An even more inconvenient truth – According to the Food Climate Research Network, most of our plans for fighting global warming are off track. Their new report on the impact of food on the environment suggests that the only way to avoid massive climate change is to ration our meals to four modest portions of meat and a single liter of milk per week.
A tip of my hat to Beaufort Books – I’ve blogged about the epic saga revolving the release of Sherry Jones’ fiction book The Jewel of Medina before. The offices of Gibson Square Books, the UK publisher, were attacked by arsonists, and Random House refused to publish the novel in the US for fear of similar attacks. The book mirrors the story of Islamic Prophet Mohammed marrying the six-year-old A’isha who went on to become one of his favorite wives. And while Muslims must believe this story as much as Christians must believe in the Crucification of Christ, they’d rather not allow anyone to talk about it because, let’s face it, it’s kind of embarrassing to admit worshiping someone so wretched. Well now courageously, Beaufort Books has stepped in to release it in the states.
Are chimps people too? - An article in Wired Magazine poses the question of whether the definition of personhood whould been extended to our evolutionary cousins.
WHAT’S THE HARM?
HIV Positive children in Dominican Republic being treated with massage therapy instead of antiretrovirals – Of course no study has shown massage produces any objective improvement in outcome for HIV/AIDS patients.
Witch doctors in Burundi are getting albinos killed – Witch doctors are perpetuating the myth that the body parts of albinos are valuable in attracting gold, witch is leading many to kill albinos for their severed body parts.
Why We Fight:
AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:
Bonobos Hunt And Eat Other Primates, Too – “Unlike the male-dominated societies of their chimpanzee relatives, bonobo society—in which females enjoy a higher social status than males—has a “make-love-not-war” kind of image. While chimpanzee males frequently band together to hunt and kill monkeys, the more peaceful bonobos were believed to restrict what meat they do eat to forest antelopes, squirrels, and rodents.
Not so, according to a study, reported in the October 14th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that offers the first direct evidence of wild bonobos hunting and eating the young of other primate species.”
Playing Pinball With Atoms: Nano On-Off Switch – “With nanotechnology yielding a burgeoning menagerie of microscopic pumps, motors, and other machines for potential use in medicine and industry, here is one good question: How will humans turn those devices on and off?
n an advance toward giving humans that control, scientists in The Netherlands are reporting use of an external electrical signal to control an atomic-scale mechanical device that looks like the flippers on a pinball machine.”
Vitamin D: Guidelines Double Amount For Young – “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is doubling the amount of vitamin D it recommends for infants, children and adolescents. The new clinical report, “Prevention of Rickets and Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants, Children, and Adolescents,” recommends all children receive 400 IU a day of vitamin D, beginning in the first few days of life.”
Archaeological Dig Uncovers Roman Mystery – “University of British Columbia archaeologists have dug up a mystery worthy of Indiana Jones, one that includes a tomb, skeletons and burial rites with both Christian and pagan elements.