The Darwin/Chicago Conference opened last night, featuring keynote presentations discussing current topics in evolution to mark (among other anniversaries) the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin of Species. Coverage of the opening discussions was provided via this neat new tool, Cover-It Live.
Interesting article on the real origins of Halloween: During the penal period of the 1500s to the 1700s in England, Catholics had no legal rights. They could not hold office and were subject to fines, jail and heavy taxes. It was a capital offense to say Mass, and hundreds of priests were martyred. Occasionally, English… Continue reading
Okay, you’re a physicist. And lately, you haven’t been sleeping very well. The reason? Well, actually, there are several.
Philip Zelikow looks at some new books that grapple with the events of 1989 and after that led to the fall of communism. In 1964, Burnham, the author of the nightmare vision that so provoked Orwell, was helping William F. Buckley edit the National Review. (Reagan would later award Burnham the Medal of Freedom.) At… Continue reading
Superb video on how viruses get inside the body. Enough to make me head off for my flu shot right now…. Hat tip.