Currently making the rounds. A qualitative study
in Sociology of Religion
looks at "spiritual atheists" in science. A call for Humanist Chaplains
in the U.S. armed forces. And The Freedom From Religion Foundation becomes certified to perform weddings in Tulsa.
The science education video series Sixty Symbols
) explores the Cadbury Creme Egg. [more inside]
Worth picking up if you have a library with a subscription. The May 20th issue of Science was devoted to the Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake of December 24
describing the full power of that event, the most powerful recorded since the deployment of modern electronic sensors. The multiple effects
claimed include swarm earthquakes in Alaska, a shock wave that moved every place on Earth a centimeter, and resonant waves continuing weeks after the event. It is also the the longest rupture
recorded and took over an hour to complete. Animated simulations of aspects of the event are linked through PhysOrg.com
Just found this one. The San Francisco Chronicle reports
on a Berkeley website
for supporting science teachers teaching evolution. The project was built with a grant from the National Science Foundation
and has received an additional grant to expand the site to develop content for students and adults. More coverage from The Daily Bruin
at UCLA and a brief clip from Science News.
NASA Challenges Moon Hoax Conspiracy
After decades of almost ignoring claims that the Apollo missions were hoaxed, NASA commissioned aerospace writer James Olberg
to write an official rebuttle. Perhaps a bit more reasonable than the NASA Stooge
, the book is aimed at the general public.
2001 Ig Nobel Results:
What is most suprising about this is that 9 out of the 10 winners actually wrote acceptance speeches. Awards went to the creator of "Stalin World," a study of teens who pick their noses, a study of injuries due to falling coconuts, and the invention of fart-proof underwear.