Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Behind blue eyes

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

… is a single person, a few thousand years ago. I knew they were recessive, but I didn’t realize they were that recent. I wonder how recently green eyes developed?

Via Obi’s Sister.

I don’t know if it’s a good resolution, but I think it’s a *great* resolution

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Phil Plait’s New Year’s resolution.

I wonder if I can match it?

Looky here!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

It’s the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods.

And for more to look at, here’s a set of links to astronomical image galleries.


Friday, October 19th, 2007

That’s certainly a mouthful. I’m not sure I’d dare try to pronounce it, myself. Safer to use a speech synthesizer to get it correct.

And you thought ‘Alien’ was fiction

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Learn the truth at Scribal Terror.

Beware the blob!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

It’s been fairly wet for Denver recently. When that happens, I tend to see large mushrooms show up in my lawn (the largest ones here are about 6″ or so across):

Lawn mushrooms

This evening, I needed to mow the lawn before it rained again. I found this beneath one of my rosebushes:

Slime mold

I figured it was some sort of fungus, so I did a websearch for photos I could match it with. I found an Australian page (Adelaide area, which is interesting to me because I have relatives there) that identified it as a slime mould (his spelling).

Given that, I found another page that identifies it as an early stage of Fuligo Septica, commonly known as scrambled egg slime or dog vomit slime mold, and there are some disgusting photos of the later stages. It is, apparently, the only slime mold that can concentrate heavy metals without damage to itself.

What I found slightly unnerving is the statement that “This creeping fungus moves very slowly in amoeboid fashion.”


Stormy weather

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog has an interesting post about storm frequency and the claims of various climate change advocates.

And, on the subject of storms, it’s been raining a lot here, lately. This is what one of my planters currently looks like:


A little more ambitious than most

Monday, July 16th, 2007

An open-source fusion reactor.

A distributed non-computing effort

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Identify galaxies by type.

Medical science advances once again

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Stem cell research that provides results up-front.