That's not to say that the Discovery Institute and other ID proponents have packed up and called it a day; instead, they seem to simply be changing tactics. Recent developments indicate that the next wave of anti-evolution agitation will take a two-pronged approach. The first will be to try to foster doubt regarding evolution during high school education, while the second aims to explicitly carve a space for ID proponents at the college level by pressuring for their inclusion as a form of academic freedom.  
Michael Behe is a well known professor that advocates intelligent design. He was the key witness in the Dover ID trial as seen on Nova last night.  
While we respect Prof. Behe's right to express his views, they are his alone and are in no way endorsed by the department. It is our collective position that intelligent design has no basis in science, has not been tested experimentally, and should not be regarded as scientific.  
"You would think that members of Congress would have considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate."  
Picture of actual clipping here
it's just one of those things I've been itching to make for a long while, frankly because I wanted to see it - a visual listing of objects in the Solar System, ordered by size. A couple weeks ago, I started tinkering with it, today, I have something to show finally: A (large) image showing the 88 known objects in our Solar System that are larger than 200 miles in diameter.  
cool ordered picture of all the objects in the solar system over 200 mi
Pure capsaicin is so powerful that chemists who handle the crystalline powder must work in a filtered "tox room" in full body protection. The suit has a closed hood to prevent inhaling the powder. Said pharmaceutical chemist Lloyd Matheson of the University of Iowa, who once inhaled some capsaicin accidentally: "It’s not toxic, but you wish you were dead if you inhale it." "One milligram of pure capsaicin placed on your hand would feel like a red-hot poker and would surely blister the skin," said capsaicin expert Marlin Bensinger.  
Lots of info on the "heat" ingredient in hot peppers.  
Purchase your own pure capsaicin here. Fun for the whole family.
Exactly eighty years after the Scopes "monkey trial" in Dayton, Tennessee, history is about to repeat itself. In a courtroom in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in late September, scientists and creationists will square off about whether and how high school students in Dover, Pennsylvania will learn about biological evolution. One would have assumed that these battles were over, but that is to underestimate the fury (and the ingenuity) of creationists scorned.  
A very thorough article on the flaws of the ID movement.
However, the longer I listened the clearer it became that creationism is not about science. It's about morality. Specifically, creationists worry that biological evolution undermines people's moral beliefs, leading to lawlessness, family breakdown, homosexuality, pornography, and abortion. The real heart of creationism is existential dread.  
Article reporting on the 2005 Creation Mega-Conference  
via Backwards City
See if you can guess what kind of event this is before the end.  
via metafilter
A Google maps hack that dynamically shows you the population for a given area.  
This comic strip is based on the ground-breaking PC game Half-Life 2, by Valve software, and is created with the brilliant Garry's Mod tool, which allows users to enter the game and basically play God by spawning and manipulating physical objects, posing character models, creating special effects, and taking pictures.  
Those who have never played Half-Life 2 will be in the dark on a lot of the goings-on in the comic strip, as much of the dialogue and situations are pulled directly from the game or are based on the game's plot, history, and background. For those who someday plan to play Half-Life 2, read this comic with caution as there will be major spoilers.  
It seems smoking cessation has actually been harmed by Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Although popular opinion is that the patch, gum, etc. ease the withdrawal symptoms, they actually just drag out the physical withdrawal and you're more likely to relapse. The theory is that since you still have nicotine in your system you still respond to nicotine reducing stimulus (stress, alcohol) and you still have strong cravings.  
Having quit cold turkey 8 days ago I must say this has been a lot easier. The first 3 days sucked, but now I no longer feel the strong pangs when I'm stressed out. While on the patch I felt that weeks into being on the patch.  
Remember the patch, gum etc. are big business too.  
They don't really want you to quit. They want you to be quiting forever.  
Lot's of good advice here: why quit  
Just voted for the Austin smoking ban too. onwardaustin
Watch it Shred
Posted by jeblis in strangely funny 14 years ago
Small flash videos of an industrial shredder going after various waste such as a refrigerator, washing machine, auto bumpers etc. Be sure to check out the medical waste video for the "eww" feeling.
My theory is that the very ruggedness of the car gives its drivers a certain sense of entitlement -- they know that they're going to be better protected in any collision than the other car/bicyclist/pedestrian/schoolchild. And since the people who drive Volvos tend toward a sense of entitlement anyway, you get a kind of passive recklessness, combined with an "I'm sorry, are there other people in my universe?" attitude.  
Or you are what you drive.  
On January 23, 1960, the Trieste reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean's Marianas Trench and set a deep-diving record -- 35,810 feet -- that will likely never be bested. No one has even tried. In fact, in the nearly 40 years since, no person has plunged to within 10,000 feet of the record.  
Neat little flash animation of dive here