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Monthly Archives: July 2008

CTDL 227: Modified budgeting

CTDL may be on hiatus in a week or two while I’m on vacation, though I might back-log a bunch of posts for my 2 readers. I think I’ll be dropping the numbered system soon and re-designing the site.
This is not very sciencey but educational, or at least thought provoking. I like the idea of [...]

CTDL 226: Spiders using UV to paint

Originally found on Boing Boing, this is an interesting evolutionary trait to use UV light to woo the prey into the webs.

The crosses, zigzags, and spirals woven by some spiders have long puzzled web watchers. But those seemingly superfluous decorations may be traps that use light to lure prey, a new study of Australian spiders [...]

CTDL 225: Cholesterol Genes?

Nothing to add to this, except I hope I have these genes.

A third of the population have genes that could help them in the fight against heart disease, say scientists.
A study of 147,000 patients suggests that certain types of the CETP gene might increase the levels of so-called “good” cholesterol.
UK and [...]

CTDL 224: The Perfect Gadgets

Boing Boing Gadgets has great run down of “perfect” gadgets, ones that can’t really be improved on in largely significant ways. As a Unix dork I only take marginal offense at the comment below about keyboard layouts.

The Keyboard
Forget about Dvorak for a moment: no one’s talking about keyboard layouts here. There’s a surprising number of [...]

CTDL 223: Buying a DSLR Lens

Macworld has a nice (not reliant on Mac) primer on buying DSLR lenses.

If you purchased your digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) as part of a kit, you already have a basic lens that takes pretty good pictures. However, part of the attraction of this type of camera is that you can switch out lenses to get [...]