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Archives for July, 2011

Paul Knoepfler has a blog

Hey, this is good news: Nature included a short opinion piece from a stem cell biologist on his experiences blogging, writing the Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog — I’ll have to start following it. He has some good general advice for scientists starting to blog, although I have some reservations about the first bit. Here…

This strange Japanese video was mention in the last edition of TET, and I had to put it here to help dilute the puzzlement and weirdness. I think it’s an anatomy lesson or something. (Current totals: 12,825 entries with 1,453,181 comments.)

Xiaotingia zhengi

A lovely new dinosaur fossil from China is described in Nature today: it’s named Xiaotingia zhengi, and it was a small chicken-sized, feathered, Archaeopteryx-like beast that lived about 155 million years ago. It shares some features with Archaeopteryx, and also with some other feathered dinosaurs. (Click for larger image)a, b, Photograph (a) and line drawing…

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show did a marvelous job of showing how right-wingers were desperately straining to get out from under the taint of Breivik’s clearly extremist nationalist/rightist/Christian/anti-Muslim ideology. They’re clearly in denial. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c In the Name of the Fodder www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show…

It takes real effort to purge yourself of parasites, and Australia’s got ‘em: rabbits, cane toads, and now…chaplains. In a nation that prides itself on its secular government, Australia has this bizarre and inappropriate relic, the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP), which somehow manages to suck large sums of money out of the government to…

Episode CCXXXIV: Troll hunting

I like how they’re destroyed when you shine a light on them. (Last edition of TET; Current totals: 12,821 entries with 1,452,156 comments.)

This is the traditional ivy-covered teepee at the Morris Horticulture Gardens, which is having an event tomorrow night. Pack up the whole family and come to the Garden for the 41st annual Horticulture Night at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris on July 28 from 5 to 9…

Ardent Atheist podcast

Tonight at 7pm PST/10pm EST it’s time for part 2 of the Ardent Atheist podcast. The first half was played last week; tonight I think it’s the part where we discovered that one among us, Suzanne Whang, was rather on the woo side of the spirituality thing, so we all took turns hammering brutally on…

Jennifer Fulwiler responds

How fun! Fulwiler noticed that her claim to have five Catholic teachings that make sense to atheists actually didn’t, you know, make sense to any atheists, me included, so she’s now trying hard to rationalize it. She has a new post talking about reasoning with atheists that is even more confused and hilarious than the…

Music for the mind

You should enjoy this: 50 academics talk about god. It’s a half hour of nothing but reason and lucid statements of the obvious. (via Dr JTP)