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The Economic Arguement Against Psuedoscience October 21, 2010

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The Economic Argument Against Pseudoscience:

The Top 10 Science Stories of 2009 (Scientific American) January 3, 2010

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AND THE WINNERS ARE: Ardi, the LHC and the Hubble Space Telescope are among the editors' top picks.

Slide Show: Top 10 Science Stories of 2009

Scientific American’s annual list of the previous year’s top science stories encapsulated my personal picks and generally science enthusiasts around the world.  2009 highlighted the triumphs of the scientific enterprise in seemingly all areas of study, and also marked numerous anniversaries in scientific history.

For instance, the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, 150th anniversary of the publication on On the Origin of the Species, 40th anniversary of man setting foot onto another world (the moon), 400th anniversary of Galileo’s discovery of the motion of the planets, and many more.  2009 was also the International Year of Astronomy, which had many exciting events, education materials, telescopes, and so on either free or very inexpensive for the public to become engaged with the excitement of astronomy.

Scientific American’s top 10 list this year, wraps up the most exciting and most important discoveries/stories of 2009, better than any other (in my opinion, of course.)  So, click the image above and enjoy a recap of science in 2009!

Obama repeals federal stem cell ban March 8, 2009

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Obama set to lift restricttions on stem cell research

Obama set to lift restricttions on stem cell research

Once again President Obama, makes a decision that is quintessentially pro-life. Former President Bush implemented the federal ban on embryonic stem cell research to 21 cell lines that were made available before August 9, 2001.
Elias Zerhouni, National Institutes of Health Director under President Bush said, “It is very clear from my point of view that the current cell lines will not be sufficient to do the research we want to do,” and Bush’s ban was protested by a consensus of the scientific community since it’s inception. President Obama has been unequivocal in his support of science, and he continues to do so with the lifting of this ban.
This research could lead to medical breakthroughs that could save millions of lives across the globe. Nothing could be more pro-life than that.

Banana Man, Ray Comfort January 22, 2009

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Pulling the plug

Pulling the plug

 

Once again, I cannot figure out whether this christian is ignorant or intentionally deceiving people.

Ray Comfort is a christian apologist and creator of some of the m0st terrible metaphors and analogies. For example, he compares the “atheist’s” evidence for the existence of everything (the big bang), to his house that would not exist without a builder. The absurdity should be clear, because he is making a claim that is counter to the facts as we know them, (we know that houses are built by people). Comfort is a logical fallacy factory, his primary fallacy is the straw man. Since Comfort has no ground to stand on when it comes to empirical evidence, he must make a caricature of his opponents arguments. Depriving his audience of actual facts and playing semantic games, are his primary ways of recruiting people to his religion. 

At the very least, Comfort needs to take some undergraduate science courses. Until then, he is doing our job for us.

This video will show you the intellect of this man:

TalkOrigins is back! January 13, 2009

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TalkOrigins archive is back!

The site has been down because of some technical problems (I believe), and is the go to resource for information on the evolution/creationism “controversy.”

It is sad that in 2009 America there is a controversy over one of the most solidified scientific facts out there. But, since there is a controversy, this site will equip the everyday lover of science with the information, facts, and evidence to bash any creationists argument to smithereens. 

Also, the National Center for Science Education is a wonderful organization.

Understanding Science January 13, 2009

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Here is an excellent resource for lay science enthusiast. Understanding Science clears up many misunderstandings concerning science in our society. It has a clean layout, and easy navigation for the average person who wants to learn what really science is all about. It is also helpful for a relatively educated science “buff” who wants to polish up on some different scientific topics.

This site and others like it are very important to me, because I believe that education and specifically science education are the most important issues facing our country today. This may sound absurd considering the abundance of of major problems facing our country these days, but on all levels a scientifically educated public would have an enormous societal impact.

High-temperature superconductors December 14, 2008

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High temperature superconductors?

High temperature superconductors?

Photo/article courtesy of physorg.com
The international team of physicists, led by Professor Nigel Hussey from the University’s Physics Department, publish their results today in Science Express, a rapid online access service for important new publications in the journal Science.
Superconductivity is when a pair of electrons are traveling in opposite directions, become attracted to one another and loose their electrical resistance, and thus creates a current (energy). (A paraphrase from the article)
Physicists have been working with low temperature superconductors for years, but if this advancement remains viable then the possiblity of room temperature superconductors could emerge,
“This holy grail of superconductivity research holds the promise of loss-free energy transmission, cheap, fast, levitated transport and a whole host of other revolutionary technological innovations.”

Fossil Fuels must be eliminated by 2030 December 8, 2008

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/11/21/climate.danger.zone/index.html

Science is the best and only way to solve these problems.

V838 Monocerotis and the Hubble advent calender December 2, 2008

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The Boston Globe has an ongoing page called The Big Picture, and in it they post some exquisite hi-res Hubble images. They just unveiled their 2008 Advent calender, which will consist of a new Hubble image every day during Advent. In 2002, V838 Monocerotis experienced an explosion, (the picture at the The Big Picture is a two year time lapse of this explosion), this explosion was not typical, and some fascinating ideas have been hypothesized about what is going on. The burst could have resulted from a mergeburst, the merger of two main sequence stars. A supergiant? Swallowed it’s gas giants?

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/12/hubble_space_telescope_advent.html 

I am working on  a couple of articles at the moment, so enjoy the quips for the moment.

*Jacob

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter December 1, 2008

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http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=red-planet-alert-massive

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found glaciers on the Red planet.