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Archives for January, 2008

SETting off on a long journey

Razib is reading Stephen Jay Gould’s monumental The Structure of Evolutionary Theory. I have to admit that I bought it when it appeared nearly six years ago and, as yet, have not managed to get beyond the first ninety-odd pages. What I liked about Gould when I was an undergraduate over twenty years ago now…

Monday Mustelid #4

Northern River Otter Lontra canadensis Schreber, 1777. [picture source]

Today in Science (0128)

Meet William Torres.

Meet William Torres and his slippers. William was arrested while driving in Allentown (Pa) on two counts of homicide and was known to be dealing coke and heroin from his home. More interestingly, William was pulled over while wearing "a hooded sweartshirt [sic] with a skull-head pattern on it, pajama bottoms and fuzzy lion-faced slippers".…

Today in Science (0127)

Guns in schools! Yeah, that will work.

Anyone who knows Arizona politics won’t be surprised by another dumb proposal being put forward by Thayer Verschoor and Karen Johnson. Both are Republicans. Both have problems with evolution – Verschoor turned up at an Answers in Genesis fundraiser a few years back. Both supported a measure that would have forced instructors to provide alternative…

Today in Science (0126)

I’ve had an epiphany

I’ve seen the light, had an epiphany even. Tom Cruise tells us: Being a Scientologist, when you drive past an accident, its not like anyone else. As you drive past you know you have to do something about because you know you’re the only one that can really help. and later We are the authorities…

The view improves in a few years

This is what Pluto and Charon look like from 3,600,000,000 kilometers. The picture was snapped by NASA’s New Horizons probe which expects to flyby the planet in 2015. Expected future highpoints for the mission are: June 9, 2008 — Pass Saturn’s orbit. March 5, 2011 — Pass Uranus’ orbit. August 1, 2014 — Pass Neptune’s…

A question

How in the name of all that is rational can a NBC/WSJ poll (taken 1/20 to 1/22) give Bush a 31% approval rating? The economy is circling the drain and Bush has achieved absolutely nothing over the past year. Seriously, name one thing of any worth he has achieved over the past year. Just one…