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Archives for March, 2006

On Nuclear Weapons

Over at Rationally Speaking, Massimo Pigulicci hits the nail on the head as far as I’m concerned regarding nuclear weapons: I am baffled by the fact that nobody seems to notice the obvious flaw in the US, Russian and European effort to stop Iran’s path toward nuclear weaponry: we have them, why not them? Because…

Sad professor still grading

I can’t possible compete with RPM’s “Double Entendre Friday” (heh, heh, he said “penetrance”), but here they are, your Friday Random Ten:

This looks interesting. As I haven’t seen the paper yet, I wont comment. The vast differences between humans and chimpanzees are due more to changes in gene regulation than differences in individual genes themselves, according to a report in Nature. Using novel gene-array technology to measure the extent of gene expression in thousands of genes…

I used to work on Eurasian badgers, Meles meles, a fascinating mustelid carnivore that is relatively easy to observe in the wild. My work was in cranial morphometrics – measuring skulls and detecting differences – and I was more interested in variation in sexual dimorphism than anything else (though I wrote two papers on the…

French biologists have apparently discovered a new species of lobster, Kiwi hirsuta at a depth of 7,540 feet, 900 miles south of Easter Island. Thing is, it’s blind … and has limbs covered with “sinuous, hair-like strands” (source).

Upcoming talk

I will be on the east coast for a brief period next week. On Thursday March 16th, I will be giving a public talk (“Darwin, Design, and Democracy”) at Colby College, Maine. The venue is the Olin Science Center, the kick-off is 7:00pm, and I’m being sponsored by Colby’s Science, Technology & Society program (link).…

Mesa Man Mounts Mammal

“One could certainly ascertain that if you’re in a barn and in a secluded area with a lamb and you’re behind her and your pants are down by your ankles, then an unnatural sex act is probably occurring.” That’s an understatement. (I know, I know. I shouldn’t have posted this. But, come on … I’m…

In a previous post I noted the governor of South Carolina’s inane comments on evolution which he characterized as “[t]he idea of their being a, you know, a little mud hole and two mosquitoes get together and the next thing you know you have a human being”. Well, not to be outdone, his counterpart in…

I’m in the wrong business

Creationism is, it appears, a profitable business. Jim Lippard has a nice piece on Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham’s young earth organization. Seems that in 2004, AiG had a total revenue of $10,423,222. Ham himself had a salary of $121,764, with $6,887 in benefits and $63,808 in expenses. Similarly, the Institute for Creation Research had…

Who needs evidence?

Max Blumenthal has an interesting piece in last week’s Nation discussing Robert “Robby” George, a Princeton professor of jurisprudence, and his James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Of interest is that the Program is supported by many of the conservative foundations that fund the Discovery Institute and that George himself is a darling…