Monkeywrenching geology

Monkeywrenching the Batholiths I saw this item on Pharyngula, and it just kind of blew me away. I mean, you hear about animal rights groups going after biologists all the time, but I’d always thought at least academic geologists were safe from this kind of interference with their experiments. There were several things about the ...

Beware the Spinal Trap

I agree whole-heartedly with the efforts of Sense About Science in the UK and its efforts to keep the libel laws out of science. I’ve already signed the statement and done what little bits I could do. Another little bit today seems to be the re-posting of Simon Singh’s excellent article about chiropractic, which lead ...

Astronomy Picture of the Day with Devil’s Tower!

Astronomy picture of the day for July 29. Very, very beautiful. I love Devil’s Tower as a geological formation. I’ve only been there once, when I was just a kid, but I desperately want to go back some day soon. Beautiful picture! For a full look at the geological history of the Devil’s Tower area, ...

The Grand Canyon of Durham

From the BBC: Floodwaters create ‘Grand Canyon’ As you might expect, this news item popped up on my Google alerts because of great flood references. It’s now been mentioned on at least a couple of forums where people have an interest in, shall we say, Not Real Geology. I’m actually surprised I missed this entirely ...

Links that I was going to post on Friday but forgot.

For scientists, moon rocks tell story of a young Earth And not a young earth in the way you might think – Earth when it was young, billions of years ago. This is some pretty interesting stuff on how the Moon might have formed, and certainly does explain the compositional similarities between the Earth and ...

The "birthers" as classic conspiracy theorists.

I’ve been hearing a lot about the “birthers” lately, and it’s kind of driving me nuts for a variety of reasons. If you’ve been living under a rock (yay, rocks!), “birthers” are people who believe that President Obama is not actually a natural-born citizen of the United States. They think he was born in Kenya, ...

Bacterial Bumps

Ancient Domes Reveal 3.45-billion-year-old Life History Stromatolites are very cool. They’re basically mounds of cyanobacteria (aka blue-green algae), built up over a long period of time like a microbial layer cake. They start out as a layer of happy little bacteria hanging out in warm, shallow water. The bacteria have wild parties and eventually build ...

Friday link-o-rama

Happy birthday, Apollo 11!(From yesterday.) Oh no! You’re over the hill now! We’d better wear black armbands for the birthday party. We can celebrate by watching these newly restored videos of the moon walk while we eat red velvet cake. Woo!Also: We Choose the Moon – relive the launch in real time! Dinosaur burrow in ...

Uniformitarianism is dead! Long live catastrophism!

I had something pop up in my google alerts this morning, and it pointed to this article on creation.com. I don’t recommend clicking or reading unless you want a helping of brain hurt this early in the day. The part that was of interest to me reads: By way of illustration, consider geologic formations in ...

Just when we thought the Texas Board of Education couldn’t get any scarier.

For about five minutes, I had a little flutter of hope in my heart when Don McElroy was given the boot from the Texas Board of Education. He was an infamous creationist stooge, and every time I heard his name, I cringed. While I’m not Texan myself, I’m well aware of the influence that Texas ...