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Archives for February, 2006

Jurassic beaver

Say hello to Castorocauda lutrasimilis, a primitive mammalioform from the middle Jurassic—164 million years ago. Despite its great age, it has evidence of fur and guard hairs still preserved in the fossil, and was rather large for its time. It’s estimated to have weighed about 500g (about a pound) and was over 400mm (over a…

Carnival of the Animalcules

The inaugural edition of the Carnival of the Animalcules is up. It’s almost lunchtime, though, and you might want to wait until after you’ve eaten…especially before reading the one about fast-food toilet water.

Spurned again

I’m not even on the list of America’s Worst Professors, and Minnesota is completely unrepresented (we must be a very conservative state, I guess)…but Michael Bérubé is. So are Juan Cole and Timothy Shortell and Noam Chomsky (of course!). Go vote for your Favorite Worst Professor.

Minnesota Creation Science Fair

Scale Model of a section of the Ark by Russ McGlenn I blew it off again this year: I just don’t have a strong enough stomach for it. Every year, the Twin Cities Creation Science Association sponsors a science fair, and I tell myself I ought to go see it, but I know what to…

Maybe I shouldn’t bring this up, since the last couple of lectures in my physiology class have been a swift overview of brain organization and function, and my students probably think I have sounded exactly like Pinky and the Brain singing about neuroanatomy. Only less entertaining. And at a ridiculous hour of the morning. (via…

The Ruse-Dennett feud

You may have heard that Michael Ruse has been caught out of school, sharing a private spat between himself and Daniel Dennett with the William Dembski. This isn’t too terribly surprising—Ruse’s reputation has been spiralling downwards rather rapidly, what with all his sucking up to the Intelligent Design crowd in recent years, and I’m half-expecting…

Another longshot Koufax possibility

Pharyngula is in the semi-finals for another: Best Single Issue Blog. I wonder what that single issue is?

Fanning the flames

You wouldn’t believe how much hate mail I got from posting a little link to Mel Gibson’s Passion with a different soundtrack…but maybe Chris Clarke can take some of the heat now.

Ah, the life of the female giant Australian cuttlefish…males fight for her affections, and during the mating season she will have sex with 2-8 different males each day, with an average total of 17 copulations per day. She can be picky, too, and rejects most of the mating attempts (yet still manages to mate up…

If only I had god-like powers…