Archives for July 20, 2009

The Energy Enigma

What is James Hrynyshyn talking about? …consumers are forever demanding more power, in the form of torque and acceleration, from their cars. Just as important, however, is the lack of incentives for the automobile to invest in efficiency. Electric and even hybrid technologies are decades old, but we’re still waiting for a mass-production electric car…

… the botanical gardens in Cape Town: see also this clock

The Facebook 15 book meme.

Because some of you are not my facebook friends …. Here are the instructions…. Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Copy the instructions into your own note, and be sure to tag…

Happy Birthday Gregor Mendel

Mendel was born on July 20th, 1822. He is famous for his discovery of peas and genetics. Here is his stuff translated into English.

I will be hosting Berry Go Round # 18, for July 31st 2009. Please send me your submissions. Try to use the word “berry” or something in the subject line so I can find them! Berry Go Round is a blog carnival devoted to highlight recent posts from the blogosphere about any aspect of plant…

Scientia Pro Publica #8 is …

… up and running at A DC Birding Blog. Please go and click all over the thing. Thank you very much.

Don’t let this puppy die!

Seriously, I’m not kidding. Rebecca Skloot has ended up with a puppy (off the street) that is going to die unless it receives expensive medical treatment. Go here to find out the details and donate a buck or two via paypal.

Blosospherics

A few items for you to read. Political: Carnivals of the Liberals # 95 is at Neural Gourmet. Long haired Hippie Freak Ethan Siegel will shave his head if you do a good thing. Seriously. Check it out. Culture wars and science: Science is interesting. If you don’t like it, it’s your problem not mine.…

Did you ever notice how some verbal expressions have an extra meaning for you, just you, because of history? In reflecting on this, it is impossible to not consider such lofty topics as memes, cultural transmission, and … well, meaning. A particular expression might invoke a memory of an event, or of a person who…

A true ghost story: The Slide Show

The McGregor Museum is a complex building with several wings surrounding an inner court yard, a multi-layered roof, balconies everywhere, and numerous trees in the court yard close in to the building. So, a cat can spend the heat of the day in the shaded crown of a tree, and the cool of the evening…