Sunday, January 18, 2009

Interesting News

Here are some interesting and strange things I found from over the weekend - enjoy.

Feel free to comment on any of these.

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Man accused of running Ponzi scheme in Catholic newspapers
More schemes and scandals. The man took advantage of the trust people had in their clergy and church to rip them off.

Atheist's protest silences Lord's Prayer in N.J. town council
Separation of church and state stuff - a small victory for secular folk.

Man refuses to drive 'No God' bus
This guy doesn't approve.

New light on Mars methane mystery
More on the recent proposal that large pockets of methane gas on Mars could mean there is something living. Living in the sense of something biological, like microorganisms.

Somali executed for 'apostasy'
This is pretty horrible.

Bendy gadget future for graphene

Awesome technology advancement (thank science!)

Young girls married to frogs for disease prevention

5 World Leaders Who Were Accused of Being the Antichrist (LOL)

Leamington man loses $150,000 in Nigerian scam (sad)
Incredibly sad - we were just talking about this at one of our meetings.

Prejudice study finds gay is the new black

Worst Diet Fads

Top 10: Widely Believed Myths
Some of these I have never heard. Did you believe any of these?

America Must Improve Scientific Understanding
So true.

Stem cell treatment could fight Aids


Neil deGrasse Tyson: Europa's Ocean May Support Life
Neil deGrasse Tyson was the keynote speaker at The Amaz!ng Meeting last year (the one we're going to this year) - and is a phenomonal voice for science and reason. This is a video of a speech he gave about Europa's potential for life.

Glimpse before Big Bang may be possible
The "glimpse" the title refers to is a little misleading. Its not an actual glimpse per se, its more of an inductive theory that allows us to extrapolate what happened via the current data and theory we have about the origins and early stages of the universe. Very cool nonetheless.

Kids find a new way to adjust: Chiropractors (frightening)
This is pretty scary stuff. There is not much to be found in chriopracy - and this is evident within this article alone where they refer to is as 'Alternative and Complimentary Medicine.' This is one of the best marketing ploys put forth by woo doctors - but phrase is completely void of positivity. Medicine is medicine - if there is something that is shown to work time and time again - it gets included. If it not, then it is cast out. The problem is, some cling on to it and put it under the CAM umbrella and dodge clinical trials, proper research, peer review, and the FDA.

The State of the STD (gross)
Gross, but interesting.

This wasn't in the email - but one last link that I had to share with you came from a friend of mine. Although it is not an accurate analogy for natural selection (I just want to clear that up now) - its really funny (although it relies on a misconception)

eugenics of M&M's



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ahaha, I really do like the widely believed myths article. I've actually heard the expanding-rice-exploding-pigeons myth and kinda believed it for a while...haha. o.O

The AIDS article is really interesting as well. It'd be awesome if they got that treatment to really kick off. I wonder if this would change the minds of all the people against stem cell research...