Stranger Fruit

Archives for September, 2006

Little Lucy

A number of my SciBlings has already covered the discover of the three-year old Australopithecus afarensis skeleton that has been dubbed “Little Lucy” (see, for example, PZ’s post). I’m just going to point out the the specimen was discovered and described by individuals associated with Arizona State University’s Institute of Human Origins, in particular Bill…

The Tripoli Six

From Declan Butler in this week’s Nature: Lawyers defending six medical workers who risk execution by firing squad in Libya have called for the international scientific community to support a bid to prove the medics’ innocence. The six are charged with deliberately infecting more than 400 children with HIV at the al-Fateh Hospital in Benghazi…

Lawless "Compromises"

It’s going to be one of those weeks, so I don’t know how much I’m going to get to post. I do, however, want to share the editorial from this week’s Nation (emphasis mine): George W. Bush’s decision to move Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and thirteen other “high value” Al Qaeda captives from secret CIA prisons…

A shark not being jumped

Hemiscyillum sp., recently discovered off the coast of Indonesia. This little puppy walks on its pectoral fins as do other epaulette sharks of the genus. For more on the find, see here. Apparently, epaulette sharks make good aquarium denizens.

Saturday Football

ASU beat a mediocre Colorado 21-3 to go 3-0 for the season so far. Defense worked well, and certainly has improved compared to last season, but the offense was, frankly, crap and Rudy Carpenter (QB) never really got his act together. It has been a long time since ASU has gone into a Q4 with only…

Sauce for the goose …

No surprises, Episode 332

From the Washington Post: After the fall of Saddam Hussein’s government in April 2003, the opportunity to participate in the U.S.-led effort to reconstruct Iraq attracted all manner of Americans — restless professionals, Arabic-speaking academics, development specialists and war-zone adventurers. But before they could go to Baghdad, they had to get past Jim O’Beirne’s office…

I apologize

Arizona has unfortunately been a hot-bed for Young Earth Creationism (YEC). Some of the smaller church-affiliated schools here teach YEC, and there are a number of groups that run creationist tours to the Grand Canyon. Up north, the Creation Research Society maintains the Van Andel Creation Research Center north of Chino Valley. And in Phoenix, we…

Strange though it may seem …

Over at the Panda’s Thumb, Nick highlights the following quote from Wiker and Witt’s, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature: Strange though it may seem to neo-Darwinists, Darwin’s assumption that the terms species and variety are merely given for convenience’s sake is part of a larger materialist and…

Friday Poem

  An Irish Airman Forsees His Death I know that I shall meet my fate Somewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not love; My county is Kiltartan Cross, My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor, No likely end could bring them loss Or leave them happier…