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Archives for November, 2007

Today in Science (1125)

Births 1703 – Jean-François Séguier, French astronomer and botanist 1814 – Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist 1887 – Nikolai Vavilov, Russian geneticist 1913 – Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist Deaths 1686 – Nicolas Steno, Danish geologist 1694 – Ismael Bullialdus, French astronomer 1884 – Adolph Wilhelm Hermann Kolbe, German chemist 1972…

Today in Science (1124)

Events 1639 – Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree separately observe the first recorded transit of Venus 1859 – Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species. Births 1774 – Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer 1888 – Fredrick Willius, American cardiologist 1925 – Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Deaths 2006…

Friday Poem (1123)

10,000 Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,this is the best season of your life. Wu Men [Picture: "Autumn Moon," Ansel Adams, 1948]

Today in Science (1123)

Births 1553 – Prospero Alpini, Italian physician and botanist 1715 – Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer 1837 – Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Dutch physicist and Nobel Prize laureate 1887 – Henry Moseley, English physicist 1907 – Lars Leksell, Swedish physician 1924 – Colin Macmillan Turnbull, British-born anthropologist Deaths 1902 – Walter Reed, American…

ASU Football Roundup

ASU dropped to 9-2/6-2 with a 44-24 home loss to an admittedly superior USC team. Disappointing overall, particularly because the running game was non-existent, and this means USC has bested us eight years in a row. A 17 point burst by the Trojans in the third quarter put the game away and an overall inability…

Beckwith Quits Discovery

Peter Irons has made it known that Frank Beckwith (Baylor) resigned as a fellow of the Discovery Institute in July.The event went without notice from either Beckwith or the DI. Beckwith’s has in the past stated that he "has never been much of fan [of] design arguments, ever. My interest in the debate focuses on…

Today in Science (1122)

First of all, I want to wish a happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. To everyone else, have a happy Thursday. I’ll be laying low for the next four days (a combination of Thanksgiving and grading) and am not likely to post other than a brief comment to tonight’s ASU vs USC football game.…

Today in Science (1121)

Events 1905 – Albert Einstein’s paper, "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", is published in Annalen der Physik. This paper leads to the mass-energy equivalence E = mc².

Questions

Have fellows of the Discovery Institute been caught plagiarizing? You decide. Does the Discovery Institute lie? You decide. Does Behe get owned by a grad student? You decide. Bad week for the cdesign proponentsists by the looks of it. Oh, and when’s the last time there was any science coming from these guys? Instead we…

Today in Science (1120)

Births 1602 – Otto von Guericke, German physicist 1762 – Pierre André Latreille, French entomologist 1886 – Karl von Frisch, Austrian zoologist and Nobel Prize laureate 1889 – Edwin Hubble, American astronomer 1910 – Willem Jacob van Stockum, Dutch physicist 1926 – Andrzej W. Schally, Polish-born endocrinologist and Nobel Prize laureate Deaths 1704 – Charles…