Archives for May 28, 2009

Water on a sub-freezing Mars

NASA researchers is now reporting in the May 21st issue of Nature that water could remain liquid at sub-freezing temperatures if made stable against freezing by containing dissolved minerals. From the abstract: Many features of the Martian landscape are thought to have been formed by liquid water flow, and water-related mineralogies on the surface of…

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Rhoda nearly dropped out from school in 2005 as her friends used to laugh at her in class due to her poor performance. Most of the days, Rhoda could not do her home work because she had no time, as she spent most of her afternoons helping her mother fetch water. “Now that there is…

Last time I looked here, there was a content, but small and thinly scattered group of chimpanzees. Then there was a big noise last night and this morning an entirely new troop has arrived at this location on the internet and taken over! On further inspection, it turns out to be Doc Bushwell, Jim and…

Blogospherics

Roole Number 14: “Men cannot stand stupid perfunctory women.” … follow the links (or not) at Muse in Vivo. Categorizing ideas and humans by Razib The human ability to engage in Meta-Representation is one of the hallmarks of our species. We can analyze abstract ideas, take the positions of others, examine counter-factuals and what-if’s. In…

Learning the Bash Shell

This is a repost of a review that is timely, given this week’s focus on setting up your Linux server and changing all your computers over to Linux and so on. For the most part, computer operating systems all have a “shell.” When people talk about the “command line” … they are talking about the…

How to knock out your children: Use PediSedate. PediSedate is a medical device consisting of a colorful, toy-like headset that connects to a game component such as the Nintendo Game Boy system or a portable CD player. Once the child places it on his or her head and swings the snorkel down from its resting…

Diarrhea: The Unfashionable Disease Ever hear about the World Concert for Diarrhea? Or the Celebrity Chefs Fundraiser for Diarrhea? Diarrhea just isn’t a disease that gets rallied for. It’s hard to understand that diarrhea can kill you. In the USA, it is an inconvenience. In developing countries, it is a killer. Why? There are more…

Jesus Seen in Marmite

“When I first looked at it I wasn’t sure, but when I moved it away from me it started coming out. I thought Christ, yeah, she’s right – that’s the image of Jesus. “The kids are still eating it, but we kept the lid.” source hat tip: Iain Davidson

Catholics are trained to steal away into closets or back rooms with any babies that happen to be left around, so they can be secretly baptized. You did know this, right? It is true. If you take your baby to a day care provider, check on this first. If you suspect there are Catholics working…