Links for September 1st

British plan to tackle asteroids A team of British scientists are developing plans for a spacecraft that could stop large asteroids from destroying the Earth. The 10 tonne “gravity tractor” would deflect any orbiting rocks years before any potential collision could happen. The device, which would rely on the force of gravity, is being developed…… Continue reading Links for September 1st

Links for March 30th

Women told: ‘You have dishonoured your family, please kill yourself’ When Elif’s father told her she had to kill herself in order to spare him from a prison sentence for her murder, she considered it long and hard. “I loved my father so much, I was ready to commit suicide for him even though I…… Continue reading Links for March 30th

Links for March 17th

Minister won’t confirm belief in evolution Canada’s science minister, the man at the centre of the controversy over federal funding cuts to researchers, won’t say if he believes in evolution. “I’m not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate,” Gary…… Continue reading Links for March 17th

Links for February 18th

Novelist Pratchett becomes a Sir – Author Terry Pratchett has been knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to literature. Sir Terry, 60, was named in the New Year Honours list. Wonder twins telescope sees star’s dying gasps – 500 light years away, the star T Leporis is dying. It used to be…… Continue reading Links for February 18th

Links for February 12th

Appreciating evolution on Darwin’s 200th birthday – Today marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, and later this year will see the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. Millions ‘opt for DIY dentistry’ – Millions of people in England have resorted to DIY dentistry, a survey by consumer magazine Which?…… Continue reading Links for February 12th

Links for February 11th

Jeni Barnett: Have you lost something? – Jeni Barnett, or someone in her employ, has deleted the two posts (and all the comments) regarding her broadcast that demonstrated her ignorance of the facts regarding MMR vaccination. Quackometer has reposted large portions of it in order to maintain the debate. The preposterous prejudice of the anti-MMR…… Continue reading Links for February 11th

Evolutionary gems

A lot of people don’t seem to “get” evolution, especially those that can’t (or won’t) let those pesky scientists interfere with their religious thinking. Thankfully Nature Magazine has created a handy PDF document that sets out 15 reasons why evolution is the most important biological process ever discovered. It’s really interesting and clears up a…… Continue reading Evolutionary gems