Monthly Archives: May 2007

“Spam King” Arrested

Oh, frabjous day… the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on the arrest of Robert Soloway in Seattle. With millions lost in civil cases, Soloway is now facing criminal charges concerning his spamming activities. One commenter asserted out in response to the article there, though, that the criminality stemmed from Soloway’s fraudulent “business services” angle, and not from… Read More »

LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/29

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times. SPACE Array of new planets found, but none like ours HONOLULU – An international team of astronomers on Monday announced the discovery of 28 planets outside the solar system, the greatest single haul since the first so-called exoplanet was found 12 years ago. By John… Read More »

When Farli Met the Spider

PZ Myers linked to a tale of brown recluse spiders. We have a spider story of our own to tell. Back in 1999, we were living in San Diego, California. Diane had some agility equipment set up in the backyard so that she could practice with Farli, our Vizsla, who was then six years old.… Read More »

Fraptorday: Weekly Raptor

These are pictures of Rusty from this past January. Rusty’s approach to perches here put her in a nice relation to the setting sun. Then Rusty spent some time watching ducks and coot on a pond. Nikon D2Xs with Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens, ISO 800, IIRC.

LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/25

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times. ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE Common chemicals pose danger for fetuses, scientists warm In a strongly worded declaration, many of the world’s leading environmental scientists warned Thursday that exposure to common chemicals makes babies more likely to develop an array of health problems later in life, including diabetes,… Read More »

LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/24

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times. WAYWARD WHALES New tactics in humpback rescue effort SACRAMENTO – With two wandering humpback whales refusing Wednesday to budge past a bustling steel bridge across the Sacramento River, rescuers escalated their tactics to prod the wounded leviathans back to the sea. By Eric Bailey, Times… Read More »

Those “Esurance” Ads

There’s an auto insurance company, Esurance, that has a series of animated ads for their service that depict an Emma Peel-like female protagonist who thwarts thieves, ninjas, and other ne’er-do-wells. In one of these commercials, a hapless guy who is talking with our heroine has his car creamed by one of the bad guys, who… Read More »

LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/23

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times. MEDICINE Concerns about diabetes drug Avandia aren’t new WASHINGTON – Federal investigators warned nearly five years ago that the diabetes drug Avandia might be causing heart failure, according to an internal government memo released Tuesday by a consumer group. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer.… Read More »

IDC Alarming Sen. Brownback

Kansas Senator Brownback offered his two cents on the tenure case of Discovery Institute Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture Senior Fellow Guillermo Gonzalez at Iowa State University: “When I was informed that Professor Guillermo Gonzalez was denied tenure, I was puzzled given his excellent academic record of achievement and faithful service. I… Read More »

LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/22

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times. MEDICINE Diabetes drug Avandia boosts heart attack risk, study finds A widely prescribed drug to treat Type 2 diabetes substantially increases the risk of heart attacks and death from cardiovascular disease, according to a study released today that critics say questions the government’s ability to… Read More »

SciAm’s “Quantum Eraser” Home Experiment

Rachel Hillmer and Paul Kwiat have an article in the May 2007 Scientific American called “A Do-It-Yourself Quantum Eraser” (starts on p.90). This is a variant on one of the classic quantum mechanical experiments, the two-slit experiment. That’s the one where in trying to determine whether light has a wave or a particle nature, one… Read More »

LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/21

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times. ENDANGERED SPECIES Wayward whales are headed back home A mother-and-child pair of wounded humpback whales stranded in the Sacramento River Delta were headed toward the ocean late Sunday after roaming for a week in brackish inland waterways. By Peter Hong, Times Staff Writer. MONDAY HEALTH… Read More »

LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/19

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times. ENVIRONMENT Farm air pollution targeted California plans to enact the most costly pesticide regulation in state history as it cracks down on use of fumigants in farm fields to comply with a court-ordered deadline to combat smog. By Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer. GLOBAL WARMING… Read More »

Weekly Raptor

Here’s a picture from May 6th showing Shelby, our male Harris’s hawk, perched on the glove of Brian Baer. Brian is a collegue of mine at the Devolab at Michigan State University. We took Rusty and Shelby out for a bit of a walk in the backyard as the last hawkwalk before putting them up… Read More »

LA Times Science Files for 2007/05/17

These are items compiled by staff of the LA Times. WEAR AND TEAR McCain: Physically fit to serve as president? WASHINGTON – As he exited the stairs of his “Straight Talk Express” campaign bus on a chilly March day in Iowa, Sen. John McCain carefully took one step at a time, his left hand gripping… Read More »