Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Slippery slope

Three for the road.
"We didn't realise that the water under these ice streams was moving in such large quantities, and on such short time scales. We thought these changes took place over years and decades, but we are seeing large changes over months. The detected motions are astonishing in magnitude, dynamic nature and spatial extent," Dr Fricker said.

The study was conducted using the Icesat satellite,600 kilometres up in space.

How will this influence the movement of ice toward the sea? They don't want to say yet, but..."It's essentially the grease on the wheel," said Professor Bindschadler.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

You knew this

From the department of ....

Friday, February 16, 2007

A demurral


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Howler du jour

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My Funny Valentine

Ten little Japanese went out to dine.
One ordered puffer fish, and then there were nine.
Nine little Germans marched out with Fritz the Great;
One followed orders, and then there were eight.
Eight little Englishmen were eating cream of Devon;
One clogged his arteries, and then there were seven.
Seven little Russian girls went out to turn some tricks;
One went to Vancouver, and then there were six.
Six little Irishmen were singing, "Saints alive!"
One sang, "St George!" and then there were five.
Five little Frenchmen looked out from Sacre-Coeur;
One leaned out too far, and then there were four.
Four little Persians awaited the Mahdi;
One got impatient, and then there were three.
Three little Dutchman were red, white and blue:
The blue one got euthanized, and then there were two.
Two little Spaniards were sitting in the sun;
They began a Civil War, and then there was one.
One last Italian whom the doctors couldn't clone:
He died eventually, and then there were none.

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