Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The University of Alabama hosts a series of lectures on evolution. The lecture series is called ALLELE, and there are six lectures every year. Below is a link to the Alabama evolution website. The site lists the upcoming lectures. At the bottom is a link that you can use to sign up for a listserv. You won't get a burdensome number of messages. There is other information on the site as well.
All of the lectures are free and open to the public.
For those who have attended these lectures in the past, I should mention that they are in a brand-new building this year. I have not been there yet, but I am going to find it and will post directions. The first lecture is not until October 6, so there is plenty of time for me to do that.
One more thing about these lectures: they are great! Fantastic! We get world-class people to come talk to us about subjects they love and know a lot about.
Monday, August 29, 2016
So then Bubba says, "they'd be good on pizza," and we all knew about alien biochemistry and how the local mosquitoes couldn't get anything from our blood, so they didn't bite us, and if they did, they were deader than doornails in no time flat, And me a 3rd-year med student and all, but the drink had gotten to us. Maybe it was the native weeds we later found out Darlene put in the punch, but anyway, we caught a few of the suckers, pounded 'em flat, toasted them, ground them in the spice grinder, and sprinkled them on top of the cheese before we baked the pizzas.
Well, it took about two pieces each (three for Bubba, on account of his size), but soon we were all floating around just below the ceiling, bumping into the chandelier and all like that there. Then somebody had the bright idea to swim down to the window and raise the sash. We never did find a couple of folks, but the rest of us managed to hold onto something and not float right up and up to where the air is too thin and cold. We refined the formula, of course. The amount we consumed that first night should've lasted us all a couple of months. But there you have it, folks, the only complete and true explanation for how we discovered Flightonium, and brought self-powered flight to every man, woman and child in the galaxy.