Bad news for the objectively anti-Neanderthal and anti-Denisovan bigots and others concerned about genetic variation among populations in the deep south of Georgia: some early hominid "species" may not be different species after all: Early, diverse fossils — those currently recognized as coming from distinct species like Homo habilis, Homo erectus and others — may […]
Why bother with artificial intelligence when we're still pretty incompetent with natural intelligence? And yet the fact that a venture is ill advised has never stopped us before. We aspire to control others without being able to control ourselves. We judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves. We take more readily than we give. […]
One of the candidates for the chairperson of the House Energy Committee believes that global warming is not a problem, because God promised he wouldn't destroy the earth. He goes on to quote the Bible as if it were some sort of scientific record, and not the made up scribblings of someone telling us what […]
Scientists have found a jellyfish that is functionally immortal. Using the same basic principle that Salamanders use to regenerate a limb, this jellyfish can alter every cell in it's body to roll back aging. The jellyfish can move back and forth from polyp to adult repeatedly, altering it's entire cellular structure. That is pretty darn […]
Maybe I'm biased, but I've always thought of a zoo as being kind of, you know,sciencey and stuff. You'd have to maintain a certain amount of scientific literacy to keep the animals healthy, I'd think. And then there's the whole giving tours, accurately describing the animals and their habitats and habits and diets, and so […]
To: President Robert H. Bruininks 202 Morrill Hall 100 Church Street S.E. University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455 Re: Professor P.Z. Myers Dear President Bruininks, I write to encourage you to refrain from firing or disciplining Professor P.Z. Meyers, even if he is being a whiny trolling douchebag.
Via John Scalzi's del.icio.us feed, I see that scientists claim to have pinned down exactly when Odysseus got home — roughly noon on April 16, 1178 B.C.: Now scientists have pinned down his return to April 16, 1178 B.C., close to noon local time, according to astronomical references in the epic poem that seem to […]
I've blogged several times previously about Kathleen Seidel, author of the Neurodiversity weblog, who was hit with a harassing subpoena by asshat anti-vaccine lawyer Clifford Shoemaker in evident retaliation for criticizing Shoemaker and his client Lisa Sykes. Seidel triumphed, succeeding in getting Shoemaker's subpoena quashed (a real feat for a non-attorney filing a pro se […]
I've heard a lot of claims that gender-segregated classrooms are more effective based on a variety of theories. I've rarely seen actual science on the subject. Millard Fillmore's Bathtub has a good roundup on the issue. I don't see anything strongly supporting gender segregation. Other forms of segregation may be appropriate. For instance, segregation into […]
It turns out that the litigation highlighted by Patrick is not the only resort for anxious people who fear that scientists are going to destroy the universe with their shiny new particle accelerators. There's also the option of spamming large segments of the scientific community with bizarre ranting emails.