Monthly Archives: July 2006

TOA and Peer-Review

Further on in his “Part 1” post that I considered recently, Luskin is trying to impugn the TalkOrigins Archive page concerning ID and peer-review. John Derbyshire points to TalkOrigins as a refutation of all of these papers. He quotes the website saying, “[t]he point which discredits ID is not that it has few peer-reviewed papers,… Read More »

A Certain Looseness of Standards

“It isn’t Jones that Luskin has an issue with, it is Behe. Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Michael Behe did speak the truth there, truth that Casey Luskin wants to call a lie. For Jones had to rely upon the evidentiary record of the case in making his decision. He couldn’t just pop off to visit… Read More »

Jack Krebs Speaks Out

Jack Krebs, president of Kansas Citizens for Science, gave a talk on “What’s the matter with the Standards” at Johnson County Community College this past Monday. Jack has kindly made the audio available as a set of MP3 format files. Jack’s original post on this is here. If what’s going on in Kansas is of… Read More »

Science is a Harsh Schoolmistress

ABC News: Scientist says tried to clone mammoth The news story relates the aftermath of the Hwang Woo-suk case, as South Korea tries to figure out what Hwang did with all the money, given that the research on stem cells wasn’t actually on the up-and-up. The article relates several fairly astonishing admissions from Hwang, including… Read More »

Texas tops California in harnessing wind power

Texas tops California in harnessing wind power Interestingly, Texas has pulled ahead of California in total energy production via wind power, by about 47 megawatts of capacity. Texas now has 2,370 megawatts total capacity via wind power. It’s a very slight lead, but at least it shows some promise for expanding use of the technology.… Read More »

It Must be that Time of Year

While it has been pretty much too hot to move during the day around here, my mind seems to think it is time to get Rusty and Shelby back out in the field. I dreamt last night of scouting fields for rabbits. While I had some uncertainty in the dream about when, precisely, rabbit season… Read More »

Act Now to Help End Japanese Dolphin Drive Hunting

Dr. Lori Marino, a colleague of mine at Emory University, sent out a call for action to end the Japanese drive hunts that annually kill dolphins and small whales. I got it relayed from Dr. Brenda McCowan at UC Davis. The short version is that scientists and zoological park professionals have gotten together to condemn… Read More »

Activation Energy

I had been interested in the evolution/creation controversy for some time, but while growing up this was just a matter of some curiosity. It wasn’t until 1986 that I discovered that I had to get involved in a more serious way. In chemistry, IIRC, one sometimes finds that a reaction whose free energy indicates that… Read More »

Another Online Spot: MySpace

Reed Cartwright led me over to MySpace, where I set up a profile. Reed is helping Prof. Steve Steve get squared away here. It’s amazing how people take to Steve Steve wherever he goes. If you are one of the few people left who haven’t already jumped on the MySpace craze, do be careful about… Read More »

Bartering Blogger Turns Paper Clip Into a Home – –

Bartering Blogger Turns Paper Clip Into a Home – – It’s official. One red paper clip plus the Internet equals a house in Saskatchewan. That’s the economics lesson that Kyle MacDonald has taught the world. An aspiring writer from Montreal, the 26-year-old MacDonald decided on July 12, 2005 to see if he could use the… Read More »

Clones on Their Own

A study of identical twins confirms that they have individual personalities (duh!) and discusses the findings in the context of issues with human cloning. A cloned human would probably consider themselves to be an individual, a study suggests. Scientists drew their conclusions after interviewing identical twins about their experiences of sharing exactly the same genes… Read More »

Code and Recode

Between 1999 and 2001, I wrote over 50,000 lines of code for data collection and data analysis. Well, we’re starting to look at getting some other values out of the dataset than what I originally extracted. And that means that I need to get back into the code I wrote to work out getting those… Read More »

Nicotine and Hearing

Nicotine exposure during development leads to hearing problems, Today@UCI: Press Releases: The study described in the release concerns the effect of nicotine on mice. Pregnant mice were given nicotine late in pregnancy. The offspring had reductions in hearing ability. The study went further, though, to implicate this as a specific developmental problem. The timing of… Read More »

Dembski Recruits O’Leary

Over at his Uncommon Descent weblog, William Dembski has set about a reorganization. His “blog-czar” for the last several months, David Scott Springer, is stepping down from moderation duties. In Springer’s place comes Denyse O’Leary, the pseudo-journalist and ID-advocate-who-will-pout-if-you-call-her-an-ID-advocate. Denyse, though, is going to get equal billing on the weblog, a consideration never countenanced for… Read More »

NCSE News, 2006/07/14

The weekly news summary from the National Center for Science Education is up, including an MP3 of the summary read by Carrie Sager. Don’t miss it. Dear Friends of NCSE, Evolution education remains a burning issue in Kansas as the primary election approaches, while in Ohio there are worries about a resurgence of antievolution activity… Read More »

Kent Hovind Arrested

Apparently, law enforcement has just been collecting various offenses for the past several years, for today they rounded up Kent Hovind and his wife and arrested them, and dumped 58 charges onto the docket. Of all the antievolutionists around, Kent Hovind has to be a frontrunner in the “unsympathetic” sweepstakes, with his in-your-face tactics and… Read More »

Hugh Laurie, You’ve Been Robbed

My friend Mark Todd introduced me to the TV series House last week. After watching a number of episodes of the series, let me say to the Television Academy members who didn’t nominate Hugh Laurie for outstanding lead actor: What were you thinking?

Habitat Loss and Migration

Yellowstone ecosystem may lose key migrant This study points to the pronghorn antelope’s migration path to and from the Yellowstone national park and how it is in danger from human development. Six out of eight known routes have already been cut by development. On a hopeful note, the release points out that preserving the remaining… Read More »

California Burning

Last night, I was driving up I-5 from Castaic, California up to the exit to west I-580. A brush fire was being fought as I drove by in the passes near Castaic. Through the evening, I saw several other, smaller, brush fires as I travelled north. Coincidentally, there is a report that researchers have examined… Read More »