Archive for March, 2005

Mersenne Prime Number

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

It was just announced that the world’s largest prime number has been discovered, and it is also a Mersenne Prime. Mersenne Primes are numbers of the form (2 to the power n) minus 1, where n is itself a prime number. This concept was developed by Marin Mersenne in France. In 1644 he published a […]

Triple Double

Monday, March 28th, 2005

A few years ago, the men’s wrestling team at the University of Minnesota won back-to-back national championships. Then the men’s hockey team won two in a row. Now the women’s hockey team defended their national title, making them the third team at the U in the last five years to win two in a row!

Gopher Women Frozen Four Champs

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Last year, when the Gopher women’s hockey team won the national championship, it was reported in the press as their first championship, with the idea that there would be more to follow. This season they again faced Harvard for the national championship, and a win gave the team a season record of 36-2-2. Nice work!

WCHA and Men’s Frozen Four

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Regional play in the men’s Division I hockey wrapped up today, and the pairings are set for the Frozen Four. In an unprecedented development, all four teams that advanced come from the WCHA. One semi-final game, will pit Denver against Colorado College, the two teams who met in the WCHA tournament championship game. The other […]

Tastes Like Chicken

Friday, March 25th, 2005

There is a wide range of things in the world that are alleged to taste like chicken. There was a report in the news today that researches have recovered soft tissue from a Tyrannosaurus rex found in Montana. A bone was broken removing the fossil from the site, and they found: “The vessels and contents […]

Republican Leadership and Marriage

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay offered his opinion on the Terry Schiavo issue by uttering: “I don’t care what her husband says.” Looks like the oft-mentioned “sanctity of marriage” took it in the shorts on this one. Of course, DeLay has never been long on integrity – he’s the one who asked the Department of […]

Really Crafty Plants

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

There was a news report today (LINK) of some really interesting genetic work done at Purdue. The claim is that at least some plants can replace a defective gene inherited from a parent with a replacement from a more distant relative that had been stored away, perhaps in RNA. This research is a major deal, […]

St. Paul Winter Carnival

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Over the years, there have been concerns about the behavior of members of the Vulcans, Winter Carnival legend characters. The concerns are partly that standards for acceptable behavior have changed over the decades, though the behavior of the Vulcans has changed much less rapidly. The concerns also concern incidents of sexual misconduct, one of which […]

Women’s Basketball

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Many people say that NCAA women’s basketball is the way the game was meant to be played. By that, they mean the women’s game features passing and teamwork. Last night I watched some of the second half NCAA tournament game between Minnesota and Virginia. At one point a Minneosta guard was bringing the ball up […]

Lubbock in Perspective

Sunday, March 20th, 2005

There was a piece in Slate this week about teams to root against in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The section on Texas Tech included the following: “Lubbock is flatter than whichever Olsen twin doesn’t eat and has all the greenery of the moon.” If pressed, would have to admit I laughed right out loud […]