New work on an ancient mammal

With her usual journalistic panache, Natalie Angier reports today in the New York Times on new work on the echidna, otherwise known as the spiny anteater (there are four species in the genera Zaglossus and Tachyglossus). The species is bizarre because, like the platypus, it is one of the two groups of mammals that lay […]

A bit more about catering to the faithful

While going through the Berkeley website Understanding Science (discussed yesterday), I found something more of interest.¬† It’s a page called “Astrology: Is it Scientific?”, which sets out a checklist of questions that the student should answer to see if astrology is indeed a science.¬† Here’s part of the checklist: Here we’ll use the Science Checklist […]