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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…

Flew’s Eugenic Leanings

ID supporters seem to like Antony Flew, the one-time atheist philosopher who has apparently seen the light and become a deist. They have awarded him the Phillip Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth, they have lauded his latest book, and Bill Dembski exclaims "God bless Antony Flew!" But at the risk of raining on the…

Abstinence Doesn’t Work.

Is anyone surprised? Programs that focus exclusively on abstinence have not been shown to affect teenager sexual behavior, although they are eligible for tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, according to a study released by a nonpartisan group that seeks to reduce teen pregnancies. "At present there does not exist any strong evidence…

A DonorsChoose Update

Only three more days left for us to meet our challenge. So far we’ve only hit 34% of our goal and have raised $1,358 which will help 266 students. I’ve added some new proposals to our slate in the hope that if you weren’t interested before, you can now find a proposal that you like.…

Today in Science (1026)

Events 1977 – The last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox. 1984 – "Baby Fae" receives a heart transplant from a baboon. 1994 – Announcement that Andrew Wiles correctly proved Fermat’s last theorem.

Today in Science (1022)

Good Monday morning to all my readers, especially to the 406 who read the blog via Feedburner. Did you know, that if each and everyone of you donated a mere $10 to our DonorsChoose drive, we’d have raised a total of $5,353 and will have met our challenge goals? That’s less than three cents a…

Today in Science (1019)

Events 1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.

Since PZ asked …

He did wonder.

Today in Science (1015)

Events 1951 – Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesizes the first oral contraceptive 1997 – The Cassini probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn. 2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.

Al Gore would approve …

On a day when Al Gore and the IPCC won a Nobel Prize for their work on the climate, I just want to quickly highlight one of the projects in our DonorsChoose challenge. This one is from a teacher in Indiana who wants to teach their 25 second-grade students about the weather and states of…