The first thing you need to know about my list of the top ten science stories of the year is this: There are not ten. Well, as I write this, I’ve not settled what’s on the list and what’s not, so maybe there will be ten. Or six. Or one hundred and eleven. In any event, it will likely only be ten if you express the number in Basen where n is the number of stories.
The Rap Guide to Evolution (including vignettes by Richard Dawkins:
Biology is harder to learn than quantum physics. Why? Because most people think they totally get biology, but everyone knows nobody gets quantum physics. Therefore, any effort to explore quantum physics will result in new learning, but people rarely learn new biology. The bottom line is that our brains are full of biology, which would be good if most of it did not consist of …
Obamadog. Barack Obama’s first serious mistake since the election.
Many of you heard the question at President Elect Obama’s first news conference, which was mainly about the economy, regarding what kind of dog the girls would be getting as per a deal apparently made some time ago. The only safe answer to that question would have been to give the secret signal that cuts the power feed to the cameras, then have the reporter bagged and dragged out of the room and appropriately disciplined. But no, instead, Obama …
It is very common, across the U.S., for science teachers to dread the “evolution” unit that they teach during life science class.
As they approach the day, and start to prepare the students for what is coming, they begin to hear the sarcastic remarks from the creationist students. When the day to engage the evolution unit arrives, students may show up in the classroom with handouts from anti-science sites like Answers in Genesis, to give to their friends. They may carry a bible to the lab station and read it instead of doing the work. If there is a parent conference night around that time, the teacher may be verbally abused by some of the parents for not including “alternative theories” in the classroom.
There IS a conspiracy … Teachers under fire!
… will focus on Christmas.
Continue reading Today’s Bible Lesson…
Merry Christmas! OK, now that I’ve got you smiling and thinking of Santa and Elves and Snow flakes, Sugar Plum Fairies (hey, sugar, are you reading this?) and dancing gingerbread boys, let’s look at some of the more dangerous yet popular items from this blog’s past.
Continue reading Retro Retro: The dangerous posts
The cookies. THE COOOOKIESSSSSS!!!!!!
Half of my regular readers (well, at least four, maybe five) tell me, under duress, that they truly enjoy my more long-winded posts, but the vast majority of random visits clearly come to the quick and dirty posts, the videos that I slapped up with no forethought, the items that take less than five seconds to read though often there is a video, and the occasional kitty kat. MTV-generation pandering. Later I’ll retrospect some of those long winded tomes, but for now, here’s a set of pointers to some of the more visited posts not covered in my previous retrospective:
It is end of the year retrospective time. This is the time of year those of us who do stuff others read or watch all year run out of good stuff to do and dredge up old stuff to keep the few of you who are not flying to Mexico or baking cookies busy while we get drunk. This is the first in a seemingly interminable set of such retrospectives that I plan to do this year.
I’ll start my retrospective with a prelude:
Continue reading Retrospective: Why do people read my blog?
This post is a followup on Podcasts good and bad, to which some of you responded with excellent suggestions for podcasts.
I want to say that the criticisms I leveled in the previous post apply mainly to video podcasts in technolology that I’ve seen via the Roku on TWiT TV and other places, and really, on only a few of those. The following list is compiled from your comments but including only science and skepticism podcasts. I’ve added a few that you’all didn’t happen to mention.
Please suggest what is missing and I’ll add that in a future update.
- Actually Speaking podcast.
- Brain Science podcast.
- Car Talk podcast on Automotive Science and Skepticism.
- For Good Reason podcast with D.J. Grothe.
- Legaltalk Network podcast.
- Meet the Scientist podcast of Microbe World.
- Minnesota Atheists podcasts (often science related).
- MIT World Distributed Intelligence videos.
- Monster Talk podcast from Skeptic Magazine
- Nature podcast.
- Point of Inquiry podcast.
- Princeton University web media.
- Rationally Speaking podcast.
- Science Friday podcast with Ira Flatow.
- Science Weekly podcast from The Guardian UK.
- Scientific American 60 second science/a>.
- Skepticality pocast of Skeptic magazine.
- Skeptically Speaking a podcast with Desiree Schell
- Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.
- Stuff You Should Know podcast from How Stuff Works.
- This Week in Science podcast with Dr. Kiki.
- To the Best of our Knowledge podcast.
- Universe Today podcast
He took a couple of tentative steps prior to this, not caught on film. But then we got out the flip and started to do the whole “get the baby’s first step on film thing” and at the same time learn’d him to walk:
Continue reading Huxley Walking: Director’s Cut
He started walking. The following video is his third or fourth real attempt, the first one that went beyond two or three steps and a dive.
Continue reading Guess what Huxley did today!