In a preview of his next book, Steven Pinker takes on violence. We live in violent times, an era of heightened warfare, genocide and senseless crime. Or so we’ve come to believe. Pinker charts a history of violence from Biblical times through the present, and says modern society has a little less to feel guilty about.
So far no reliable reports seem to be available of a new and potentially interesting, but not necessarily earth-shattering, find in China. Continue reading New Hominid Skull in China
Cranberries for Urinary Infections; Promising Malaria Vaccine; Space Boomerang; Leptin Evolution; Will Global Warming Reduce US Hurricane Landfalls?; 15 Whales Die in New Zealand Continue reading Science News Tidbits
This was one of many questions debated at the Second Annual Scientific Blogging Conference in North Carolina this weekend which I attended together with over 200 other folks who work in scientific communication.
When I told my friends I was going to North Carolina this weekend to attend a blogging conference they either said, “cool – why?” or “you’re weird – why?”.
For the geeks only: An overview of D, a programming language that gloms C and C++.Here.
Check out Tangled Up in Blue Guy’s LOL creationist school board yahoo, here.
Fixing your Fotos; More on Y2K38; KDE 4 Continue reading Technology News
The end-Permian mass extinction event was the big daddy of all the known mass extinction events. Life on the planet Earth was almost entirely wiped out. A new paper explores the post-extinction recovery of ecological systems. Continue reading After the End Permian Mass Extinction
Ebola is a nasty virus that causes an often fatal hemorrhagic fever. It crops up most of the time in The Congo (nee Zaire) but there have been significant outbreaks and isolated cases in The Sudan and South Africa. It is very virulent, passed on via bodily fluids. There may be a cure on the horizon. Continue reading Disarming Ebola
Careful scanning of recent Mars rover imagery shows a sentient being. The best explanation for this is that the sentient being or beings have been following around the Spirit Rover for some time, always ducking behind a rock when the cameras swung their way. But this photograph shows a sentient being caught in the act: Continue reading Sentient Life Discovered On Mars!