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Bill Maher stays as Berkeley’s commencement speaker

As I reported earlier, an invitation to Bill Maher to give the commencement address at the University of California at Berkeley recently came under fire as a group of students, apparently largely Muslim, objected on the grounds that he was a racist and a bigot who promulgated “hate speech.” They circulated a petition to withdraw […]

Science proves that consecrated wafers are still wheat and not Jesus

I don’t know much about the Raëlian Movement, but what I’ve learned suggests that Raelians are plenty weird. Their faith is based on Earth’s life having been created by space aliens, so they’re creationists, and they have all kinds of strange views, including a form of baptism that alters your genetic makeup but prepares you for your […]

Piece of Amelia Earhart’s plane found (probably)

According to Discovery News and other sources, a piece of metal recovered in 1991 on an uninhabited Pacific atoll has now been identified (with high probability) as having been part of Amelia Earhart’s plane when she and her copilot went missing during their around-the-world flight in 1937.  Back in mid 2012, I gave some evidence […]

Bobcat in the henhouse! (and lagniappe)

Reader Michael from Idaho sent a video he made of a bobcat trying to nom his chickens. His report: I have followed your website for many years as we share many of the same interests.  I especially enjoy your posts related to science, atheism and religion and the wonderful discussions that ensue with the commenters. […]

Goodbye, Allman Brothers

One of the best bands in rock history, and the greatest “southern rock” group ever, is playing its last gig tonight at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Although individual members of the band may continue to play (I find it hard to imagine that Greg Allman will ever hang it up, for what would […]

Sikh student allowed to bring dagger to public school as a gesture toward religious tolerance

According to custom, members of the Sikh religion wear the “five Ks,” which, according to Wikipedia, are the following: Kesh: Uncut hair, usually tied and wrapped in a Dastar [JAC: A form of turban]. Kanga: A wooden comb, usually worn under a Dastar Katchera: Cotton undergarments, historically appropriate in battle due to increased mobility when compared to a […]

Young people today… Help them appreciate the Marx Brothers

by Matthew Cobb I have just finished teaching to the second year Animal Diversity course here at the University of Manchester – I cover the invertebrates. I closed with 10 minutes on my favourite flies, some of which we have featured here with stupendous photos by Stephen Marshall. One of them is the Groucho fly (aka […]

Three amazing photos by Melvyn Yeo

by Matthew Cobb We’ve featured the arthropod macro photos of Singapore-based photographer Melvyn Yeo before. You can browse his amazing DeviantArt page. Here are two doozies I just stumbled across. The first is of a mantidfly. These are weird neuropterans that look like a cross between a mantis and a fly (they aren’t). This one […]

From the Cambrian Explosion to swimming pigs – Professor Brian Cox

by Matthew Cobb My University of Manchester colleague Brian Cox has a new TV series out at the moment, called Human Universe, which looks at the big questions – why are we here, are we alone etc. Last Tuesday’s episode was about the possibility of alien life (high for microbes, reckons Brian, probably zero for […]

Readers’ beefs

For some reason—perhaps because I’m on the road—the wacko comments have been less frequent this week. In fact, we have only two. The first is from reader “assisinaturecouncil”, who commented on my post, “Monastery of the Transfiguration of God” (as usual, I present the posts without editing): am ecsatic show me a work of art […]


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