Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, November 28, 2008
An Open Letter to Barack Obama:
On Danish Racism
by Jacob Holdt and Rune Engelbreth Larsen
I am a Dane, and I can confirm, that all the quotations in this video are translated correctly.
Minister: Danish People's Party in cabinet?
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
In these simulations, a population of digital genomes evolves over time towards a given goal: to maximize fitness under certain conditions. Like living organisms, genomes that are better adapted to their environment may survive to the next generation or reproduce more prolifically. But such computer simulations, though sophisticated, don’t yet have all the answers. Achieving even simple goals may take thousands of generations, raising the question of whether the three-or-so billion years since life first appeared on the planet is long enough to evolve the diversity and complexity that exist today,
Evolution takes place under changing environmental conditions, forcing organisms to continually readapt. Intuitively, this would slow things down even further, as successive generations must switch tack again and again in the struggle to survive. But when Kashtan, Noor and Alon created a simulation in which the goals changed repeatedly, they found that its evolution actually speeded up. They even found that the more complex the goal – i.e., the more generations needed reach it under fixed conditions – the faster evolution accelerated in response to changes in that goal.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Their location at the centre of one of the bloodiest conflicts on the planet, the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has meant that the mystery apes have been little studied by western scientists. Reaching the region means negotiating the shifting fortunes of warring rebel factions, and the heart of the animals' range is deep in impenetrable forest.
more: Guardian Unlimited
Wednesday, May 16, 2007