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Archives for February, 2006

Dinosaurs and Doctors

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is partnering with Carnegie Museum of Natural History in a first-of-its-kind program that will educate medical students on the evolutionary history of humans and animals. By learning the origins of human disease, such as back pain and cancer – which existed in Jurassic Age dinosaurs – students should…

Oh the humanity

Busy, busy here. Lectures to prepare, theses to read, grading to be done. Will be back later, but for the moment, feast your eyes on “Microsoft redesigns iPod packaging” … so true, so true.

Henry Morris Dead at 87

News from Answers in Genesis, Henry Morris, the godfather of American young earth creationism and founder of the Institute for Creation Research died last night at the age of 87. Like him or loath him, Morris’ influence on American anti-evolutionism was huge. See here for more details.

I’m a sheep …

You Passed 8th Grade Math Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct! Could You Pass 8th Grade Math? Well, PZ and Grrrlscientist were doing it. And I only want to be one of the cool kids in 8th grade.

On Mediocrity of Olympian Proportions

When I was growing up in Ireland, the Olympics were something worth watching; amateur athletes not getting monetary compensation, giving it their all, and happy to do so because it was the Olympics. Perhaps a major factor was the fact that Irish athletes were often outside shots to win, and when they did medal, it…

Prinsep …

Given the fact that Henry Thoby Prinsep has appeared twice on these pages over the past few days, and that Nick referred to him as a “footnote in history with a weird name” (I’m not picking on you Nick!), it only seems right that I share some information on him. Prinsep (1792 – 1878) was…

On the Darwin Photo

My post on the Darwin photo was picked up by Nick at the Panda’s Thumb. Yesterday, I contacted Kevin Repp, Curator of Modern European Books and Manuscripts at the Beinecke and I received this reply today: Many thanks for your query. As it turns out, the photo in question is indeed of Mr. Princep. How…

“I am a lawer”

This is just too funny for words. This weekend, Boingboing ran a story about a woman who lost her camera while on holiday, and of a Canadian family that found it, but refuses to return it because doing so would upset their son. Cory received this letter: Hello doctorow, I am sure that you must…

On e-mails from students

Janet has some useful advice to students following the New York Times piece on emails from students to professors that a bunch of Sb’ers have already commented on. My favorite has to be, “How U doin?” is generally too informal an opening for an email to your professor. Yup. And “dude” isn’t the best way…

Sharing a photo

Above is not (see comments) a picture of Charles Darwin, taken obviously in his later years. He commented that “I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.” The original is in the Beinecke Library at Yale.