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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 28 2012

Satan plants new hominid fossil

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The trickster god has been busy of late, fabricating and planting a new fossil for Jesus-hating physical anthropologists to crow about. This one from a  rare and incredibly useful diagnostic region of the body for scientists studying human/primate origins:

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Mar 28 2012

And I thought I had it bad: The lure of virtual currency

Chinese prisoners were forced into 'gold farming' – building up credits on online games such as World of Warcraft.

I’ve been bummed that I have to work with a painful autoimmune-vision condition, one that would resolve much faster if I didn’t have to stare at teeny-tiny text in fine detail all day. Woe is me! Then I see this piece below, which helps put things in perspective: 

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Mar 26 2012

They don’t call it “eye” ritis for nothing

Actually the medical term is Iritis, as in inflammation of the iris, and mine’s caused by an autoimmune disorder called Anklyosing spondylitis. It’s like a super arthritis which attacks soft tissue on top of the usual aches and pains in the joints. AS is genetic, there is one main marker (HLA-B24) and one or two others …

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Mar 23 2012

Mitt Romney’s science lies are just one small piece of a very big picture

Romney’s science flip-flops are well known, but this week Rachel Maddow rightly calls Sketchy out as the stone-cold liar he is, and it’s a thing of beauty to behold. If you’re pressed for time, just skip to the 6:25 mark and enjoy. On a related note, why in this media-saturated info-rich modern-day enviroment do we have to depend on …

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Mar 23 2012

Spring heat wave settles in on US and Canada

A huge, lingering ridge of high pressure over the eastern half of the United States brought summer-like temperatures to North America in March 2012.. Imag courtesy NASA/EO.

A spring heat wave shattered records across the US and Canada this month and some researchers worry it could be a symptom of sizzling summers and active hurricane seasons for the next few years. And that could be just the tip of the vanishing iceberg:

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Mar 23 2012

Nomad planets could be traveling at near warp speeds

Call it planet Crank. A study slated to be published in the Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society finds that not only are nomad planets possible, under ideal conditions some of them could be ejected from the heart of large galaxies at an appreciable fraction of the speed of light:

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Mar 22 2012

Vatican at the center of a money laundering investigation

The details are murky — that’s always how it is with these clowns — but apparently a lot of money was being moved in and out of a Vatican account managed by JP Morgan and various European money centers, most of them in Germany. The pattern of brisk credits and transfers is reportedly similar to …

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Mar 21 2012

What do you get when you mix politics and religion?

So goes the old saying, punch line shortly. For now let’s note in recent history, mixing politics and religion has given us everything from the Holocaust to forced state sanctioned rape by high-tech dildos to the 9-11 terror attacks (Hey, those hijackers weren’t atheists). A new poll indicates we can add another item to the growing list: increasing nervousness among …

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Mar 21 2012

George Bush saved nation from second Great Depression!

Mitt Romney has roundly laughed at across the media-scape today for claiming it was George Bush, not Barack Obama, who kept the US from collapsing into a Great Depression in late 2008. That’s not entirely wrong, but there are a few things which Mittens conveniently failed to mention.

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Mar 21 2012

Hubble zeros in on globular star cluster

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The Hubble zooms in on a globular cluster called Messier 9. Click image to enrapture.

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