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Archives for October, 2007

ASU Football Update

In a strangely unreal moment – and coming off of a by-week – ASU finds itself ranked #4 in the BCS rankings, reflecting (I guess) the fact that teams we have beaten in turn beat the likes of Oklahoma (#6), Cal (#21), USC (#12) and Oregon (#5). Up next week is Cal who, because of…

Today in Science (1021)

Events 1983 – The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures in terms of the speed of light as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. 2003 – Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team…

Today in Science (1020)

But first your DonorsChoose update. We have raised $1,293 (32%) of our $4,000 goal and have eleven more days to raise the remainder. Many of my SciBlings have reached their chosen goal, so it would be nice to join their ranks. Even the minimum donation of $10 would help. If you donate (or have done…

And the top five novels are …

This is old news, but in 1998 Random House generated one of those "100 Best Novels" lists as voted by a panel and by readers. Interestingly there was quite the disconnect between what both groups favored: The Board’s Top 5 ULYSSES by James Joyce THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald A PORTRAIT OF THE…

Just a random image.

A colorized scanning electron micrograph depicts a group of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The bug made headlines this week because of a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that it caused 94,000 serious infections and nearly 19,000 deaths in 2005 – most of them in hospitals. (Source: Janice Carr/CDC/Handout/Reuters)

Friday Poem (1019)

Nobody heard him, the dead man,But still he lay moaning:I was much further out than you thoughtAnd not waving but drowning. Poor chap, he always loved larkingAnd now he’s deadIt must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,They said. Oh, no no no, it was too cold always(Still the dead one lay…

Today in Science (1019)

Events 1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.

Since PZ asked …

He did wonder.

Today in Science (1018)

Births 1859 – Henri Bergson, French philosopher and author of Creative Evolution. 1897 – Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist 1902 – Pascual Jordan, German physicist Deaths 1886 – Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician 1911 – Alfred Binet, French psychologist

Today in Science (1017)

Events 1604 – Johannes Kepler observes Kepler’s Star (Supernova 1604), the last supernova to have been observed in the Milky Way.