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Archives for November, 2006

The Carnival of Satire is Available!

Do you need a little laughter in your life, especially after the recent election and because the holidaze are bearing down upon us like a runaway locomotive? Well, look no further because the carnival of satire is available for your reading pleasure. . tags: blog carvinal, satire

I and the Bird #37 Available

Mary Ann at Five Wells is hosting the current issue of I and the Bird, issue #37. This is a blog carnival that celebrates the best writing about birds in the blogosphere. Do you write about birds or birding? Don’t keep your passion to yourself. The next I and the Bird will be hosted by…

Three NYC High School Students were invited to attend the 2006 Nobel Prize Ceremony Honoring Six American Nobel Prize Winners. The students, known as The Laureates of Tomorrow, were chosen on the basis of an essay contest.

Global Heating Will Cook People, Too

Billions of people could be wiped out over the next century because of climate change, according to James Lovelock, a leading expert who pioneered the idea of the Earth as a living organism. Lovelock warned that as the climate warms, the global population which is currently around 6.5 billion, may sink as low as 500…

Basketball Wars

Everyone feels badly when their kid doesn’t “make the cut” for a sports team. But in Castro Valley High School, in Castro Valley, California, angry parents decided to take the matter into their own hands. They appointed a six-person panel to choose who would play on the basketball team. Unfortunately, none of the protesting parents’…

. . Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants. . . . tags: finland, donald+duck. weird facts

Stinkhorn Mushroom

Stinkhorn Mushroom, Clathrus crispus??. Click each picture for a truly large mage and then feel free to correct me on the scientific name of this mushroom, since I am not a mushroom expert and need some help from those of you who are! Images: Todd Smith. The photographer, Todd, writes;”Here are a couple of pictures…

Contretemps

I remember this fine word from the GRE exam from a dozen years ago, but I haven’t seen it since, until now, thanks to The Republican War on Science, by my friend and fellow SciBling, Chris Mooney. This book was recently released in the more affordable trade paperback. If you haven’t read this book yet,…

Benjamin Franklin. Image: source. I admire Benjamin Franklin for many reasons. But I never knew that in 1726, at the age of 20, while on an 80-day ocean voyage from London back to Philadelphia, Franklin developed a “Plan” for regulating his future conduct. He was partially motivated by Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true,…

I found the most amazing story about an astronomical calculator that is the earliest discovered device known to contain an intricate set of gear wheels.This amazing calculator could add, multiply, divide and subtract. It could also align the number of lunar months with years and display where the sun and the moon were in the…