Archives for April 2, 2011

At TEDxDubai, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world’s focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It’s a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas.

Radio Reminder: Neil deGrasse Tyson

I’ll be speaking with Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson tomorrow (Sunday) morning on Atheist Talk Radio. Details here. We’ll be talking about The Universe, clouds of dust, space travel, science literacy and education, and whatever else we get to. We have a long list of topics and a short hour with some commercial breaks, so I…

Most evolutionary biologist have fully rejected the “hopeful monster theory” but it turns out they were wrong to do so. Most mutations are deleterious, and are quickly weeded out of a population but in some cases not before they briefly cause hideous results that make everyone turn away in horror and disgust. But sometimes a…

Despite the deafening silence from TEPCO regarding questions over a physical breech in Reactor 2, it is now generally being considered that there is a breech in reactor 2. It is not clear if it is a hole in the containment vessel of some kind or just some disconnected or cracked pipes. Experts are estimating…