Archive for: November, 2006

The Carnival of Satire is Available!

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Do you need a little laughter in your life, especially after the recent election and because the holidaze are bearing down upon us like a runaway locomotive? Well, look no further because the carnival of satire is available for your reading pleasure.
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I and the Bird #37 Available

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Uncategorized


Mary Ann at Five Wells is hosting the current issue of I and the Bird, issue #37. This is a blog carnival that celebrates the best writing about birds in the blogosphere.
Do you write about birds or birding? Don't keep your passion to yourself. The next I and the Bird will be hosted by none other than Duncan of Ben Cruachan Blog. If you wish to be a part of this historic event (and how could you not?) send your link and summary to Duncan ( djfraser AT bencruachan-dot-org) by December 12 for publication on the 14th.
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Laureates of Tomorrow -- Three From NYC!!

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Education, NYC life

Three NYC High School Students were invited to attend the 2006 Nobel Prize Ceremony Honoring Six American Nobel Prize Winners. The students, known as The Laureates of Tomorrow, were chosen on the basis of an essay contest.

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Global Heating Will Cook People, Too

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Global Warming

Billions of people could be wiped out over the next century because of climate change, according to James Lovelock, a leading expert who pioneered the idea of the Earth as a living organism. Lovelock warned that as the climate warms, the global population which is currently around 6.5 billion, may sink as low as 500 million.

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Basketball Wars

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Cultural Observation


Everyone feels badly when their kid doesn't "make the cut" for a sports team. But in Castro Valley High School, in Castro Valley, California, angry parents decided to take the matter into their own hands. They appointed a six-person panel to choose who would play on the basketball team. Unfortunately, none of the protesting parents' daughters were chosen for the team by the committee, either.
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Things You Should Know But Probably Don't

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Uncategorized


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Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
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Stinkhorn Mushroom

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Art & Photography, Biology, Image of the Day, Nature


Stinkhorn Mushroom, Clathrus crispus??.
Click each picture for a truly large mage and then
feel free to correct me on the scientific name of
this mushroom, since I am not a mushroom expert
and need some help from those of you who are!
Images: Todd Smith.

The photographer, Todd, writes;"Here are a couple of pictures I took in my backyard this summer. I noticed a few golf ball sized spheres (see figures below the fold) growing in some mulch I had laid the year before. I thought they were common puffballs. However, inside, they looked like nothing I had seen before.
Soon they grew into what you see here (above). A friend of mine identified it as a stinkhorn mushroom. They truly are stinky, and attract a fair share of flies.
I've been able to find images of the fungus that are in the same family at this, but have not seen another specimen quite like this one. I hope you and your readers enjoy it.

I am receiving so many gorgeous pictures from you, dear readers, that I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the images and the creatures and places in them. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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Contretemps

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

I remember this fine word from the GRE exam from a dozen years ago, but I haven't seen it since, until now, thanks to The Republican War on Science, by my friend and fellow SciBling, Chris Mooney. This book was recently released in the more affordable trade paperback. If you haven't read this book yet, now is the time (I've read it once already in hard-cover, but never reviewed it, so I am going to rectify that oversight in the near future by reviewing this updated paperback).

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13 Commandments According to Benjamin Franklin

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Cultural Observation


Benjamin Franklin.
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I admire Benjamin Franklin for many reasons. But I never knew that in 1726, at the age of 20, while on an 80-day ocean voyage from London back to Philadelphia, Franklin developed a "Plan" for regulating his future conduct. He was partially motivated by Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." He followed his Plan he "pretty faithfully" even to the age of 79 when he finally revealed it in his writings. After he wrote about it, he was even more determined to stick with The Plan for his remaining days because of the happiness he had enjoyed thus far by following it.

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A Calculator That was Ahead of Its Time

Nov 29 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

I found the most amazing story about an astronomical calculator that is the earliest discovered device known to contain an intricate set of gear wheels.This amazing calculator could add, multiply, divide and subtract. It could also align the number of lunar months with years and display where the sun and the moon were in the zodiac.

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