You’ve heard all about the human genome. Here it is. The National Center for Biotechnology Information has made a good web-based interface for zooming down to wherever you want on the chromosome. You can search for something like Huntington’s disease, and it will highlight the part of the genome you care about, in this case the short arm of chromosome 4.
From my friend JMike and his poker-playing friends comes this discussion of the phrase “to beg the question.”
To beg the question is to use an argument that assumes what was to
be proved. It derives from a secondary meaning of “beg,” to evade
or dodge. This time-honored and useful meaning is fast disappearing under the
prow of ignorance; currently “beg the question” is often used to
mean elicit or raise the question.
Since learning the correct meaning, I can’t hear the phrase without thinking of the time I was escorted by
security out of the Flamingo Hilton:
Me: What’s going on?
Floorman: You’re out of here.
Me: Yeah, but why?
Floorman: Why? Because get the fuck out of here, that’s why.
From the Coffee Czar: Why Mathematicians Now Care About Their Hat Color
Ever wonder why snowflakes are all different, but each of their six little arms are exactly the same? Read all about it at the Caltech Snow Crystals site, where they can now custom build designer snowflakes.