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Archives for November, 2011

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A little dose of hemp will cure everything

Do these claims make you at all suspicious? A few people on Twitter told me I should look into this panacea. Cures heart disease! Eases anxiety and depression! Removes unsightly moles! Arthritis! Snoring! Diarrhea! Acne! Diabetes! Removes warts! Mighraines! Lose weight! Alcoholism! Glaucoma! IT CURES CANCER! All forms of cancer! And all without any detrimental…

Somebody clone Attenborough, quick — the British nature program must continue forever! His latest documentary is Frozen Planet, and all I’ve seen of it is short clips on youtube and various other sites…which just makes me want to see more. Here is a time lapse video of a brinicle forming: a column of cold water…

Islamic embryology: overblown balderdash

I have read the entirety of Hamza Andreas Tzortzis’ paper, Embryology in the Qur’an: A scientific-linguistic analysis of chapter 23: With responses to historical, scientific & popular contentions, all 58 pages of it (although, admittedly, it does use very large print). It is quite possibly the most overwrought, absurdly contrived, pretentious expansion of feeble post…

Lynn Margulis has died

Sad news: Lynn Margulis, advocate of the endosymbiosis theory of eukaryotic origins, has died. She was smart, creative, and promoter of a lot of wild ideas…and to her credit, some of them were even right. I think her greatest strength was her eagerness to step right out to the edge of science and push, push,…

I’ve heard of the Scoville scale, which measures the potency of spicy peppers. Those boring green bell peppers get a 0; habaneros get a score of 350,000. The stuff those UC Davis police officers so casually hosed into the faces of peacefully demonstrating students? between 2,000,000 and 5,300,000 Scoville units. But we’ve taken to calling…

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Am I on a slippery slope?

Inspired by Skepticon, several of the speakers at that event have been redrawn as ponies. Is the next step…furries? (Also on FtB)

Amphibious assault troops in training

Soon, we’ll be able to reach you anywhere. And no, your precious cats will not be able to save you. (Also on FtB)

A poll with a point!

The 2011 blogging scholarships are up for a vote — $10,000 goes to the winner. As you might guess, we want a science blogger to win — there are lots of good candidates, and Christie Wilcox has compiled a list of the science bloggers, but I had to place my vote for David Shiffman, just…