Archive for August, 2009

Update on bioscience park: the ABCs

Update on bioscience park: the ABCs

The stimulus funds are being used for infrastructure improvements to the vacant lot, but the area will be used for more than just bioscience.  Another look at the map reveals that this just fills the northeast corner of the entire lot.  What could possibly go on the other side of “Tucson Marketplace Blvd?”

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August 31, 2009 at 8:41 pm 2 comments

Apology for Turing, founder of computer science

But I didn’t know the following shocking news… kinda sad that we treat great people this way because of “morality.”

Continue Reading August 31, 2009 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Bioscience Park will be a boost for southside of Tucson… or not

Obama’s stimulus plan includes $4.7 million for infrastructure improvements to build the Arizona Bioscience Park on Tucson’s south-side.

This can be a sorely needed boost for the economy on the southside, or another example of the massive gentrification taking place all over Tucson…

Bioscience Park will be a boost for southside of Tucson… or not

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August 29, 2009 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Tucson Science readers are smarter, sooner

This last week two articles written here have shown that Tucson Science readers are the first to learn about the important research being done in the Old Pueblo before others.

via Tucson Science is ahead of the news.

August 27, 2009 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

Mexico Decriminalizes Drugs

Our neighbors to the south are much more enlightened than US on this issue.  And why does this picture make my mouth water? 🙂

Mexico last week enacted a law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all major narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and crystal meth. Anyone caught in Mexico with two or three joints or about four lines of cocaine can no longer be arrested, fined or imprisoned. However, police will give them the address of the nearest rehab clinic and advise them to get clean…

via Mexico Decriminalizes Drugs; Law May Be Example for U.S. – TIME.

August 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Jose Hernandez: From Farm Worker to NASA Astronaut

When he was younger, Hernandez used to pick tomatoes and cucumbers side-by-side with his Mexican parents, who found employment in California as migrant farm workers in order to make ends meet for him and his siblings. It was a thankless, difficult job, and his parents—who were only able to complete the third grade themselves—made sure to emphasize the importance of education. It was a lesson Hernandez took to heart…

Continue Reading August 25, 2009 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

The prayer heard around the world…

and that went unanswered.

I want to be one of the first to document what just happened.  Maybe no one else will care, but I saw it unravel before my eyes.

Apparently there was a drag racing accident between a BMW and a Lexus and the BMW got into an accident.  A 12-year old boy, Avi Amenov, was in the back seat of the BMW and Avi had to be pried out using the jaws of life.

Earlier today I started seeing Facebook status updates asking people to pray for Avi as he clung to life, and to update your own status update with that message.  But some of my friends who aren’t mutual friends started posting the same thing.

It went viral.

But all those prayers didn’t matter.  I guess the reality of racing and crashing has more impact than prayers to the invisible man in the sky, or in outer space, or wherever he or she is… or it?

Anyways, Avi died.

My purpose in this is not to debunk prayer.  Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t.  But in this case it didn’t, and a 12-year old boy died.  But it’s not God’s fault either.  This is what happens when you race in a BMW and crash it…

August 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

PHD Comics: Unemployment vs. Graduate Stipends

That’s it. I QUIT!

via PHD Comics: Unemployment vs. Graduate Stipends.

August 25, 2009 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Stay away from the white powder

I think sugar is one of the most dangerous elements around today. Not in and of itself, but when you put so much of it into your body. And people are UNABLE to stay away from the white stuff… they NEED it… even when their legs are about to be amputated they can’t stop!

Continue Reading August 25, 2009 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Tucson water plays an important role in resolution of Middle East conflict

The main take-away message from this article is that water plays a crucial role in the Middle East conflict.  Without a resolution of water usage, there will be no peace.

This where the hydrology research being conducted in Tucson can play a key role in what seems an eternal quest to find peace in the Middle East…

via Tucson water plays an important role in resolution of Middle East conflict

August 25, 2009 at 8:28 am 1 comment

Walmart messes with the wrong neighbors to the South

Walmart has built next to the pyramids in Teotichuacan, on the entrance to the Casa Grande ruins in Arizona, and recently on a indian burial ground.

But now they have finally crossed the line… the beast of Bentonville should have known better to f##k with the South!

Continue Reading August 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Robo-moth is created in UA lab

The futuristic science of machine-insect interfacing is now the recent past in the University of Arizona’s biomedical engineering program after the creation of “robo-moth.”

Robo-moth is part machine and part live moth…

via Robo-moth is created in UA lab.

August 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

Healthcare for immigrants? Another lie

The bill specifically says that that undocumented aliens aren’t eligible for subsidized health insurance. See for yourself…

Continue Reading August 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Scientific research progresses lightning fast in Tucson

When it comes to lightning, however, Tucson is a world leader in lightning research.

via Scientific research progresses lightning fast in Tucson.

August 21, 2009 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

The Old Pueblo is the new home for the future of science

The Old Pueblo is the new home for the future of science

Deep in the heart of North America, and at the crossroads of human time and space, is a hidden treasure known as Tucson, AZ…

via The Old Pueblo is the new home for the future of science.

August 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Sotomayor is pro-life!

Sotomayor’s FIRST decision on the Supreme Court was to preserve the life of a human.

Continue Reading August 18, 2009 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

Viva the VA!

Below are some actual stats from the RAND corporation, a think tank of really smart people (like John Nash smart), and hardly a “liberal” organization…

Continue Reading August 18, 2009 at 5:22 pm 2 comments

Mathematics of love and gambling

Love is a gamble anyways, right? Now for some of the mathematics of how to win money gambling, and how to find the right person to spend it all…

Continue Reading August 17, 2009 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Fear, not reason

And no, that’s not patriotism. It is the cynical behavior of people who have little faith in their ability to win the debate. So they pick a fight and try to win that instead.

Continue Reading August 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm 4 comments

Remembering that water is practically free

Sales of bottled water have fallen for the first time in at least five years, assailed by wrathful environmentalists and budget-conscious consumers, who have discovered that tap water is practically free.


That bottle of Pepsi-Cola’s Aquafina you buy here comes from a bottling plant just north of Tucson International Airport and begins life as the same water that is delivered through municipal water pipes to our homes. Pepsi Bottling puts Tucson water through a double reverse-osmosis process. Coca-Cola’s Dasani brand on the shelves in Tucson is bottled in Phoenix.

via Bottled-water boom appears tapped out

August 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

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