Marines Kick Ass, Take Names

Via Power Line, some good news from Afghanistan: “A good day for the Marine Corps“: Michael Ledeen highlights this stirring account of Marines fighting in Afghanistan: FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it. Shewan has historically been a safe haven […]

Victory in Iraq

Victory in Iraq Day, via Little Green Footballs. I’ll go with that. Good job, guys and gals.

Lots of Ice Water on Mars

Water is necessary for human survival. There’s lots of water on Mars: Giant glaciers buried under the surface of Mars at much lower latitudes than any previously known ice are a potential source of drinking water for future astronauts. The discovery, made using ground-penetrating radar on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, offers new possibilities in the […]

More Good News: Woman’s Lungs Repaired with Her Own Tissue

I’d mentioned that today was good-news-from-the-world-of-science day. Here’s more: The development of patient-specific tissues and organs for transplantation is a major target for many researchers working in biomedical engineering. A shortage of organ donors, and the necessity to knock out the recipients’ immune systems to prevent graft rejection, are both serious issues facing transplant surgeons, […]

A Mammoth Question: Who Pays for Basic Research?

The idea of resurrecting the mammoth is very cool, but: There is no present way to synthesize a genome-size chunk of mammoth DNA, let alone to develop it into a whole animal. But Dr. Schuster said a shortcut would be to modify the genome of an elephant’s cell at the 400,000 or more sites necessary […]

Girl Lives Without Heart for 100+ Days

Lots of good science today. Here’s some more: Last spring D’Zhana and her parents learned she had an enlarged heart that was too weak to sufficiently pump blood. They traveled from their home in Clinton, S.C. to Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami for a heart transplant. But her new heart didn’t work properly and could […]

The Singularity is Nigh

For the first time, computers are exceeding the petaflop barrier. That’s measured in quadrillion floating point operations per second: A new crop of supercomputers is breaking down the petaflop speed barrier, pushing high-performance computing into a new realm that could change science more profoundly than at any time since Galileo, leading researchers say. When the […]

Michael Yon: “The Wars is Over, and We Won”

Via Instapundit, some news from Michael Yon, who’s likely provided the best, most consistently objective reporting from Iraq: “THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:” Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. “There’s nothing going on. I’m […]

Mr. Obvious Says: National Defense Trumps Animal Rights

As well it should be: Court sides with Navy in dispute over sonar and whales: The Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted sanctions placed on the Navy over its underwater sonar testing, a setback for environmental groups that claimed the warfare technology was harming whales and other marine mammals. At issue in the 5-4 ruling was whether […]

Good Investment: 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of The Cosby Show

From a sense-of-life perspective, The Cosby Show remains one of the best TV shows ever made. It’s probably the best family show. So, I’m pretty excited about the imminent release of the 25th Anniversary Commemorative edition. Money’s tight, but this is well worth it. In Cosby’s own words: It was Cosby’s firm belief in parental responsibility — […]