Why I Don’t Have an iPhone

Any device for which the following can be written in a serious news story is one that I can’t imagine having any use for: Early this year, iFart Mobile was one of the more popular titles on the AppStore, where there are currently over 75 fart-themed titles on offer. The bloom may be off the […]

2008’s Best Science

Wired’s 2008 Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs are pretty impressive indeed. Scientists had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2008. The Large Hadron Collider fired up for the first time, a temple of science opened its doors, several companies promised cheap genome sequencing and President-elect Obama hired a fantastic team of science advisers. After decades of […]

The Eye of Sauron


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 […]

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 […]

An Incredible Display of Man’s Greatness

Simply an incredible display…

Dodge Challenger SRT8 – Scoffing at Envirowackos

My next ride: Dodge Challenger SRT8. Just call it my way of flipping the bird at global warming alarmists: With a fuel economy rating of 15 miles per gallon combined, it drinks premium like we’re running out of it, but at least it puts it to good use. According to the performance computer built in to […]

Macintosh and OS X not the End-All, Be-All

I’ve been using a Macbook Pro (early 2008 model) since May of this year, for two reasons: to gain a better understanding of OS X for any technical work I’d like to do, and so that I can answer Apple zealots who insist that OS X is to Windows (Vista, in particular) what a Mercedes […]

Amazon Pushing for “Frustration-Free Packaging”

This is good news: Amazon.com has launched “Frustration-Free Packaging,” a new initiative designed to make it easier for customers to liberate products from their packages. Amazon is focusing first on two kinds of items: those enclosed in hard plastic cases known as “clamshells” and those secured with plastic-coated wire ties, commonly used in toy packaging. […]

Will Purple Tomatoes Kill Cancer?

This is fascinating: A new study has shown that, with a little help from science, some fruit may even cure cancer, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports.  The trick for genetic scientists was to take the natural cancer-fighting dark pigment that exists in blueberries and cranberries, for example, and produce it in more commonly available fruit … […]