Archives for August, 2007

At Billy Dembski’s blog, Granville Sewell wonders What if we DID find irreducibly complex biological features?: In any debate on Intelligent Design, there is a question I have long wished to see posed to ID opponents: ?If we DID discover some biological feature that was irreducibly complex, to your satisfication [sic] and to the satisfaction…

Endosymbiosis in process

Reposted from the old blog. Last week we discussed endosymbiosis, the hypothesis that mitochondria and chloroplasts originated as free-living bacteria captured by another cell and essentially enslaved. This week’s Science has evidence of this process at work today. A Secondary Symbiosis in Progress? — Okamoto and Inouye 310 (5746): 287 — Science. The figure labeled…

Last night I didn’t get to bed until 4 am. Along with a couple hundred other people, I hung out at the Chabot Observatory, watching the Earth slide in between the Sun and the Moon. One of the Observatory’s telescopes was open, and several people brought their own ‘scopes, some homemade. The viewpieces were big…

Total eclipse tonight

At around 3:37 am, Pacific time, the moon will be entirely swathed in Earth’s shadow. If you live in the right areas, and are prepared to stay up late, you can watch it happen. Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center and Wichita’s Lake Afton Observatory are both holding special events all night long. You can…

Gonzalez recalled

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns – washingtonpost.com: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced his resignation today, ending a controversial cabinet tenure that included clashes with Congress over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and over the use of warrantless wiretaps in the war on terror. ? Gonzales will step down on Sept. 17. In a…

Sciencebloggers amok

After much planning and coordinating, our munificent overlords at Seed arranged to bring a substantial fraction of the gang here at Scienceblogs together in New York last weekend. Beyond the drinking, the carousing, and the karaoke, it was a great chance to see the other Sciblings and talk science, blogging, and to trash the Sciblings…

Charter schools underperform

The Dallas Morning News observes: North Texas didn’t have a single charter school with the state’s top academic rating two years ago. Now there are four. But those campuses remain outnumbered by low-performing charters: 11 this year across the region, up from eight a couple years ago. The same trend holds for the rest of…

Kansas State GOP Chairman Kris Kobach is a busy man. He’s running around the country, trying to keep children some who’ve graduated from public high schools in a given state from getting in-state tuition at public universities. He’s also been working hard to make sure the state Party spends more than it takes in, doesn’t…

Meanwhile, back in Lawrence

Break from heat not expected soon: Lawrence?s high temperature reached 100 degrees Thursday for the second day in a row, and triple digits are expected to stick around. Wednesday?s rainfall accumulation, .77 of an inch, wasn?t enough to ward off a heat advisory that is in effect in Douglas County until 7 tonight. It is…

The Discovery Institute moves on

Not content to mangle science, the DI’s Logan Gage declares war on the English language. After Time states that ID is “a stealth creationist theory,” Gage quotes a definition of “stealth” stating that it involves proceeding “furtively, secretly, or imperceptibly,” and then furtively observes that some people do not perceive the link between creationism and…