razzleccentric: (For Science!)
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Happy (late) Birthday, Dr. Sagan. Cosmos changed my life. This video & music is exquisite, and makes me cry.

razzleccentric: (For Science!)
I found a bunch of links stuck on a notepad .txt - now I pass them on to you!

Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries, according to HumanEvents.com (leading the Conservative movement since 1944). Surprisingly, Darwin didn't make the list... but "The Kinsey Report" did. Logical fallacies unsue!

Caffeine: A User's Guide to Getting Optimally Wired. Oh, and coffee protects your brain from the cholesterol onslaught.

Speaking of which, apparently Britons were healthier in medieval times, thanks to the low dietary cholesterol. According to a pharmacy chain who opened a history book and guesstimated the nutrient distribution. And the 8 hours of exercise per day. And disregarded things like lifespan, sanitation, infectious disease, etc.

Scientific support for one of my favorite sayings: "Men have two brains, but only enough blood for one to work at a time."

Ben Stein's "Expelled" is getting pulled from theaters because the makers plagiarized a cellular animation produced by Harvard University. I'm sure this will only serve to further convince IDiots that scientists are OUT TO GET THEM!

Because, of course, they are.

*sporfle*


PS - Dick-to-the-Dawk-to-the-PhD rolled his D&D char:
Richard Dawkins

22th-Level Evolutionary Biologist
Lawful Neutral Human
Strength: 12
Dexterity: 13
Constitution: 10
Intelligence: 18
Wisdom: 22
Charisma: 25
Special Abilities: Spell Resistance Infinite (because magic is not real).
All Cleric-Priest within 60 feet gain 2 negate levels due to logical paradox.
Special Equipment: Spectacles of Trueseeing (always sees things as they really are).

razzleccentric: (Scream)
From [livejournal.com profile] peradouro:

Famous fossil Lucy starts US tour - (they snuck it out in the middle of the night)

Because it's a good idea to box up irreplacable, 3.2 million year old A. afarensis remains and ship them all over the freakin' United States. Aaaaaaaaaa! AAAAAAAAAAAAA!

The situation is so complex. The Smithsonian has refused to participate in this tour. But evangelicals in other African countries want to censor fossil displays there and African museums certainly need better funding. So for the world to see and care about these treasures, must they be removed from their countries of origin?

How great is the potential for Creationist terrorism on such a priceless display in the United States...?
razzleccentric: (Penn: Shut The Fuck Up)
The American Anthropological Association reports that the National Science Foundation's authorization bill for FY2008 is imminently scheduled to come up for debate on the House floor. Two proposed amendments – introduced by Reps. John Campbell (R-CA) and Scott Garrett (R-NJ) – would prohibit further funding of nine currently funded NSF grants in the Social, Behavioral and Economics Science Division, based on their quote "silly titles" unquote. Not surprisingly, five of the nine grants targeted fall under the research realms of anthropology or archaeology (the others appear to be behavioral psych and primatology).

AMENDMENTS to H.R. 1867

Offered by Mr. Garrett of New Jersey
At the end of section 3, add the following new subsection;
(h) LIMITATION.-None of the funds authorized under this section may be used for research related to

(1) The reproductive aging and symptom experience at midlife among Bangladeshi Immigrants, Sedentees, and White London Neighbors

(2) The diet and social stratification in ancient Puerto Rico


Offered by Mr. Campbell of California
At the end of section 3, add the following new subsection;
(h) LIMITATION.-None of the funds authorized under this section may be used for research related to

(1) archives of Andean Knotted-String Records

(2) the accuracy in the cross-cultural understanding of others’ emotions;

(3) bison hunting on the late prehistoric Great Plains;

(4) team versus individual play;

(5) sexual politics of waste in Dakar, Senegal;

(6) social relationships and reproductive strategies of Phayre’s Leaf Monkeys; and

(7) cognitive model of superstitious belief. [!!!!!!!!!]

==============================================

W.T.F.

Whatever anyone may or may not think of knotted-string records, since when is it the job of a couple asshat politicians to decide what is worthy of scientific research and what is not? I think the National SCIENCE Foundation should keep making that call. SCIENCE. That's their JOB.

What I'd really like to do is take a hardcopy of these republicans' cognitive model of superstitious belief and stick it up their asses. Sideways.

razzleccentric: (For Science!)
Thought I was done? Not even close! Even with a big cut to my commute time I'm still in the car for 6 hours a week. That's a whole bunch of podcasts, mister...


SCIENCE PODCASTS I NEVER MISS: Read more... )
razzleccentric: (Welsh Pride)
Welsh Pride! Represent!!


Scientific History!!!

A bunch of Brits - including the director of the Darwin Centre for Biology and Medicine in Wales, the chair of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, and representatives from the Tall Ships Trust in Wales are going to build a replica of HMS Beagle and, on the Darwin Bicentennial in 2009, they will sail around the world following the exact path Darwin & Co. made on the original voyage.

The insanely cool part about this is that they plan to have scientists, journalists and bloggers of all stripes on board to do research, take pictures, make videos, and write all about it as it happens!!! The goal is to benefit science education in UK schools - but ye gods, classrooms around the world will be able to access all this goodness. What an awesome project!

Please visit The Beagle Project website and donate FOR SCIENCE!!!


Sheepish shennanigans

In a noble effort to create an environmentally friendly road grit, one Welsh town developed an alternative to corrosive rock salt - a kind of grit mixture coated with molasses to make it stick to the road and not bounce off.

Unfortunately, the sheep roaming the common areas love molasses. And now the roads are blocked with happy sheep licking up the sweet, sweet grit.

Wooly speed bumps should also decrease slipperiness, I guess.

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