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Mars rover searching for signs of life

Lawrence Krauss - CNN - 14 August 2012 Comments

Author and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, discusses what it would be like if we found life on another planet. Continue to YouTube

TAGGED: INTERVIEWS, LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, SPACE

TRT refuses to imagine world without religion, censures Lennon song at Olympic ceremony

- - Hurriyet Daily News (Turkish with articles in English and Turkish) - 14 August 2012 Comments

A presenter for Turkish state broadcaster TRT omitted part of iconic British musician John Lennon's lyrics that call for “no religion” during the broadcasting of the Olympic Games’ closing...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP

Why I won't take part in debate with fundamentalists

Richard Dawkins - for the Press and Journal - 14 August 2012 Comments

I was invited several months ago to speak at the Faclan Book Festival in Stornoway and I was delighted to accept, as I have a great affection for the Highlands and Islands but have never visited...

TAGGED: RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SPEECHES

Study casts doubt on human-Neanderthal interbreeding theory

Alok Jha - The Guardian - 14 August 2012 Comments

A model of a Neanderthal man in a German museum. Photograph: Jochen Tack/Alamy When scientists discovered a few years ago that modern humans shared swaths of DNA with long-extinct Neanderthals,...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION

Parents who believe in miracles 'torturing' dying children, doctors warn

John Bingham - The Telegraph - 14 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Linda Ward Selbie for the link Parents who trust in divine intervention, even after doctors say there is no hope of survival, are putting their children through aggressive but...

TAGGED: HARM, RELIGION

Graham Hancock questions Richard Dawkins on psychedelics and challenging his world view

Graham Hannock - daily grail - 13 August 2012 Comments

Professor Richard Dawkins is best-known as a vociferous critic of religion and a champion for the cause of science. So much so that he is often attacked for being dogmatic himself, in...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

Why do organisms build tissues they seemingly never use?

- - Science Blog - 13 August 2012 Comments

Why, after millions of years of evolution, do organisms build structures that seemingly serve no purpose? A study conducted at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of The...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Atheist group targets presidential candidates' faith with billboards

Dan Merica - CNN - 13 August 2012 Comments

A prominent atheist group is using next month's Democratic National Convention to take aim at the presidential candidates' religion, putting up billboards targeting Mormonism and Christianity in...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, SECULARISM

Thinking style and belief in God

Art Markman - Psychology Today - 13 August 2012 Comments

There is no doubt that the human mind is prepared to believe in the divine. All over the world, cultures have created belief in one or many gods. These beliefs are common in societies regardless...

TAGGED: REASON, RELIGION

Pope's ex-butler Paolo Gabriele to stand trial

- - BBC News - 13 August 2012 Comments

The former butler to Pope Benedict XVI will stand trial for stealing confidential papers and leaking them to the press, a magistrate has ruled. Paolo Gabriele was arrested in May after police...

TAGGED: VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Is Richard Dawkins a bully?

Neil Ormerod - Religion and Ethics - 13 August 2012 Comments

In the preface to his best-selling book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins explains the fundamental reason for writing the book: "If this book works as I intend, the religious readers who open it...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Atheist wants to know why Christians express joy in knowing their friends are going to be tortured in hell!?

Don Lacey - Tucson Citizen - 13 August 2012 Comments

Jim Wilson, for this argument, assumes there is a Christian God and a hell. He then examines the character of those Christians that seem to take pleasure in telling their friends that they’re going...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

'Plate Tectonics' Discovered on Mars--Found Nowhere Else Beyond Earth in Solar System

- - The Daily Galaxy - 12 August 2012 Comments

For years, many scientists had thought that plate tectonics existed nowhere in our solar system but on Earth. Now, a UCLA scientist has discovered that the geological phenomenon, which involves...

TAGGED: SPACE

New flat-faced human species possibly discovered

Charles Choi - CBS News - 12 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to rod-the-farmer for the link Four decades ago, in 1972, the Koobi Fora Research Project (KFRP) discovered the enigmatic fossilized skull known as KNM-ER 1470, or "1470" for short,...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

A New Species Discovered ... On Flickr

Adam Cole - NPR - 12 August 2012 Comments

Guek Hock Ping/ZooKeys One day in May of 2011, Shaun Winterton was looking at pictures of bugs on the Internet when something unusual caught his eye. It was a close shot of a green lacewing —...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY

How Did Insect Metamorphosis Evolve?

Ferris Jabr - Scientific American - 11 August 2012 Comments

The evolution of metamorphosis remains somewhat mysterious, but biologists have gathered enough evidence to plausibly explain its origins In the 1830s a German naturalist named Renous was...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION

Prisoners pitch in to save endangered butterfly

Ed Yong - Nature News - 10 August 2012 Comments

At the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, Washington, inmates are helping to save the endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha taylori). Under the supervision...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, SCIENCE

Mr. Deity & The Marriage

Mr. Deity - YouTube - misterdeity - 10 August 2012 Comments

http://mrdeity.com/donate.html http://mrdeity.com/dvd-season4.html http://mrdeity.com/dvd-season3.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD15vc6lnDc http://mrdeity.com/ ...

TAGGED: HUMOR, RELIGION

British website ordered to remove MMR-autism claims

Staff - CTV News - 09 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to rod-the-farmer for the link A British website claiming to offer parents advice on vaccines has been ordered to remove wording that suggests the MMR vaccine is linked to some...

TAGGED: HARM, PSEUDOSCIENCE

God and the Ivory Tower

Scott Atran - Foreign Policy - 09 August 2012 Comments

What we don't understand about religion just might kill us. The era of world struggle between the great secular ideological -isms that began with the French Revolution and lasted through the...

TAGGED: RELIGION