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Go to: Canadian imams issue fatwa against honor killings

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OMD (Oh My Dog), a sliver of sanity shines through the godma. Even the tiniest of affirmations of what is right is a hopeful sign in my eyes, but this seems like a sandspeck of appropriate muslim behavior in a sea of sickness. That said, these clerics should have the support of all for making this statement.

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 21:11:03 UTC | #915699

Go to: A Short Story: David

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...I laughed, I (almost) cried...

Brilliant, looking forward to the next chapter.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 16:23:12 UTC | #896483

Go to: Fossil from 275 million years ago shows oldest abscess

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Fantastic find! This story appeals to me on a professional (dentist) level and really makes my brain cells fire up. I have never known that ancient reptiles transitioned from multiple sets to teeth to one fixed set, I always assumed that was a niche developed in the shark realm. It makes sense that those animals were susceptible to dental decay with their plant-based (carbohydrate, which oral bacteria begin to ferment into acids in the oral cavity) diets, but to see the direct evidence of oral infection in a fossil - wow! What a privilege to be able to see and understand such a phenomenon, every day brings a new (natural) wonder. And now I can tell my patients (but you gotta be careful what you say to whom) how they share and somewhat owe their dental problems with/to their ancient reptilian ancestors! Wheee!

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:40:47 UTC | #617492

Go to: 'Paperless' research to be highlighted at international conference

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Although I am sure some as yet unforseen pitfalls of using the digital format to catalogue such a long-term research project do exist, this seems to hold a lot of promise. I can imagine how much more accessible research results will be for the more tech oriented society, perhaps this can help increase science literacy in present and future populations in ways that large volumes of bound paper cannot. It seems inevitable if science is to remain interesting to people less used to the paper format.

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 04:05:25 UTC | #613144

Go to: Studying how snakes got legless

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I enjoyed this article because I've had this question in my mind for some time...my understanding of the tale in Genesis is that the serpent (satan in disguise) did have legs ( I distinclty remember an illustrated version of this when I was younger) but lost them to forever slither on his belly as punishment from God after tempting poor Eve with the forbidden fruit. So apparently that pegs the events in the garden at some time between 95 and 150 mya! Hmm, slightly farther back in time than the existence of humans or even hominids fer crying out loud. Yet another nail in the coffin of the fictional creation myth. As if there is still room for another nail. It will be so intereting to see how this research proceeds.

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 15:51:12 UTC | #590060

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