OK, so this doesn’t have jack to do with politics, but I haven’t been this excited since last November: the Columbus Crew are rumored to have signed Argentinian super-club Boca Juniors star (and fan favorite) Guillermo Barros Schelotto to a two-year contract for $2m per year. At 33, he’s not a regular starter for Boca anymore despite playing there for a few months shy of 10 years, but he knows how to win: he’s the winning-est Argentinian ever, with 17 championships in his playing career. (Argentina star and 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year nominee Riquelme also currently [...]Full Story... →
So, I’m really run down (which is why the blogging volume is lower than normal), and this isn’t remotely topical or timely, but damn, is it ever funny. “F-k it. I’m throwing it downfield.” (Warning: If Amanda Marcotte’s language makes you clutch your pearls, stay away from this one. Far far away.)
You gotta unleash the dragon.Full Story... →
Coral reefs are one of my favorite biotopes. It’s astounding the variety of flora and fauna you can find in a very small area of reef, with their attendant diversity in color. Plus sessile animals! Those of us paying attention know that these species are extremely sensitive to environmental changes, and that even a minor rise in water temperature – a degree or two – would spell disaster, and could result in mass extinctions. Unfortunately, temperature isn’t the only parameter changing – water chemistry is changing, too.
The world’s oceans are turning acidic due to the buildup of carbon [...]Full Story... →
I’ll come right out and say it. We are one of the highest per-capita energy consumers on the planet, and we are completely oblivious to what is going on in the world.
In North America which is the world?s largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions, 84% say they are aware of global warming, but less than half of them (43%) consider it?s a very serious problem. More worrying, 13% of North Americans said they had never heard or read anything about global warming and one in ten consumers said it was ?not a serious problem at all.?
Our ignorance [...]Full Story... →
As we learn more about life in extreme conditions on earth, scientists are beginning to realize that we might be looking for the wrong signs on other planets…
Two NASA space probes that visited Mars 30 years ago may have stumbled upon alien microbes on the Red Planet and inadvertently killed them, a scientist theorizes in a paper released Sunday.Full Story... →
In today’s Dispatch:
Florida football coach Urban Meyer counts Gators basketball coach Billy Donovan among his good friends, so it?s no surprise that Donovan is telling the Gators how to best defend Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.
“I send everybody at him. I?m in attack mode, safety blitzes, corner blitzes, everything,” Donovan said.
Oh please please please please do this. Smith will scorch Florida for 400 yards passing if they do.Full Story... →