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Archives for April, 2006

For those of you who missed it, the Pentagon resumed above ground nuclear testing–sort of.

Solve the “Smithy Code”

You may have seen the rather exciting NY Times article this morning: “Judge Embeds a Puzzle in ‘Da Vinci Code’ Ruling.” Apparently, Judge Peter Smith stuck 40 bold/italic letters into his ruling on a suit against Dan Brown (Brown won). The first ten letters spell out SMITHY CODE, giving us a clue that there is…

I find it funny, somehow, that I learned it’s National Poetry Month by reading ScienceBlogs. ‘The web’s largest conversation about science’ seems a strange place to find contributions to a celebration of poetry, but maybe it’s not. Scientists and poets are alike in being keen observers of the world. Perception and description are the poet’s,…

…reads the headline of this article from the The Times of London. Pump prices have risen by one third over the past year and in some parts of the US have topped $3 (£1.68) a gallon. Among the ultra-rich of Beverly Hills, the cost of fuel has even slipped over the $4 mark. This is,…

When I hear “glacier” I think of words like “fjord” and “Greenland.” It’s easy to forget that there are some not so far away from us, rapidly receding like most of their brethren. Ex seed staffer done good Ted Alvarez visited one of them, in Canada’s icefield parkway, and brought back some stunning shots: Canada’s…

Sex!….Made You Look!

A while back, I wrote what some might call a fairly provocative article on the promiscuity of famous physicists entitled Getting Physical. Besides getting picked up by a porn site or two and this possibly NSFW link (So what if you’ve been on Slashdot? How many science articles can claim this distinction, huh?), I received…

Stop the Insanity!

So, yesterday, politics trumped science yet again. The FDA rejected medical marijuana, again. I’m sure the FDA’s decision to say so on April 20th is entirely coincidental. The Times has an excellent summary, and you can read the FDA’s original press release here. In essence, the FDA appears to be throwing a very clean baby…

Shaft: Can You Dig It?

Here’s a question for all the ScienceBloggers in the house: Which scientist (in your field or beyond) has been most seriously shafted? This could be taken two ways: Who deserves to be more recognized, revered and renowned today than he or she is? Who got passed over, ridiculed, etc. the most while he or she…

Science Mag on Science Blogs

You know what they say about great minds. In the April 14 issue of Science Magazine, two environmental scientists opine that scientists can, and must, become active bloggers and readers of blogs, for two main reasons. First, hard-blogging scientists will ensure that sound scientific information makes it to a wide public audience (while by shunning…

Polar Bear Blues, Revisited

On the lighter side, not everyone is sad that polar bears might be going away. Seed actually located one of these individuals and asked what he thinks about drowning polar bears. His reaction is below the fold.