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Lots more commentary on the whole superluminal neutrinos story. Let's get that out of the way first:
So what's next? How do they clear up the uncertainty?
Physics professor Jon Butterworth in The Guardian with 4 things to think about.
Victor Stenger has an interesting take, pointing out what the discovery, if it's true, does to our notion of cause and effect while bringing it back to the question of god's existence. Jerry Coyne comments.
Ethan Seigel gets deeper into things after his initial post from last week.
That scientists are even willing to accept that none other than Einstein was wrong highlights the difference between science and religion.
Let's make sure we get acquainted with neutrinos before we get into the question of whether they violate a bedrock principle of physics!
Scientists install microchip inside a rat's cerebellum and reclaim lost brain function.
Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition of American is quoted in The Guardian as saying that he's aware of 28 members of the US Congress that are atheists.
Humans and sharks share a key feature of their immune systems meaning that feature evolved at least as far back as the last common ancestor we share with sharks 400 million years ago.
False equivalence on the subject of Right vs Left science denialism. The Right is way more denialist.
Evidence vs Religion. This image is perfect!
New study says that as many as a third of sun-like stars may have terrestrial planets in the habitable zone.
Lots of talk this past week about a new HIV vaccine as a cure. It's not though. But it is a small breakthrough.
That same old story... Girl gets raped... Community rallies around her and her family... Community is outraged because her parents won't murder her per trad....
This video is so cool. Someone created a side by side step by step comparison of the Apollo moon landing footage with Google Moon images. Check out the perfection of the sync up with the features on the surface in the images.
Last week I linked to John Shook's piece on Humanism and the death penalty. This week Alonzo Fyfe took issue with Shook's post.
Recently I had linked to how the American Cancer Society had seemingly shafted the Foundation Beyond Belief, refusing to accept their money. This week Todd Steifel wrote an open letter to the American Cancer Society.
A few prominent skeptics have openly advocated for a Bayesian epistemology, but is Bayes as strong as they think?
John Danaher began a new series on free will and determinism. Keep an eye on this one. Good stuff.
Utilitarianism– “the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.” Sounds good right? Well, new research into just what kind of person follows this particular ethical theory has some uncomfortable results.
If you're not following any of these female science bloggers consider doing so. They're producing great content and deserve your attention.