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Archives for July, 2009

The Galaxy Song

The Giant’s Shoulders #13 is Up

The World’s Fair is recreated in all it’s glory! Skulls in the Stars is currently hosting the thirteenth installment of the History of Science Blog Carnival. There are some amazing pieces in this edition so head on over right now and check them out. GG was also kind enough to include my post The Grassroots…

Adoption in Non-Human Primates

How genes for altruism can benefit strangers as well as kin The generosity of adoption has long been considered a unique human hallmark. Image: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors For decades it was conventional dogma that humans were the only species that used tools. “Man the Toolmaker” was our celebrated designation. The hominin fossil Homo habilis…

With huge profits reported this week from two bailed-out institutions, Sacramento-based real estate investor Reggie Lal is euphoric: JPMorgan Chase & Co. posted a 36 percent jump in second-quarter profit Thursday, easily surpassing analysts’ expectations, as strength in investment banking offset higher credit losses. JPMorgan, the second big bank to report stronger earnings this week…

On this day 76 years ago (July 14, 1933) a sterilization law was passed in Nazi Germany, known as Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchses (Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring). Any German was a target if they were found to be suffering from a range of perceived hereditary ailments, such as congenital mental…

Greenpeace banner deployed on Mt. Rushmore. Image: S.J. Carrera / Greenpeace There have been few more passionate and prescient figures in the history of science than the Russian naturalist and political radical Peter Kropotkin. Upon the confirmation of his geological research that demonstrated an ancient ice sheet had once extended across the Russian landscape, this…

Picnic. Rob Sheridan / Creative Commons In the second of my 226,000 part series (as yet unnamed) in which I help promote my favorite photographs and artwork bearing a Creative Commons attribution license, I would like to introduce my readers to the amazing work of Rob Sheridan. Picnic is his latest piece, in honor of…

Many of you on ScienceBlogs will probably already know the fabulous blog Living the Scientific Life, but did you know she could soon be your Antarctica blogger? Wouldn’t you love it if she were? If so she really needs your help RIGHT NOW. Click on this link and vote. Then, contact all of your friends…

The Feeling of What Happens

The “Revelation” as described by St. John, though likely inspired through the use of hallucinogens (see The Mystery of Manna). The title for this post comes from a terrific book by the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, but I think it’s appropriate for a discussion on faith, feeling and reason. Francis Collins’ nomination as Director of the…

Sam Harris, Francis Collins and the NIH

Science and religion bicker in the backseat. Collin Purrington / Creative Commons With Francis Collins’ nomination as head of the National Institutes of Health I felt it was appropriate to bring up Sam Harris’ letter to the journal Nature objecting to what he called “high-minded squeamishness” on the part of the editors for their praise…