And here are 7 (Stupid) People Who Sued the Scientific Method – Some that make the list involve suing to stop the Large Hadron Collider from destroying the world, suing to officialy change Pi to 3.2, a homeopath suing nobel prize winning scientists, a voting machine company suing computer scientists to try to stop them from evaluating the machine, infamous vitamin salesman and professional murderer Matthias Rath suing journalist Ben Goldacre for attacking Rath’s ads claiming his vitamins cure AIDS, and suing about polar bears being endangered. I’m not going to reveal the number 1. And PhilPlait adds 1 more, the current Simon Singh case.
SkepticDad over at Science-Based Parenting discusses the recent This American Life – This is the one I blogged about the other day (maybe yesterday?) that discusses the kid that died because they weren’t vaccinated.
Obama doesn’t attend church; this is headline news? – Not only did this not have much to do with the actual article it went with but why am I supposed to care how Obama spends his personal holiday? Okay, correction. I care and I’m very happy he didn’t go to church. But this sets a dangerous precedent that he will be held to a strong religious test all through his presidency when our focus should be on his policies.
Upcoming film about the most dangerous woman in the world – Her death arguably began The Dark Ages. Her murderer is now a saint and considered one of the greatest theologeans in church history. Now Alejandro Amenbarábar is going to tell her story in a film starring Rachel Weisz and Max Minghella.
AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:
Humans, Chimps Register Faces In Similar Way – “Chimpanzees recognize their pals by using some of the same brain regions that switch on when humans register a familiar face, according to a report published online on December 18th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The study—the first to examine brain activity in chimpanzees after they attempt to match fellow chimps’ faces—offers new insight into the origin of face recognition in humans, the researchers said.”
Real-time Gene Monitoring Developed – “Imagine having GeneVision: the uncanny ability to view the activity of any chosen gene in real time through a specially modified camera.
With GeneVision, military commanders could compare gene expression in victorious and defeated troops. Retailers could track genes related to craving as shoppers moved about a store. “The Bachelor” would enjoy yet one more secret advantage over his love-struck dates.
Frightening? Perhaps. Ethically suspect? Certainly. Preposterous? Not quite.” Kinda Gattaca-like.