Beyond the Cloud: DNA is the Next Storage Frontier

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I try to resist computer-to-human analogies like “the brain is just an organic computer!” They’re facile and, ultimately, inaccurate. One role of DNA, however, is to act as a kind of data storage. It’s a wild oversimplification to compare genetic code to computer code, but there’s a kernel (geek pun: sorry) of truth in there. [Read More...]

St. Augustine Asks the Hard Questions Atheists Don’t Ask UPDATED

Atheists think Christians believe this is how things really happened.

It’s fun to read or listen to super-duper-smart professional atheists (well, they think they’re smart) banging on about the book of Genesis. It’s a useful issue for them, because the primeval history in scripture is mysterious, complex, and rich in symbolism. So, naturally, Reason Warriors approach it with the childish literalism of a young-earth creationist. Perhaps this works for them [Read More...]

The Singing Mouse

No, it’s not the title of a new animated musical feature, although it should be. It’s the nickname of this little fella (turn down your speakers: it gets loud): This is Scotinomys teguina, another of God’s weird and wonderful little masterpieces. He chirps a single note about 20 times a second in order to woo a [Read More...]

Higgs Boson: Sort of Confirmed

Waffles: they’re not just for breakfast any more. The announcement about the Higgs boson was today, and the folks giving the press conference were twisting themselves in knots to avoid saying they have proof! of the elusive particle, when it’s quite clear that they’re fresh off high-fiving and fist-bumping every physicist they encounter saying, “Yeah, [Read More...]

Gosh, It’s Hot!: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

Members of the Church of Global Warming are saying the dramatic heat and storm mess we’re experiencing is what global warming will look like. Note how they tack back and forth in their use of language when it suits them: “global warming” yielded to “global climate change,” which gave way to “global climate disruption.” Now [Read More...]

Doctor Who Meets Snoopy

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A couple of my favorite things come together. Nerdtastic. My son and I are watching David Tennant’s spectacular run as the Tenth Doctor, and we finally got to “Blink,” one of the best hours of TV I’ve seen in ages. HT: Kat via Facebook.   [Read more...]

Bulgarian Relics of John the Baptist are Probably Authentic

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First it’s vampire graves, and now the relics of John the Baptist: Bulgaria is just totally cornering cool archaeological news for the month of June. Go Bulgaria! It almost makes us want to forgive you for trying to kill Bl. John Paul the Great. Almost. Two years ago, in an altar in the ruins of [Read More...]

Our Dwindling Food Variety

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This astonishing graphic from National Geographic shows the sharp decrease in seed variety over the past hundred years. Take a look: Seeds vanished because farmers found they got higher yields and more protection against drought and blight with other varieties. However, this narrowing of crop diversity has been shown to reduce the ability of crops [Read More...]


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