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Archives for November, 2007

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Mr Lynch Goes To Washington

I’m finally back from spending a few days in DC – my second trip to the city in the past two weeks. I was there to receive the CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year award for Arizona. The award – presented by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement…

Just want to note that I enjoyed the PBS NOVA special "Judgment Day" which fairly depicted (imho) the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial and the machinations the intelligent design supporters. A student of mine emailed me to let me know that his wife was impressed about his ability to predict what was going to happen next…

Quick hit

They "get drunk all the time. It is becoming really dangerous. We need to stop making alcohol available to them." They, in this case, are not worthless socialites and Hollywood starlets, but elephants in northeastern India, and the speaker is none other than Paris Hilton, who went on to comment that "It is just so…

Today in Science (1113)

Events 1971 – Mariner 9 becomes the first spacecraft to orbit another planet (Mars). Though switched off on 27th October 1972, the probe is still in Mars orbit and stable until at least 2022. Births 1924 – Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist (above) Deaths 1606 – Geronimo Mercuriali, Italian philologist and physician 1994 – Motoo Kimura,…

Kinky duck

I blogged about this way back in 2003 when I had a blog on LiveJournal (yeah, I know), but I want to share it with my (now larger) readership. It’s my favorite scientific paper ever: On 5 June 1995 an adult male mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) collided with the glass facade of the Natuurmuseum Rotterdam and…

Today in Science (1112)

Events 1847 – James Young Simpson is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic. 1980 – Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn and takes first images of its rings. Births 1795 – Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist 1842 – John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and Nobel Prize laureate 1896 –…

More football.

Current BCS Rankings LSU Oregon Kansas Oklahoma Missouri West Virginia Ohio State ASU Now, some thoughts. ASU lost (by 12 points, away) to the then #5 team in the country. OSU lost at home to an unranked team. Oklahoma lost to Colorado, ASU beat Colorado. Oklahoma’s SOS is lower than ASU’s (68 vs 50). Kansas’…

Why Women Shouldn’t Be Astronauts

An "old-fashioned point of view" from Wayne Johns of Texas: Whatever happened to little girls playing with dolls and dreaming of becoming wives and mothers? Whatever happened to young men looking for a good Christian wife and finding a young woman still clinging to her doll? Me, old fashioned? I guess. Me, a male chauvinist…

White-Crowned Sparrow

White-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys We recently planted winter grass and have managed to attract large numbers of white-crowned sparrows, a species that I hadn’t seen before here in Tempe. [image source]