I have a pretty wide range of interests. Sometimes I keep track of things for professional reasons to keep myself up to date, or it’s a past profession that I’m trying to keep my hand in, and sometimes it’s just because I happen to like it. Something like measuring a single gene’s activity in real time is something related to what I used to do, and I can think of a number of applications down the line where this will be a great tool. I follow a lot of the computer technology blogs for the same reason. Sometimes, it’s not professional, it’s just what may appeal to my sense of wonder, curiosity, or my sense of humor.
Yesterday was the celebration of the Hubble’s 21′st year in space. Yes, the Hubble Space Telescope has been working for 21 years, and giving us a tremendous view of the universe. While there’s a lot of science that has been learned, for the most part, it’s pictures like this that make us love it:
Another interest of mine is paleontology, particularly dinosaurs. While I wasn’t willing to go into it as a field, it doesn’t mean that I wasn’t interested. So, a video like this one is fun:
Allied to paleontology is archaeology, and the study of ancient peoples. It’s becoming evident that what most people in the field accepted as “standard” as to when humans arrived in North America is wrong. This report from Texas has some strong evidence that people were here before that:
The new site in Texas, known as the Debra L. Friedkin site, documents a pre-Clovis settlement in the region and informs researchers about the transition to Clovis culture and technology, which is later seen across North and Central America (and also into northern South America).
I’m not terribly shocked by the news. Given how fast humans seem to have spread across the planet, it would have been more surprising to find out that took as long as was thought for people to get here.
There’s a new Old Spice commercial, which I just found funny as hell:
Hey, what can I say, I have a warped sense of humor! Speaking of which…
And some bear information: