Pharyngula

Archives for January, 2012

Tremble in fear, and behold this terrifying homicidal vegetable! The larger denizens of Brazil may be unaware of the carnage beneath their feet, but trust me — the far more numerous inhabitants of the country, roundworms and such, feel nothing but terror at encountering their roots. (via NatGeo) (Also on FtB)

Even in pre-school. Think what fury there would be if this teacher couldn’t spell, or had poor grammar, or couldn’t read Goodnight Moon fluently. But not knowing how a fundamental property of the universe works? Pffft. Not important. (Also on FtB)

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Why, Charlie Brown, Why?

Mondays are my long, long days — this is the day I get to spend 3 hours talking to students in small groups about cancer (they’re young and invincible, so so far it hasn’t been as depressing as I feared.) And they teach me stuff! Among the things I learned today is that there was…

I get email

Every time I mention the fact of global climate change, the denialists start sending me furious emails. (By the way, I know that AGW is “anthropogenic global warming”; what is CAGW?) I think we can safely say that AGW believers are clinically psychotic The psychosis of the CAGW cult is total. Rational thought is not…

The requirements to be a TV weather presenter are fairly slack: an undergraduate degree with some training in meteorology is preferred, but not required, and the main skills seem to be looking presentable with nice hair, being able to dance with a green screen, and being glib and cheerful. So I guess it’s not surprising…

Anti-Caturday post

Now that the door is opened to contemplating rotating cats, I think we should look at organisms that are even better at the spinning routine. (Also on FtB)

Kentucky has nothing to complain about

I’m going to be a contrarian here. I think the Kentucky legislature has made a perfectly sensible budget decision. Here’s the deal: in the current budget, a couple of interesting decisions have been made. Funding for K-12 education: -$50 million Tax breaks for the Ark Park: +$43 million Highway improvements for the Ark Park: +$11…

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Looking for a postdoc?

Here’s an opportunity: you could work with Reed Cartwright at Arizona State University!