A Klingon Christmas Carol 1

Seriously. Why can’t this be playing in Colorado? Curse you, Minnesota!!!! “Klingons wouldn’t care if Scrooge wasn’t charitable and nice,” added Kidder. The tale, as it is told in the translated version is that of a Klingon who has no courage, nor honor: two virtues of Klingon society. “The spirits that visit Scrooge are all ...

Will Phillips Is My Hero

You may not have heard about Will Phillips until now. I hadn’t either; this morning I was going through the Friendly Atheist RSS feed and saw this post that links to several video clips about him. Will won’t stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance because: “I’ve always tried to analyze things because I want ...

A bouquet of Jellyfish and Algae

Jellyfish swarm northward in warming world Harmful Algal Blooms – HABs So, Japan is being invaded by swarms of jellyfish, and we’re being inundated with stinking, toxin oozing slime of the variety that doesn’t carry firearms to townhall meetings. The simple fact sheet on the algae doesn’t speculate as to cause, but the jellyfish are ...

More on the Boobies

What Orac has to say about the new USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening: Whether the cost is worth it or not comes down to two levels. First and foremost, what matters is the woman being screened, what she values, and what her tolerance is for paying the price of screening at an earlier age, ...

A plethora of nifty links

Many cool things that require little comment today. Eric Lusito – After the Wall: Traces of the Soviet Empire. Link via io9. Haunting pictures of the modern, skeletal remains of Soviet Russia. Dwarf Goat More Reptile Than Mammal. They apparently were doing just fine in their little evolutionary niche… until they ran in to us. ...

Everyone’s favorite: Boobies.

From Skepchick: No, Ladies, the New Breast Cancer Guidelines Aren’t Patronizing I mean, not a lot for me to say here. I agree. The guidelines aren’t patronizing. From the AP article about this: “Overall, I think it really took courage for them to do this,” she said. “It does ask us as doctors to change ...

BIFs are BFFs

Short and sweet, since I’m trying to work on my grad school application today. I’ve gotten to the most terrifying part – the “statement of purpose.” Banded Iron Formations: A New Depositional Model I don’t personally know that much about banded iron formations (BIFs); we talked about them a little in geochemistry. They’re basically very ...

ZOMG SQUEE

I finally got off my behind and started e-mailing faculty in regards to grad school. And the professor that I most desperately want to work with just let me know that she’s currently got an application pending for NSF funding for a project which – if it gets funded – is EXACTLY what I want ...

2012: The Infographic

This wonderful infographic does a very good job of summarizing the whacky beliefs of the 2012 doomsayers and the rational answer to them.

My favorite dino debate

Bones Show Biggest Dinosaurs Had Hot Blood The first time I ever heard about the warm-blooded/cold-blooded debate was when I was quite little, courtesy of my older brother. He was going through his dinosaur phase at the time. (I’m convinced that all little kids – particularly of the male variety – go through a dinosaur ...