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So much to fear, so little time

“It was Keynes, too, who anticipated and helped prepare for the ‘craving for security’ that Europeans would feel after the three decades of war and economic collapse that followed the end of the Gilded Age. Thanks in large measure to … Continue reading

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How to see nothing that’s verrrrry far away

“Detecting nothing—even when it’s 1 billion light-years wide—is not easy. It took observations of radio galaxies, temperature, and a bit of conjecture. Lawrence Rudnick, the astronomer who led the team that found the void, was studying data from the Very … Continue reading

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Hmmm…we have levees in California, don’t we?

“A long-simmering dispute about whether a leading engineering organization whitewashed the role of the Army Corps of Engineers in the failure of the levee system during Hurricane Katrina has broken into the open with a bitter YouTube spoof and a … Continue reading

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And the robot roaches shall lead them…or something

“Many a mother has said, with a sigh, ‘If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump, too?’ “The answer, for cockroaches at least, may well be yes. Researchers using robotic roaches were able to persuade real cockroaches to … Continue reading

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The 20,000 year old woman

“Each year, American adults have, overall, a 1-in-1,743 chance of dying in an accident. That means that even if nothing else killed you—doing away with old age and disease—you would on average live to be 1,743 years old before a … Continue reading

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How do I get off Tulsa time and onto space-time?

“Most people think of space as nothingness, the blank void between planets, stars, and galaxies. Kip Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, has spent his life demonstrating otherwise. Space, from his perspective, is the oft-rumpled fabric of … Continue reading

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New! Improved! Science! Maybe a nice logo would help.

“Then there are the Scientists, in their iconic white coats. The public seems not to like the white coat, and it doesn’t help to point out that Scientists don’t really wear white coats anymore. This is about perceptions, and you … Continue reading

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Nothing against God, but let’s let God be God

Instead of something that doesn’t scare the shit out of us: “What I would like to suggest, however, is that mature theology is also very far from intelligent design, which I consider to be a particularly unfortunate, maladroit, and problematic … Continue reading

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I don’t need to read H.P. Lovecraft

“The huge underwater mechanism will not only give us more ‘information about where [neutrinos have] originated, such as the outskirts of black holes,’ it will also register ‘waves of light’ given off by ‘free-swimming bioluminescent bacteria’ under intense benthic pressure … Continue reading

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From glowing shrimps to the moonlets of Saturn

“Boy, this story begs for followup with more, expert opinionizing. In the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Andrew Schneider reports a case of glowing shrimp in the kitchen. A fellow bought them at the market, ate a few, turned out the lights, and … Continue reading

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Global warming? What global warming?

“Anyemaqen Mountains, China — More than 3 miles above sea level in these jagged, wind-scoured mountains, there’s little doubt that global warming is endangering China’s future. “The glaciers that ripple off the peaks of Anyemaqen, a mountain range in the … Continue reading

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Life kind of does begin at forty

Or so they tells me: “Actually, the older woman carries just as heavy a load after 40/50/60 as she does when she is 20, her ‘load’ changes slightly. Would I have used the word necessity in that sentence? No. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Hot damn! Al Gore won half a Nobel Peace Prize!

Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to raise awareness about global warming. This makes me proud to be an American. For awhile, … Continue reading

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Monty Python – A New Theory on Brontosauruses by Anne Elk (Miss).

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“This sounds a wee bit nutty.”

“It appears to have started with a Sept. 9 story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, by David Templeton, about a researcher who developed a radio frequency generator intended to kill cancer cells. For some reason he touched a match to the … Continue reading

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Wow, science is…um…

“A government ethics review in the UK decided this week that certain projects can go ahead and merge human and animal genes and cells into short-lived hybrid embryos. The Wash. Post’s Rick Weiss covered it and cites fears by opponents … Continue reading

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Famous cartoonist makes nature video. But is it art?

Screen of Consciousness, Alison Bechdel, September 7, 2007 I would be so freaked out. More bats eating moths, but no video. Nature…it’s so natural.

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All I want is lovin’ you and Music! Music! Music! and brains.

“While music may soothe the savage breast, the brain thrills to the sound of silence. “That’s a new finding by a team of Stanford and McGill University scientists who watched brain images of 18 volunteers listening to a series of … Continue reading

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Whale herding

“After watching a young gray whale spend most of the day feeding in the channel of the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, Leo Morelli, who owns a sport fishing business in the harbor, jumped on his jet ski and shepherded … Continue reading

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Apocolyptic science blogging: mule foals

“Colbran – When it reportedly happened in Morocco five years ago, locals feared it signaled the end of the world. In Albania in 1994, it was thought to have unleashed the spawn of the devil on a small village. “But … Continue reading

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Lepidoptera. It’s a moth.

“WEST JEFFERSON, Ohio — The moths of Madison County are a testament to a fairly healthy ecosystem. “‘There are a lot of different kinds of trees and shrubs — a lot of different food plants for caterpillars and moths,’ said … Continue reading

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