Respectful Insolence

Archives for May 4, 2007

One day at a time…Tasmanian Devil, Sarcophilus harrisii Tasmanian devils are suddenly on the verge of total extinction, due to a mysterious facial cancer that is spreading rapidly through their population. Since the first sick animal’s discovery, eleven years ago, the cancer has swept through Tasmania like a plague, sometimes killing every single Tasmanian devil…

Skeptics of the blogosphere, unite!

Unite, that is, behind the Infophile, who’s scheduled to host the 60th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle next Thursday, May 10. You have until Wednesday night to enter examples of your best skeptical blogging to the carnival. Don’t let the side down! And, as usual, I’m always looking for hosts. If you–yes, you!–think you have…

Everybody (well, mostly everybody) learns in science and physics class the Three Laws of Thermodynamics: Energy cannot be created or destroyed, meaning that the increase in the internal energy of a thermodynamic system is equal to the amount of heat energy added to the system minus the work done by the system on the surroundings.…

Generation Rescue: Punk’d!

You may remember how, almost in passing as part of a longer post, I mentioned how much cranks can’t stand critics of theirs who write under a pseudonym and try to out them at every opportunity. Indeed, one of the biggest cranks of all, J.B. Handley, the man whose mantra used to be that autism…