Carnivalia, and an open thread


Here are a few new carnivals:

The Tangled Bank

The next Tangled Bank will be at geek counterpoint on Wednesday, 23 May — send those links in to me or host@tangledbank.net.

Comments

  1. MikeM says

    Has anyone else heard about this idea to generate electricity?

    http://www.magenn.com/

    It sounds kind of interesting, but at the same time, my crap detector’s meter is almost into the red zone. It’s halfway through into the yellow.

  2. says

    A news creationist museum is setting up shop in Florida. They call it a Gospel Fossil Park. http://www.flascience.org/wp/

    Baird, who is a former lecturer for an apologetics ministry, Answers in Genesis, said having a permanent place for the museum allows him to make it more attractive, making it easier to attract public school groups.

    Gotta love it.

  3. Brandon says

    Oops. Sorry. Looks like I jumped the gun. PZ just now posted about the museum.

  4. Dustin says

    Oh man, that was funny. You should have done one like, “in ur fermions, bein antisymmetric!” with cat spin states being listed above their heads.

    Actually, I’m going to go spin a cat right now.

  5. Oh, fishy, fishy, fishy, fish! says

    OK, so I just saw this news:

    Ministers bow to hybrid pressure

    Ministers have bowed to pressure to allow the creation of human animal hybrid embryos for research.

    Now I’m wondering why is this even controversial? Even I got a bit of some weird feeling before I clicked on the link, before reality kicked in. I guess what I’m asking from scientifically literate people (that’s you) is if there’s any reasons not to pursue this kind of research that is not based on religious preconceptions.

    Thanks for any comments.

  6. Dustin says

    Since this is an open thread:
    Bam.
    Oral sex may increase HPV linked cancer in men.

    I wonder if this will get the misogynist social conservatives to change their tunes. I’m betting it won’t, since they probably think oral sex is some kind of “Go Directly to Hell” card.

  7. Chakolate says

    Of late I have been pondering the biassed nature of language. I use phrases like ‘Thank god!’, ‘god only knows’ and a kajillion (at last count) other religion-related terms, not the least of which is ‘go to hell’.

    And of course whenever I do, someone is liable to say something like, ‘See? That proves you believe in god!’ Which is lame, but then if logic were their strong point they would not be believers.

    So my question is, is there a good list somewhere of substitute phrases? Has this been discussed to death already?

    And what phrases do you use?

  8. Fred J says

    “The policy from the White House has been to allocate funds to religious institutions, even those that channel those funds exclusively to their own particular group of believers in a particular religion,” Carter said. “As a traditional Baptist, I’ve always believed in separation of church and state and honored that premise when I was president, and so have all other presidents, I might say, except this one.” Jimmy Carter