ONE clarifies a number of questions about how certain dinosaurs held their front limbs (zombie/Frankenstein-position palm-down vs. huggie-wuggie palms-facing-each-other). This research confirms … that early theropods, like later birds, held their palms facing medially, in contrast to … prints previously attributed to theropods that have…