Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for August, 2006

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The Archimedes Palimpsest

After centuries of mistreatment, the Archimedes palimpsest is in bad shape. During its thousand-year life, it has been scraped, singed by fire, dribbled with wax, smeared with glue, and ravaged by a deep purple fungus, which in places has eaten through its pages. Without the use of computer technology, the Archimedes palimpsest would be largely…

Dimming the Sun

What is global dimming? It is a cooling effect that appears to have partially masked the effects of global warming. Global dimming is caused by a reduction in the amount of sunlight hitting the earth due to the presence of aerosolized particulate pollution, such as jet contrails. These airborne particles reflect sunlight back into space…

Finally, an online quiz that tells you everything that you need to know about yourself, and it’s all so simple, too!

Schoolhouse Rock: Preamble

We the people In order to form a more perfect union, Establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, Provide for the common defense, Promote the general welfare and Secure the blessings of liberty To ourselves and our posterity Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. This video should bring back a few…

Blog Carnivals Available

Several blog carnivals were published recently that you should take a look at. For those of you who love birds, the 29th issue of I and the Bird was recently published. This blog carnival focuses on stories and photographs of wild birds and birdwatching. The Carnival of Authors, Readers, and Writers, which presents the best…

The Caged Virgin

This streaming video shows an interview with ex-muslim, secular humanist and feminist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali Wafa Sultan, discussing her beliefs about the clash between Islam and “the West”: essentially she argues this is a clash between the Middle Ages and all it represents and the 21st Century, and all it represents. I would like to…

100 Degrees of Perspiration: Hot, Hazy and Humid. The sun sets over the Hudson River at the end of a long, oppressively hot day. New York City is in the foreground, New Jersey is in the background, across the river. Image: Swerz.

Go Directly To Jail

The Bush administration proves once again that they hate your Constitutional rights as much as Al Qaeda does. U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill. A 32-page draft…

100 Degrees of Perspiration, II

100 Degrees of Perspiration: Staying cool in the heat. Image: 2beanornot2bean.