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 »

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 »

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 »