A Biology News Browser; Green Porno; Naked Mole-Rats and Chili Pepper; 3D from 2D; New View of Middle Earth Stuff Continue reading Cool Stuff, News Stuff
“Dover may be the first of many battles to follow…” Continue reading War on Science – intelligent design – Part 5
The Torch is the world’s brightest and most powerful flashlight.It is capable of melting plastic, lighting paper on fire within seconds, and if you like, fry an egg or a marshmallow on a stick.
This is the first time I’ve seen this argument made, in a letter to the editor in LJWorld of Lawrence, Kansas: Continue reading Home Schooling = Lower Taxes
You may not want to miss this (Feb 13th) episode of Wife Swap:
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Creationists Acting Badly, as usual…[Hat Tip: Pz Myers]
Lee Salisbury, a former evangelical preacher, comments on evolution and creationism.
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Schneier points out an interesting (and long, 117-pages) paper on the ethical implications of robots in war: “This report has provided the motivation, philosophy, formalisms, representational requirements, architectural design criteria, recommendations, and test scenarios to design and construct an autonomous robotic system architecture capable of the ethical use of lethal force. These first steps toward that goal are very preliminary and subject to major revision, but at the very least they can be viewed as the beginnings of an ethical robotic warfighter. The primary goal remains to enforce the International Laws of War in the battlefield in a manner that is believed achievable, by creating a class of robots that not only conform to International Law but outperform human soldiers in their ethical capacity.”
UC Berkeley biologist Sheila Patek gives a wide-ranging talk on the effort to measure the hyperfast movements of peacock mantis shrimp heels using high-speed video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second. She and her team slowed down the movements of these amazing animals and showed they had the fastest known feeding strike in the animal kingdom. (In 2006, Patek’s team announced an even faster animal part: the mandible of the trap-jaw ant.)
And neither does a lot of proprietary technology. But the possibility that ads will show up on either type of technology is obviously very different.Now, we are about to see add supported P2P services. Continue reading Open Source Technology Does Not Have Ads