Friday Open Thread

Eruption of the Puyehue Cordon-Caulle volcano on June 5th 2011, Chile. The eruption started on the 4th of June at 11 am with a major explosion around 3 pm. This last one produced a disturbing 10km ash plume for the local population and the air traffic above South America and Oceania. (Francisco Negroni — […]

R.I.P. Hans Rosling

Renowned Swedish doctor and statistician Hans Rosling has passed away from pancreatic cancer at 68. Rosling dedicated his life to promoting a more positive, hopeful and realistic view of the world than most people see. He spent decades arguing against harmful theories like the overpopulation myth and central planning, and later became well-known for […]

Tuesday Open Thread 

Well played, biology textbook. I see what you did there. pic.twitter.com/HndTRmoozy

— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) February 6, 2017

Saturday Open Thread 

On this date in 1610 Galileo discovered 4 moons of Jupiter including Ganymede (above). Callisto,Io, and Europa were the others.

The Veins of America

Geologist and Imgur user “Fejetlenfej” has created a map of the United States showing all the rivers running through the country. The result is a unique look at the geology of America. The pink area in the middle is the Mississippi River and the river systems that feed into it.

h/t Daily Mail.

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Eppur Si Muove

For many years I wondered how the scientific method was something that was “discovered” or “invented.” The exact time when science began to be rooted in it is vague (as is the concept of “science” as a discipline), but most historians credit Galileo as being the first big adopter and promoter of it. How, […]

Why Trump is Right and Floyd Is An Elitist Hypocrite

The view from Floyd’s office.

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Floyd Turbo gets on his high horse and tells unemployed blue collar folks they need to suck it up. Our Wal-Marts are full of cheap goods from China that make life for the Turbos peachy-keen, so the Trump’kins can take their protectionism and stuff it.

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Now He’s Intestate

An Australian woman has received permission to remove her dead partner’s testicles. From The Daily Mail: A woman has won a legal battle to remove her late partner’s testicles from his dead body in the hope of using his sperm to have a child.

The Toowoomba woman was granted permission to remove his testicles […]

Rufus Explains That Everyone Else is Wrong

OK, maybe I could have chosen some words better and maybe you’re not all, technically wrong, but my hyperbole got you to read this post.

My “Innovation Stagnation” post turned into a debate over the definition of paradigm shift in technology instead of the larger point I tried and failed to make.

JimmyC and […]

Innovation Stagnation

Lars and JimmyC wrote today about technological progress. Specifically the progress witnessed by their grandfathers. I too used to marvel at all my oldest, surviving grandmother had witnessed in her life span (roughly 1908-2004). Like them, I doubt any other humans before or since will see the technological leaps they did.

As Lars and […]