Archives for March, 2009

Red River Flooding Pics

Amazing photographs at Boston.com of the ongoing flooding crisis on the Red River.

Overheard at the gym

Check it out. I saw you working out on that new machine,” the personal trainer, folding towels at the counter by the locker room, was saying to some guy he knew. You see more trainers folding towels these days, what with the economy and all. “The new machine?” was the reply. “Yea. The wave.” “The…

Can shoe size predict penis size?

OBJECTIVE: To establish if the ‘myth’ about whether the size of a man’s penis can be estimated from his shoe size has any basis, in fact. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Two urologists measured the stretched penile length of 104 men in a prospective study and related this to their shoe size. RESULTS: The median stretched penile…

Marjorie Grene Has Died

Marjorie Grene has died at the age if 98. She was a philosopher who addressed evolutionary biology. A philosopher of biology who once spent time as a farmer’s wife writing scholarly works before doing chores, Dr. Grene was one of the first philosophers to raise questions about the synthetic theory of evolution, which combines Darwin’s…

The Case Against Breast Feeding

Hanna Rosin paints breast feeding, in a recent item in The Atlantic, as a social requirement for the privileged, a “no-exceptions requirement” and a badge of being a good mother. She also examines the possibility that breast-feeding is ” … an instrument of misery that mostly just keeps women down.” I dutifully breast-fed each of…

A new study warns that cold-blooded land animals like lizards and insects in the tropics may wither as the world warms. “Cold-blooded” is the layman’s term for ectotherms–animals whose body temperature is contingent on the surrounding environment, rather than internally regulated like that of warm-blooded creatures. They thrive in temperatures ranging from 68 degrees to…

We didn’t see it coming …

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More kapshuns pleez

Somebody better call Op Center!

A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded. In a report to be issued this weekend, the researchers said that the system was being controlled from computers based almost exclusively in…

The Problem With Power Strips

My BFF Ana told me that there is a law being considered to stop electronic device manufacturers from making a different power supply thingie, with different connectors, every time they make a different device (such as a calculator, a USB hub, a printer, a charger, a modem, etc. etc.). I haven’t told too many people…