Technology

If you took a census of life on Earth, you'd probably find that the majority of life forms looked like this. It's a virus known as a bacteriophage, which lives exclusively in bacteria. There are about 10 million phages in every milliliter of coastal sea water. All told, scientists put the total number of bacteriophages at a million trillion trillion (10 to the 30th power). Bacteriophages not only make up the majority of life forms, but they are believed to have existed just about since life itself began. Since then, they have been evolving along with their hosts, and even making much of their…
Think tanks vs Open Source The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute's attack on Linux is just the latest in a series of attacks on Open Source by think tanks: Date Think Tank Author/Title Extracts Sep 19, 2002 Competitive Enterprise Institute James DeLongSoftware Wars: Open Source And The New York Times Writing aps without incorporating some operating system code is difficult, and those who want to engraft proprietary aps onto Linux are taking a legal risk. Jan 31, 2003 Washington Legal Foundation David S. EvansOpen-Source Software Poses Challenges for Legal and Public…
Alan Leshner, the head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has written an article concerning the recent controversy in Georgia over evolution in science classes. What he writes seems to support my contention that all of the public handwringing over the superficial issue of whether to use "evolution" or "changes over time" was a planned distraction. He writes:In preparing draft standards, Georgia officials sought permission from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general science society, to draw upon our national Project…