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The shy, fragile face of ID

Over at The Panda’s Thumb there is a highly informative guest post by Dan Brooks detailing a pro-ID conference he was invited to in June of last year. After the conference, Brooks and others received an email "stating that the ID people considered the conference a private meeting,and did not want any of us to…

From Telemachus to Penelope

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned: –INTROIBO AD ALTARE DEI. Halted, he peered down the dark winding stairs…

Only the lonely beetle

Just a brief notice that my ASU colleague Quentin Wheeler has named a species of whirligig beetle after Roy Orbison. Orectochilus orbisonorum, which resides in India “is unique among Indian Gyrinidae and Orectochilus lacordaire, in general, since the ventral surfaces are white as the result of clear areas of cuticle allowing internal tissues to be…

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…

Today in Science (0107)

Events 1610 – Galileo Galilei observes the four largest moons (the Galilean moons) of Jupiter for the first time.

Today in Science (1204)

Births 1852 – Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist 1908 – Alfred Hershey, American bacteriologist and Nobel Prize laureate Deaths 1123 – Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher 1798 – Luigi Galvani, Italian physicist 1935 – Charles Robert Richet, French physiologist

In his discussion of West’s recent talk in Minnesota, PZ notes: I am extremely impressed with the fact that the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota has a historian and philosopher of science on their faculty — more biology departments ought to make those kinds of strategic alliances to broaden…

Friday Poem (1130)

Wet Evening in April The birds sang in the wet treesAnd I listened to them it was a hundred years from nowAnd I was dead and someone else was listening to them.But I was glad I had recorded for himThe melancholy. Patrick Kavanagh I’ve posted poems by Kavanagh before ("Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away" and…

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…

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…