This week on Think Atheist Radio we're featuring a chat with Dr. Carlos Calle. Dr. Calle is the founder and lead of the Electrostatics and Physics Laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. A PhD in theoretical nuclear physics from Ohio University, his research interests center on electrostatic phenomenon on the surface of planets– when static electricity builds up and discharges on a rover on the surface of another planet it can mean the end of the mission right then and there! He is the author of 4 popular level science books; Einstein For Dummies; Superstrings and Other Things: A Guide To Physics; Coffee With Einstein; and The Universe– Order Without Design. We invited Dr. Calle to talk to us on the subject of this last book: how physics has progressed to the point where our modern understanding explains away the apparent design of the ordered cosmos. Here we talk about what we can say about how the universe came to be (and came to be in its current state), and we did so without ever having to resort to GODDIDIT! Listen in!
The ability to "create babies from three parents", as it's being referred to as, is raising ethical concerns. But the concern may be quite misplaced, even the whole "three parent babies" name may be wrong.
The Boy Scouts helped molesters cover their tracks, files show.
The first evidence of planet formation around sun-like stars in clusters has been found.
Arctic experts predict the final collapse of the sea ice within four years.
Detecting sexual selection in dinosaurs? Difficult, but not impossible.
John Shook asks what's after atheism?
Keith Parsons wrote up a guide to Anselm's Ontological Argument for undergraduate level understanding. A great resource.
Dark energy camera snaps first picture ahead of survey.
Steven Novella exposes a bit of homeopathy nonsense published in none other than the BMJ.
The last petition for an atheist arrested for being an atheist in another country failed miserably with everyone wondering what happened, analyzing the failure. Let's make sure we're not all wondering the same thing once this survey concludes. Sign it!
Scientists are making progress in tailor-made organs.
Examining the question of whether Muslim extremists are a fringe group or not.
After hundreds of years, astronomers finally agree: this is the distance from Earth to the Sun.
A newly announced papyrus fragment is being touted as providing evidence that Jesus had a wife. But there are some serious questions about the find. Indeed, Harvard hasn't even decided whether they're going to publish the finding.
When you look up at the sky, the theory that the Earth goes round the Sun and the Sun round the Earth seem equally supported. So how did we know it was the first and not the second?
Crows exhibit causal reasoning, inferring that mechanisms they can't see are responsible for something.
Creationists are doing their utmost to try to deny the reality of the feathered dinosaur fossil record.
Right-wing religions of the world unite to oppress women and gays more ruthlessly.
Carl Zimmer updates us on the fascinating experiments on evolution by Richard Lenski. Watching E. coli evolve new traits in the lab.
Sam Harris defends the right to offend an imaginary god.
Using gravitation lensing, astronomers find the oldest galaxy discovered. Its light has been traveling to us for 13.2 billion years.
A simple trick flips a person's moral compass in new research.
Scientists say that warp drive may be more possible than previously thought.
We can't say when a mass extinction event will occur, but we do have some idea about what traits would increase the likelihood of surviving one.
In the news this week was a new study purporting to reveal a link between genetically modified corn and tumors in rats. Trouble is, the study is total garbage. Worse, journalists were embargoed against contacting relevant experts for their stories, preventing them from verifying the claims made in the study. It's been a good time to discuss why"peer-reviewed" doesn't necessarily mean accurate
Arguing that science is more beautiful than art.
Uncovering gender bias in science.
Is it important that humanity take religion along for the ride on interstellar journeys?
Our mitochondria are an ancient bacteria that long ago formed a symbiotic relationship with a host cell becoming an "organelle". Now scientists have found that this may be happening again, this time with a cyanobacterium and a species of algae.
4 ways Christianity sneaks into our secular government and why it matters.
The God the Right Wing worships sure is a needy insufferable jerk.
Ever feel like your dentist is as sensitive as a cave man? Well this cave man seems to have been a dentist of sorts, having the first filling every found.
Evolutionary Psychology takes a beating in The New Yorker, gets defended at The Chronicle of Higher Education and Scientific American.
Faith healers refuse to get medical attention for their son. He dies as a result. They're tried and convicted. Their penalty? Probation. Yes. Seriously.
Ben Goldacre has torn the lid off of the habits of pharmaceutical companies whose behavior ensures that many medications are useless.