Stranger Fruit

Archives for June, 2006

1 of 13

This may not look like much, but it’s rare, very rare. The World Wildlife Fund yesterday announced that a motion-triggered camera captured the first every photo of a wild Sumatran rhino in Borneo. There are believed to perhaps be only 13 Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni on the island. The main reasons for the drop in rhino…

Intelligent Laws of Motion

Newton was, as we all know, a Christian. Creationists apologists for “good science” being rooted in Christianity avoid his heretical anti-trinitarianism, but that is an issue for another day. Today, from F.U.B.A.R. and via Daily Kos, I give you ID versions of Newton’s Laws of Motion: Newton’s Law of Inertia: Every object in a state…

How to broadcast soccer

Here is Kak√°‘s splendid goal against Croatia. Viewers used to the ESPN school of broadcasting may like to note (1) the commentary that actually tells you who has the ball, and (2) the lack of crap on-screen.

‘Cute hoor’ moves on

Charles Haughey has died at the age of 80. For most readers, that will mean nothing. For those who grew up in Ireland, this death will either bring sadness or a quiet sense of satisfaction. I am in the latter group. Haughey was the epitome of the ‘cute hoor‘, an Irish idiom for an individual…

Rollins on Coulter.

Laotian Rock Rat on Video

The first photos and video have been taken of a live Laotian rock rat (Laonastes aenigmamus), described in a scientific journal for the first time last year. It may be the only living species in its family, which scientists previously believed went extinct 11 million years ago. See here for a press release and here…

Jogo Bonita

Just finished watching the Brazil/Croatia game. Certainly the first half was the best half of football in the competition so far – topped with a nice goal by Kaka. Second half wasn’t as good – though still better than the France/Switzerland game – the Brazilians looked a little tired. Fair dues to the Croatians for…

Dembski’s Daschund?

Darwin had his bulldog. Apparently Dembski now has his daschund. Ann Coulter is apparently now the kinder gentler machine gun hand of the Wedge. Ann is taking Phillip Johnson’s message as developed in DARWIN ON TRIAL and REASON IN THE BALANCE and bringing it home to the masses. Critics will dismiss it for its hyperbole,…

Hamiltonians and Quaternions

The Ask A ScienceBlogger question for this week inspired me to revisit this post I made on April 22 2005. Today in 1827 the Irish mathematician, physicist, and astronomer William Rowan Hamilton presented his Theory of systems of rays a work that brought together mechanics, optics and mathematics and helped in establishing the wave theory…

The Sb 2.0 meme … Pi Oh My

Janet started it. My answers below the fold.