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  Shifting winds blew this week across Google's ethical standing among several prominent practitioners and followers of good science and concerned environmentalism, blowing this way and that a-way. Yesterday a ...

  Shifting winds blew this week across Google's ethical standing among several prominent practitioners and followers of good science and concerned environmentalism, blowing this way and that a-way. Yesterday a tracker post related the angry disappointment in Google by several such people. They do not care for Google playing host last spring to a fund raising event at its DC lobbying offices for climate skeptic supreme Sen. James Inhoff. They wrote a stiff letter to Google's top people - I started to call them suits but then realized that at Google HQ few wear business suits.

   While doing that post I held back on an irony. Also out yesterday was a news story right in my backyard that related a contrary facet of Google's persona. But it was behind a paywall. I have a digital subscription but the barricade would hobble any reference I might...

On Sunday, the Discovery Channel will show the first video of the giant squid in its natural habitat, at 8pm/7 central. I'm not generally inclined to post TV listings at the Tracker, but this one intrigues me. I read Jules Verne's "20,...

On Sunday, the Discovery Channel will show the first video of the giant squid in its natural habitat, at 8pm/7 central. I'm not generally inclined to post TV listings at the Tracker, but this one intrigues me. I read Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" as a kid, and I saw the Disney movie starring James Mason as Capt. Nemo, and I've been intrigued by the giant squid ever since. (Wikipedia describes the film as an early example of steampunk. This observation is in parentheses because it has nothing whatever to do with what I'm talking about.)

It turns out that the giant squid is a shiny silver color, making it look in real life more like some robotic demon than it did in the illustrations that generally accompany Verne's tale. Arikia Millikan has...

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China, reminding the world that we still have a lot of exploring to do on Earth, is poised to become the world leader in deep ocean diving, according to several news reports. The country has developed a three-manned submersible craft that on Tuesday, reached a depth of just over 5,000 meters. For the metrically challenged, that's more than three miles....