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One third of Americans believe in ghosts

In a new poll conducted for Halloween by the Associated Press and market research company IPSOS, one third of respondents said that they believe in ghosts and UFOs, and nearly one half said they believe in extrasensory perception. A Yahoo! News story summarizes the main findings of the AP/ IPSOS poll.

BMC Biology Image Library

BioMed Central has just launched an online collection of biological images, film clips and animations. The Biology Image Library is intended for educational and research purposes, and contains more than 11,000 images covering subjects which include neuroscience, developmental biology, and microbiology. Although BioMed Central is an open access publisher, the Biology Image Library is only…

James Watson has been suspended from his position as chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory following the racist comments he made last week. In last weekend’s Sunday Times, Watson is quoted as saying that he is “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa [because] all our all our social policies are based on the…

Envisioning Science

(Photo by Felice Frankel)  Reseacher, author and science photographer Felice Frankel is the winner of this year’s Lennart Nilsson Award for Medical, Technical and Scientific Photography. Frankel is a researcher at MIT and a senior research fellow at Harvard University’s Faculty of the Arts and Sciences, where she is head of the Envisioning Science Program,…

Senile old fool

James Watson and Francis Crick made the most significant discovery of the twentieth century: they elucidated of the molecular structure of DNA in 1953, and later shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their work. So Watson and Crick are very illustrious, to say the least. But when Watson continues to make racist…

Bloody foreigners

According to an economic analysis carried out by the Home Office, immigrants earned more and paid more tax than native Britons did last year.

The Royal Society has just put Robert Hooke’s folio online. The 320-year-old notebook, which had been missing for centuries, was discovered in January of last year. In it, Hooke provides details of his experiments, and of the workings of the newly-formed Royal Society, of which he was first administrator and then secretary. Hooke was a…

My YouTube channel

Now showing on my YouTube channel: The remarkable cognitive skills and tool-making abilities of crows (see this post)  A documentary about Clive Wearing, who has the most severe case of amnesia ever documented. The alien jaws of the moray eel (explained here) Crop-raiding chimps (explained here)  Asphyxio-balling (which is something that bees do, and not…

For sale on eBay: A nuclear missile base

The former Larsen Air Force Base Complex 1A Titan ICBM Facility is listed on eBay. The facility comes complete with 16 underground buildings, including three 160 ft. tall missile silos, three 4-storey terminal equipment buildings, two antenna silos and a 100 ft. diameter control dome building. That amounts to 45,000 square feet of useable space,…

Today’s issue of Science contains the winners of the 2007 Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, and the journal’s website has an online exhibit that features all of the winning images. The competition is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, who created it with the editors of Science five years ago. The aim of the competition…