Monthly Archives: August 2012

Martian Panorama

Curiosity Rover has been sending back some amazing sights and sounds since its arrival on Barsoom on August 6. Here is a composite 3600 image of Gale Crater and the surrounding area. Amazing and beautiful. Original Photo : NASA JPL- … Continue reading

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The Holy Blood and the Holy Pope

One of the things about the Roman Catholic faith that has always seemed absurd and somewhat disturbing is the practice of including relics of saints in their churches. These relics can range from a small vial of blood to a … Continue reading

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Michio Kaku – Higgs Bosons and the Big Bang

Transcript Michio Kaku: A few months ago the headlines were dominated by the fact that physicists think they found the Higgs boson. Well, the media said, this is a great discovery, but what do you mean you think you found … Continue reading

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Ruling by Divine Right

Any of us who even faintly remember our high school history classes is familiar with the concept of kings and queens ruling by Divine Right. This is the concept that a ruler is subject only to the demands or rules … Continue reading

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Why abortion exceptions can’t work

Abortion has become one of the issues in the US election, and it has the potential to become a political issue in the near future here as well. Some anti-choice advocates, such as the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, … Continue reading

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California and Google Cars

Feel the need to talk of text and drive? Need to find a way home from the bar and can’t find a taxi? California may soon be changing the law to make those and other activities both legal and safe. … Continue reading

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Zombie Fossils

I was reading Brian Switek at Laelaps who goes on a bit of a rant, albeit a carefully researched and knowledgeable rant, on a favourite topic of mine: the non-existence of living fossils. In his article, he takes on some … Continue reading

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Adaptionism taken too far

Adaptionism is one of the ways of viewing natural selection. Adaptation is the evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes better able to live in its habitat or habitats.  Adaptedness is the state of being adapted: the degree to which an … Continue reading

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Illegal Balaclavas

In France protesting the sentencing of Pussy Riot can earn you time in the slammer. Last year, the government of France passed a law banning the wearing of face covering in public. At the time, it was obvious that the … Continue reading

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Random Funnies

Just because I have idea block today (that’s the first step towards complete writer’s block)        

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