Archives for October 5, 2012

Are Vaccines Safe For Your Children?

Ask Allison Hagood and Stacy Herlihy about Vaccine Safety They are the authors of Your Baby’s Best Shot: Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives, and they will be Desiree’s guests on Skeptically Speaking. This week, we’re looking at the science – and pseudoscience – that affects the healthcare decisions parents make for their children,…

A big step in battery technology?

I usually avoid writing about research that has not been done yet. I get press releases every day about grants awarded to universities and private companies to pursue one research project or another. There is always some reason those grants are awarded, some prior research that indicates a potential finding. The early indications of what…

Wed, October 10th Join us at the Barnes & Noble in Har Mar Mall in Roseville at 7pm, Wednesday, October 10 for a fun evening. The Atheist Voices of Minnesota will be featured for an authors’ event and we would love to see a room full of occupied seats! Six of the book authors will…

The Boy Scouts Suck

When I was a kid there were no boy scouts. Well, there were, but not exactly where I lived. There were cub scouts and I was a member, and older kids in my neighborhood were boy scouts, but then somehow when it came time for me to leave the Cub Scouts and join Boy Scouts,…

Romney did “win” the debate

Romney did three things at the debate: 1) He totally randomized his policies, thus putting into effect an excellent version of the Chewbaca Defense; 2) He made up his own rules, forcing Obama to follow them and embarrassing PBS and Jim Lehrer; and 3) He made a bunch of independents giddy, so when the post-debate…

Schrödinger’s cat found alive!!!

By making constant but weak measurements of a quantum system, physicists have managed to probe a delicate quantum state without destroying it – the equivalent of taking a peek at Schrodinger’s metaphorical cat without killing it. The story is at the New Scientist.

Same Sex Marriage at the Polls

This WILL be an historic year at the polls when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage. The question remains, though, what will this year’s election, and the society voting in it, be remembered for? There four states with ballot items related to this issue: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. I heard the following…