Excuse of the Day

While my excuse for most things today will be the fact that I am still without electricity at home, most of the rest of the world has an even better excuse they can use, as illustrated in this comic from XKCD: HT Jerry Coyne   [Read more...]

Curiosity

I hope that everyone in the world is aware that the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is due to reach Mars in a matter of hours. I am writing this in a brief visit to my office at work, having no electricity at home, and thus no internet. Hopefully I will get back here sometime tomorrow [Read More...]

Tackling Denialism With Painful Logic

Compared to historians and scholars dealing with Jesus mythicists, those who tackle other forms of denialism seem to have it somewhat easier – or would, if denialism could be combated with logic of the sort illustrated in this XKCD cartoon: In related news, while I myself have used the comparison between the tactics used by [Read More...]

Transit of Venus

I went with my wife and son to see Venus as it transits across the sun for the last time in our lifetime (at least from the perspective of our planet), at the Holcomb Observatory on the Butler University campus. We got there a little late, in terms of when first contact was, and those [Read More...]

Breaking News: NASA’s Kepler Mission finds Planet in Habitable Zone around Sun-like Star!

A press release from NASA, already shared as well on Phil Plait’s blog Bad Astronomy, highlights exciting news: a planet has been discovered in the habitable zone around a sun-like star. It is not yet known whether the planet, which is roughly 2.4 times as large as earth, is predominantly gassy or rocky, nor whether [Read More...]

The Great Asteroid of 1998 (or how to respond to Facebook requests to do someone’s homework for them)

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Evolution and Religion around the Blogosphere

There were so many useful and interesting posts related to evolution and religion that it seemed worthy of a round-up. RJS discusses Tiktaalik, an important fossil of a transitional form. Biologos has a video and post on Intelligent Design as bad theology as well as weak science. Marc Cortez also linked to it. Larry Moran [Read More...]


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