2008 March

Science & Technology


Arthur C. Clarke Dies

March 18th, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke, whom I consider the best Science Fiction author ever, died in Sri Lanka at age 90. Sri Lanka had been Clarke’s home since 1956. I loved his books because I love “realistic” science fiction. In other words, he really pondered the scientific/technical feasibility, and many of his depicted scenarios were quite feasible [Read more…]

Hobbits in Palau? More bones of little people found

March 16th, 2008

Location of Palau A fascinating discovery has been made that may shed light on the Homo florensis mystery. Thousands of bones (dated 900 to 2,900 years old) have been found in caves in the Pacific island of Palau, the older of which are of humans 3 to 4 foot in height. Although the estimated brain [Read more…]

The Flores Hobbit: Cretins?

March 15th, 2008

I don’t think so. You might have heard the lastest on the Flores hobbit story; that some Australian researchers are claiming they were actually modern humans suffering from cretinism (myxoedematous endemic cretinism, to be precise). The researchers include iodine deficiency as a cause of the cretinism. Iodine deficiency is usually caused by a lack of [Read more…]