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April 16, 2014

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2:01 AM | The first victim!
It is well established that the first victim in war is truth. Mind you the dispatch of truth usually comes well before the shooting starts. I have a personal interest in Ukraine and the dispatch of truth occurred for me … Continue reading →

April 15, 2014

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4:35 PM | Here’s something else oppressing Ken Ham
He hates Tiktaalik. He hates it so much he even has a hard time spelling its name correctly. Tikaalik is again being popularized through the new PBS series "Your Inner Fish.” it’s really a desperate con job on the part of evolutionists who can’t defend their evolutionary fictional story. He actually surprises me a little…
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3:37 PM | Science conspires to make me feel really old now
Virginia Hughes tells us about techniques to look inside the zebrafish brain. The gang at HHMI are using two photon imaging and clever image analysis to get very clear, sharp images of fluorescent neurons. Oy, that’s pretty. This old codger did some of that stuff, many years ago, but you know what we had to…

April 14, 2014

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6:00 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan MISANDRY
That photo is from a lovely new documentary, with this trailer. However, I have to call attention to one troubling fact. “All these lemurs have one thing in common – from the little one to the very largest one – they all have female dominance. The females are the leaders. The females are the ones…

April 12, 2014

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11:00 PM | Sonntagsklassik
Einen schönen Sonntag allen LeserInnen. Bei Beethoven denken leider nicht wenige immer nur an seine Symphonien oder an die drei, vier Klavier-Gassenhauer, die auf keiner “Ich liebe Klassik”-Discount-Supermarkt-Edition für 4,99 € fehlen dürfen (was auch der Grund ist, aus dem es niemals die “Vier Jahreszeiten” in der Sonntagsklassik geben wird). “Uns Ludwig” hat aber sehr…
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9:51 PM | An outdated tax anomaly – charitable status of relgion
Here is a New Zealand Kickstarter project well worth supporting – a film which sets out to answer the questions: Why do religions pay few taxes? Why do companies owned by religions also avoid tax? With more non-believers than ever … Continue reading →
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9:20 PM | So go crawl into a dark Faraday cage and wait for civilization to collapse
Salon sometimes, and with increasing frequency lately, publishes some genuinely pernicious crap. I notice they’ve been experimenting with click-baity titles and more lists (I am growing to hate lists on the internet), there is more and more gullible religious pandering, and some days I think they’re experience huffpo envy — ‘if only we were a…

April 11, 2014

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12:55 PM | Friday Cephalopod: Octopuses can be superheroes, too
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April 10, 2014

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3:00 PM | Masern ist eine Viruserkrankung und Viren kann man nachweisen!
Joseph von nebenan hat mich auf die Zuspitzung einer bizarren Geschichte aufmerksam gemacht, die darin besteht, daß ein Gericht zur Klärung des im folgenden geschilderten Streits angerufen wurde: Der (beschämenderweise) Biologe, Impfskeptiker, AIDS-Leugner und Allroundspinner S. Lanka hatte ein Preisgeld von 100.000 € für die Person ausgelobt, die ihm die Existenz des Masernvirus beweisen und…

April 09, 2014

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9:51 PM | Declan Waugh scaremongers over fluoride – again
Mary Byrne, the convener of the anti-fluoridation activist group Fluoride Action Network of NZ, is promoting “alarming information” about incidence of neural tube developmental defects like spina bifida with the implication they are caused by community water fluoridation. Her authority … Continue reading →
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7:01 PM | No! Not the list of stumpers again!
There’s a common tactic used by creationists, and I’ve encountered it over and over again. It’s a form of the Gish Gallop: present the wicked evolutionist with a long list of assertions, questions, and non sequiturs, and if they answer with “I don’t know” to any of them, declare victory. It’s easy. We say “I…
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5:09 PM | Ciencia tuitera
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 9 de abril  de 2014Vivimos la era de las redes sociales. Bueno, al menos el porcentaje de mexicanos –y de la población mundial– que tiene acceso a internet (aproximadamente 40%, en ambos casos) y a los artilugios (gadgets, en spanglish) que permiten participar en ellas: computadoras, celulares inteligentes, tabletas.Twitter y […]

April 08, 2014

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10:22 PM | Arrogance of ignorance?
It always seems to be the way – those who know least about a situation usually have the strongest opinions on it. That certainly seems the case for US attitudes towards the Ukraine crisis – according to a study performed by … Continue reading →

April 07, 2014

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11:52 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Sad pangolin
Say goodbye to another mammal being sacrificed on the altar of ‘traditional medicine’ — pangolin scales are consumed as medicine, their blood is used in tonics, their embryos are swallowed as aphrodisiacs, and they’re just generally eaten up. They’re also incredibly fragile, and cannot be farmed; they’re all caught in the wild and they usually…
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7:13 PM | Yes, I am an Evolutionist!
When people press me into defining either as a conservative, a liberal/libertarian or a leftist, I like to answer that I am an "Evolutionär", an evolutionist: My scientific interests and researches have led me to appreciate that any biological or cultural tradition surviving to our day is the product of a long and deep history, which should not be dismissed easily. In this sense, I feel like a conservative. The very same perspective helped me to appreciate that variation is […]
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9:00 AM | Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Feminisme, Islamofobie en een Eredoctoraat
Closer Blog: Ayaan Hirsi Ali krijgt een eredoctoraat van Brandeis University. Helaas. Read more: Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Feminisme, Islamofobie en een Eredoctoraat
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1:06 AM | Pandering to anti-fluoridation campaigners
Social media can be bloody frustrating at times. I do find Twitter useful for identifying interesting newspaper reports, scientific articles and videos – often long before I would see them myself on other sources. But, boy, there is loads of … Continue reading →

April 06, 2014

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7:10 PM | Jeugdjournaal – The Voice of Anasheed
Closer Blog: Een wedstrijd met islamitische a-capella muziek, anasheed: anasheedstars, georganiseerd door de Voice of Anasheed. In het jeugdjournaal. Read more: Jeugdjournaal – The Voice of Anasheed
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2:41 PM | Saving Face – Acid Violence against Women in Pakistan
Closer Blog: A documentary about the fight against acid violence against (mainly) women in Pakistan. Read more: Saving Face – Acid Violence against Women in Pakistan

April 05, 2014

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11:00 PM | Sonntagsklassik
Einen schönen Sonntag allen LeserInnen. Der Mann hat, auch wenn es manche nicht wissen/für möglich halten, tatsächlich noch etwas anderes geschrieben als den Canon (der manchen aber auch längst auf die Nerven geht). Zum Beispiel diese famose wenngleich inhaltlich diskutable Kantate: Wer es lieber weniger sakral und lieber mehr im Geiste perückt, schnallenbeschuht und gemessenen…
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8:04 PM | Why do religious people have more friends?
It’s a fairly well-attested fact that religious people tend to be happier, to be more socially engaged, and to have more social support. Well, there are nuances depending on the country you look at, but that’s the general picture.But is it cause or effect? Is it that religion helps people to be socially engaged (by encouraging them to take part in community events, perhaps, or by making them feel part of a group), or is it that religion attracts a certain kind of person? […]
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1:20 PM | De kracht van de aangifte tegen Wilders
Closer Blog: De golf aan aangiften tegen Wilders; een korte beschouwing. Read more: De kracht van de aangifte tegen Wilders

April 04, 2014

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3:00 PM | Interview mit Rudolf Jaenisch (ungekürzte Version)
Dies ist die ungekürzte und nur geringfügig überarbeitete Version meines Interviews mit Rudolf Jaenisch. ________________ Cornelius Courts: Zuerst einmal herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Verleihung der Otto-Warburg-Medaille! Bitte erzählen Sie aus Ihrer ganz persönlichen Sicht, wie Sie zu Ihrem Forschungsgebiet kamen und was das Spannende und Bedeutende daran ist. Rudolf Jaenisch: Da muß ich etwas ausholen. Ich…
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3:00 PM | Interview mit Rudolf Jaenisch zur Verleihung der Otto-Warburg-Medaille
Ich wurde von der GBM eingeladen, ihrer diesjährigen Verleihung der Otto-Warburg-Medaille im Rahmen des 65. Mosbacher Kolloquiums beizuwohnen und bei dieser Gelegenheit ein Interview mit Rudolf Jaenisch, dem Preisträger für 2014, zu führen.   Rudolf  Jaenisch ist ein vielfach (u.a. mit der National Medal of Science) ausgezeichneter Genetiker und Molekularbiologe und Pionier der Stammzellforschung, dessen wissenschaftliche Schwerpunkte…
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12:43 PM | Friday Cephalopod: "I shall battle & defeat this strangely phallic invader of my realm!"
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12:31 AM | International cooperation in space serving humanity
Photo credit: SENTINEL-1 LIFTS OFF This morning I watched the launch of the Sentinel 1A satellite. The launch was perfect and the coverage on Spaceflight Now excellent with plenty of explanation along the way. The satellite was launched aboard a Russian … Continue reading →

April 03, 2014

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7:51 PM | Syria War – British Muslims on the front line
Closer Blog: Bilal Abdul Kareem lives in Syria and documents the lives of fighters and aid workers in Syria. In this episode Tauqir and his wife Racquell Hayden-Best. Read more: Syria War – British Muslims on the front line

April 02, 2014

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5:07 PM | La seudociencia nos invade
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 2 de abril  de 2014Ayer se celebró en los Estados Unidos el día de April’s fools (“tontos de abril”), equivalente a nuestro día de los inocentes (28 de diciembre), en que los medios acostumbran publicar noticias falsas y graciosas. Lo que está va usted a punto de leer NO es una broma de esas.1. Gravedad […]
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3:00 PM | Streiten Sie noch oder argumentieren Sie schon? (SITP reloaded)
Ich weiß, ist schon ein Weilchen her, daß ich einen Vortrag zum Thema Streiten und Argumentieren im Rahmen der Kölner “Skeptics in the Pub”-Reihe gehalten habe. Da das Thema aber eigentlich immer aktuell ist, hatte ich mir nach dem Vortrag die Mühe gemacht, das ganze auch noch einmal zu verschriftlichen, den Text dann aber irgendwie…

April 01, 2014

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11:54 PM | Is anyone listening?
Thanks to: Twitter / SonyKapoor: “Is this mic actually on?” ….
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