Article Archive for April 2010

Non-Stop Bullet Train Concept
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 23 April 2010
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Board the train that never stops!

Plan and Prepare: Transition to Adulthood Conference
By Left Brain/Right Brain
Posted in syndicated on 22 April 2010
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“Touch” the lives of autistic students
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 22 April 2010
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Light shed on bee-tricking orchid
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 22 April 2010
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Scientists give bee orchid a new perfume

Light shed on bee-tricking orchid
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 22 April 2010
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Scientists give bee orchid a new perfume

Tracks left by two-metre prehistoric ’sea scorpion’ found
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 22 April 2010
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Tracks left by two-metre prehistoric ’sea scorpion’ found
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 22 April 2010
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Soviet animations of American sci-fi stories
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 22 April 2010
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Rhizome has a cache of incredible 1980s-era Soviet animations of American science fiction stories. Quite fittingly for Earth Day, here is Ray Bradbury’s “Here There Be Tygers” as imagined by Russian animators. The hyper-synth music is especially awesome. неимоверно!

More wonderful animations of stories by the likes of Stephen King and Robert Silverberg can be found at Rhizome.

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Frontline excerpt: Ashland Oregon
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 22 April 2010
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Science and the General Election - An Analysis Begins
By Martin
Posted in syndicated on 22 April 2010
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Last year, Frank Swain of SciencePunk and I put a series of questions to various parties ahead of the European Election in an article that ended up creating a lot of debate, particularly in and around the Green Party.

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Quantum homeopathic bollocks: self assessment
By draust
Posted in syndicated on 21 April 2010
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In which Dr Aust sets a small – though not quite homeopathically small –  test.
I had meant to post something for World Homeopathy Awareness Week (WHAW), which was last week.
However, I got a bit distracted by other things, like the dropping of the BCA’s lawsuit against Simon Singh (including whether the BCA had been reading [...]

Prof. Peter Bearman interviewd by Tom Insel
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 21 April 2010
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How Your Computer Makes You Stay Awake at Night and How to Stop it
By Grey
Posted in syndicated on 21 April 2010
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60 Minutes exposes stem cell con men
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 21 April 2010
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Does autistic enterocolitis exist?
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 20 April 2010
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Jenkins vs The Volcano
By James
Posted in syndicated on 20 April 2010
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Simon Jenkins’ CIF article for the Guardian yesterday could easily be paraphrased as saying that the ongoing flight restrictions were “health and safety gone mad”.

Though the former Times editor dressed up the classic taxi driver’s thesis in a thick layer of dramatic cliché, it’s a lazy, sarcastic, and ill-reasoned argument, showing a deep misunderstanding of risk.

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Frontline: The Vaccine Wars
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 20 April 2010
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Zooey Deschanel to play Ada Lovelace?
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 20 April 2010
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Setting nerdy hearts a-flutter across the internet is current rumour that Zooey Deschanel will play Ada Lovelace in an upcoming film about the world’s first programmer.

Gizmodo has the scoop:

The casting of Zooey Deschanel isn’t completely confirmed, with Production Weekly tweeting she’s “in talks to play Ada Lovelace in “Enchantress Of Numbers,” Bruce Beresford plans to direct the period drama this fall”

Which is as good an excuse as any to take a few minutes and bask in the sublime wonder of this video:

Hat tip: @carmenego

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Insane Clown Feynman
By Magic Darts
Posted in syndicated on 20 April 2010
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Financial irregularities at the FIH?
By gimpy
Posted in syndicated on 20 April 2010
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As well as appointing a Chief Executive who wrote for an AIDS denialist magazine, the Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health (FIH) have also come under scrutiny for alleged financial irregularities and channeling money from a disgraced politician, Dame Shirley Porter, to fund a commissioned report, the Smallwood Report.  Motivated by this I have examined the [...]

Panorama and migration
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 19 April 2010
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Social influences on the rise in autism prevalence
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 19 April 2010
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Catholicism plus writing in the Telegraph apparently makes you barking mad
By draust
Posted in syndicated on 19 April 2010
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The Catholic church has not been having a good time of late.
There is the global furore over the long-standing problem of child abuse and sexual molestation of children by priests and by members of lay Catholic educational organisations.
Then there is the growing clamour about the inability of the Church hierarchy, right up to the Pope, [...]

BCA v Singh: Did the Skeptics *really* make a difference?
By Jack of Kent
Posted in syndicated on 19 April 2010
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“Jack of Kent, pleased to meet you, love your writing.”

And with that introduction, I am tossed into Nick Cohen’s wonderful and heart-warming article today, agreeably titled: “Now charlatans will know to beware the geeks”.

At least I am presented as having some social skills.

(A geek, of course, is a nerd with social skills.)

But is it correct to emphasise the role of skeptic bloggers, geeks, nerds, and the rest of the internet-based enthusiasts and Skeptics in the Pub attendees who have clamoured and campaigned over the last two years?

Well, in narrow terms, such an emphasis is incorrect.

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How rational will your next MP be?
By majikthyse
Posted in syndicated on 19 April 2010
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It really is of little consequence which party forms the next government. Of immensely greater importance are the thinking skills of the members of parliament. You might not want to vote for anyone who supported Early Day Motion 1240 supporting the homeopathic hospitals in the NHS. Supporters included such luminaries as Nick Clegg, Ian Gibson [...]

Doctors And Vaccination
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 18 April 2010
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Dr Sarah Myhill is dangerously wrong on MMR Vaccination.

Menopause Magnets
By Tessera
Posted in syndicated on 18 April 2010
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Menopause is still largely a taboo subject, rarely mentioned in mainstream media and then often in negative or jokey terms. It’s seen as a time of loss, of change for the worse, a decrease in femininity, the start of old age and decrepitude. Despite the best efforts of some women to promote The Change as just another life phase, a time of increasing wisdom, there is rarely anything good said about it in Western Culture, along with plenty of scare stories about HRT.

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