March 30, 2008

Doomsday fears spark lawsuit

"The builders of the world's biggest particle collider are being sued in federal court over fears that the experiment might create globe-gobbling black holes or never-before-seen strains of matter that would destroy the planet."
Doomsday fears spark lawsuit - Cosmic Log -
Posted by Martin Sewell at 2:47 PM

March 28, 2008

Religio-Fascist thought police at work

"Science is bad"
Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:05 PM

March 25, 2008

For Scientists, a Beer Test Shows Results as a Litmus Test

"Ever since there have been scientists, there have been those who are wildly successful, publishing one well-received paper after another, and those who are not. And since nearly the same time, there have been scholars arguing over what makes the difference."
For Scientists, a Beer Test Shows Results as a Litmus Test - New York Times
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:14 PM

March 20, 2008

Science Tattoos

Carl Zimmer's Science Tattoo Emporium
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:00 PM

March 12, 2008

Article: British humor linked to genetics


Sarcasm and self-depreciation, hallmarks of British humor that don't always travel well, may be linked to genetics, a researcher said.

Rod Martin, a psychologist at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, said television shows such as "Fawlty Towers" and "The Office," show people in Britain enjoy cruel or dark humor more than people from other countries, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Martin and his research team surveyed 2,000 pairs of twins in Britain and 500 pairs of twins in North America.

"The British may have a greater tolerance for a wide range of expressions of humor," Martin said. "In the North American version of 'The Office,' the lead character is much less insensitive and intolerant than in the original UK version."
Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:47 PM