Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Lazy linking

As people might have noticed, most of my recent posts have been about news stories, with very little contribution or commentary from my side. I applogize for that, but it's mostly due to the fact that I am somewhat busy with work and preparing for an exam in a couple of weeks.

I do have a couple of posts in the pipeline though - one is about the relative contribution of the US to foreign aid (this might turn into a series of posts, since there is quite a bit of data), the other is about gender distribution in the faculty in Danish universities. The later involves some data collection, so it might take a bit of time before it shows up.

In liu of something better to post, I'll link to a few newsstories I find interesting.

At BBC they have an analysis of the legacy of slavery

What do we mean by the legacy of slavery? Is it something measurable - or perhaps a feeling that echoes of a terrible past can still be heard today?

BBC also reports on the finding of the fossil of a new type of dinosaurs: Dinosaur den diggers discovered - I guess they couldn't resist that headline.

The Guardian has more:
Fossil reveals a caring, sharing dinosaur

The NY Times report on how astronomers are Piecing Together the Clues of an Old Collision, Iceball by Iceball

"Why?" you might ask, but luckily the article explains that

“It’s telling us something very important about the early evolution of the solar system, and we’re still trying to figure that out,” said Harold F. Levison, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute’s department of space studies in Boulder, Colo.



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