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Archives for January, 2008

The Panda’s Thumb

As regular readers probably know, I have been a (sporadic) contributor to The Panda’s Thumb since its founding in March 2004. Usually if I post there, the post ends up here, with comments often ending up at both sites. To make it easier to keep track of these (and to make it easier to keep…

By way of GrrlScientist, I notice that Fieldiana (the journal of the Field Museum is now freely available online. This means that DD Davis’ classic study “The giant panda: a morphological study of evolutionary mechanisms” of 1964 can now be enjoyed by one and all. Over three hundred pages, detailing everything you’d want to know…

Friday Poem (0125)

> Kindred Musing, between the sunset and the dark, As Twilight in unhesitating hands Bore from the faint horizon’s underlands, Silvern and chill, the moon’s phantasmal ark, I heard the sea, and far away could mark Where that unalterable waste expands In sevenfold sapphire from the mournful sands, And saw beyond the deep a vibrant…

Today in Science (0125)

Today in Science (0124)

Births 1928 – Desmond Morris, British zoologist Deaths 1877 – Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist 1966 – Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist

That @#%^#^ DI list again

Over at The Questionable Authority, Mike re-iterates something I’ve been saying for years about the DI’s “Dissent from Darwinism” signatories, 700 individuals who the DI’s flacks claim “have signed the list because it is their professional opinion that the evidence is lacking for the claims for the ability of random mutations and natural selection to…

Sad news about jaguars

I’ve written before about efforts to study and support jaguar populations here in the desert southwest and Mexico. So the following is saddening. Nature is reporting that: The US government will not attempt to save jaguars from extinction within the formal system of the Endangered Species Act… [Cats seen in the US in recent years]…

Today in Science (0123)

The Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism have released a report finding that the administration issued at least 935 false statements in the two years leading up to the invasion of Iraq as "part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation…

Spontaneous Generations

By way of Sage Ross, a graduate student in history of science at Yale: Spontaneous Generations is a new online academic journal published by graduate students at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. The journal aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary discussion and debate about issues…