November 24, 2012
In a post earlier today on the anniversary of the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species , I casually grouped creationsts among hysterics about the Obama re-election and other individuals who do not appear to be wired to code. I may not have done them justice. Also today, at the Chronicle of Higher Education , one can find a sober article by Adam Laats that explores the difficulties that supporters of evolution in dealing with creationists. In short, he says, caricaturing creationists is not productive. Take one, the Hon. Paul C. Broun Jr., whom the good people of Georgia have dispatched to the United States House of Representatives.
October 18, 2012
The recent presidential debate was an eye opener. First, we discovered that Mitt Romney wants to open National Parks and Wilderness areas to oil and gas drilling and exploration. Then, we learned that Mr. Romney is severely math deficient, proposing a tax plan that makes little sense and is mathematically impossible. You can't cut taxes on all including the wealthy, increase defense spending, extend Bush tax cuts and still reduce the national debt. It simply doesn't work, even my 10-year-old grandson could find holes in this piece of arithmetic.
October 12, 2012
See that above? On the right, you have the present-day girls' Big Bird costume. On the left? That's me in the 1982 version of the girls' Big Bird costume. Wait, my bad. Back then, it was just a Big Bird costume, no gender roles necessary. I mean, I know this has been going for ages, and that Halloween has turned into a way for people (grownups, one hopes) to let out their sexpot side for a day. (Check out this illustration of how costumes evolve from unicorn to sexy unicorn, nurse to sexy nurse, bee to sexy bee.)
October 7, 2012
Much of Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Jason Farley's recent research has focused on an evolving medical crisis: How to stop the spread of bacteria that have adapted immunity to most antibiotics. To stop it the medical community needs to track it. He's found that men recently arrested in Baltimore as well as Hopkins psychiatric patients were far more likely than the general population to be carriers of MRSA, the increasingly common bacteria resistant to many drugs. Now, he's launching a study exploring eradication of MRSA in HIV-positive patients, who, like others with compromised immune systems, are more likely to contract drug-resistant bacterial infections.
September 19, 2012
It's been years since Maggie Lebherz lived in sunny Spain as a college exchange student. Yet just one taste of fresh olive oil takes her back in spirit. "In 2007, I lived with a family in Salamanca, and my host mother cooked everything in olive oil, in a big cast-iron skillet," recalls Lebherz. "She rarely changed the oil, and it became spiced. Whether she was frying potatoes in olive oil or making paella, every meal was so delicious. " After Lebherz returned to the States and graduated from college, her cravings for the quality olive oil she'd enjoyed abroad turned her into an entrepreneur.
August 26, 2012
Outdoors expo Today , Waldorf Buckwild Outdoors Expo, Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata. Information: BuckWildExpo.com. Turkey shoot TodayAug. 26 , noon to 4 p.m. Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association, 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Information: Call Greg at 410-598-4970. Evolution of fish MondayAug. 27 , 7:30 p.m. Bonnie Dalzell will discuss fish evolution at a meeting of the Perry Hall Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association.