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Archives for April, 2006

Last chance until the Fall

We’re having our last Café Scientifique Morris of the 2005-2006 school year tonight, at 6:00, at the Common Cup Coffeehouse here in beautiful downtown Morris, Minnesota. Our speaker is Mark Logan of the Mathematics discipline, who’s going to be talking about “Origami in Math and Science”—that wonderful interdisciplinary stuff we liberal arts colleges do so…

I ♥ Bluey, the Body Rights Thingamabob.

PT-141

Sciencebase has a short article on a potential new aphrodisiac. It’s called PT-141, or bremelanotide, or Ac-Nle-cyclo[Asp-His-D-Phe-Arg-Trp-Lys]-OH (“PT-141″ is the useful search term if you want to hit up PubMed), and it’s a melanocortin agonist that works directly on the brain. It can be delivered as a nasal spray. It works on men, promoting erections,…

Should the godless be a little more generous in dealing with believers? Here’s an argument that advocates a little more charity; that we ought to recognize that belief in the supernatural is a nearly universal human condition, that it’s a useful coping mechanism for dealing with the unknown, and that it’s a mistaken belief, not…

Don’t hate me for this…

I’ve turned on the requirement to login and register with TypeKey in order to make a comment. Can’t stand it? Things not working? Leave a comment (if you can) or mail me (if you can’t). This is a trial, we’ll see if it works. I’m willing to turn it off again if it causes more…

Maybe there’s room at the Motel 6…

Poor George. He got bumped from a £3600 a night hotel room by Mick Jagger. Isn’t that a little extravagant for a public servant, anyway?

Aaaargh, more commenting problems

I owe many people some apologies: this site has been quietly eating your comments. There are filters set up to catch and discard spam comments, and they work very well. I’m getting thousand or so junk comments a week that are not making it through to be displayed. Unfortunately, about a 5% of the junked…

This is not news

The Mirecki case is over. The trail has gone cold in the investigation of a roadside beating reported late last year by a Kansas University professor. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lt. Kari Wempe said Thursday that detectives had finished their paperwork related to religious studies professor Paul Mirecki’s report that he was beaten by…

How to find a virgin

Defending Melinda Barton

The editor of the Raw Story has stuck a little preamble on Melinda Barton’s piece…the one I criticized yesterday. It makes it worse.