Archives for May 3, 2009

Is software support that you pay for better than software support you get for free? Are you going to do better, for instance, with Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice.org Office when you need to fix something? The answer is obvious. But still, many of you manage to not understand. But this can be helped……….. ………. CLICK…

…. with magical instruments … Hat Tip Ana

The podcast for today’s radio discussion with Fellman, Scott and Laden is available. A bit about the history of the NCSE; cultural relativism in the science education movement; Greg disses bench scientists again; The appeasement question; A phone call from a famous Pharyngulistum; Science standards; Local control. The Minnesota Science Standards. An intelligently designed buffet…

Lithium has long been used as a psychotherapeutic drug, and treatment with lithium demonstrably reduces incidence of suicide. Lithium also occurs naturally in groundwater to varying degrees. This study explores the relative amount of Lithium in groundwater and suicide in 18 municipalities in Oita prefecture, Japan over a period running from 2002 to 2006. There…

I know. Not very good But I’ll bet it was cheap to make. Hat Tip DMB

Breathalyzers Have Source Code

…the Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the right of drunk-driving defendants to request the source code for the breathalyzer machines used as evidence against them, but only when the defendant provides sufficient arguments to suggest that a review of the code may have an impact on the case. … follow this story here.

Burn this book

… well, not really, you should not burn any book. But don’t just leave this one around for your kids to accidentally read. Source of book. Hat tip

Txtng Bus Driver Pwned

There ought to be a law. Hey, there probably is a law.

… In public schools. According to one Federal Judge in the US, not much. A Mission Viejo high school history teacher violated the First Amendment by disparaging Christians during a classroom lecture, a federal judge ruled today. James Corbett, a 20-year teacher at Capistrano Valley High School, referred to Creationism as “religious, superstitious nonsense” during…