Archives for August, 2009

DURHAM, N.C. — Two Duke University education experts have serious concerns about the Obama administration’s proposal to link teacher evaluations to student tests scores as a criterion for how much federal stimulus money states will receive for K-12 education. Friday (Aug. 28) is the deadline to submit public comments on the proposal that will disperse…

Eudy Simelane was a brilliant soccer star, captain of South Africa’s national women’s team. She was also an out lesbian and an activist for LGBT rights. In April 2008, a group of men attacked her with a sickening brutality. She was gang-raped, beaten, and stabbed more than 25 times. The assault was so vicious that…

Atomic bonds are too small to see, right? Well, what do you suppose THIS is a picture of!?!?!? That B&W structure is an actual image of a molecule and its atomic bonds. The first of its kind, in fact, and a breakthrough for the crazy IBM scientists in Zurich who spent 20 straight hours staring…

Trials are staring on a new cancer vaccine.

This is another falsehood, but a tricky one. Remember the point of falsehoods: They are statements that are typically associated with meanings or implications that are misleading or incorrect, and in some cases downright damaging. “Humans evolved from apes” is an excellent example of a falsehood because it is technically correct, yet the implied meanings…

Behe on Bloggingheads

I could just point you to Bloggingheads for this, but it might not be there. In any event, much more fun than Michael Behe on Bloggingheads or anywhere else is THIS POST by ERV telling us about how she is not pregnant. Confused? Just go look at the post and stop complaining.

Well, not really, but if on line CBT takes off, how will we know when they make the switch? Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) seems to be effective when delivered online in real time by a therapist, with benefits maintained over 8 months. This method of delivery could broaden access to CBT in primary care. These…

Blogospherics

The first time I saw a star-nosed mole, I did not know such things existed. Somebody should have warned me!!!!! Lake Natron is an amazing place in Tanzania, and is one of the key habitats for the nearly threatened lesser flamingo. And, that threat has increased. Charlie has it. Ethan has a post explaining what…

Simostronomy has the Carnival of Space

Carnival of Space 117 is HERE.

BirdLife International is launching a global bid to try to confirm the continued existence of 47 species of bird that have not been seen for up to 184 years. The list of potentially lost birds is a tantalising mix of species ranging from some inhabiting the least visited places on earth – such as remote…