Archive for September, 2007

The Five-Second Rule disproved

| September 29, 2007 | 2 Replies
The Five-Second Rule disproved

When you drop food on the floor, it’s generally OK to pick it up and eat it, according to this article from ScienceDaily. You knew this already, considering how you act when no one is watching!

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Al Jazeera English “for real news”?

| September 29, 2007 | 3 Replies
Al Jazeera English “for real news”?

Where do you turn if you really want to know what’s going on in Burma? Harry Shearer compares the Al Jazeera English coverage to domestic news services and finds that Al Jazeera wins hands down.  CNN’s domestic feed is pathetic, while CNN has been working hard to make its international feed unavailable to those in […]

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A billion here, a billion there

| September 29, 2007 | 3 Replies
A billion here, a billion there

This week, President Bush has said he will veto the proposed funding bill for child healthcare, known as “S-CHIP” legislation.  He claims the bill, which could cost as much as $50 billion (above the current baseline) over the next five years, is too expensive.  Meanwhile, despite overwhelming public opposition, Bush is also calling for another $200 billion to fund […]

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The advantages of covering one’s roof with plants.

| September 29, 2007 | 1 Reply
The advantages of covering one’s roof with plants.

It’s the concept of greenroofing, and it’s explained in great detail at Greenroofs.com. Basically, greenroofs are vegetated roof covers, with growing media and plants taking the place of bare membrane, gravel ballast, shingles or tiles. The number of layers and the layer placement vary from system to system and greenroof type, but at the very […]

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Why aren’t more women becoming scientists?

| September 29, 2007 | 1 Reply
Why aren’t more women becoming scientists?

Here’s a 3-part series from Cognitive Daily updating the research.  The bottom line?  It’s possible that there are some subtle cognitive differences between men and women, but it’s not clear, but its’s not clear that these really account for the differences.  There do appear to be missed opportunities for encouraging women to become scientists.

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George W. Bush Pest Control Company

| September 28, 2007 | 2 Replies
George W. Bush Pest Control Company

Last week, I saw a pest control company truck drive by.  The name of the company was “Bush Pest Control Company.”  Now I don’t know anything about this company.  It might be very good at getting rid of pests.  But the name of the company caused me to imagine how that company would be run […]

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We need to hunt down and kill Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand.

| September 27, 2007 | 12 Replies
We need to hunt down and kill Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand.

Why fear the Invisible Hand?  Because the invisible hand is evil.  As construed by those conservatives currently in power, it is the economic equivalent of the Devil.  This conclusion is going to come as a shock to many conservatives, because they give homage to the invisible hand as though it were the Fourth Person of […]

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National Geographic Magazine: a treasure trove of relevant information every month

| September 26, 2007 | 4 Replies
National Geographic Magazine: a treasure trove of relevant information every month

I just finished reading the October 2007 issue of National Geographic.  I’ve been subscribing to the National Geographic for more than ten years. As I read the October issue, it struck me what an incredibly informative magazine it is.  Truly, in a single issue of that one magazine there must have been 50 photo spreads […]

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Abracadabra . . . DOGS!

| September 26, 2007 | 3 Replies
Abracadabra . . . DOGS!

Where did dogs come from?  The answer is wolves (not foxes).  Here’s a thought experiment.  Go back 20,000 years and check out the dogs. Yikes! There were no dogs only 20,000 years ago. This 1994 story from Discover is a good starting point to learn about the beginnings of dogs. Another good source is Wikipedia’s […]

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