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Lynn Margulis has died

Sad news: Lynn Margulis, advocate of the endosymbiosis theory of eukaryotic origins, has died. She was smart, creative, and promoter of a lot of wild ideas…and to her credit, some of them were even right. I think her greatest strength was her eagerness to step right out to the edge of science and push, push,…

Moammar Ghadafi, dead

I’ve been buried in classes and meetings today, and I look up and discover Ghadafi has been killed, and people here are already talking about it. I guess I should put up a thread so you can stuff all the words into one common place. (Also on FtB)

Steve Jobs is dead

I’m typing this on a Mac laptop. I heard about it while browsing the news on my iPad. I have an iPhone in my pocket. There’s an iPod in my bedroom that we use for alarm and music. I bought my first Mac in 1984; I wrote my Ph.D. thesis on an Apple II. Maybe…

Too soon?

Wait, I don’t think this was intended as a joke. Esquire introduces an article on oral sex with Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s maid. We don’t mean to be indelicate, but well, this whole thing has gotten a little indelicate, hasn’t it? In the latest Newsweek, the maid who was allegedly raped by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn…

The nightmare in Norway

The latest reports say eighty young people were gunned down on Utoya Island in Norway, and seven killed in the Oslo bombing. The questions now are who did it, and why. I’ve run across some wild speculation that it was an Islamic group, which would have meant we were in for months of furious howling…

Explosion in Oslo

There has been a major explosion at the offices of the prime minister of Norway — it’s very early in the investigation, but news sources are talking about it being caused by a bomb. I know some good people in Norway, and I’ll be visiting Oslo next month for the World Humanist Congress. It’s shocking…

The situation in Japan is looking dire. Workers have been evacuated for their safety from one of the failing nuclear plants, setting the stage for a possible meltdown. There have been more explosions, and more venting of radiation. Another unit, Unit 4, which was not one of the plants that was highly stressed in the…

Are you prepared for Darwin Day?

It’s next week, you know. 12 February. All the cool kids will be talking science. That’s what they’ll be doing at KU on 8 February.

Cyclone Yasi

Queensland, Australia is currently threatened by a major cyclone, and everyone is bracing for the impact. There isn’t much we can do right now but watch and wait, and be prepared to help however we can. But there are things that are pointless to do. I thought this was the silliest, most useless web source…

See? Exercise will kill you!

Eventually, anyway. Jack LaLanne has died after a lifetime as a paragon of fitness and exercise. OK, so he was healthy and vigorous and active right up until the end. OK, so he was 96. I tell you, eventually all that exertion will catch up with you!