Fatwa Committee Forbids Muslims From Participating In Mars Exploration; It Would Be ‘Similar To Suicide’

Muslims may not go on hazardous deep-space flights. That’s official, inasmuch as a fatwa issued by a committee in the United Arab Emirates can make it so.

The committee issued its religious ruling after weighing the pros and cons of a manned flight to Mars.

“There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death.” Whoever opts for this “hazardous trip”, the committee said, is likely to perish for no “righteous reason,” and thus will be liable to a “punishment [in the hereafter] similar to that of suicide.”

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Your Move, Creationists

Michael Mosley says, at BBC News,

Over the last couple of months I have been deliberately infecting myself with a range of parasites in an attempt to understand more about these fascinating creatures. Perhaps the greatest surprise is the extent to which parasites are able to subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) manipulate their host to their advantage.

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On the Most Basic Astronomy Question of All, 1 in 4 Americans Fail

Oh for crying out loud. Sorry, Galileo.

A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation.

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A Rap in Honor of Darwin Day

Baba Brinkman, the man behind the “Rap Guide to Evolution,” created this fantastic song in honor of Darwin Day. I’m a couple of days late to post it but it deserves a wider audience!

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A Love Song for the Scientifically Literate

Noah Lugeons of the Scathing Atheist podcast wrote and recorded this sweet “Love Song for the Scientifically Literate”:

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