In Memorium: Robert Sterling

Robert Sterling had a wide and varied career. He played Topper George Kerby in the 1950’s TV series Topper, was in Showboat and even made a Blondie movie (Blondie Meets the Boss 1939). I am most familiar with him through his turn as Capt. Lee Crane (lucky dude got to smooch on Barbara Eden) in the 1961 movie “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”
That’s him next to Walter Pidgeon…
Mr. Sterling passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

Stone Tools and Homo floresiensis

According to National Geographic a study, to be published in tomorrows issue of Nature (Could someone send me the article when it becomes available?) links the stone tools at Liang Bua to 800,000 year old tools found at nearby Mata Menge.

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The Alien Invasion: Anal Probe Explained

I’m somewhat addicted to the movie ‘Eight Legged Freaks”. I find it totally hysterical (love the song at the end…”itsy, bitsy spider crawled into moma’s bed, climbed upon her hubby and bit him in the head, moma laid there sleeping while hubby laid there dead, then the itsy bitsy spider crawled out of moma’s bed” classic!). Any way, in one scene Doug E. Doug goes on a tirade about aliens and anal probes at one point he says “…I mean, what do they expect to find there, it’s just wrong!”. Well, the question has been answered…

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Dodos at Discovery

That is the title of a post over at Red State Rabble. Check it out, it’s pretty funny (well, not for Randy Olson)! Apparently, the Discovery Institute has some objections to the film – but they are not what you think…

Intelligent Design As A Science Stopper

Biologist frequently make the argument that intelligent design is a science stopper. By resorting to the “God of the Gaps” approach ID renders science futile, biologist argue. ID proponents hate this argument.

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Ask A ScienceBlogger

My belated response to the question:

“Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies?

My answer will be longer than the 300 word suggested limit.

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In Case You are Wondering

Added Later: About an hour after I posted this they showed up and fixed the problem. So things are back to normal…
Late Friday evening the electricity started acting floopy. Next day I started calling around trying to get an electrician (on a holiday weekend no less) – if I had only walked outside in the backyard…which I got round to Sunday. One of the three power lines leading to my house had snapped. Leaving the afarensis household sans AC, refrigerator, washer, dryer, stove- you know all the big power draws. It also knocked out the power in the room where my computer sits. Tried running an extension cord but it knocked out the power in whatever room I plugged in in. One of my neighbors was kind enough to let me run an extension cord to his house (for the refrigerator) and my computer is tapped into that at the moment. In the mean time I have spent the last two days trying to get the electric company out here to fix it. Question: What could is having an emergency number if you don’t actually respond to the calls you receive? For the second day in a row they have promised me they would be here, but so far nothing. Hopefully, it will be taken care of soon but till then posts will be few and far between…until then call me hot and cranky. Oh, and I hope it snows here in St. Louis today…