Archives for September 7, 2009

An Irish astronomy group is calling for help in tracing the origin of a huge explosion in the skies over the country on Thursday evening. Astronomy Ireland said it was currently investigating the explosion, which occurred at 2100 BST. A spokesman said the most likely explanation was a space rock or satellite crashing into the…

PNG crater yields plethora of new species

In a remarkably rich haul from just five weeks of exploration, the biologists discovered 16 frogs which have never before been recorded by science, at least three new fish, a new bat and a giant rat, which may turn out to be the biggest in the world. Story here. Hat tip: Ana

She wore pants.

Don’t miss the B-Girl Be Block Party 2009, an all day festival at Intermedia Arts that brings international, national and local female hip-hop artists together in Minneapolis for music, dance, live mural painting, film and an art marketplace! Details here. f

Which Browser is Better?

Lifehacker has a comparison of Chrome 4.0, Firefox 3.5, and Opera 10.

Obama’s Speech to the AFL-CIO

… not the whole thing, but some good bits: Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

The Actual Words of Afroleninist Barack Hussain bin-Obama’s planned speech to the School Children of Amerika have been obtained by this blogger, and I have few comments on them.

Fear of Heights, Or Not

What happens when a little kid is not afraid of heights at all? What happens when a little kid IS afraid of heights, and all? Back to back essays worth reading at Quiche Moraine.

The Controversy

Since the bloggingheads “diavlog” with David Dobbs and me was the first science-oriented installment to come out (more or less) since the repudiation of by Carl Zimmer and Sean Carrol, and now Phil Plait and PZ Myers, I think I should say something about why I did it and what I think about the…

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