I must offer an apology for the delay in adding new posts. I have been back from Churchill for some time now, but am still not caught up. With the fall semester approaching, papers to finish, lectures to prepare, and grants to write, I am pretty much swamped these days. But that does not mean I have abandoned Genomicron! For now, however, the most I can offer is a short summary of what’s new since I last posted.
1) I found out that the subarctic is too hot. It was 30C (86F) in Churchill for several days, when the normal temperature for July is only about 18C (64F). Apparently it rained and cooled down after I left, but it’s something else to be sitting in polar bear country complaining about the heat.
2) We moved to the New Science Complex at the University of Guelph, and are getting settled in nicely.
3) Apparently Homo habilis and H. erectus may have cohabitated for some time. Ok. I guess to the media and anti-evolutionists this is big news, but the fact that human (or any) evolution is not simple or linear is no shock to those of us who actually study the topic. In fact, I just authored a paper (Evolution: Education and Outreach, in press) about how the fact, theory, and path of evolution are different issues and that arguments about theory or path do not bear on fact.
4) I was invited to become a “featured writer” at Scientific Blogging. It would not replace Genomicron but could be a nice venue for more detailed posts. Sounds interesting, though obviously finding the time is an issue. Anyone have thoughts on this?
5) While I have been busy, Genomicron had its 10,000th unique visitor. No alarms sounded and no balloons dropped from the ceiling, but I did smile when I noticed. So thanks everybody.
Finally, here for your enjoyment is one of my favourite pictures from the trip north.