Archives for December 7, 2007

Science News Tidbits: Health

Is infant male circumcision an abuse of the rights of the child? from PhysOrg.com Circumcision is one of the commonest surgical procedures performed on males. Opponents argue that infant circumcision can cause both physical and psychological harm, while recent evidence shows that circumcision is medically beneficial. Two doctors debate the issue in this week’s BMJ.…

Science News Tidbits: Biology

Nanotube-producing bacteria show manufacturing promise from PhysOrg.com Two engineers at the University of California, Riverside are part of a binational team that has found semiconducting nanotubes produced by living bacteria – a discovery that could help in the creation of a new generation of nanoelectronic devices. […] New method exploits ancient mechanism to switch genes…

My Afternoon With Reverend Zero

Praise Nothin’ We’re in the Age o’ Reason, Brother! Foot worship? [hat tip: Spanish Inquisitor]

Did you hear…

The one about the creationist surprised when he lost his job at a major research institution? The battle between science and creationism has reached the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where a former researcher is claiming he was fired because he doesn’t believe in evolution. more stories like this Nathaniel Abraham filed a lawsuit earlier…

New research may lead to better climate models for global warming, El Nino from PhysOrg.com One hundred fifty scientists from more than 40 universities in nine countries are starting a coordinated program aimed at gaining new insights about the Earth’s climate and the complex, interconnected system involving the oceans, the atmosphere and the land. […]…

John Maynard Smith Interview

Wales: Wikipedia OK for Students

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said teachers who refuse younger students access to the site are “bad educators”. Speaking at the Online Information conference at London’s Olympia, he played down the long-running controversy over the site’s authority. He said young students should be able to reference the online encyclopaedia in their work. Mr Wales said…

VVVVVVSSSSSSSSSSTTTT ….. KABOOM!!!!

Another round of heavy artillery launched in the War on Christmas. It’s a hit! [hattip: PZ Myers]

Dahmer: Darwin Made me Do It

He was saved by creation science. But a little too late, like, it happened after he became a vicious cannibal.