I'm working on a text book chapter and am a few weeks past the deadline, so I haven't had time to blog lately. I have a few things I'd like to write about as soon as I am done with the chapter, but in the mean time here's a podcast radio interview with me and Mikkel Schierup (in Danish, though, sorry about that):
Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category
Featuring some of my greatest scientific idols, including Feynman and Sagan
Is blogs really science journalism? Maybe not, but the science news I get, I mainly get from great blogs, so even if it isn't "proper" science journalism, I think I can say that it is where at least some scientists get their news.
So it is a bit strange when a press officer doesn't want to talk to bloggers.
- Would you tell a blogger, "I think this is all you need for a blog?"
- In defence of science blogs (yet again)
I know that I would absolutely love to have my research mentioned by Ed Young -- I've been reading his Not Exactly Rocket Science for years -- so if a press officer at AU didn't give him all the information he wanted, I'd be rather miffed.
I'm watching the latest episode of Supernatural, titled Like a virgin, and something strikes me. In all other aspects of life, experience is a good thing. Howcome, when it comes to sex, not knowing what the hell you are doing is a virtue?
Humans are crazy, it is time to give the bonobos a chance at the top of the food chain.
Completely beside the point, naming a website Virgen scan for virus gene scans is a bad idea. You won't get the right kind of visitors. I know.
Loved this exchange in the episode of Supernatural:
Dean: So what can you tell me about dragons.
Bobby: They are not like the Loch Ness monster, dragons aren't real!
Dean: Can you make a few calls?
Bobby: To where? Hogwarts?
We are suggesting that humans and orangutans are closer related than either to the chimpanzees in ~0.5% of the genome (and chimpanzees and orangutans are closer related than either to humans in another ~0.5%). That has to do with incomplete lineage sorting, and does not, in any way, imply that we as a species are closer related to orangutans than to chimpanzees.
Oh, and it doesn't really mean that orangutan is our closest living relative in ~0.5% of the genome either. It is just closer than chimpanzee, but the gorilla could be closer related to us in those positions, so...