Daily Archives: December 10, 2007

Bell Museum Events (Twin Cities)


Tough Ceramics at the SeashoreTuesday, December 11, 2007; 6 p.m.Kitty Cat Klub, DinkytownWhat secrets to seashells hold? For University of Minnesota Civil Engineering Professor Roberto Ballarini, the natural strength of materials found in seashells may be the key to improving the design of bridges and other human structures. Join Ballarini for a discussion of science, seashells and the potential of bio-inspired design.

Re-Greening CitiesTuesday, December 18, 2007; 7 p.m.Bryant-Lake Bowl, UptownCity parks characteristically define urban nature – an oasis of the natural world in a man-made environment. But urbanites are craving new ways to experience nature and are interested in exploring emerging trends in green infrastructure and park design to redefine urban nature. Join Laura Musacchio, Associate Professor in the University of Minnesota’s landscape architecture, conservation biology and water resource science programs for a discussion about the redefinition of urban nature.


Waste = Food (2006)Thursday, December 20, 2007; 7:00 p.m.Bell Museum AuditoriumEveryday natural resources are being rapidly depleted, while production and consumption rise. In response to this crisis is a new philosophy that promotes non-toxic or recyclable man-made products, triggering a new industrial revolution among designers and manufacturers. Rob van Hattum’s award-winning documentary explores how companies such as Nike, Herman Miller and Ford are experimenting with clean and sustainable production methods, following the concept that “waste=food.” (51 minutes)


Science TriviaFebruary 20 and March 19, 2008*Nomad World Pub501 Cedar Ave. S$10 registration fee per teamDo you love science news? Can you name the first person to eat in outer space? Do you own copies of “Blade Runner” or watch “Star Trek” reruns? Then join the Nomad World Pub and the Bell Museum of Natural History for Science Trivia, hosted by Doomtree MC and self-professed science geek, Dessa. Test your knowledge of science and nature with questions ranging from current events and biology 101 to science fiction. Gather a group of up to 5 friends and compete for gift certificates, Bell Museum memberships and other prizes. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Call 612-624-9050 to secure your spot!

Home Schooled Missionary Student Kills Four

The gunman believed to have killed four people at a megachurch and a missionary training school had been thrown out of the school a few years ago and had been sending it hate mail, police said in court papers Monday.

The gunman was identified as Matthew Murray, 24, who was home-schooled in what a friend said was a deeply religious Christian household. Murray’s father is a neurologist and a leading multiple-sclerosis researcher.

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Scales of Space

This is one of those cool views of changes in scales. It runs from pretty large (some distance from the Milky Way) to pretty small (subatomic). One of the things you notice is that there is NOT a consistent fractal theme that operates on all scales. Fractals are not everything. They are just something.

View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.

Go here to see it.

Study Suggests Increased Rate of Human Adaptive Evolution

There is a new paper, just coming out in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that explores the idea that humans have undergone an increased rate of evolution over the last several tens of thousands of years. Continue reading Study Suggests Increased Rate of Human Adaptive Evolution

Seagate: You done us bad…

Seagate’s new “Free Agent” (ha!) drives are all broken, it would seem in an interesting way that makes them partially incompatible with Linux and other *nix based operating systems, including Macs.Seagate representatives claim that there may be workarounds for this, but they do not intend to find out what they are and will not support them.Solution: Never, ever buy a Seagate product again. It really isn’t necessary to do so. There are plenty of other disk manufacturers. Also, wait for the next bit of news on this, about how Microsoft bribed Seagate to pull of this particular technological feat.(Not that I know that this is what happened. I’m just sayin’)[source]

War on Christmas Update: Atheists Spit in Face of Christians!

Chistians, especially Catholics, continue “tizzy” regarding The Golden Compass, based on books by atheist Philip Pullman. I heard a woman from the Catholic League, spitting and furming on MSNBC about how this movie was really really bad because it would …

Lead to children to reading the books..

Read the books? Hey, read the books! Next thing you know, the children will be cannibalizing each other when we are not looking….

From a column in the Times Record New, Wichita:

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