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The great toilet paper debate: the answer!

Over of course, and here’s why (the RV argument is just dumb):

Here’s the Philae lander!

by Matthew Cobb I said none of you would get it. It’s *very* tiny! Good guesses on the find @Philae2014 image! Here’s the answer: (Original image via: https://t.co/1dVgktGBNh) pic.twitter.com/kea7c0G1xL — ESA Rosetta Mission (@ESA_Rosetta) May 4, 2016

U.S. drops its support for a ban on trading polar bear parts; Greenpeace doesn’t care if bears are killed, either

What the hell is up with Greenpeace—and with the U.S., for that matter? According to Macleans, the U.S., once a strong supporter of banning trade in polar bear parts (I assume it’s the skin that’s the valuable “part”), has now dropped its support, and Greenpeace doesn’t care. Remember, these bears are on the wane. Inuit […]

Your reading assignment for tomorrow

Several readers called my attention to a piece in the latest New Yorker. It’s by Siddhartha Mukherjee, is about epigenetics, and is called “Same but different” (subtitle: “How epigenetics can blur the line between nature and nurture”). I’m sure you know of Mukherjee, as he’s a doctor and writer, author of the renowned and Pulitzer-Prize-winning book […]

Spot the Philae lander!

by Matthew Cobb Earlier today, to mark May the Fourth, the European Space Agency released this photo of  comet 67P taken by the Rosetta probe with, somewhere on its surface, the tiny Philae lander (you’ll never spot it). The answer is already out there, so no cheating! Genuine spots only in the comments, please. Click […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses release bigoted anti-gay-marriage cartoon

Courtesy of Pink News, we have this appalling cartoon produced by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. A mother teaches her daughter why same-sex marriage is wrong, and why you can’t get to Heaven if you’re in such a marriage. Truefact: the loving Jehovah won’t let you in if you don’t follow His rules, and one of those rules is no […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader John Harshman sent two batches: birds and mammals (labeled “not bird pictures”); his notes are indented. Here are some photos of hornbills from Botswana. First, a red-billed hornbill (Tockus rufirostris) gathering mud, presumably for the purpose of sealing his mate into the nest hole, leaving a small opening through which he can pass food. All […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ liberation via sequestration

Today’s Jesus and Mo, called “gaze,” is especially appropriate in light of last Saturday’s debate between Asra Nomani and Hoda Katebi on the significance of the hijab. Here are the three reasons why, as fashion-blogger Katebi wrote on her blog, she wears the hijab (the niqab, remember, covers part of the face rather than the hair, but […]

Google Doodle honors Jane Jacobs

Often the Google Doodles honor someone I don’t know, but that’s all good because those form Teaching Moments. Today’s Doodle, honoring the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs (she died in 2006), is one of these (click on the screenshot to go where the Doodle goes): I’ll let reader Barn Owl, who sent me the link, […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

It’s Hump Day: May 4, and I’m proud of myself for having done both laundry and (the worst task of all) ironing yesterday. On this day in 1904, the U.S. began building the Panama Canal (I’ve been through it–a real trip!), and, in 1970, the Kent State shootings occurred, with four unarmed students, protesting the […]

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