Rewinding Religion, Recreating Science

Any serious writer could tell you: Not everything you write ends up on a page somewhere. Some of the stuff just isn't good enough. Some of it is good enough, but not germane to the piece you're currently writing. And some of it is good enough but ... just doesn't fit anywhere. This is a piece of a piece that never made it into my book. It's sort of a double reject — the chapter in which it appeared was edited out of the book, but even before that decision was made, this bit was edited out of … [Read more...]

Ebola and Gonorrhea on Sale!

Science nerd alert! Yes, now YOU can enjoy deadly disease microbes in the privacy of your own home! From the commonality of the Cold virus or the season delights of the Flu to the exotic pleasures of Rabies, Syphilis, or even that sensational destroyer, Flesh Eating Disease, these pettable petri dish poxes will bring hours of eww! to you and your friends. And they're on sale. Where else? ThinkGeek. This Christmas, I'm giving someone Hepatitis. … [Read more...]

THIS Is The Future I Want

Google's "Project Glass." Don't know if the reality will live up to the hype in this video, but ... I've had dreams about something like this. I'm so getting a set of these when they come out. Also: Won't it be fun to virtually tag churches with atheist comments? So when you — or your friends subscribed to your comments — walk around town, you all get these friendly little warnings. … [Read more...]

A Study in Conflict Between Island Cultures

It doesn’t get much play in the publicly-available cultural anthropology literature, but there’s an island in the Pacific where an interesting conflict has played out over generations. The island, which has an untranslatable name – generally rendered in English as  “Ryeezahn” –  is occupied by two tribes, the Kritsi and the Syenz, which have been at war for generations, a war temporarily restrained in an uneasy peace. The root of the conflict, as visiting anthropologists have … [Read more...]

Icy Fingers of Death

Paging Bobby Drake! Pretty cool video: … [Read more...]

Okay, So It’s Not Flying Cars …

But still. Google’s self-driving car has been demoed a number of times over the past few years — “Good Morning America” even took it for a spin in 2010. But the pedal’s about to  be really put to the metal in Nevada. Nevada’s Legislative Commission has approved regulations that would allow self-driving vehicles on the state’s roadways. Sweet, huh? Near as I can tell from the story, it's a bit of bracing open-mindedness on the part of Nevada state legislators. They're willing, … [Read more...]


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