Archives for May 20, 2010

Why are most stars in binary systems? New Spitzer results may help explain.

Philosophy professor and author Dr. Massimo Pigliucci joins us to discuss his new book “Nonsense On Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk.” We’ll discuss why people embrace pseudoscientific beliefs, and how it affects our culture. Details (Reminds me of this: Massimo Pigliucci: “Politics, Philosophy and Atheism.” Atheists Talk #0074, Sunday June 14, 2009 )

The Saba Bank is a major coral reef in the Caribbean which sports a high level of biodiversity but also attracts oil tankers, and is thus an important natural area under threat. The tankers anchor here to avoid paying fees in various ports, but the anchors themselves drag along the reef and cause havoc. There…

False Pearls before Real Swine

“In today’s lecture, I will be casting false pearls before real swine” … I won’t tell you who said that, but when he did say it, he was in front of a classroom of several hundred Harvard freshmen, and he was referring to the idea of telling little white lies to the unwashed masses in…

Sue Lowden is against chickens.

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Scientists are reporting that they have made a living cell from DNA that was originally synthesized in a lab. This isn’t quite a synthetic organism. But the result is an important, and some would say troubling step on the road to creating life in the lab. Craig Venter is the scientist behind the effort. Many…

How Inventions Happen

One of the fascinating side stories in Dragnet is the quirky relationship between Bill Gannon and Joe Friday, and in particular, Bill’s reporting of his occasional schemes and Joe’s incredulous reaction to them. … Read on (qm)

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