Scientists Worry over ‘Bizarre’ Trial on Earthquake Prediction: Scientific American. Six Italian scientists and one government official are set to go to trial today in Italy (Sept. 20) on charges of manslaughter for not warning the public aggressively enough of an impending earthquake that killed more than 300 people in 2009. While such a trial is…
Atheists, Agnostics, Scientists Protest Creation Museum. The San Diego New Atheists and Agnostics, a group with over 700 registered members, has announced plans for a “positive protest” at the Creation and Earth History Museum on Saturday, September 24. “I’ve tried the angry-atheist thing before and, believe me, it doesn’t work,”
Richard Dawkins, an Original Thinker Who Bashes Orthodoxy – NYTimes.com. The New York Times does a feature on Richard Dawkins.
BBC News – New species of dolphin discovered. Researchers have determined that dolphins found in southeastern Australia represent a previously unknown species. Around 150 of the dolphins live around the Melbourne area and had until now been assumed to be one of the knownbottlenose dolphins. But detailed DNA studies and analysis of skulls in museums…
Scientists on trial: At fault? In 2009, an earthquake devastated the Italian city of L’Aquila and killed more than 300 people. Now, scientists are on trial for manslaughter.
Stamp out anti-science in US politics – New Scientist – New Scientist. It is time to reject political movements that turn their backs on science, says Nobel prizewinner and Royal Society president Paul Nurse.
Press Release AAP: Statement on HPV vaccine
Skeptical Science Wins Award for Demolishing Denier Myths | ThinkProgress. John Cook, founder of the blog Skeptical Science, has won the New South Wales Government Eureka Prize for Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge. It is “awarded to an Australian individual, group or organisation for communication that motivates action to reduce the impacts of climate change.”
Dark Matters : Science Channel. A new show premiered on the Science Channel this season. Dark Matters: Twisted but True is a show that asks, “Are there questions that should not be asked?” The program explores the dark side of science with topics such as ape-human hybrids, the Philadelphia Experiment and secrets of voodoo zombies.
Evolution of an artist: Times Colonist (Canada) Victoria resident Daniel Loxton’s children’s book may have been “too hot” for U.S. markets, but it’s garnering high praise at home in Canada.
Publish-or-perish: Peer review and the corruption of science The Guardian (UK) Pressure on scientists to publish has led to a situation where any paper, however bad, can now be printed in a journal that claims to be peer-reviewed. Peer review is the process that decides whether your work gets published in an academic journal. It doesn’t…