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"Schoolchildren are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the purpose of child sacrifice."
Let's do our superluminal neutrinos follow up:
There's word that not only may the effect not be real, the solution to the apparent effect may be an actual confirmation of Relativity rather than a mark against it.
But say it did end up being true, what would it mean for physics?
But even without faster than light speed travel (or even light speed travel for that matter), it's all relative.
Lawrence Krauss suggests that, not only is the neutrino story not likely to be true, but that it's unfortunate that the news was given to the public as early as it was.
In the last couple of weeks there was news that scientists had figured out a way to sort of image a person's thoughts. I linked to coverage of that research but this week I wanted to point to a voice of skepticism.
The universe is expanding. And its expansion is speeding up. So just how fast are the galaxies farthest from us speeding away from us? And what sort of odd effects do these speeds have on our perspective of them?
This week the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it legal for a doctor or nurse to choose to let a woman in need of a life-saving abortion die rather than have that abortion.
Christians misinterpret the story of The Fall from Genesis 3. "[T]this isn’t a story about humans being bad. It’s a story about humans being AWESOME."
Another atheist goes accomodationist. Jerry Coyne handles it easily enough.
Recently there was another claim (there's one every once in a while) of an incident of spontaneous human combustion. Let's just put that to bed, shall we?
In a test between dark matter and modified gravity, dark matter wins again.
Did sexual selection by a sugar molecule help determine the course of human evolution?
When anyone refers to the science on something as "settled", there's a problem.