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Who knew the Bible could predict the size of the universe?

Who knew the Bible could predict the size of the universe?

Everyone knows that Young Earth Creationism has firmly established that the age of the universe is approximately 6,000 years, as illuminated by the obviously-better-than-radio-carbon-dating method of counting all the begats in the Good Book.

August 13, 2007 — Christopher Mims
Unknown desires, the pallidum, and Parkinson's

Unknown desires, the pallidum, and Parkinson's

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Mind Matters where top researchers in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry explain and discuss the findings and theories driving their fields.

August 13, 2007 — David Dobbs
Men average more sexual partners than women, right? Wrong.

Men average more sexual partners than women, right? Wrong.

Surveys consistently report that men in the U.S. population average seven sexual partners, while women average four. Everyone assumes men are cads and women are out to protect their virtue, so this makes perfect sense, except...

August 13, 2007 — Christopher Mims
Newsweek denies the existence of global warming*

Newsweek denies the existence of global warming*

Maybe it's because I don't have the faith in people that I should, but I find this Newsweek cover really irresponsible. Actually, it's due to the polls cited in the article--and those I have seen elsewhere--that suggest that the American public thinks, among other things, that scientists are still trying to determine if global warming is for real and that it's a major issue in the upcoming Presidential election.

August 8, 2007 — Nikhil Swaminathan
TurtleNet - Connecting turtles wirelessly

TurtleNet - Connecting turtles wirelessly

"We are currently investigating methods to use DTNs, energy management, and programming languages to improve the state of the art in tracking small, mobile wildlife." --TurtleNet Mark D.

August 7, 2007 — Christopher Mims
Are Transgenic Crops Safe to Grow and Eat?

Are Transgenic Crops Safe to Grow and Eat?

In the September issue of Scientific American, which should be arriving on newsstands and in subscribers in-boxes right about now, there is a totally awesome and, sadly, totally paywalled article entitled Sowing a Gene Revolution: A new green revolution based on genetically modified crops can help reduce poverty and hunger--but only if formidable institutional challenges are met.

August 7, 2007 — Christopher Mims
When morality is hard to like

When morality is hard to like

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August 6, 2007 — David Dobbs
Star Trek--Original Series: Where no pixel has gone before

Star Trek--Original Series: Where no pixel has gone before

Thanks to insomnia, I have gone where only the most dedicated fans of Star Trek --the Original Series have gone before. It was 3 A.M. and I switched on the TV to somnambulantly wander with my remote through the hazy media netherworld of half hour infomercials, advertisement-pocked B horror flicks and tedious reruns of the Andy Griffith Show .

August 2, 2007 — Michael J. Battaglia
Rush shilling for General Motors' new "green" autos... Yay?

Rush shilling for General Motors' new "green" autos... Yay?

We all know that Rush Limbaugh--global warming skeptic, proud owner of multiple SUVs--has been ridin' dirty for as long as he's been on the radio. So it's no surprise that large swaths of the blogosphere find it highly ironic that Rush did an ad for GM in which he talks about how much he loves him some GM SUVs, and without missing a beat, touts GM's forward-thinking, environmentally friendly practices.

August 2, 2007 — Christopher Mims

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