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Meet The Scientific Ignorance Caucus In The US House Of Representatives

First, the good news. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5029, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act. In terms of spending, it was a modest bill. If it is signed into law, it will barely result in any increase in federal government spending at all.

Still, the impact of H.R. 5029 could [...]

Fact Check: Is LA Rep. Lenar Whitley Right or Wrong about Global Warming?

Raw Story notes Louisiana State Representative Lenar Whitley has posted a video titled “Global Warming is a Hoax” in her campaign for a seat in the U.S. Congress:

Among Rep. Whitley’s many claims of a secret “conspiracy” to fool humanity into thinking that global warming exists, she declares that all it takes to disprove [...]

Statistics Show Biblical Literalists Sin Against Their Religion Every Time They Go To Church

Christian Biblical literalists are faced with this choice: They must either stop going to church, or stop being Biblical literalists, and accept that the Bible is really just a collection of metaphors, and not really the divine word of any supernatural being. [...]

Save The Planet! Don’t Wear I/O Denim Jeans!

It’s widely acknowledged that human beings are bad for the planet. We degrade natural habitats. We pollute. We change the climate.

The fewer human beings around, the better it will be for the biosphere. But, how can we accomplish population reduction in a humane manner? Massive slaughter wouldn’t likely be very environmentally friendly in itself.

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Join the National Bicycle Challenge

The League of American Bicyclists is an organization, older than anyone you know, centered around this idea:

When more people ride bikes: Life is better for everyone; Communities are safer, stronger and better connected; Our nation is healthier, economically stronger, environmentally cleaner and more energy independent.

Part of what the League does is [...]

Alternative Medicine: Is Cancer A Lactic Acid?

Cancer is not lactic acid. Lactic acid is a little molecule, and cancer is a disease caused the uncontrolled growth of living tissue throughout the body. They’re two separate things. [...]

Guess What? That “Cold” Winter 2013-2014 Showed (Yes!) Global Warming

“What global warming?”

If you live in the United States, you probably heard this sarcastic phrase last winter, uttered by people who noticed that in the United States, this winter was pretty cold:

Minority Report: Conservative News and Opinions:

“As I write this entry, it is 1 degree Fahrenheit in Morton Grove, Illinois, below zero [...]

Arctic Melting At A Record Breaking Pace In Spring 2014

Antarctica made big news this week as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released the results of research that suggests that the West Antarctica ice sheet has begun to fall apart due to climate change – and only the most extraordinary circumstances could possibly halt the process. When the water from this section of Antarctica enters the [...]

Comet Siding Spring is the Hidden Planet Nibiru? In Other News…

… I am Queen Elizabeth.

At the conspiracy website Godlike Productions, user cometa’planeta has announced that the “breaking” news that “Comet Siding spring is nibiru planet x hercolubus!!! All characteristics seem to match. Coming below the ecliptic. Red in colour. Mass of a planet!”

In case you haven’t heard, back in 1995 Nancy Lieder began [...]

Muslim Warts Under Scrutiny

The Journal of Religion and Health releases new research this spring asking the all-important question, can prayer by Muslim religious authorities cure warts? With the publication of “Therapeutic Effects of Islamic Intercessory Prayer on Warts” by Turkish academic, government and medical researchers Evren Hoşrik, Aydın E. Cüceloğlu and Seval Erpolat, can we learn the answer?

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Danger! Asteroids Are Not Blowing Up Like Nuclear Bombs!

Alert! Alert! A new scientific study has found that big space rocks, with enough mass to create an explosion the size of a small nuclear bomb, strike our planet about once every month!

Danger! Why, just imagine looking up in the sky and seeing a nuclear explosion once per month… and then keep on imagining. [...]