News From Around The Blogosphere 11.20.08

E=mc2 proven right! – It only took 103 years for Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity to be corroborated. that E=mc1!

Name a little piece of history – You know those annoying commercials you’ve been seeing lately trying to sell you a bunch of useless crap with Obama’s likeness on it like a special minted $1 coin usually selling for $30 but for a limited time you can buy it for $10. . .and “own a piece of history.” Fuck that! Here’s a change to NAME A PIECE OF HISTORY! NASA is giving school children 18 or under the opportunity to name the next Mars rover. That is awesome. Damn I wish I could get in on this.

History’s Greatest Conspiracy Theories – I’m with Phil Plait on the chemtrails thing. That made the list? Really? Chemtrails and fluoridation conspiracies have to be the single dumbest conspiracy theories ever. Okay, maybe the “Paul Is Dead” one is the stupidest. Or maybe the disappearance of Shergar is the stupidest (never heard of that one). I just wish the site included links to sites debunking each of these. I’m a bit pissed that the “Medical world is covering up the dangers of vaccines” conspiracy didn’t make the list. But oh well.

The fate of a breast-fondling chiropractor – He gets off easy. (Wow, that was not originally intended as a double entendra)

GAY NEWS:

God wasn’t happy about the whole California gay marriage thing – That’s why She personally wrote a brief supporting Prop 8.

Separate but equal dating – the dating website eHarmony hasn’t been very kind to atheists and gays. Well thanks to a lawsuit, some of that is about to change. eHarmony will have a sister site for the gays, but will not include gay coupling on its main site. I’m sure the “Coloreds Only” site will be up next week.

But speaking of segregation. . . – Not only do some states offer separate but equal “civil unions” but now there will soon be a gays-only high school. Am I the only one picturing High School Musical. Though this is obviously the product of well-intentioned people trying to protect a much maligned minority, I share Amateur Scientist’s opinion that this is an inherently dopey idea.

More mind-numbingly stupidity from Chuck Norris – Here he explains why taking away gays’ rights with Prop 8 is for all our best interests. Ugh!

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

scientist-use-in-case-of-emergencyDarwin Was Right About Evolution And Groups - “Worker ants of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your fertility. The highly specialized worker castes in ants represent the pinnacle of social organization in the insect world. As in any society, however, ant colonies are filled with internal strife and conflict. So what binds them together? More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin had an idea and now he’s been proven right.”

Evolutionary biologists at McGill University have discovered molecular signals that can maintain social harmony in ants by putting constraints on their fertility. Dr. Ehab Abouheif, of McGill’s Department of Biology, and post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Abderrahman Khila, have discovered how evolution has tinkered with the genes of colonizing insects like ants to keep them from fighting amongst themselves over who gets to reproduce.”

Giant Protist Challenges Fossil Record – “Groove-like tracks on the ocean floor made by giant deep-sea single-celled organisms could lead to new insights into the evolutionary origin of animals, says biologist Mikhail “Misha” Matz from The University of Texas at Austin.”

Potential Sources Of ‘Rain-Making’ Bacteria – “Brent Christner, assistant professor of biological sciences at LSU, recently found evidence that bacteria and biological cells are the most efficient ice-forming catalysts in precipitation from locations around the globe. The formation of ice in clouds is important in the processes that lead to snow and rain. Ice-nucleating bacteria – which have been referred to as “rain-making bacteria” – may be significant triggers of freezing in clouds and influence the water cycle.”

Removing Part Of Brain Controls Girl’s Epilepsy – “Surgeons at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital told Jessica Nelson one of the scariest things she will ever hear as a parent: they wanted to treat her daughter’s epilepsy by cutting out or disconnecting half of her brain. Then something extraordinary happened: it worked.”

THE FUNNIES:

Convert dead Mormons to. . .homosexuality – This is a brilliant response to the Mormon’s insulting practice of converting the dead to Mormonism through posthumous baptisms, including baptizing Jews killed in the Holocaust.

I think Jesus is trying to tell them something:

WHAT’S MAKING BABY JESUS CRY NOW?

Italian “crucifixion” rape awareness ad raises controversy -The Italian ad below reads:

Who pays for man’s sins? Only four per cent of women who suffer sexual violence report their assailants.

Of course because she’s doing the Jesus pose, Christians are all up in arms. . .for some reason. I have no problem with it.

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