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Kids Can't Sit Still? Maybe You Can Blame Your Car.

If think you have hyperactive kids, well, much of that hyperactivity is probably a natural part of their childhood. If their active behavior isn’t appropriate to the setting, you might think about changing the setting.

There are some cases of hyperactivity among children, however, that are far outside the norm. There are children who consistently [...]

If God Works, How Come Mothers Only Have Two Hands?

I saw this sign yesterday while travelling through South Somerville, Maine. If this were a valid ding against the scientific theory of evolution — which doesn’t claim that evolutionary pressures create absolutely optimal biological design — then wouldn’t it also be a criticism of the religious theory of God — which does claim that its [...]

Senate Hides Behind Secret Votes in Defunding Research

To no small degree, the United States of America rose in prominence because of innovation, and to no small degree that innovation has been funded through research funded directly by the federal government and indirectly through its support of higher education. In economist Edwin Mansfield’s classic study of American industrial innovation, for instance, he finds [...]

NSIDC Starts Graphing Greenland Ice Melt

For years, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has been sharing daily updates of the area (“extent”) of sea ice coverage in the Arctic ocean, charting current conditions in comparison to the 1979-2000 average for purposes of comparison. Current levels consistently lie two standard deviations below that long-term average, making the NSIDC Arctic [...]

Near Death Experience Memories Are More Packed With Reality Than Ordinary Real Memories

The descriptions of memories of near death experiences seem to be packed more tightly with the linguistic cues that suggest real experience. [...]

NASA: January 2013 the 6th Hottest on Record for Earth

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has released its readings regarding temperature from stations across the globe over land and sea in January 2013. Their finding: January 2013 was the 6th warmest January in its record, which stretches back over 130 years to January 1880.

Every one of the 5 hottest Januaries takes place after [...]

Is This the Year CO2 hits 400 PPM?

Could be. Look at the trend, courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

Last month’s reading at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reached 395.55 parts per million in January 2013, up more than 2 parts per million from just a year ago.

Hold your breath? Wait and see.

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Extraterrestrial Civilization Could Be Discovered Next Week!

“The discovery of alien life or Earth-like planets and the implications to the world was a crucial item on the agenda at the annual World Economic Forum, or WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.” So writes “truther”, an anonymous conspiracy theorist.

What makes this item “crucial”?

“truther” found this text in a report by the World Economic [...]

If Malaria Isn't Needed Anymore, Why Are Corporations Spending Millions to Destroy It?

Someone sent me this image today:

I agree that unions can be important. But I don’t like the thinking behind the statement. Substitute other words for “unions”:

If malaria isn’t needed anymore, why are corporations spending millions to destroy it? They are, you know. Read this article about 24 years of research supported by [...]

The Sedentary Neurology Of Lumosity

Maybe Lumosity will some day be proven to provide a special kind of neurological stimulation that can’t be acquired elsewhere, but that day has not yet arrived. [...]

A Year in the Life of Adam

Genesis 2:19-20 tells the story of Adam’s task:

“Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So [...]