links for 2009-01-30

  • Director Ridley Scott has signed up to produce the big screen remake of 1980s TV show The A-Team, according to industry paper Variety.

    The film, due out in 2010, will be updated so that the army veterans will have fought in the Middle East and not in Vietnam, Variety adds.

    (tags: movies film a-team ridleyscott)

  • Herbal medicine is NOT homeopathy.

    Herbal medicine and the use of pure chemical constituents from plants still subscribe to dose-response pharmacology: that the biological response varies in direct proportion to the dose or concentration of the remedy. While some medicinal plants are used as a source for homeopathic treatments, the rationale for dosing in medicine vs. homeopathy are diametrically opposed. Lumping together herbal medicine with homeopathy gives the former practice the same air of impossibility and detracts from the demonstrated benefits and future promise of using plants as a source of novel therapeutic molecules.

    (tags: science medicine skeptic homeopathy herbs herbalmedicine CAM)

  • An alternative proposal to dark energy in which the Earth sits near the center of a large void is undergoing scrutiny, and the results show that void models fit poorly with observed data. Nevertheless, scientists say that more research will be needed to determine if void models, dark energy, or something else can accurately explain how the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.

    (tags: science astronomy darkenergy void darkmatter universe cosmology)

  • After a Lutheran school expelled two 16-year-old girls for having “a bond of intimacy” that was “characteristic of a lesbian relationship,” the girls sued, contending the school had violated a state anti-discrimination law.

    In response to that suit, an appeals court decided this week that the private religious school was not a business and therefore did not have to comply with a state law that prohibits businesses from discriminating.

    (tags: law religion california lgbt education discrimination religiousschools)

  • A budding restaurateur is planning to spend £1m on turning a block of toilets into a bistro in Nottingham.

    Uman Jaspel bought the former public toilets on Carrington Street for about £500,000 and intends to spend a further £500,000 renovating the building.

    (tags: toilets toilet nottingham restaurant)