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Apr 01 2014

Update on Olivia McConnell

The eight year old girl who was trying to get the South Carolina legislature to make the woolly mammoth the state fossil has reason to be happy today: the ass of a state senator who was trying to insert Bible quotes into the bill, effectively killing it, has withdrawn his obstructionist amendment. He said he …

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Apr 01 2014

25 years of futility

ipccwarnings

The IPCC has been issuing climate change warnings for 25 years. Here’s the net result: But if we go back to brass tacks, it’s worth asking how the world has reacted to these repeated warnings. Since 1990, annual global greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels have gone up 60 per cent. Or perhaps you’d …

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Mar 31 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Why won’t you play with us?

Karl Robertson

Mar 31 2014

When will this situation improve?

Maybe never. I know a lot of you hate facebook (with good reason), so I’ll just copy this straight from facebook so you can read it here. From former JREF Outreach Coordinator Brian Thompson: “Let me explain why I’m supporting Karen Stollznow’s legal defense fund. Maybe some of my Facebook friends don’t know who she …

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Mar 31 2014

Cosmos upstaged!

Last night on Cosmos, Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how we know the universe is immensely old, and even took a sharp poke at that nonsensical idea that the earth is only about 6,000 years old. I figured there’d be some indignant squawking on the internet this morning, but no…the creationists are all quiet about it. …

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Mar 30 2014

Do you have to shove your awful little holy book in everything?

I had thought that Minnesota had a state fossil: it was the giant beaver, Castoroides ohioensis. But then I discovered that it wasn’t on the official list of Minnesota State Symbols, but was on the list of proposed symbols. So it never made it into law, although we do have a state photo (it’s awful) …

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Mar 29 2014

Now that’s good skepticism!

It’s a forlorn hope, though. Isn’t that what daytime television does all day long, promote frauds and phonies like Theresa Caputo, the “Long Island Medium”?

Mar 28 2014

Friday Cephalopod: Frolicking in blue

Ilan Lubitz

Mar 26 2014

Can we get it as a cosmetic surgery option?

skullcap

This poor woman in the Netherlands had a bone disorder that caused her skull to continuously thicken, pressing on her brain — so the doctors had a copy of her cranium made out of plastic on a 3-D printer, cut off the top of the skull, and replaced it. It worked, and she’s apparently feeling …

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Mar 25 2014

Epigenetics ain’t magic

I just got a notice of an Epigenetics Conference in Portland, Oregon. It made me cringe. It’s infuriating because epigenetics is actually a very important concept in development, but there’s this terrible misperception among the public that it’s a magical shortcut for evolution. I was also a bit primed for it by the mention of …

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