Archive for: June, 2010

ResearchBlogging editor's selections: a serendipitous lion hunt, Iceland's volcano preparedness, tabletop relativity, and doggie dimensions

Jun 07 2010 Published by under General science, Science news

  • Atlatls to Bows: A Serendipitous Lion Hunt. Continuing his series of posts on the transition of the ancient North Americans from atlatls to bows, teofilo of Gambler's House talks about a fortuitous discovery of a cache of bows that lead to increased understanding of ancient bow technology.
  • Perception of volcanic hazards in Iceland. The world's attention was recently focused on Iceland due to the eruption there that paralyzed air travel for days throughout Europe, but Iceland has always been a geothermally active region.  How well-prepared are Icelanders in general to deal with volcanic emergencies?  Jessica at Magma Cum Laude looks at the evidence.
  • Relativity on a human scale. This one will be hard for the relativity denialists to explain!  Chad at Uncertain Principles describes research with atomic clocks that has demonstrated Einstein's special and general relativity in a tabletop experiment!
  • The assessment of emotional expression in dogs. Everybody seems to agree that dogs are very emotive animals, but do we all see the same emotions in a particular animal?  At her eponymous blog, The Dog Zombie looks at an attempt to apply statistics to understanding how much we agree on a dog's emotional state.

Check back next week for more "miscellaneous" suggestions!

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9 days until The Giant's Shoulders #24!

Jun 06 2010 Published by under General science, Science news

I've  been very distracted by the addition of a new dog to our household, but I wanted to be sure and remind people that there's 9 days until the deadline for The Giant's Shoulders #24, to be hosted at Jost a mon!  Entries can be submitted through or directly to the host blog, as usual.

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Into the doggie Abyss...

Jun 03 2010 Published by under Animals

Update: Alas, it was not meant to be.  My wife is very allergic to the dog, and I'm pretty allergic myself (quite unusual for a Shih Tzu); also, the cats are not adapting well and are very traumatized (which is the cat's problem; the dog is very good around them for the most part).  We're going to send Winston back to get him a home without complications.  We'll miss him terribly.

Well, The Wife and I have taken the plunge and adopted a dog:

This is Dillon, a Shih Tzu that we've adopted from a rescue shelter.   The Wife decided she'd like a little animal to baby (our cats aren't too fond of babying), and I agreed.  He's a sweet little dog:

Shih Tzus are supposed to be, in general, relatively docile, quiet dogs.  Right now, though, he's incredibly excited and running all over the place, and the cats don't know what to make of him.  I have a feeling my blogging will be a little infrequent for a couple of weeks...

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