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Archives for February, 2007

Victorious over the English

After being defeated by the French two weeks ago, the Irish hammered the luckless English 43-13 to keep their Triple Crown hopes alive. Victory over Scotland at Edinburgh on March 10th will mean the title is theirs.

A new date for chimp/human divergence

According to this paper, a hidden Markov model of the divergence between humans and chimps finds “a very recent speciation time of human-chimp (4.1 ± 0.4 million years)”. This would put the last common ancestor with Pan after a previously reported date of between 4.98 and 7.02 million years. (TimeTree reports the weighted average for…

Today in Science

February 24th 1799 – Death of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German physicist 1810 – Death of Henry Cavendish, English scientist 1812 – Death of Etienne-Louis Malus, French physicist and mathematician 1856 – Death of Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, Russian mathematician A relatively quiet day. But in related news Abe Vigoda ,who was born today in 1921, is…

Over at Retrospectacle, Shelley briefly mentions a quote that William F. Buckley has been mumbling for aeons now. “I’m taken with the reply of an elderly scientific scholar to an exuberant young skeptic. ‘I find it easier to believe in God than to believe that Hamlet was deduced from the molecular structure of a mutton…

Today in Science

February 23rd 1583 – Birth of Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist 1603 – Death of Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher, physician, and botanist 1855 – Death of Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, astronomer, and physicist 1922 – Death of Albert Victor Bäcklund, Swedish physicist 1924 – Birth of Allan McLeod Cormack, South-African born physicist, Nobel laureate 1941…

Conservapedia evolves

A few days ago I mentioned the Conservapedia entry on evolution as being notably bad. Well, it has changed over the past few days (but not for the better).

Today in Science

February 22nd 1632 – Galileo‘s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published. 1705 – Birth of Peter Artedi, Swedish naturalist 1731 – Death of Frederik Ruysch, Dutch physician and anatomist 1796 – Birth of Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, Belgian mathematician 1817 – Birth of Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician 1849 – Birth of…

Piracy at ASU. Aaaar.

A couple of quick comments on this article: Arizona State University is among the nation’s top offenders when it comes to students illegally downloading music, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The organization has sent ASU more than 300 notices identifying students involved with the illegal activity… ASU ranks among the country’s 25…

Today in Science

February 21st 1554 – Death of Hieronymus Bock, German botanist 1721 – Birth of John McKinly, American physician 1895 – Birth of Carl Peter Henrik Dam Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate 1901 – Death of George Francis FitzGerald, Irish mathematician 1918 – The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. 1926 – Death…

Those Crazy Conservatives

Ed Brayton has introduced us to Conservapedia – a Conservative alternative to Wikipedia which is “increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American” according to Conservapedia’s founder Andrew Schlafly. The quality of work is best evidenced by the entry on evolution: The Theory of Evolution, introduced by Charles Darwin in his book On The Origin of Species by Means…