Monthly Archives: August 2010

A Sunday Science Reading List

I know a lot of you are interested in the Yellowstone Caldera. WEll, a recent article has come out on the topic in Geophysical Research Letters. Chris Rowan has summarized, reviewed, and analyzed the paper here.

The way the CDC talks about flu mortality has changed. This is interesting, important, and possibly even annoying. Superbug explains and discusses it here.

Speaking of Superbug:



(Stolen from here)

The latest on Huxley is Here. That’s T.H., not Huxley D.L. It’s the third part in The Primate Diaries biographical survey of the famous scientist.

I’ve had carved pangolin. Well, carved, brazed in palm oil and served with wild yams. Mmmmm mmmm. Here’s another kind of carved beast: Wombats, pangolins and platypuses in a Victorian mansion… in Wales. Whales? Oh, Wales.

Stilt walking fish:

Read about this thing that I’m totally sure does not really exist here. There’s another video there as well.

Also, have a look at this octopus trying itself out in a recipe.

Danielle Shoots for the Great White North; Earl Will Bring some Problems.

Earl may threaten the US Virgin Islands and Pueto Rico with hurricane force winds. These areas will be affected by tropical storm force winds. Antigua, Barbuda, Monserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla, Saint Martin and Satin Barthelemy, St. Marten, Saba and St. Eustatius are under hurricane warnings, and a hurricane watch is in effect for the British and US Virgin Islands, Peurto Rico, Culebra and Vieques. This is all going to happen right away: Today, tomorrow, the next day.

Continue reading Danielle Shoots for the Great White North; Earl Will Bring some Problems.

Happy Anniversary Katrina Hitting Louisiana

Five years ago, on August 29th, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the coast of Louisiana with sustained winds of 125 mph. In what Republicans at the time claimed to be an utterly unrelated event, New Orleans was devastated by a flood around the same time. Apparently, New Orleans remains pretty much still devastated. Well, the poor parts do, other parts have been fixed up, I hear.

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Scientists had predicted that a hurricane like Katrina would hit New Orleans and do pretty much what it did. So, we call August 29th “Oh fuck, we should have listened to the scientists” day.

So, happy “Oh Fuck” day.

The Mosque at Ground Zero: “Don’t Build It”

The Center for Inquiry in Amherst NY has come out against the mosque. I’ve been pretty much avoiding this topic (not for any particularly good reason) other than to note the gagging teabaggers beating up on non-pink people that they assume are Kaaaaiiiiliiii terrorists or something.

But DuWayne Brayton posted a link, with commentary, to the CFI’s statement on the mosque, and, I find myself respectfully disagreeing with DuWayne and going in with the CFI on this one.

Religion did this. The terrorist attack was a religious event. I don’t want a mosque or a temple or a church or community center linked to a religion built in the vicinity of the destroyed World Trade Center on account of the attack any more than I want a religious structure built next to the Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City on account of that religious attack by Christian White Supremacist McVay.

In fact, I suggest in a comment on DuWayne’s post what should really happen in New York City.