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The Origin of Life Is Among Many Atheists’ Interests. If It Is Among Yours, ...

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...if the origin of life is among your interests, go to www.youtube.com and on its search bar enter “electricity of life”.You will see links to short videos telling of recent research into this question. One of…Continue

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The Denisova genome

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Do You Need The Universe To Have Had A Beginning?

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Many if not all human societies have origin myths and they differ greatly.Several years ago a San Francisco-born-and-raised woman told me she is a materialist.An hour ago a woman who was raised a Jehovah Witness and has left that faith told me the…Continue

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Mandating Scientific Discovery Never Works But politicians can’t seem to grasp that.

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Comment by Doone on March 25, 2011 at 2:05pm
That is just one person's opinion - i know many women engineers and they are just as qualified as the male engineers.  Maybe the problem is Waterloo - how does that  compare to other Canadian engineer schools or USA engineering  schools?
Comment by Adriana on March 25, 2011 at 2:01pm
PZ Myers is sometimes, just great:

I wonder why there are relatively few women engineers?

But what is going to hurt is the constant, grinding obtuseness of non-murderous male engineering students and a culture that belittles feminist concerns. That is the mind-killer; we can lock up all the guns and issue all the bullet-proof vests we want, but that isn't going to correct the blithe, gutless privilege of some individuals.

The University of Waterloo is an excellent university with a prestigious reputation, but lately there have been a few chilling incidents. Someone has been anonymously plastering posters on campus.

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It's ahistorical nonsense, of course. Marie Curie was not the inventor of the atom bomb, men are not blameless for the creation and use of it, and Curie was not the one great mind in all of womankind. But it has to be frightening and oppressive to be aware of another kook working himself up to a woman-hating fury on the campus. The administration and police are working hard to track this fellow down, although I also get the impression that what spurred the university to take action was more that the guy impersonated the university president in email than that he's creating a bad atmosphere for women.

But let's set that aside, too. Let's pretend that these relatively rare anti-feminist fringe monsters aren't a major contributor to the discouragement of women in science. Even if these creatures disappeared from our culture, never to appear again, there is something even more insidious: the belittling attitude of their peers.

Here's how one engineering student at the university reacted to the concerns of a ....

Really Sherlock? UW is a male dominated campus, I wonder why… oh, let's see, UW is in the top for Engineering, Math, and CS, given that most girls doesn't want to give the effort and sacrifice needed to go through the Engineering or Math program at UW, you are going to bitch and cry that the university is male dominated? Really? So if you want a female dominated campus, try "Bryn Mawr College".

You have no right to bitch that the campus is too male dominated, when there are literally no girls in the Engineer or Math faculty, even though there are scholarships and extra benefits given to females that are in the Math faculty.

 

I read this, and I'm furious; I can't believe that people still think that we have achieved gender equality.

Comment by Doone on March 25, 2011 at 11:45am
Cutting Carbon Dioxide Could Help Prevent Droughts, New Research Shows ScienceDaily (Mar. 24, 2011) — Recent climate modeling has shown that reducing the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would give Earth a wetter climate in the short term. New research from Carnegie Global Ecology scientists Long Cao and Ken Caldeira offers a novel explanation for why climates are wetter when atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations are decreasing. Their findings, published online March 24 by Geophysical Research Letters, show that cutting carbon dioxide concentrations could help prevent droughts caused by global warming. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110324153504.htm
Comment by Adriana on March 25, 2011 at 9:18am
LOL, Jaume, you BEAT ME! I was just about to post this cartoon!
Comment by Jaume on March 25, 2011 at 7:35am

 

The best hugs are probably from hagfish, which can extrude microscopic filaments that convert a huge volume of water around them to slime in seconds. Instant cozy blanket!

Comment by Doone on March 24, 2011 at 6:44pm

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Seth Godin puts nuclear power's danger in perspective. He notes that for "every person killed by nuclear power generation, 4,000 die due to coal, adjusted for the same amount of power produced":

Comment by Adriana on March 24, 2011 at 1:52pm
I'm sure you guys will be interested in this discussion about space-time I just posted in The Daily Cosmos.
Comment by Doone on March 23, 2011 at 7:21pm

WHO'S THE GREATEST BIOLOGIST?

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So who is the greatest biologist of all time? Good question. For most people it's got to be Darwin. I mean, Darwin is top dog, numero uno. He told us about evolution, he convinced us that evolution happened, and he gave us an explanation for it. I mean, there just wouldn't seem to be any competition. Okay, fine, well you might then say: Mendel. Mendel discovers transmission genetics, and that was pretty good. And I suppose then you have to go pretty far down the list to come to people like Watson and Crick, who just discovered the structure of DNA, which is just a bit of structural biology, really, a bit of biochemistry. Okay, but who is the real top dog? For me, the answer is absolutely clear. It's Aristotle. And it's a surprising answer because even though I suppose some biologists might know, should they happen to remember their first year textbooks, that Aristotle was the Father of Biology, they would still say, "well, yes, but he got everything wrong." And that, I think, is a canard. The thing about Aristotle - and this is why I love him - is that his thought was is so systematic, so penetrating, so vast, so strange – and yet he's undeniably a scientist.

more from Armand Leroi at The Edge here.

http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2011/03/whos-the-greatest-...

Comment by Adriana on March 23, 2011 at 3:43pm
Lifespan calculator from an insurance company, interesting exercise. According to that calculator, I'll live to be 98. Maybe I'll get through my reading list, after all.
Comment by Neal on March 23, 2011 at 9:39am

3/4ths of Senate GOP Doesn't Believe in Science -- When Did Republicans Go Completely Off the Deep End?

 
The Tea Party and its allies had made it unacceptable to the GOP base to be anywhere except pandering to the anti-science crowd.
March 22, 2011

You’ve got to go back to the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 for a precedent to the anti-science mania that is currently sweeping the GOP. Then, the issue was teaching Darwin’s work on evolution in the schools. Today, the issue is global warming. Then, as now, large numbers of politicians tapped into the stratum of popular culture that simply rejects science as the basis for public or personal decisions. The chief prosecutor of high school teacher John Scopes, William Jennings Bryan, gloated that literal interpretation of the Bible trumped scientific knowledge. This resonated with large masses of ordinary folks, the ones H. L. Mencken and the liberal press were calling “yokels” and “morons.”

Turns out the yokels and morons won, at least for a generation. Scopes was found guilty of violating the Tennessee law that prohibited teaching evolution, and his conviction (though later overturned on a technicality) galvanized the anti-evolution movement for years. Politicians came pouring in. Scores of resolutions were introduced in state legislatures and school boards all over the country, setting back the teaching of evolution for decades until logic and reason and the scientific method gradually reasserted themselves in the culture.

 

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