Archives for May, 2008

The following is a Guest Post by Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds. Background On February 26, Anonymous Coward at Bayblab suggested that popular ScienceBloggers like PZ Myers (Pharyngula) needed more science content in order to be counted as a science blog. In the first comment on that post, DrugMonkey pointed out that there was plenty…

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I and the Bird # 76 is up at Wanderin’ Weeta (with Waterfowl and Weeds)

Photograph of Francis S. Collins Just passing along the details from Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is losing its gene guru: Dr. Francis Collins, who helped lead the breakthrough unraveling of the human genetic code — and found common ground between the belief in God and science — is resigning. Collins, arguably the…

Ghostly Ring Found in Outer Space

This just in from NASA: This image shows a ghostly ring extending seven light-years across around the corpse of a massive star. The collapsed star, called a magnetar, is located at the exact center of this image. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope imaged the mysterious ring around magnetar SGR 1900+14 in infrared light. The magnetar itself…

In Boy Scouts, a person must agree to sign a ‘Declaration of Religious Belief,’ in which he must agree that “only a person who acknowledges his duty to God can be the best kind of citizen”. Freecamp thought is an alternative where you don’t have to sell your soul … which is good, because you…

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NASA is Twittering Phoenix

Every few minutes I get an email from NASA telling me which button they’ve pressed on the Phoenix Robot, recently landed on Mars. And I’m only slightly exaggerating. OK, I’m exaggerating a lot. The latest: Phoenix has been commanded to move its arm:

… But don’t panic. Apparently, this is normal. It turns out that bacteria living at the bottom of the sea are far more abundant and diverse than scientists had previously thought. These bacteria appear to be consuming the planet’s oceanic crust. This raises several interesting questions regarding the interaction and co evolution of life on…

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Encephalon – 46th Edition Grand Rounds, 4.36 Carnival of Political Punditry – May 25, 2008 Carnival of the Liberals #65: Skepticism and Politics Gene genie #32 – googling the genie Carnival of the Green #129 Carnival Of Homeschooling #126

Lead What causes some individuals to be more violent than others? Obviously, being male is a risk factor for violence and more broadly for criminal behavior. The behavior of one’s parents or other adult caretakers, as one is growing up, has been implicated in some studies as well. Poverty is an indirect factor as it…