Category Archive for 'Science'

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Living a fantasy life can be a killer Richard Martinez had an easy excuse if he had fallen into an absolute, sobbing despondency;  his 20-year-old son had been murdered in a shooting and stabbing spree last weekend in California. Instead, Martinez was a mix of appropriate emotion and room-silencing coherence as he spoke to a […]

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Evolution vs. creationism: A Ham on Nye sandwich A handful of science Grumpycats warned Bill Nye to not do it. Don’t get onstage and debate that creationist guy. It’ll lend credibility to the anti-science crowd. Nye went ahead with it anyway. Tuesday night he crawled into the den of ignorance, defending evolution against Ken Ham, […]

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Hey, are you calling Carl Sagan stupid? With the onrushing Super Bowl featuring combatants from the two states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, this seems as good a time as any to recall a conversation during a dinner party at our house over the holidays. It was late in the evening, post […]

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The sad and funny untruths of Pro-Lifers From the window of the bus this morning, on my way to the office, I saw that the Pro-Lifers, as they call themselves, have taken over the lawn of the Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building on State Street, filling it with gruesome photographs of dead fetuses. One poster […]

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The 21st century isn’t here yet, but we’re getting close Believe what you want. The Earth is 6,000 years old?  Humans were created by God in his image? Obama was born in Kenya? Go ahead and think so, there’s plenty of room here for all kinds of beliefs. It’s a big world. And an old […]

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Bill Nye, I’m proud of you Until a few weeks ago, I had only a passing familiarity with Bill Nye, who in the ’90s was “Bill Nye the Science Guy” to kids watching public television. I never saw his show there, being too old to learn by then. A couple of years back, I’d catch […]

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Nazi War Machines of the Gods What the hell has happened to The History Channel? I can’t even begin to tell you what a comfort it generally is, when faced with a task like cleaning the kitchen last Sunday, to know that I can turn on the TV and scrub stove burners while watching the […]

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In politics and media, dinosaurs count more than UFOs Although I am a card-carrying, paycheck-cashing member of the mainstream media, I’ve made no secret of my dismay with reporters and editors who refuse to take a leadership role when reporting the news, and help the public sort truth from fiction. Or, as is increasingly the […]

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Tastes like a six-ton bird Paleontologists have surmised that while Tyrannosaurus rex meat probably didn’t taste like chicken, it very likely did taste like the meat from some kind of a bird. The logic is that birds and crocodiles taste similar, and both are related to dinosaurs (birds even more directly than crocs). And as […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 19 I walked with zombies at the Public Market this morning. Dozens of them, their faces white, huge bloody gashes on their foreheads and cheeks, poking among the booths at Artisan’s Row, sniffing at oil paintings and quilts and jewelry and garden […]

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