Archive for: June, 2006

Our Solar System -- To Scale

Jun 30 2006 Published by under Education

"Space," wrote The Bard,"is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-boggingly big it is."
And who can argue with that? But seriously, how big is "vastly hugely mind-boggingly big"?

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Outrageous Subtitles

Jun 30 2006 Published by under Cultural Observation, Humor, Satire, Streaming videos

I thought you all would enjoy this silly video of a British journalist interviewing several members of the Iraqi resistance in the swirling sands near Tikrit.

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Another Origin of Species

Jun 29 2006 Published by under Evolution, Insects, Invertebrates, Speciation, Zoology


Wild specimen of the butterfly species, Heliconius heurippa.
Researchers recently demonstrated that this species is a naturally-occurring
hybrid between H. cydno and H. melpomene.
Image: Christian Salcedo / University of Florida, Gainesville.

Speciation typically occurs after one lineage splits into two separate and isolated breeding populations. But it is has been hypothesized that two "parental" species with overlapping ranges could hybridize, thereby giving rise to one new but reproductively isolated "daughter species" in the same area. However, this phenomenon has rarely been observed in animals, even though it is known that such "hybrid species" do occur in plants.

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Mothership Question #8: Good Science Teaching?

Jun 28 2006 Published by under Education, Teaching

Question: What makes a good science teacher?
It took me forever to answer this question, mostly because I don't know the magic formula that makes a good science teacher, but I finally came up with a useful answer. Well, I think.

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A Pep-Talk by George W Bush

Jun 28 2006 Published by under Humor, Politics, Satire, Streaming videos

Am I unpatriotic if I don't own a TV?
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Twinkie Burritos??

Jun 27 2006 Published by under Cultural Observation

Or .. how to gross out your friends at dinnertime and make them wish they never met you!

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Professional Smartass is not a Wise Career Option

Jun 27 2006 Published by under Employment, Humor, Satire

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Harry Potter: Final Chapter

Jun 27 2006 Published by under Harry Potter

JK Rowling (pictured), the author of the successful Harry Potter series of books, says that, even though she has not finished the last book yet, she is "well into it now." When asked how she felt about Book Seven when she gave a reading at Buckingham Palace in honor of the Queen's 80th birthday, she said, "I am feeling sad as it is the last one. But so far, so good." When asked about the book's progress, she said, "I'm doing well I think. You can never really tell till you get near the end. I am not quite there yet."
Unfortunately, the upcoming Harry Potter book, the last in the series, looks to be the bloodiest of them all. In an interview broadcast today on Britain's "Richard and Judy" show on Channel 4, Rowling admitted that she will kill off two characters who she 'did not intend to die' in the final installment of the series. When pressed to name who would die, Rowling demurred.
"I'm not going to commit myself because I don't want the hate mail apart from anything else."

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Birds in the News 64 (v2n15)

Jun 26 2006 Published by under Birds in the News


Six flamingos, Phoenicopterus ruber,
bored with people-watching at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas.
(Can you see all six birds?)
Image appears here with the kind permission of the photographer, Michael C. Hamilton (contact).

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Obituary

Jun 25 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

pillsbury_doughboyPlease join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment and the fine family dining communities.
The Pillsbury Dough boy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

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