after child abuse accusations, Catholic priests often simply vanish
past research into the happiness of religious versus non-religious people has tended to show that religious people are happier. but a new look at the question
says it's not as simple as that.
so, the whole NASA "arsenic-based life" thing....
first NASA announced that they were going to hold a press conference
about something with far-reaching astrobiology implications. this touched off a storm of speculation
, principally led by the blogger Kottke
, that NASA had discovered life on either Titan or Rhea, two of Saturn's moons. the night before the press conference level heads were already saying how silly all the fuss was
. turns out NASA announced that there had been found bacteria in a lake in California that can use arsenic in place of phosphorous in its basic biological chemistry. it's interesting, to be sure, but it's not alien life and it's not arsenic-based life. in the aftermath some commentators think NASA should never have set up the kind of hype they did. Ed Yong posted
on the find as well as including a round up of links
on the subject in his weekly link wrap up. Greg Fish commented
. In Vivo posted
to explain what the find is and what it isn't. Razib Khan compared the hype
to the hype surrounding the launch of the segway scooter. Carl Zimmer posted
a good analysis. Phil Plait too
. PZ Myers posted to explain
that this is not arsenic-based life.
Jeff Randall linked
to this fantastic resource, a list of posts on basic concepts in science
. Ethan Siegel posted
about a new, very dense star cluster in our own galaxy. very interesting. beautiful pictures. not content, Siegel also posted this piece about a "shooting galaxy."
and capping a week of great stuff from him, he also answered the question, "how does the universe make the building blocks of life?
the Kentucky state government is looking to give 37 million dollars in tax incentives to Ken Ham so he can build a bible-centered theme park
complete with a full size ark replica.
the Illinois state legislature has passed a bill legalizing same sex unions
. the bill now heads to the governor for his signature, something he says he'll do early in the new year
with the law going into effect in June.
Americans stretch the truth
when it comes to church attendance.
recently discovered super-Earth exo-planet may have an atmosphere of steam
. Adriana tipped us off
to this great resource
when it comes to intelligent design and irreducible complexity.
Richard Dawkins wrote an article for the Guardian highlighting Christopher Hitchens as his hero of 2010
John Loftus reposted a piece he originally posted back in 2006 wherein he explains why he doesn't believe the bible is god's word
an entire ecosystem follows the march of the army ants
the LHC creates cosmic primordial soup
and probes strange particle jets.
what seems silly at first may eventually need to be a matter of international (intergalactic?) law- a woman in Spain has laid legal claim to the Sun
. your top science questions answered
... the Royal Society has produced 12 essays
, each answering a science question. Hemant Mehta linked
to another fantastic video from QualiaSoup, this time tackling irreducible complexity.
the gallery of anti-skepticism and anti-science
, short descriptions of the most commonly encountered offenders.
a new discovery appears to triple estimates of the number of stars
in the universe.