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Human Stem Cells Found to Restore Memory

Susan Young - Technology Review - 26 July 2012 Comments

Last week, a California biotech company announced that its human stem cells restored memory in rodents bred to have an Alzheimer's-like condition—the first evidence that human neural stem cells...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY

Religious sect destroys schools in Mexican town

EFE - Fox News Latino - 26 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Alvaro Zapata for the link Two schools were destroyed in the western Mexican town of Turicato by a radical religious sect that threatens to "destroy coexistence," Mayor Salvador...

TAGGED: HARM, RELIGION

URGENT: Tell the President to Speak Out for Jailed Atheist Alexander Aan

Press Release - Center for Inquiry - 25 July 2012 Comments

Sign the petition at Whitehouse.gov By now, you may already know the story of Alexander Aan of Indonesia: Earlier this year, after stating on Facebook his doubt about the existence of God and...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM

Archbishop of Glasgow: Labour MP David Cairns died because he was gay

George Eaton - NewStateman - 25 July 2012 Comments

To suggest that Cairns died of anything other than pancreatitis is as bizarre as it is insulting. Archbishop of Glasgow-elect Philip Tartaglia. Catholic bishop Philip Tartaglia hasn't even...

TAGGED: VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Stop Governor Jindal’s Creationist Voucher Program

Zack Kopplin - Repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act - 25 July 2012 Comments

Stop Governor Jindal’s Creationist Voucher Program Before Governor Romney  Takes it Nationwide Update: Superintendent White removed Eternity Christian Academy from this list, but the other...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, EDUCATION

Former Argentinian dictator says he told Catholic Church of disappeared

Tom Hennigan - IrishTimes.com - 25 July 2012 Comments

Jorge Videla said the hierarchy advised him on ‘managing’ the dirty war, writes TOM HENNIGAN  in São Paulo ARGENTINA’S FORMER military dictator said he kept the country’s Catholic hierarchy...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

US evangelical Christians accused of promoting homophobia in Africa

David Smith - The Guardian - 25 July 2012 Comments

Liberal thinktank says rightwingers are aggressively targeting the continent with an anti-abortion and anti-gay agenda Ugandans demonstrate against homosexuality in the streets of Jinja and urge...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

An 'atheistic, rationalist, secular humanist' speaks

Sheryl White - NZ Herald - 24 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Mary Squire for the link Thank goodness for the "small minority" that "has recently been vociferous in its opposition to the widely supported programme of teaching of values from...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, SECULARISM

Modern Humans Blamed for Neanderthal Extinction

Michael Balter - Wired Science - 24 July 2012 Comments

Tiny glass fragments from a 40,000-year-old volcanic eruption suggest Neandertals were wiped out by competition with modern humans and not by climate change. Image: Suzanne...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, PALEONTOLOGY

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies

-- - CNN - 24 July 2012 Comments

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her company said. She was 61. "Sally lived her life to the fullest, with...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, SPACE

Sanal Edamaruku says, “NO.”

Sanal Edamaruku - Rationalist International Bulletin - 23 July 2012 Comments

“I can understand that they might be inspired by the stories of Inquisition and Witch Hunting in the middle ages. We live in 21st century. There are courageous people who would defend the right to...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, HUMAN RIGHTS

Artificial jellyfish built from rat cells

Ed Yong - nature - 23 July 2012 Comments

Bioengineers have made an artificial jellyfish using silicone and muscle cells from a rat’s heart. The synthetic creature, dubbed a medusoid, looks like a flower with eight petals. When placed...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY

Atheists making political inroads

David Niose - Newsday - 22 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Quinefor the link For the first time ever, a majority of Americans would now vote for a qualified presidential candidate who is an atheist. Fifty-four percent said so in a Gallup...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

The Mystery of the Missing Chromosome

Carl Zimmer - Discover Magazine Blogs - 21 July 2012 Comments

There’s something fascinating about our chromosomes. We have 23 pairs. Chimpanzees and gorillas, our closest living relatives, have 24. If you come to these facts cold, you might think this...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Atheist Chaplain’s Assistant delivers powerful speech

Justin Griffith - - - 21 July 2012 Comments

Sergeant Nicholas Amann’s re-enlistment ceremony was not typical by any means. Sgt. Amman is not your typical soldier. He’s prior-infantry but re-classed to chaplain’s assistant so he could help...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, SECULARISM

Nones” climb to 19%

- - Freedom From Religion foundation - 21 July 2012 Comments

America’s “Nones” — the nonreligious — are at an all-time high, now comprising nearly one in five Americans (19%), according to a new study by the Pew Center for the People and the Press. The...

TAGGED: SECULARISM

Science and Theology, Mystery and Wonder

Mike Aus - RichardDawkins.net - 21 July 2012 Comments

Geckos abound here in Houston during the summer. It is a wonder to observe them leap and climb vertically on virtually any type of surface. Until recently this unique ability was one of the...

TAGGED: RELIGION, SCIENCE

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

Oliver Kamm - The Times - 21 July 2012 Comments

Few scientists manage to reach a huge popular audience. Even among them Richard Dawkins is distinctive for the clarity and elegance of his prose. The Magic of Reality , an introduction to science,...

TAGGED: BOOKS, REVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS

For Chimps, Tool Choice Is A Weighty Matter

Jason G. Goldman - Scientific American - 20 July 2012 Comments

A juvenile chimpanzee in the Ivory Coast’s Tai Forest watches as her mother carefully places a soft coula nut onto a hard, flat rock. In her other hand, mom has a chunk of hard wood. Mom smashes...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, BIOLOGY

Free online course: Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

Dr. Mohamed Noor - Duke University - 20 July 2012 Comments

About the Course Introduction to Genetics and Evolution gives interested people a very basic overview of the principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology. We often hear about new...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EDUCATION, EVOLUTION