News From Around The Blogosphere 10.29.08

October 30, 2008

Antivaccinationist David Kirby admits that mercury is no longer “the smoking gun” – Apparently this one managed to slip by Jersey’s Bergen Record reporters but made it into Jersey’s Star Ledger. I guess after a while these guys have no choice but to refute themselves. Makes my job easier.

Why We Believe – Newsweek takes a look at the world of woo woo and seems to present a positive view of skepticism.

Religious fundamentalist Tim Tingelstad is a candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court – Not in PZ Myers’ state you don’t!

Pray to golden calf…err, I mean bull of Wall Street – That’s not the only bull I see in this story. Yes, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable happened and gullible religionists came to accept the terrible consequences of their past voting decisions as a reality but instead of thinking to actually do something about it, they’ve turned to the silliest response possible, praying to an idol for good fortune to come their way. Sorry folks, it doesn’t work that way. Only you can prevent forest f–well, you get the idea. Fantasy solutions only work in fantasies but real problems require real solutions. But here’s one thing you can do to improve your circumstances: Vote Obama!

Supplement trial for prostate cancer canceled

A large trial (35,000 men were enrolled) involving vitamin E and selenium for the prevention of prostate cancer was recently stopped because of lack of any benefit, and the small chance of risk, from the treatments.

ATHEIST DISCRIMINATION:

Hate crimes against atheists: not reported or not happening? – Apparently there were only 6 hate crimes against atheists last year. For the sake of comparison, the number of anti-Jewish crimes was 969. Anti-Islamic? 115. Anti-male-homosexual? 772. Anti-black? 2,658. This this 6 sound implausibly low to anyone else?

COMMON MYTHS: THE MORE YOU KNOW!

The NY Times debunks the myth that drinking lots of water is good for your skin

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

Warming Kills Yellowstone’s Frogs, Salamanders? – “Frogs and salamanders, those amphibious bellwethers of environmental danger, are being killed in Yellowstone National Park. The predator, Stanford researchers say, is global warming.”

Brain’s ‘Hate Circuit’ Identified – “People who view pictures of someone they hate display activity in distinct areas of the brain that, together, may be thought of as a ‘hate circuit’, according to new research by scientists at UCL (University College London).”

New Cell Division Mechanism Discovered – “A novel cell division mechanism has been discovered in a microorganism that thrives in hot acid. The finding may also result in insights into key processes in human cells, and in a better understanding of the main evolutionary lineages of life on Earth. The study is published October 28 in the online version the American National Academy of Sciences.”

HUMOR:

Richard Dawkins has died, been resurrected, and has been said to now perform miracles – Boy does someone have egg all over their face.