first off, congrats to newly featured members
(top of the page) Angie the Anti-Theist and Carolanne Fernandez!
now, how 'bout some links?!
Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy has posted on this cool little tool
that gives you an idea of the scales involved all the way from quantum foam to the size of the entire universe! incredible. you have to check it out.
Andrew Moseman at 80beats talks about recent advances on the road to fusion power
Jerry Coyne at Whyevolutionistrue
comments on the new book What Darwin Got Wrong
. the verdict: creationists will love it; an epic facepalm for anyone informed on evolution.
Frank Drake of the Drake Equation has pointed out that our move to digital communications has implications for the likelihood both of our finding intelligent life
and intelligent life finding us.
on the other hand, is calling E.T. a smart move?
all the same, at least one scientist is predicting that living generations will see extra-terrestrial life detected
an article in UK's The Guardian: Academics fight rise of creationism at universities
. (via Ian at Irreligion.org)
CNN's reporting that The Pentagon is finally going ahead with a repeal
of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
lots of coverage around teh innernets about how a UK medical ethics panel may take away the medical license of Andrew Wakefield, the guy who started the whole MMR vaccine/autism nonsense. the findings include "dishonesty and misleading conduct." read about it at Bad Astronomy
, Bad Science
, and Nature News
cool evolution: how have rotifers survived attacks by parasites and their own asexual reproduction for so long? the answer is blowing in the wind
. also at Physorg
mice skin cells have been transformed directly into brain cells
for the first time. so cool! the new neurons even produced synapse connections between neighboring cells!
answered: why did mammals survive the K/T extinction
that killed the dinosaurs?
conservatives often trot out against gay marriage and gay adoption the idea that children require both a mother and a father. unfortunately for conservatives, children don't require any such thing
this is interesting... the Moon may have formed in a naturally occurring nuclear explosion
in the Earth's mantle instead of in an impact with a Mars-sized object as currently thought.
cool evolution part 2: almond trees have evolved to use amygdalin
to poison those that would like to eat its nectar and its nuts and to attract its pollinators.
maybe the Higgs particle isn't a particle at all but an "unparticle"?
lots of coverage too on new results providing insight into the color of dinosaur feathers! check it out at 80beats
, and Not Exactly Rocket Science
in the first edition of Sunday School
i linked to Richard Carrier's announcement that he would be debating Michael Horner in Calgary on January 27. Carrier's updated that
to include a talk on the 28th on the historicity of Jesus.
the next part in Vinod Wadhawan's Complexity Explained series is out. it's on the Evolution of Biological Complexity
cool evolution part 3: monarch butterflies navigate using the Earth's magnetic field
finally, some evidence that prayer works... sort of
another great article from The Onion
: Science Channel Refuses To Dumb Down Science Any Further.
two of Jupiter's moons, Ganymede and Calisto, are similar in many respects yet so starkly different. why?- comets and gravity
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of Infidel
and activist against female genital mutilation, will be visiting The University of Wisconsin-Madison to give a talk on February 2nd. details here
new research has found that monkeys keep their conversations short just like we do
, may provide insight into the beginnings of language.
"about a third of women reporting partner violence experienced reproductive coercion
, as did 15 percent of women who had never reported violence."
black hole hunters set new distance record for solar mass black holes
the House of Lords voted against a government amendment to the Equality Bill
which would have clarified the circumstances under which religious organzations are able to discriminate against job applicants on the basis of their sexual orientation.
a Christian mom blogger turns atheist
and apologizes "for being such a huge shit for all those years."
Rush Limbaugh's opinion piece at The Onion: "i don't even want to be alive anymore."
ever wonder what happens to 16yo girls who get raped in Bangladesh and conceive a child as a result of the attack? they get 101 lashes!
(girl's father has to pay a fine too!)
NPR- The Plight of Women Soldiers
the smallest object yet found in the Kuiper Belt
is a third of a mile.
Physorg has this good piece on the cutting edge of molecular biology
NASA admits defeat: the Spirit rover is stuck for good, still continues gathering data and performing experiments. coverage here
looks like the last Neanderthals in Europe died out 37,000 years ago
cool evolution part 4: in a awesome little bit of convergence, bats and dolphins have evolved echolocation in the same way
right down to the molecular level. more at Not Exactly Rocket Science
answered: why, since we're so similar genetically, do humans live so much longer than our closest ape cousins? check it out
medical students may soon be tested on evolution
on medical licensing and entrance exams. 'bout time!
does alien life already exist- even flourish- on earth already
, right under our noses? could be.
Indiana Christians oppose legislation that would help children
Boing Boing has an interesting graphic comparison
between dollars spent on healthcare and life expectancy at birth. USA: FAIL.
numbers of new scientists and engineers
: US- increasing; China- increasing at an incredible rate.
most foreign born students who get PhD's in the US stay in the US
instead of returning home. Russia is "stumbling badly"
when it comes to scientific research.
you simply have to see this incredible picture of the solar corona
taken during a full eclipse last July.
Deepak Chopra writes to refute evolution
. does he succeed? take a guess
Time Magazine: David Ho- The Man Who Could Beat AIDS
and finally, a Large Hadron Collider update!
there ya go! have a great week everyone. see ya next Sunday. don't forget to check out Johnny's Sunday Morning Service.