Archives for September 1, 2010

Hurricane News and Coolest Pictures EVAH!

As predicted, Gaston has emerged from from the ITCZ as a named tropical storm in the eastern Atlantic. Unlike Fiona, Gaston will reach hurricane status, and in fact, there is a pretty good chance that Gaston will be a major hurricane. What matters, of course, is where it goes. In any event, formation of a…

Cedric is dead

No, not that Cedric. This Cedric.

How can science teachers use blogs?

Blogs and schools often don’t mix. Many blogs are free ranging entities untethered to an institutional or editorial framework. In public discussions of Scienceblogs.com, the fact that every blogger is editorially independent of each other and of the hosting organization, Seed Media Group, is mentioned without fail, and is often the central topic. Non-Sblings (we…

Stones, Bones, Shards Dirt

Natalie Munro (UCONN) and Leore Grosman (Hebrew University) have reported an interesting site dating to about 12,000 years ago in northern Israel. It is interesting because it seems to be the remains of feasting, a specific activity that any cultures around the world engage in. I’m actually writing something about feasting and related activities, so…

According to one of the leading experts on the human circulatory system, blood flowing through veins is blue.

PLoS has had a few blogs all along, PLoS.org, everyONE and Speaking of Medicine (the PLoS ONE and PLoS Medicine community blogs respectively). But now there is a new network, at blogs.plos.org, which includes a number of new blogs, including a couple of Scienceblogs.com diasporics. The new blogs are:

Hurricane warnings likely for Earl

North Carolina will receive hurricane warnings (a significant notch above watches) within a few hours, as the forecasted path for earl shift a bit to the west than previously thought and b) becomes less certain. From NOAA/Hurricane Prediction Center: Hurricane Watch: North of Surf City North Carolina to Parramore Island Virginia including the Pamlico and…

The Devil in Dover

When I go to meet the teachers or administrators at my daughter’s school, I whisper these words to each of them: “I just want you to know that I’m involved in a number of organizations that seek to protect the quality of science education in our public schools. If you ever need any support, if…

Interesting items to read

First, go read this homeopathic web comic, and when you’re done, like in ten minutes, come back. Then, this: A study in Michigan to learn why Bald Eagles are not recovering post-DDT exposure as fast as expected has discovered that nestlings are ingesting flame retardants and pesticides via their food. Read the rest here Will…