Friday, October 29, 2010

Bits and Pieces - October 29, 2010

How the elephant got his trunk: photos(!) and Just-So Story by Rudyard Kipling with line drawing. Update: Picture above from here. h/t to Adam.

The contorted mess of India's decision on liability for nuclear plant construction.

Complex behaviors are not the result of a single gene, sorry.

There was a bit of a flurry today about cargo planes carrying ink-jet cartridges made into bombs, or something that looked like bombs, or white powder, or something. It would help us all to know who identified the whatsits, why they were identified as bombs, and why the concern spread so quickly, before apparent confirmation. Of course, we will hear none of this, which might make us better-informed citizens, because it might give the terrorists some insight on something. Update: Now they're saying that the devices actually contained explosives, something that was denied earlier. We can all look forward to even more layers of screening at the airport.

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