Archives for May 31, 2010

Who is better, CERN, or Berkeley?

One very important difference was brought to our attention by Digital Rabbit:

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A black four door older model caddy in need of some body work and a new muffler turned into our street. The car drove quickly but furtively, the driver seeming to not quite know where she wanted to go, to the end of the faux cul-du-sac off of which each development’s street radiated. A sharp…

I have about ten favorite species of tree, and one of them is the corotĂș. Why? Because of one of the most interesting plant-animal interaction stories of recent times. The story, complete with extinct elephant-like creatures and a real Sherlock Holmes science theme can be read, along with some great images, at A Neotropical Savanna:…

I am looking at the question: How many words are there in a language? I’d like to know for languages in general, comparatively, and for pedagogical reasons, in some well known western language which may as well be English. What I found quite incidentally is a hornets nest of curmudgeonistic pedanticmaniacal jibberishosity. (There. Whatever the…

This just in from OZ: Scientists say an Aboriginal rock art depiction of an extinct giant bird could be Australia’s oldest painting. The red ochre painting, which depicts two emu-like birds with their necks outstretched, could date back to the earliest days of settlement on the continent. It was rediscovered at the centre of the…

Program notes

The podcast version of Everything You Know is Sort of Wrong with me, and Bonobo Handshake with Vanessa Woods, all on Skeptically Speaking with Desiree Schell, is available on line here For those of you waiting for the Berry Go Round carnival: It will be out on Monday some time. I sniffed the breeze and…

The Nature of Things / Martin Gardner from Wagner Brenner on Vimeo. Hat Tip: Ana