Category: science

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The good oil

I was recently introduced to the theory of abiogenic petroleum origin. Adopting the Facebook dogma that mere ignorance of a subject should not prevent one from expressing strong opinions about said subject, I thought I would...

Selichamorphic chaos 0

Selichamorphic chaos

When approving the WA Government shark cull, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he accepted the number of shark attacks off WA was “well above the historic norm over recent years” and cited the national...

Glossopteris, Gondwanaland, Scott and Stopes

Glossopteris, Gondwanaland, Scott and Stopes

When I first started out as a graduate, I remember being introduced to a certain managing director who was notoriously forgetful. He covered for this by attempting to remember just one thing about everybody...

Creation science in the courts didn’t end with Scopes 0

Creation science in the courts didn’t end with Scopes

“‘Creation science’ has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false, and because good teachers understand exactly why it...

Bringing back the dead 3

Bringing back the dead

On Friday, March 15 2013, National Geographic hosted the first-ever public exploration of the subject of reviving extinct species at TEDxDeExtinction, a daylong event at Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC. The purpose of this event was...

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Horses for courses

Last week I saw the wonderful Laurie Anderson perform her new piece – Landfall – with the equally wonderful Kronos Quartet. Part of the performance included a discursion on extinct animals. One in particular...

Acinonyx jubatus domesticus? 0

Acinonyx jubatus domesticus?

I recently had the privilege of scratching the ears of a South African cheetah named Eddie. He was an elderly, placid, rather overweight animal who had lived his whole life around humans. If YouTube...

The madness of mile-high dialling 0

The madness of mile-high dialling

Many people worry about Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) such as laptops and mobile phones interfering with aircraft navigation. However, the risk from PEDs might might not lie where you think.  It seems you are...

It’s too darn hot 0

It’s too darn hot

The weather today in Perth is deeply unpleasant. Hot plus an approaching storm front. We have tried snoozing in the aircon. We tried going into the city to see the Hobbit in the aircon...