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Archives for July, 2007

Today in Science (0725)

Events 1978 – Birth of Louise Brown, the first "test tube baby". 1984 – Salyut 7 Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the second woman in space and the first to perform a space walk.

Today in Science (0724)

Births 1794 – Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist Deaths 1974 – James Chadwick, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate 1986 – Fritz Albert Lipmann, American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate 2005 – Richard Doll, English epidemiologist

Today in Science (0723)

Events 1962 – Telstar relays the first live trans-Atlantic television signal. 1972 – The United States launches Landsat 1, first Earth-resources satellite.

On Monsoons, Meetings, and ID

Above is a picture of a lightning strike east of Camelback Mountain last night. The monsoon season has officially started here in Phoenix, so we’re looking at a few weeks of increased humidity and thunderstorm activity. A good enough reason to skip out of town. Tuesday sees me head off to England for the ISHPSSB…

Can I get a loan on that?

So Orac is worth $3590 and Janet tunes in at $4875 Me? I’m

Ten Not-so-Easy Lessons

Over at Obsidian Wings, Hilzoy has a thoughtful post on the lessons we should learn from the Iraq debacle, including #4: When the rest of the world thinks you’re crazy, it’s worth entertaining the possibility that they might be right. We should not defer to their judgment mindlessly, but we should have what Jefferson called…

Today in Science (0722)

Dembski pimps an interview with his new bestest buddy, the electrical and computer engineer, Robert Marks "director of the Baylor Evolutionary Informatics Lab" (which is comprised of Dembski, Marks and two students). The Isaac Newton of Information Theory says: I hope you catch from the interview the ambitiousness of the lab and how it promises…

Since it is Caturday …

Which LOLcat are you? I are serious cat (37% affectionate, 33% excitable, 51% hungry). Who haz my sandwich? Hungry for knowledge in any internet forum, you demand decorum. Any off-topic remarks, absurd statements, or tomfoolery on the interweb is deeply frowned upon by you. Truth has no room for drollery.

Today in Science (0721)

Events 1925 – Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100. 1969 – Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission. 1983 – The world’s lowest temperature…