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Archives for August, 2007

Creationist Robert Bowie Johnson Jr. has just published a book detailing Noah’s role in Greek art as a known historical figure. Yeah, *that* Noah. Johnson says: “In Greek art, we find detailed, consistent portrayals of the early Genesis themes including: the ancient garden, the serpent-entwined apple tree, the first family, Cain killing Abel, the Flood,…

Today in Science (0821)

It’s getting warmer …

Average number of 110+ degree days at Phoenix Sky Harbor per year by decade: 1950s: 6.7 1960s: 10.3 1970s: 17.0 1980s: 19.0 1990s: 13.6 2000s: 21.6 Notice a trend? No comment necessary. The record for the number of days in a year to reach at least 110 degrees is 28. Today was number 26 for…

Today in Science (0820)

Events 1975 – Viking 1 planetary probe launched toward Mars. 1977 – Voyager 2 probe launched.

And so it begins …

Tomorrow is the first day of classes here at ASU and promises to begin a rather hectic week as everything slowly comes together. I’m down to teach two courses – one section of my Darwinian Revolution course (100 student lecture course), and two of the Human Event (Science Focus), a Socratic seminar. Follow the links…

Today in Science (0819)

Events 1839 – Presentation of Jacque Daguerre’s new photographic process to the French Academy of Sciences. 1960 – Sputnik 5 launches with a cargo of the dogs Belka and Strelka, 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants.

Is there a lepidopterist in the house?

Can any one out there identify this little guy for me? Spotted this afternoon fluttering around my yard (suburban Phoenix, AZ) in some distress. If it helps, the grey stripe is approximately a half an inch wide. Update: Looks like it is a White-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata Fabricius, 1775). More information here. Thanks to Gene…

Today in Science (0818)

Jerry Bergman is well know to those of us who follow creationism – in the past he has blamed Darwin(ism) for practically every ill that afflicts the modern world and regularly publishes “historical” work in the journals of the Answers in Genesis and teh Creation Research Society. Bergman’s history is deeply flawed and he twists…

Today in Science (0817)