Monthly Archives: April 2012

Son of low-hanging fruit

In yet another example of  long-delayed discovery, forms of high-altitude lightning were observed for at least a century before becoming officially real (as opposed to really real). Some thunderstorms manage to generate blue jets shooting out of their thunderheads, or  … Continue reading

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More thoughts on genetic load

Figure 2.—The distribution of fitness effects of deleterious mutations represented as either (a) a continuous or (b) a discrete function. The dashed lines in a and the solid lines in b represent the 95% credibility intervals. (a) A transformation of … Continue reading

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Strategic Analysis

I have been asked to  discuss Iran’s nuclear weapons  potential – and I will, but I’m going to take a broader look. The short answer is that the centrifuge approach that Iran is pursuing is capable (when mature) of producing … Continue reading

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