EDIT: i'm adding this link to today's edition because it's got some excellent information- including viewing times around the world- on Monday's eclipse and will be useless come next Sunday.
first, to all those members who plan to celebrate Christmas, my sincere wishes for a great day with your friends and family! :)
DADT just got closer to being done away with! all that's left is the President's signature!
Ed Yong puts the whole arsenic-bacteria fiasco to bed with an excellent post, a bunch of links to what's gone on since last week.
Greg Fish laments the seemingly constant stream of recent outrageously overhyped papers purporting to discover evidence of other universes in the CMBR data. that same hype led Ethan Seigel to post this piece asking what is science and what is hype. and on the subject of the recent hyped papers, Seigel explains why Roger Penrose's new idea lacks merit.
that the LHC hasn't yet produced any black holes apparently rules out some versions of String Theory.
550 million years ago a rise in oxygen levels drove the evolution of animal life.
Ben Goldacre recaps the year in nonsense, looking at silly pseudoscientific claims of 2010.
parasitic worms paint warning colors on their hosts using glowing bacteria.
this is going to be some incredible Winter Solstice! make sure you check out the full lunar eclipse and the first one to occur on the Winter Solstice in 450 years. Ethan Seigel explains the phenomenon.
Massimo Pigliucci wraps up his four-part series on Objectivism with Objectivist Politics.
increasingly nominally Christian teens are turning to "moralistic therapeutic deism".
our family tree: chimps, bonobos and our commonality.
"the Pioneer Anomaly" always shows up in those internet lists of unexplained phenomena usually with an undercurrent of "science can't tell us everything!", now it seems scientists may have figured out the explanation.
and on the subject of distant space-probes, Voyager 1 is nearing the solar system's boundary!
the bible is no place for ethics.
a common creationist assertion is that there's just not enough time for evolution to take place. they're wrong. (surprised?)
bird of paradise creates colorful dance with microscopic mirrors in its feathers.
the foundational question when it comes to atheism: why be an atheist?
a "disagreement hierarchy", how to disagree well.
"friendly" genes are more likely to be passed around, says new research.
Luke Muehlhauser is examining William Lane Craig's six assertions about the absurdity of living life without god.
in the course of examining Michael Behe's newly published paper Jerry Coyne predicted that the paper would be misused by ID'ers in attempt to make a case for Intelligent Design. within what amounts to hours Coyne was proven correct.... twice.