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another way it is

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Brontosaurus

Biggest dinosaur ever discovered does not have a name yet. Come on, you assholes! Brontosaurus! BRONTOSAURUS! BRONTOSAURUS!

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Brontosaurus

Why hasn’t some paleontologist named a newly-discovered sauropod “brontosaurus” sometime in the last 100 years? That would keep me from having to hear from pedants that what people still call a brontosaurus is really an apatosaurus, again and again and … Continue reading

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hybrid fuel economy tall-tale

You know how it’s said that a hybrid gets better city mileage than highway mileage because 1) the gas engine shuts off when the car is stopped, and 2) because of regenerative braking? That’s gotta be bullshit, and here’s why:  … Continue reading

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David Attenborough

David Attenborough – Wikipedia Is there a more excellent 83 year old man out there? Check out the “Favourite Attenborough moments” on the wikipedia page, and this:

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those lying, lying liars

You know how scientists and historians are liable to liken the total time civilization has existed versus the total time the earth has existed to “the blink of an eye?” At the drop of a hat? I’ve always taken their … Continue reading

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The rise of another worthless pop psychology meme

Could Twitter’s Realtime World Blur Our Moral Compass? Emotions linked to our moral sense such as admiration and compassion- awaken slowly in the mind, according to a new study from a neuroscience group show that emotions linked to our sense … Continue reading

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Hadron ragnarok

Large Hadron Collider Down Until 2009 | Wired Science from Wired.com On Sept. 18, the news from CERN, the organization that runs the LHC, was that an electrical problem involved with a cooling system caused a helium leak that would … Continue reading

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What day did it happen?

Roman calendar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The fact that we use the same month names as the Romans encourages us to assume that a Roman date occurred on the same Julian date as its modern equivalent. This assumption is … Continue reading

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“I’ve changed my mind”

The World Question Center 2008 A collection of essays from people who know things about things they thought they knew but later figured out they didn’t. For instance, I like Martin Seligman’s essay about the probability of ET because he … Continue reading

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The retardeding of “Net Zero Carbon Footprint”

Earthrace – The Boat In March 2008, Earthrace will attempt to set a new speed record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe running 100% biodiesel, and with a net zero carbon-footprint, in order to increase awareness of the environment … Continue reading

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We will not survive

There are constraints written into the fabric of the world which we do not see but are nevertheless there. It’s fun to talk about planetary, stellar, and galactic civilizations as if we will inevitably progress to them; it’s fun. But … Continue reading

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Live birdies!

A remote cam 70 feet in the air in Maine watches birdies sit and tweet and occasionally fly off. Baby birdies are in there, too; at least one was borneded this week.

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Que Será Será

Draft of climate report maps out ‘highway to extinction’ – CNN.com “The worst stuff is not going to happen because we can’t be that stupid,” said Harvard University oceanographer James McCarthy, who was a top author of the 2001 version … Continue reading

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Don’t forget your moonglasses

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Eclipse set to be ‘best in years’ [Robert Massey, spokesman for the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society] added that [the eclipse] was totally safe to observe and no protective filters were needed because the Moon would … Continue reading

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the story of 1

Nice work from Terry Jones if you have a spare 59m 04s. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7226516301910438112=en

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Gray: I’m a Genius

CNN.com – Experts predict one more Atlantic hurricane – Oct 3, 2006 FORT COLLINS, Colorado (AP) — Hurricane expert William Gray downgraded his forecast for the 2006 Atlantic storm season again Tuesday, predicting one more hurricane, two more named storms … Continue reading

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Heavy, man

CNN.com – Marijuana may stave off Alzheimer’s – Oct 5, 2006 WASHINGTON, (Reuters) — Good news for aging hippies: Smoking pot may stave off Alzheimer’s disease. New research shows that the active ingredient in marijuana may prevent the progression of … Continue reading

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FSM

The Church of the FSM Ah, you’ve probably surfed through this site at one point or another. Regardless, I want this, the best of all possible graphs, sitting in my blog for when I need to look at it.

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