is sewage water bacteria the "missing link" in the early evolution of life on Earth?
Christopher Hitchens debated Tony Blair on the value of religion. the BBC is going to air the debate in full on January 1st but you can already watch video of the debate online
or read a full transcript
. reaction from New Humanist
and The Guardian
GQ magazine recently printed a series of photos
featuring musician celebrities with scientists in the background as a way to popularize science. PZ Myers
, Ophelia Benson
, Jerry Coyne
, and Martin Robbins
all comment on how lame an attempt at popularizing science the photos are. erv commented specifically
on Chris Mooney's support for the campaign
. there's a bigger problem than just that the photos are lame, there's the fact that the typical GQ reader isn't going to benefit
from the campaign even if it wasn't stupid. Newsweek introduces us
to the Republicans who are science skeptics and who are likely to hold top House science and energy posts.
Adam Lee (Ebonmuse) at Daylight Atheism has written
an incredibly informative essay
on the formation of Christian orthodoxy and of the New Testament canon.
the Smithsonian magazine has this interesting piece on the top ten daily consequences of our having evolved
Cassini finds oxygen-carbon dioxide atmosphere
on Saturn's moon Rhea.
15-minute writing exercise closes the gender gap
in university-level physics. last week
i linked to news about the anti-vaccine propaganda organization Age of Autism's attempt to show a "PSA" in movie theaters around the country with the message that vaccines are dangerous. well, reasonable people won
out when they flooded AMC Theaters' website urging them to refuse to run the ads and AMC listened. 'Out of Africa' or 'Multiregionalism'
- did we evolve into modern humans in Africa and then leave or did our hominin ancestors leave first, settle, and then we evolved? relatedly, how, and how fast
, did the human brain evolve?
scientists were asked what their favorite example of a wrong scientific belief that was held for a long period of time. 62 scientists have responded
as i write this. cell phones don't cause brain cancer!thinking skeptically about atheist explanations
. the Queen of England says
that religious believers do not have a monopoly on virtue and that non-believers contribute just as much to England's prosperity. scientists glimpse the universe
before the big bang. possibly
two fish families evolved electric powers
by tweaking the same gene.
Luke Muehlhauser posted
this fantastic "map" of the Kalam
Cosmological Argument, showing the argument, rebuttal points, and possible rejoinders to the rebuttals, an incredible resource.
last week i linked to news that the pope had allowed that condom use might be acceptable in certain circumstances but that those circumstances seemed only to be limited to male prostitutes. now it seems that with clarification comes news that his comments applied to women as well
news out last week had it that scientists have for the first time captured and held antimatter particles. but why is that such a big deal?