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Archives for March, 2007

March Madness, Science Style

This just deserved a greater calling-out: the evil geniuses over at The World’s Fair have put together a “Science Spring Showdown”, aka “the thinking person’s ccomplement to the NCAA tournament!” Take a look at the brackets, and thrill to such potential match-ups/epic battles as ‘Darwin vs Jesus,’ ‘Caffeine vs High-speed internet,’ and ‘Fossil fuels vs…

Ixnay on the Ears-Bay…

A leaked memo from an official in the U.S. Department of the Interior warns government officials traveling to other countries to avoid discussing topics “involving or potentially involving climate change, sea ice, and/or polar bears.” While the Bush administration continues to debate whether or not to list polar bears as “threatened” under the Endangered Species…

I’m Ready For My Close-Up!

If you’re thinking about pollen much and you’re not a farmer or a beekeeper, chances are you probably suffer from wicked seasonal allergies. Then again, you could be an artist. Kysa Johnson, a painter whose work explores microcosmic and macrocosmic natural phenomena, opens a show this weekend at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield,…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Myers

While I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d seen all the good cephalopod kitsch before, I would like to offer, in honor of squid-loving blogger PZ Myers’ birthday today, an image of this scientifically-inaccurate but highly awesome painting of a T-Rex, a sperm whale, and a giant squid having it out in a dark and choppy…

When weird-science group the Athanasius Kircher Society held its inaugural meeting in New York City this January, the meeting’s flaming grand finale was a live onstage performance by a 20-foot-long Rube Goldberg contraption. The device’s designer, Jesse Ferguson, has posted a video of the machine in action in his Seattle apartment, just before it was…

…because Jessica Hagy, author of the indispensable fun-with-charts-and-graphs blog Indexed, has landed a book deal. We expect it will be full of gems like this: Image: Indexed.

Burning and Learning

“When I was in high school, I remember friends who were jealous that my parents knew math and science,” writes Janet Stemwedel of ScienceBlogs’ Adventures in Ethics and Science, over at the current issue of the Science Creative Quarterly, since obviously that meant I could ask them for help with my homework. What my friends…

This YouTube video presents a rejoinder to creationists who believe that, regarding the question of whether human beings evolved or were created, personal opinion matters. The first few seconds seem to presage a talk-show style arguement-fest, but the presentation soon turns into a soothing pastiche of science-related imagery, culminating in amazing shots (or CGI?) of…

Chris Rowan, a geologist, maintains a blog with a tongue-twister of a name. Highly Allochthonous is the spot where he blogs about geology, a subject he has found to boast “more field trips and more beer” than his first love, physics. Chris is based in the UK and currently beginning a postdoc at the University…

Do you feel unsatisfied, irritated, impatient with yourself? Ever? Do you not always enjoy activities that you once enjoyed? Do you feel older than you used to be? Stop right there—you could be suffering from a serious problem called Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD). Don’t be afraid: millions do. And help is…