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Scientists, read this statement. A new era has dawned for those who fund the abusers and raise funds for them to murder animals with. You too are on the hit list: you have been warned. If you support or raise funds for any company connected with Huntingdon Life Sciences we will track you down, come…

As noted around the science blogosphere, something wicked this way comes. PRISM, or the Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine (created by the Association of American Publishers), is setting up a strawman argument against Open Access publications, claiming that the tradition of peer review is under attack. Open Access, such as PLOS journals…

I attended a seminar on gene therapy not long ago, and while I never talked much about it at the time, something stuck in my mind as someone interested in the field: is gene therapy a soft form of eugenics? Gene therapy, as referred to by most medical researchers or ethicists would likely be construed…

Check out this interesting op-ed piece in the NY Times today, on a case being heard in the Supreme Court over Bush’s faith-based initiatives. The question before the court is whether a group seeking to preserve the separation of church and state can mount a First Amendment challenge to the Bush administration’s “faith based” initiatives.…

File this under “How in the Hell……” No one would be foolish enough to claim that racism and discrimination doesn’t exist to some extent. Its an unhappy result of worlds and societies colliding, and I truly believe that as societies evolve, the issue improves. Thats why when someone exhibits blatant, angry racism in a public…

YouTube, the open-source video upload site, is as popular as ever following its buyout from Google. However, today I came across a deliciously snarky editorial about YouTube’s blatant use of copyrighted material. Is what YouTube doing really illegal? Can you REALLY get free egg rolls?? (Continued below the fold)…

What’s the point of this ad? Your parents do it. They are probably doing it right now. But you don’t want to know that. Just like you don’t want to know what happens to chicks and chickens on factory farms. You don’t want to know that behavioral scientists have discovered that the cognitive abilities of…

Wouldn’t you think that NASA would use the most rigorous psychological test to screen for tough minds in potential astronauts? How then does the soap-opera-esque debacle with astronaut Lisa Nowak (you know, the one in the love triangle who’s been arrested for attempted murder) even come to such a boiling point? That it *did* happen…

Although I thought about making a post about the refusal of the corrupt earmark system to just die already, I think something more in my scope of interest is the current ethics debate regarding a severely mentally handicapped child. Specifically, her parents have opted to surgically stunt their child’s physical development to prevent puberty (hormones,…

I came across an interesting topic on the Irascible Professor’s blog: whether or not banning harmful food product such as trans-fat infringes upon a person’s right to eat whatever they want, healthy or otherwise. This question is in response to libertarian John Stossel’s article “What Will They Ban Next?” where Stossel opines that citizens’ eating…