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Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 26 2012

Malala deserves it

I agree with Nonstampcollector. Vote for Malala Yousafzai for TIME's Person of the Year.

Nov 26 2012

Sometimes random chance just up and kicks you in the face

I’m in the process of moving my blog Coyote Crossing to a new home. As a result, I’ve been spending odd 20-minute spans in between tasks over the last few days importing archival blog entries into WordPress. WordPress is pretty good at importing other content management systems’ data, but my blog had been run on ExpressionEngine, …

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Nov 26 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: That’s a lotl axolotl

mexican-axolotl

(via NatGeo)

Nov 26 2012

Simon Davis takes one for the team

He read Faitheist! And he wrote a review! It seems a very even-handed review, although it does expose some of the biographical details that Stedman trades on to be completely invented. It’s also a review that kills any interest I might have in ever reading the book.

Nov 26 2012

Science demolishes ant-vax claims

Oooh, here’s a nice short summary of how the human immune system works, geared towards making anti-vaxxers heads explode. (This is also one of the tacks we’ll be taking at the skeptic track at Convergence this summer — we’ve proposed a session on basic, introductory explanations of immunity.)

Nov 26 2012

Creationist distortions of science

Answers in Genesis, that awful creationist organization, has a couple of tactics that they use to argue that they’re doing Real Science and the real scientists aren’t. They set up a dichotomy: you have to choose between God’s word and Man’s reason. God’s word is obviously perfect (because they say it is), while Man’s reason …

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Nov 26 2012

Café Scientifique in Morris on Tuesday evening

We’re bringing it back! If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by tomorrow night to learn some cool student-centered physics research. Summary: Students from the Experimental Physics class will present “Results from Experimental Physics” on Tuesday, November 27, at 6 p.m. at the Common Cup Coffeehouse. This is the first Café Scientifique of the academic year. …

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Nov 25 2012

[Lounge #383]

babygorilla

This is the lounge. You can discuss anything you want, but you will do it kindly. Ook. Status: Heavily Moderated; Previous thread

Nov 25 2012

Grandpa Simpson lives!

strobel

Congratulations, Arthur L. and Ina Jean Strobel! They’ve been married for 65 years, a commendable accomplishment. I’m going to recommend, given Arthur’s interests, that for his 66th anniversary, they reward themselves with a real genetics class. Here’s their anniversary announcement, published at, I presume, their own expense. He rambles on about his service in WWII, …

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Nov 25 2012

A Better Life

Hey, that Atheist Book many of you helped fund is making progress — and we get a status report! It really is a better life…except when I look over at the dining room table and see all those graded papers sprawled out that I have to organize and collate and log (and also finish.)

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