Daily Archives: February 7, 2008

Ben Dunlap: The story of a passionate life

Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian man he met at Wofford College. In telling Teszler’s dramatic life story, which arcs from the Holocaust to the American Deep South of the 1950s, Dunlap shares some deep and, ultimately, moving lessons about justice — and the power of lifelong learning. Sit back and listen. Continue reading Ben Dunlap: The story of a passionate life

Robots Send Expedition to Antarctica

A robotic observatory installed at a high-altitude site in Antarctica will search for planets orbiting other stars and test the site’s potential for more ambitious observatories that could follow. The site may offer the best astronomical sky conditions in the world….During the uninterrupted darkness of winter near the South Pole, CSTAR will be able to monitor a 20-square-degree patch of sky – about 100 times the area of the Full Moon – for four months straight. It will look for the dimming of a star’s light caused by a planet passing in front of it as seen from Earth.Astronomers involved in the PLATO project believe Dome A may be the best site in the world for astronomy, and PLATO is designed primarily to measure key characteristics like the amount of turbulence in the air, which can distort astronomical images, and the amount of water vapour, which blocks out light in the infrared and radio parts of the spectrum.[source]

Intelligent Design Proponents are Filthy Liars

… as if you didn’t know…At Panda’s Thumb, there

is a guest post by Daniel R. Brooks, FRSC. Brooks is a professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. In June 2007 he attended an apparently secret conference organized by ID advocates and entitled the “Wistar Retrospective Symposium.”

This is quite an interesting read, and will make your blood boil. Read it and weep. . Or seethe.This is part of the reason that the Blogging Peer Reviewed Research people do not need to explain why intelligent design material or Discovery Institute blogs are not valid BPR3 links. Not because of what is wrong with the writing itself, but rather, … how many times, now many ways can I make this point …. would you play Wagner at a Jewish Wedding? I don’t think so.Hat Tip, and important commentary, at Pharyngula