Archives for February, 2008
I don’t do Hallmark holidays, but in the spirit of sharing something on Valentine’s Day, I give you this wonderful cartoon (source). Be sure and check this one out as well. Excellent stuff.
Events 1961 – Lawrencium is first synthesized at the University of California. 2000 – NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
Yesterday was Darwin Day. And a beagle won Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club. Coincidence? I think not.
Events 1633 – Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition. 1880 – Thomas Edison observes the Edison effect. 2004 – The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe’s largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093.
Events 2001 – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
Neotropical river otter, Lontra longicaudis Olfers 1818 [source]
Last time I wrote about ASU basketball was early January when we beat the University of Arizona Wildcats 64-59 in overtime to go 3-0 in Pac10 play. Much moaning came from Wildcat supporters with claims that, had they had their phenom freshman (Bayless) the score would have been different. Soon after that game the Sun…
As promised, here [pdf, 7.83M] are the slides from today’s Darwin Day talk for the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix. There were somewhere between 80 and 100 people in attendance, and I think it went quite well. And for any attendees who stop by here [pdf] are the slides from my September talk on Intelligent…