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September 6th, 2017 - 8:28 am § in Misc., Science

What kind of fish is that?

The Capybara .. the Vatican’s fish. As reported in Scientific American, October, 1994: Lots of capybara meat is/was eaten by Colombians and Venezuelans who appealed to the Vatican during the 16th century in order to be allowed to eat capybaras during Lent. The pope back then declared the capyb[...]

August 20th, 2017 - 1:52 am § in Hypocrisy, Science

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: When logic undermines belief

Major Threat to Religion? Clergy People Coming Out as Atheists by Greta Christina  on AlterNet    What happens when a clergy person — a minister, a priest, a rabbi, an imam — realizes he doesn’t believe in God? And what happens when he says it out loud? What happens when they fi[...]

July 11th, 2017 - 2:46 pm § in Religion, Repugnants, Science

The Earth in 1893

And some people’s knowledge of science hasn’t changed much since then. The blurb reads: “MAP OF THE SQUARE AND STATIONARY EARTH. BY PROF. ORLANDO FERGUSON, HOT SPRINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA. Four Hundred Passages in the Bible that Condemns the Globe Theory, or the Flying Earth, and None Su[...]

July 7th, 2017 - 5:39 pm § in Science

Path of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse

The area between pink lines is where total eclipse will be visible.   [...]

July 2nd, 2017 - 10:57 pm § in America, Politics, Schools & Colleges, Science, UW

Black Teachers

Black kids do need Black teachers. More importantly, Black kids need teachers that care. One might think that all Black teachers have Black kids best interest in mind, but that is not always the case. I have read about the shortage of Black teachers, which is a very fundamental problem. Statistics s[...]

June 28th, 2017 - 12:00 am § in Misc., Science

The For Profit Monopoly That Dominates Science

An industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google   Abstracted from an article by Stephen Buranyi in the Guardian   ….. Scientists create work under their own direction – funded largely by governments – and give it to publishers for free ….. it is as if the New Yorke[...]

June 20th, 2017 - 10:42 am § in Donald Trump, Politics, Schools & Colleges, Science, The Ave Scene, UW

Major Threat To UW and Hutch By Trump

The Trump administration wants to make massive cuts in research while claiming to spend MORE money on science.   The TRUMP Government, led by The Secretary of HHS and the Director of the OMB, have previously proposed draconian cuts to the NIH budget.  Now we know the vehicle for the cuts .. an att[...]

June 13th, 2017 - 9:04 am § in Donald Trump, Science

Trump Picks Scientist as National Cancer Institute Director

In a pleasant surprise,  Trump has nominated Ned Sharpless, a physician in charge of the cancer center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to lead the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The nomination received praise from the cancer research community.[...]

June 11th, 2017 - 1:45 am § in America, Donald Trump, Science

NSF Ends Support For Environmental Biology Training Grants

WHILE FRANCE OFFERS US SCIENTISTS FUNDING IF THEY EMIGRATE, NSF CUTS PhD TRAINING PROGRAM Letter from the NSF: Dear Colleague: With this Dear Colleague Letter, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) is notifying members of the research communities served by the Division of Integrative Organis[...]