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Archives for February, 2007

Jesus and Journalists

This morning I noticed that on top of my blog there’s an ad for an upcoming show on the Discovery Channel that claims to reveal the tomb of Jesus and his family. I haven’t seen a preview of the show, and from an article in this morning’s NY Times, I have very little interest in…

I suspect poking around Conservapedia will become one of my new tools for procrastination. You’re guaranteed a jaw drop within a couple minutes of searching on this Wikipedia for conservatives. It occurred to me that I had not yet bothered to look up “creationism.” The entry is a whiplash of a read, with critics and…

My ancestry forms a smear across northern and central Europe, a region of the world where many people have a peculiar gift: they can drink milk as adults. Almost all people can digest milk sugar (lactose) as babies, but in many parts of the world they lose this ability after they stop nursing. The change…

Calling All Readers at NYU

Tomrrow I’m heading down to New York to take part in the “Inside Out” speaker series at New York University’s Department of Journalism. John Rennie, editor-in-chief at Scientific American, and I will try to answer the question, “Can two prominent magazine journalists find happiness blogging?” The inquisition, run by LA Times reporter and NYU writer-in-residence…

Evolving Robotspeak

Loyalty, teamwork, cruel deception: welcome to robot evolution.

Koufax Nomination!

The Koufax awards are among the biggest honors out here in the blogmos. It just came to my attention that the Loom has been nominated in the category of best writing. Of course, I’m packed in with lots of excellent blogs, so if you plan to vote, you’ve got lots of reading ahead of you.…

Woman the Hunter?

There was a time–in the 1960s and 1970s–when the phrase “Man the Hunter” enjoyed a lot of popularity. Some researchers claimed that the evolution of hunting played a key role in the origin of our lineage. That’s what we made tools for, and that’s how we got all the extra energy to fuel our big…

Sources, sources

Behold conservapedia, which calls itself “an online resource and meeting place where we favor Christianity and America”–and where we don’t like Wikipedia at all. My fellow Sciencebloggers have been finding all sorts of factual troubles with the site over the past few days. I didn’t think I had all that much to add, until I…

Build Me A Tapeworm

Darwin gave a lot of thought to the strangest creatures on this planet, wondering how they had evolved from less strange ancestors. Whales today might be fish-like warm-blooded beasts with blowholes and flukes, but long ago, Darwin argued, their ancestors were ordinary mammals that walked on land with legs. His suggestion was greeted with shock…

Dodos: The Terrors of the Night!

The latest joy from the Discovery Institute: an attempt to make dodos look scary.