News From Around The Blogosphere 11.26.08

November 27, 2008

“Truman Syndrome” – more and more mental patients are convinced their lives are being filmed for entertainment, a la “The Truman Show.”

Et tu Sesame Street? - Jenny McCarthy shows up on one of my all-time favorite streets in America. She didn’t talk about vaccines or autism (Thank Zeus!) but unfortunately The Count didn’t show up to teach her a lesson: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 studies disprove your claims! Bleh!”

I blogged a few weeks ago about the job cuts over at James Dobson’s Focus on the Family organization. Wait. It gets better. Now it seems that The Creationist “Museum” is cutting 15 jobs. That’s a shame. And you gotta love this comment:

At least their pink slips will come with a “Merry Christmas” instead of a “Happy Holidays.”

I don’t acknowledge your marriage – A fair and rational. . .and funny response to all the gay marriage controversy -

Bee Venom Therapy - Wow, this is new even for me. Apparently people are regularly having bees sting them because of a false belief that it will help treat their MS.

Aquamantra – Water with all the nutritional value of bullshit.

Does Gulf War Illness really exist?

Top 10 Amazing Biology Videos.

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

scientist-use-in-case-of-emergencyUnderground Water Shoots From Saturn’s Moon? - “Saturn’s moon Enceladus may indeed hide an underground reservoir of water.

Scientists at Jet Propulsion Lab in California, the University of Colorado and the University of Central Florida in Orlando teamed up to analyze the plumes of water vapor and ice particles spewing from the moon. They used data collected by the Cassini spacecraft’s Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS). Cassini was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since July 2004.”

‘Barcode Chip’ For Cheap, Fast Blood Tests – “A new “barcode chip” developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) promises to revolutionize diagnostic medical testing. In less than 10 minutes, and using just a pinprick’s worth of blood, the chip can measure the concentrations of dozens of proteins, including those that herald the presence of diseases like cancer and heart disease.”

Sweet Molecule Could Lead Us To Alien Life – “Scientists have detected an organic sugar molecule that is directly linked to the origin of life, in a region of our galaxy where habitable planets could exist.

The international team of researchers, including a researcher at University College London (UCL), used the IRAM radio telescope in France to detect the molecule in a massive star forming region of space, some 26000 light years from Earth.” And for those keeping count, what we’re seeing 26,000 light years away occurred 20,000 years before the universe existed, according to Young Earth Creationists.

Jurassic Turtles Could Swim – “Around 164 million years ago the earliest aquatic turtles lived in lakes and lagoons on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, according to new research.”

Spectacular View Of Mammoth Stars - “The Hubble telescope has captured a spectacular image of a pair of colossal stars, WR 25 and Tr16-244, located within the open cluster Trumpler 16. This cluster is embedded within the Carina Nebula, an immense cauldron of gas and dust that lies approximately 7500 light-years from Earth.”

I’m blogging late because I just came back from one of New York Skeptics’ monthly Drinking Skeptically events, which had some surprise guests. Great seeing you again, Rebecca. Also I got to meet the subject of this video:

Great guy. Got to actually see photos of Penn & Teller feeding him his very first cheeseburger EVER, very first shrimp EVER, and very first crab cake EVER. He says he’s conclusively determined that he does not like bacon.


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