top Turkey's Science Research Council Stops Publication of Evolution Books
Uhhh, not really (I'm Greek).
The last thing we want is a neighboring country that has reverted back to such a primal and anti-intellectual state, that it is fertile ground for nationalistic and other bat-shit crazy ideologies. Oh, look, I accidentally just described Greece.
We are being pretty much brainwashed since childhood to hate the Turkish and hope to one day "take back what is ours". I know they are being taught similar fairy tales, and it's all hogwash.
And hell yes, being a secular humanist myself, Ataturk is the politician I admire the most, even though he handed us our arses back in 1921-22.
top Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks
Cthon98: hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars
Cthon98: ********* see!
AzureDiamond: doesnt look like stars to me
Cthon98: AzureDiamond: *******
Cthon98: thats what I see
AzureDiamond: oh, really?
AzureDiamond: you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2
AzureDiamond: haha, does that look funny to you?
Cthon98: lol, yes. See, when YOU type hunter2, it shows to us as *******
AzureDiamond: thats neat, I didnt know IRC did that
Cthon98: yep, no matter how many times you type hunter2, it will show to us as *******
AzureDiamond: wait, how do you know my pw?
Cthon98: er, I just copy pasted YOUR ******'s and it appears to YOU as hunter2 cause its your pw
AzureDiamond: oh, ok.
about a year and a half ago
top Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page
...to repeal the Greek blasphemy law is
top Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California
Enjoy dying horribly from contaminated spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, et
If eating is going to kill me, I choose to die by the steak.
top Training an Immune System To Kill Cancer
It is possible that he got some sort of
tumor lysis syndrome as a result of the mass destruction of the cancer cells.
top Nuclear Emergency Declared At 2 Plants In Japan
Meh, use the "element hiding helper" addon for Adblock plus, to keep all Youtube comments permanently hidden!
top Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland
..this can only be accomplished by visiting the register office in person. There are no fees, as far as I know.
More information about leaving the (Greek Orthodox) Church, here.
top Possible Treatment For Ebola
Assuming, by their name (anti-sense) that these drugs take advantage of the
RNA-interference pathway, the molecules used, short interfering RNA (siRNA) don't need to have a 100% specific match to a messenger RNA (mRNA) in order to silence it. When the match is 100%, then the viral mRNA is cleaved (by means of a complex called RISC), and there is no chance of it translating into protein, whereas non-perfect matches don't result in RNA cleavage, but at the same time still block the enzymes that perform the translation (because the siRNA remain stuck to the viral mRNA). Therefore, small mutations in the virus might not have an effect in the drug's efficiency. It's a win-win situation for us.
top Claimed Proof That P != NP
If this proof holds up, then RSA and ECC become provably secure in a way they weren't before.
Note to self: Buy a 5$ wrench.
top Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church
His arguments are laughably bad when he strays outside the area he knows (evolutionary biology) and into a region he knows nothing about (theology).
You, sir, need to read
The Courtier's Reply:
I have considered the impudent accusations of Mr Dawkins with exasperation at his lack of serious scholarship. He has apparently not read the detailed discourses of Count Roderigo of Seville on the exquisite and exotic leathers of the Emperor's boots, nor does he give a moment's consideration to Bellini's masterwork, On the Luminescence of the Emperor's Feathered Hat. We have entire schools dedicated to writing learned treatises on the beauty of the Emperor's raiment, and every major newspaper runs a section dedicated to imperial fashion; Dawkins cavalierly dismisses them all. He even laughs at the highly popular and most persuasive arguments of his fellow countryman, Lord D. T. Mawkscribbler, who famously pointed out that the Emperor would not wear common cotton, nor uncomfortable polyester, but must, I say must, wear undergarments of the finest silk.
Dawkins arrogantly ignores all these deep philosophical ponderings to crudely accuse the Emperor of nudity.
Personally, I suspect that perhaps the Emperor might not be fully clothed — how else to explain the apparent sloth of the staff at the palace laundry — but, well, everyone else does seem to go on about his clothes, and this Dawkins fellow is such a rude upstart who lacks the wit of my elegant circumlocutions, that, while unable to deal with the substance of his accusations, I should at least chide him for his very bad form.
Until Dawkins has trained in the shops of Paris and Milan, until he has learned to tell the difference between a ruffled flounce and a puffy pantaloon, we should all pretend he has not spoken out against the Emperor's taste. His training in biology may give him the ability to recognize dangling genitalia when he sees it, but it has not taught him the proper appreciation of Imaginary Fabrics.
top Facebook, Others Giving User Private Data To Advertisers
And let's see if advertisers will continue to be interested in your personal info after that...
Hopefully sometime in the near future, when this or similar fan pages will grow large enough, advertisers will start excluding people that belong to them.
top Human Males Evolve At a Faster Pace Than Females
This has been known for a long time. It is called "male driven evolution".
This happens because in humans (and most animals) the cells producing sperms divide about 6 times more than the egg cells.
And guess what: studies in a human gene that has a homologue in both X and Y chromosomes, showed that (you guessed it) the Y homologue changes about 6 times faster than the X one.
Did I say old news? 1947 old:
“The primordial oocytes are mostly if not all formed at birth, whereas spermatogonia go on dividing throughout the sexual life of
a male. So if mutation is due to faulty copying of genes at a nuclear division, we might expect it to be commoner in males
“ we should expect higher mutability in the male to be a general property of human and perhaps other vertebrate genes.”
J. B. S. Haldane. 1947. The mutation rate of the gene for haemophilia and its segregation ratios in males and females. Ann. Eugen. 13:262-271.
top Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance
But seriously, this is a bit out of hand, hasn't anyone at her insurance carrier ever had a picture taken? What does the photographer usually scream at you?
I usually scream "pretend to be happy", or "say 'testicles'".
Both work like a charm!
top Observing Evolution Over 40,000 Generations
Here is the same dialog, from Wikipedia (Wikisource):
Somehow, I trust it more than conservapedia...
top NASA Discovers Life's Building Block In Comet
It also supports the theory that some other planet full of life went *KA-BOOOM*
Then where is the KA-BOOM? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering KA-BOOM!
top Prehistoric Gene Reawakened To Battle HIV
Well, a significant amount of papers can only be accessed via subscription to the respective journal, therefore for most of the
/. readers, a link to the paper would be pointless. Good thing this one was published in PLoS Biology, one of the best open access journals.
top Finally, a True Green Laser
Oh, Edmund... can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of purest Green?
top Who is your favorite fictional doctor?
Jeroen Thornedike, a Dutch heroin addict, was destined to become the next Doctor and a member of The Authority. Jeroen was "a multimedia millionaire by twelve, a dot-com billionaire by twenty, and staring into space in a psychiatric home by the age of twenty-one". He eventually gave away all his money and tried to have an ordinary life until the original Doctor died and Jeroen inherited his abilities. Jeroen refused to accept the responsibility and instead spent his days shooting heroin, watching pornographic videos of horses having sex with women and playing Sonic the Hedgehog.
Dude, this guy rocks
top Could Betelgeuse Go Boom?
It's probably gonna blow the next time
Lydia yells Betelgeuse 3 times.
Lydia the Tattooed Lady?
Oh Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia?
Lydia the Tattooed Lady.
She has eyes that folks adore so, and a torso even more so.
Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclopedia.
Oh Lydia the queen of tattoo. On her back is The Battle of Waterloo.
Beside it, The Wreck of the Hesperus, too.
And proudly above waves the red, white, and blue.
You can learn a lot from Lydia!
La-la-la...la-la-la. La-la-la...la-la-la. /ducks
top Greece Halts Google's Street View
That's true, we have a lot of hot tourist girls.
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