Archives for August 24, 2010

Native Skeptic

What does skepticism look like from a Native American perspective? …change is never an easy obstacle to overcome. People fear the unknown and find comfort in daily routines, habits, and ritual tradition. Society itself has become too comfortable with some of the ways we think and perceive issues in America. People tend to not understand…

Why do women shop?

Yet another study on why women shop, from an evolutionary perspective: In an unconscious attempt to outdo female rivals, ovulating women buy sexier clothing, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “Not unlike the chimps featured on the Discovery Channel, women become more competitive with other females during the handful of…

Tropical Update

Danielle is unraveling. Meteroloigsts are using words like “disorganized” and “decreased dvorak estimates” and “downgrading” and finally, have decided that she is no longer a hurricane. Tropical Strom Danielle may well reintensify into a hurricane, and in fact, she may become a rather intense storm by the weekend. But she’ll still be out in the…

Terra Sigillata has settled at Central Science. Click here to visit the new blog and find out the details.

PZ Myers new diet

My brother, who lives in Kentucky, very recently had similar corrective heart surgery as PZ’s. He sent me this video to pass on to PZ of what appears to be the latest trend in Kentucky health food, as well as the main novel food item that will be sold at the Kentucky State Fair which…

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Timely: Investigations into research misconduct cost US institutions more than US$110 million per year, estimates a study published this week. But experts contacted by Nature question whether calculating the cost of investigation is the right way to measure the impact of research misconduct. read the rest at Nature

The word on the street is that PZ Myers has been surgically updated and will return home soon, probably tomorrow. My understanding is that he received a stent, which is routine, but as long as they had him on the table they also upgraded his laser eye blaster tubes and retractable squid arm assemblies. So…

For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to ehow.com, over the last few years she says she’s made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To…

Not a dry eye in the house

You know of DuWayne Brayton as the over the top highly opinionated commenter who is always giving everyone a hard time on this blog, or when not here, on his own blog. (Which, by the way, has recently undergone a style change, and I like it.) Well, you may not know that DuWayne writes fiction…