Teen Finds Way to Decompose Plastic Bags in Just 3 Months! : TreeHugger

“If ordinary plastic bags would rot away like banana peels there’s no doubt a host of environmental problems would be solved, the fate of the turtle above included. And one 11th grader from Canada set out to make that dream come true as part of his school science project. A wildly successful endeavor he figures […]

gen y must go

`They have trouble making decisions,’ sneered GrossBookSistah’s opening sentence. ‘They have few heroes, no anthems, no style to call their own … their anxious indecision creates a kind of ominous fog around them.’ GrossBookSistah stopped just short of accusing Generation X of hating rainbows. The article managed to throw us a couple of bones, complimenting […]

Evolution: what’s the real controversy?

Here, it was clear that there simply is no controversy. In contrast to the arguments over bacterial trees and the origin of eukaryotes, none of the researchers felt compelled to explain or justify their focus on the role of mutation and selective pressure. Concerns, when they arose, were simply focused on identifying the consequences of […]

chile volcano the next ompeii?

Chilean authorities are considering the possibility that Region X’s Chaitén Volcano, now in its eighth day of continuous eruption, might collapse and thus release a torrent of red-hot pyroclastic material (burning gas and rock) that could devastate the surrounding area.  Very much a ‘worst case scenario,’ the possibility is nevertheless a very real one, vulcanologist […]

George Will: It’s not over till it’s over? Clinton strikes out | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

my wife pointed out this article in the dead tree edition this morning — thought i’d call out this phrase: Or perhaps she wins if Obama’s popular vote total is, well, adjusted by counting each African-American vote as only three-fifths of a vote. There is precedent, of sorts, for that arithmetic (see the Constitution, Article […]

lovely article on “magical thinking”

No, at some level they believed that their insurance helped keep the plane aloft, according to psychologists with new experimental evidence of just how weirdly superstitious people can be. We buy insurance not just for peace of mind or to protect ourselves financially, but because we share the ancient Greeks’ instinct for appeasing the gods. […]