Archives for July 6, 2010

Are creationists dumb or not?

This topic came up a couple of times during SkepchiCON. I’ll be blogging about that later. But for now, I thought you might find this interesting.

Although I quickly add that I’ve not been reading much on the Internet this morning, but stilll ….. There is this item in HuffPo … Jesus and the Evolution of the Species by Stanley Knick, PhD: This is not about whether you believe in God, or whether you believe in evolution. It is not about…

Interesting Items

The BBC Sports Section accidentally released a version of its newly designed website that insulted many of its readers, and possibly insulted The Queen (depending on one’s interpretation). The web site had “place holder” text and graphics that were not removed before release. Here’s the story. Let this be a lesson to you, web developers!…

Certain individuals who shall not be named (or linked to) by me on this blog have been making the usual petty and annoying nuisance of themselves. But there is some justice on the Internet, and the slapping upside the head happens here. Enjoy. Or throw up a little in your mouth. Either way, fine with…

According to those who decide these things. This is what I had assumed would happen assuming that Caster Semenya is an XY person with complete AIS. (see: Caster Semenya’s Gender: What would the science be?) The current news story, just being reported and quite incomplete (and perhaps appropriately so) is from the BBC.

… in a research project having to do with dialect …

Apparently, it is OK for a government agency to insist that its employees consider religious explanations for natural phenomenon as equal to scientific ones in the context of science education. In a decision issued on July 2, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision that the…

Hat Tip: Rachel Maddow

New Photograph of the Universe

It must have been very difficult to get the Universe to stand still for this photograph, but the European Space Agency managed it . Check it out. Here is a web site that shows you what the sky looks like when viewed in different wavelengths, or using different energy sources.

Bobby Fischer’s Body Exhumed

The remains of US-born chess champion Bobby Fischer have been exhumed in Iceland to establish a paternity claim. Lawyers for nine-year old Jinky Young and her mother, Marilyn, who had a relationship with Fischer, claim she is entitled to Fischer’s fortune. The Supreme Court in Reykjavik ruled last month a tissue sample was needed to…