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Archives for March, 2006

Cuddly, blind, furry lobsters

Remember Kiwa hirsuta, the hairy lobster? Now you too can have your own.

Scratch me …

Researchers have found evidence for referential gestures in wild chimps. Humans commonly use referential gestures that direct the attention of recipients to particular aspects of the environment. Because the recipient of a referential gesture must infer the signaler’s meaning, the use of these gestures has been linked with cognitive capacities such as the ability to…

Upcoming public talk

Any readers in Arizona may be interested in the following upcoming public lecture that I will be giving on Tuesday, March 28: Twenty Years A-Growing: Creationism Since Edwards v. Aguillard Sponsored by ASU’s Secular Freethought Society In 1986 the Supreme Court effectively killed off “scientific creationism” with its decision in Edwards v Aguillard. Undaunted, supporters…

Twelve books that changed the world

The British critic and novelist, Melvyn Bragg, has chosen twelve works that changed the world for an upcoming book and TV program. Nice to see a good representation of scientific works: Principia Mathematica (1687) by Isaac Newton On the Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin Experimental Researches in Electricity (three volumes, 1839, 1844, 1855)…

FRT – Back from Maine Edition

I’m back from Maine after having a wonderful trip to Colby College. It was cold (but I got used to it) and the people were very friendly, so thanks to one and all. Normal blogging will resume once I get caught up, but for the moment, here’s a belated random ten: Hold On / Lou…

As I mentioned previously, I’m getting to spend the latter half of Spring Break over in Colby College, Maine – where the temperature is currently 43 degrees. That’s not too bad (it’s only 52 here in the desert at the moment). Problem is, they are forecasting a high of 39 and low of 20 for…

Ummmm. Lobster.

If the hairy lobster wasn’t your style of thing, what about a meter long Giant freshwater crayfish (Astacopsis gouldi) from Tasmania? Yeah, I know, it’s not a lobster … but they are related. It’s Saturday evening. I’m posting on parasitic fish and large crustacea. I need to get a life. (source)

Catfish are a fairly diverse group of fish, familar to aquarium keepers and fans of fried food. They vary in size from the over two meter long Giant Mekong Catfish (Pangasius gigas; a record 646 pound specimen is above) to a finger-length parasitic species, the candiru (Vandellia cirrhosa, see below). Thanks to a reminder by…

Liberal Lobster Love?

Boy, I thought I was getting some traffic yesterday when PZ linked to me. Today, DarkSyde over at Daily Kos linked to the hairy lobsters and the hits keep a-comin’. Welcome one and all !

Berlinski leaves me speechless

Berlinski’s latest expectoration in his interview with himself: You talk very often of, and I quote, “the serious sciences.” I take it you mean to exclude biology altogether. Is that your view? … DB: To a certain extent. My real view is that there is only one science, and that is mathematics, and that the…