Stranger Fruit

Archives for February, 2007

A moment of (low flying) zen

Things you can do with a jet fighter in the Swiss Alps.

Today in Science

February 28th 1704 – Birth of Louis Godin, French astronomer 1857 – Death of André Dumont, Belgian geologist 1878 – Birth of Pierre Fatou, French mathematician 1896 – Birth of Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, Nobel laureate 1901 – Birth of Linus Pauling, American chemist, Nobel laureate 1915 – Birth of Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist,…

Colony Collapse Disorder

The New York Times is reporting that in 24 states beekeepers are noticing that their bees have been disappearing inexplicably at an alarming rate, threatening not only their livelihoods but also the production of numerous crops, including California almonds, one of the nation’s most profitable. … Now, in a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie, bees…

Use the Google!

GrrlScientist had this first, but it is such a perfect encapsulation of the sheer stupidity and arrogance of the current administration that it is worth posting again. Olbermann on Rice’s statement on Fox News that rewriting the 2002 Congressional authorization for the use of force in Iraq would be like saying that after Adolf Hitler…

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February 27th 1899 – Birth of Charles Best, Canadian medical scientist 1904 – Birth of Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist 1923 – Birth of David H. Hubel, Canadian neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate 1930 – Birth of Paul von Ragué Schleyer, American chemist 1936 – Death of Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize…

WaPo reports: Five Western governors [California, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico and Washington] agreed yesterday on a plan to cut their states’ emissions of gases linked to global warming and to establish a regional carbon-trading system, though they stopped short of saying how drastically they will seek to reduce greenhouse gases … “In the absence of…

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February 26th 1638 – Death of Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac, French mathematician 1786 – Birth of François Arago, French mathematician 1799 – Birth of Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist 1814 – Birth of Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist 1935 – Robert Watson-Watt carried out a demonstration near Daventry which led directly to…

Monday Mammal

Prehensile-tailed Porcupine Coendou prehensilis

File under bloody obvious

Internet users with a home wireless connection check news and e-mail more than users with just a wired broadband connection, according to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. (source)

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February 25th 1682 – Birth of Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist 1919 – Birth of Karl H. Pribram, Austrian neuroscientist 1950 – Death of George Minot, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1953 – Death of Sergei Winogradsky, Russian scientist 1971 – Death of Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize…