Archives for March, 2011

Via Southern Fried Scientist, the Galapagos-based Charles Darwin Foundation reports: In the aftermath of the tidal surges induced by the March 11th Japan earthquake and tsunami, a team of more than 20 staff and volunteers worked shoulder to shoulder to clear debris, retrieve equipment and clean laboratories, offices and storage buildings at the Marine Sciences…

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Via Laughing Squid, we learn that students at the UK’s Strode College were tasked with building outfits from cardboard packaging, and one created this whimsical number. If they’d just incorporate the technology from these prosthetic tentacles, this would be the greatest thing ever.

Folks are talking about the problem of evil. John Wilkins takes on the problem of the problem of evil and Darwin, arguing that, for theologies where the problem of evil is a problem, evolution probably does less to exacerbate the issue than basic physics, or physiology, or first principles of ecology. And he’s right. But…

What future have nukes got?

As you presumably know by now, the earthquake in Japan damaged a series of nuclear reactors at the Fukujima Daiichi plant. Due to damage from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, safety systems failed and the reactors could not be shut down the way they were supposed. Hydrogen gas built up and several buildings surrounding the…

Law enforcement agencies move against Sovereign Citizen movement in Fairbanks: Five people, including militia activist Schaeffer Cox, were arrested Thursday in the Fairbanks area for allegedly conspiring to kill multiple Alaska State Troopers and a federal judge. The group had stockpiled weapons and conducted surveillance on the homes of two troopers, according to Alaska State…

@Dave Ewing: The headline you won’t be reading: “Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes”. But it’s the truth. My heart goes out to all the people affected the earthquake in Japan, and by the resulting tsunamis which have hit much of the Pacific basin. Heck, we even saw tsunami surge…

…Is telling the truth. This answers the NPR ombudsman’s question: It’s hard to decide which of [fired NPR development director Ron] Schiller’s remarks [in a heavily-edited video released by dishonest jackass James O’Keefe] was worse for someone representing NPR. – That the Republican Party is “anti-intellectual?” – That Tea Party people aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but…

Via John Sides at the Monkey Cage, a study from the Muslim American Public Opinion Survey finds that the most religious American Muslims are more likely than the least religious Muslims to take active roles in community politics (rallies, letter-writing campaigns, voting, political donations, etc.) and follow national political news more carefully. The authors explain:…

BCSE reports, via the Independent: A prominent British imam has been forced to retract his claims that Islam is compatible with Darwin’s theory of evolution after receiving death threats from fundamentalists. Dr Usama Hasan, a physics lecturer at Middlesex University and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, was intending yesterday to return to Masjid…

For some perspective on yesterday’s story about MRSA and other bugs found on BART train seats, let’s turn to Good Magazine, which interviews microbiologist Pat Fidopiastis about a separate study, funded by Clorox, which found bacteria on shopping cart handles. Fidopiastis writes: none of this means much unless you can show me a significant risk…