Archives for March 21, 2012

Dawn’s Details of Vesta Unexpected

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has revealed unexpected details on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. New images and data highlight the diversity of Vesta’s surface and reveal unusual geologic features, some of which were never previously seen on asteroids. These results were discussed today at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference at The Woodlands, Texas.…

What is the Creationism du Jour?

A talk by Genie Scott of the NCSE:

On January 29th, 2010, I wrote: I do not appreciate the fact that the New Orleans Saints defense, when playing the superior Minnesota Vikings, clearly designed, practiced, and successfully implemented a strategy that if adopted by other teams and not stopped by new rules, will change the way the sport is played forever. During the…

Academic Freedom and Aids Denialism

There is an interesting development in the area of Aids Denialism (and by extention climate change denialism and the rest of it) in Italy: The University of Florence has launched an inquiry into the teaching activities of an academic who assisted on a course that denies the causal link between HIV and AIDS, and supervised…

These are not the same thing, and the distinction is important. Please have a look at: The real impact of gun laws, and what that means