Archives for March, 2012

Evolution of the Moon

A very interesting perspective. Different kinds of craters results from the intersection of different size impacts and different geological conditions prevailing at the time . I wonder if that first big meteor would have come in at that angle. Anyway, very cool animation.

Predator and Prey Podcast Produced

On Skeptically Speaking: This week, we’re looking into the many strategies that animals employ in the struggle to eat other animals. We’re joined by freelance science writer Matt Soniak, to discuss the often complex relationship between hunter and hunted. And on the podcast, biological anthropologist Greg Laden returns to tell us about humanity’s history as…

I have two only vaguely related items for you, and the first is really two items. Paul Douglas has written a piece on climate change that you should read. Douglas is the famous Twin Cities meteorologist who worked for several years at our own WCCO. He was a regional celebrity, much loved by all, and…

Go here and click on the thing. You know Shawn from his book “Fool me Twice.” Like the page then scroll down a page or two to “Fool me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America by Shawn Lawrence Otto” and vote on that one. Forget about all the other books, they suck. YOU…

A commonly used insecticide, and possibly an increasingly widely used form of that pesticide, could be a causal factor in bee colony collapse. It is not 100% certain that this pesticide’s effects can be counted as one of the causes this problem, but there is a very good chance that neonicotinoids can cause a drop…

Rick Santorum on Creationism Laws

This just in: Baton Rouge, LA — (March 27, 2012) — At Senator Santorum’s March 23rd rally in Pineville Louisiana, student activist, Zack Kopplin, had the chance to question the Senator about creationism laws. Kopplin, who has led the effort to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law, the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act, asked Santorum…

How to learn language

How to learn language Me: “Huxley, this is your milk. I’m going to drink it myself!” Huxley: “I’m going to drink it ME-self!” Me: “What?” Huxley: “I’m going to drink it I-self!” Me: “Huh?” Huxley: “I’m going to drink it Huxley-self!” Me: “Oh, OK, here’s your milk!”

As many of you know, because you’ve not seen me around as much as usual, I’ve been devoting a considerable amount of my time to volunteering for a political campaign in my district. I’m trying to help Sharon Sund replace Erik Paulsen in the Third Congressional District of Minnesota. Erik is the Republican who took…

And now a closer look at Cardiff:

Earl Scruggs: RIP

Earl Scruggs dies on Wednesday.