News From Around The Blogosphere 01.24.09

Atheist Bus Campaign:  The Tube Cards - These are card advertisements that are appearing on the London Underground since 12th January.

Professional Murderer Kevin Trudeau ordered to pay more than $37 mil. – It’s not much since he’s made that many times over with his anti-medical scams and phony promises of cures for cancer.

Religion:  Proud Supporter of Totalitarian Fascism for Thousands of Years – Now they’re telling you who you can live with. Here’s Bryan Fischer of the Idaho Values Alliance‘s complaint about the University of Idaho planning to launch co-ed dorm rooms:

Fischer says besides the risk of sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy, young women will be subject to an increased risk of date rape and other violent domestic crimes.

As opposed to adults, who everyone knows have 100% immunity to sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy, date rape, and other violent domestic crimes. And as everyone knows, women are all weak and totally defenseless, in need of a strong man to protect them. What a jackass.

“Psychic” Joe Power WRONG -

Yesterday, English woman Karen Matthews was jailed for eight years for faking the abduction of her nine year old daughter Shannon.  Matthews had arranged for a relative to kidnap and hold the little girl prisoner, drugged and bound, so that later the relative could “find” the little girl and claim the £50,000 ($68,000) reward money they would both share.  What a scumbag.  And well deserved jail sentences for both of them.

But there’s more to this story. This was another case where a “psychic” trying to find the missing girl and after the fact claiming their predictions were accurate when he wasn’t even capable of figuring out the most important factor in this case, that the child’s abductor was sitting right in front of him! So the picture to the left of the psychic standing with the victim’s mother is doubly ironic. And the bad predictions just get worse and worse.

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

scientist-use-in-case-of-emergencyInfidelity Produces Faster Sperm – “Until now, it has been difficult to prove that fast-swimming sperm have an advantage when it comes to fertilizing an egg. But now a research team at Uppsala University can demonstrate that unfaithful females of the cichlid fish species influence the males’ sperm. Increased competition leads to both faster and larger sperm, and the research findings now being published in the scientific journal PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, thus show that the much mythologized size factor does indeed count.

. . .

“In promiscuous species we found that males produced larger and faster sperm than in closely related species that were monogamous,” says Sigal Balshine, associate professor in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, and senior author on the study. “This research offers some of the first evidence that sperm has evolved to become more competitive in response to females mating with multiple males.”

Females Extend Reproductive Life Of Male Mice – “Living with a female mouse can extend the reproductive life of a male mouse by as much as 20 percent, according to a study conducted by Ralph Brinster and a team of other researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The study was reported online January 22 in the journal Biology of Reproduction.”

Take that, Idaho Values Alliance!

Lizards Adapting To Escape Attacks By Fire Ants – “Penn State Assistant Professor of Biology Tracy Langkilde has shown that native fence lizards in the southeastern United States are adapting to potentially fatal invasive fire-ant attacks by developing behaviors that enable them to escape from the ants, as well as by developing longer hind legs, which can increase the effectiveness of this behavior.”

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