Australian government drops pursuit of anti-vaccine couple– The couple has refused to vaccinate their child against Hep B, even though the mother is infected with the virus.
Fundies lose faith-based funding for proselytizing – ”A fundamentalist Christian group out of Kentucky, Teen Challenge, who claimed to help teens battle substance abuse through religious study and prayer has voluntarily given up a federal grant after a protest from Americans United for Separation of Church and State.“
Online beauty pageant for nuns – Do I really need to say any more?
If only Jesus were as clear a speaker as Hilary:
Alex Jones and 9/11 Falsers steal media coverage for their silly website:
I might tolerate or even encourage this sort of behavior if there was a worthwhile and non-bullshit message being promoted through such guerrilla tactics (for instance when PZ Myers broke into the “Expelled” teleconference), but not when you’re preaching an already thoroughly debunked myth. And not after going went way too far by interrupting Bill Maher’s show. These guys are just really fucking annoying. And it pisses me off that that they succeeded in promoting their insipid website on MSNBC where they pretty much blame America for every problem in the world. Fortunately, while there are a lot of people who buy this into this nonsense they’ve proven to be impotent and little more than a circus spectacle who people only stop to listen to for entertainment purposes.
Gay clergyman to be exhumed -Vatican trying to cover it up?
And now for a moment of science:
Massive Galaxies Caught In The Act Of Merging – “Astronomers have caught multiple massive galaxies in the act of merging about 4 billion years ago. This discovery, made possible by combining the power of the best ground- and space-based telescopes, uniquely supports the favoured theory of how galaxies form.” Expect a convoluted denial of this fact on the Answers in Genesis website by tomorrow.
Amazon Trip Yields Biological Treasure Trove – “A group of Yale undergraduates have discovered dozens of potentially beneficial bioactive microorganisms within plants they collected in the Amazon rain forest, including several so genetically distinct that they may be the first members of new taxonomical genera.”
New Evidence Debunks ‘Stupid’ Neanderthal Myth – “Research by UK and American scientists has struck another blow to the theory that Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) became extinct because they were less intelligent than our ancestors (Homo sapiens). The research team has shown that early stone tool technologies developed by our species, Homo sapiens, were no more efficient than those used by Neanderthals.”
Great list of science books to read at science blog Cocktail Party Physics – I’m currently reading Carl Sagan’s “Demon-Haunted World” and it is awesome! I highly recommend it to anyone. It’s also an easy-read, every bit as accessible as Sagan’s TV work.