Plus, short-legged dogs shed light on genetics
A class in creation studies at Liberty University appears to be as strange as one might expect. Best quote on the subject: “If a frog turns into a prince with a kiss then it’s a fairy tale. If a frog turns into a prince over millions of years, it’s science,” says the director of the school’s center for creation studies. “It’s almost ridiculous.”
Also in today’s links: cell phone projectors, the next e-reader, and more.
- I’ve been curious about short-legged dogs since I found that they seem to be the predominant form of mutt in certain areas of the world, such as the country of Georgia. A genetics researcher has found that the breeds such as basset hounds that display this trait share a common genetic variant that is caused by genetic parasites, shedding light on how these transposons might also affect human diversity.
- With all the praise pouring in for the new Kindle, is the Plastic Logic reader already poised to force it into obsolescence?
- Texas Instruments has created a chip for cell phones that also can function as miniature projectors. Remember when the coolest thing you could project onto a wall was those little red laser pointers?
- Yes, we’ve all read a lot about water usage, shortages, etc. But this presentation on the potential shortfall facing Las Vegas is done in a gorgeous multimedia format that illustrates the potential problems better than any words.