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A Scientist Has Grown a Human Brain in a Vat

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

Ok, not a vat, but a petri dish. A biological chemistry and pharmacology professor claims to have grown a human brain in a petri dish. Professor Rene Descartes Anand said he has grown a nearly complete human brain that is equivalent to a 5-week-old-fetus brain: Anand’s lab-grown brain is the size of a pencil eraser and contains […]

Study: Not Much Return on Forced Taxpayer Investment in Biomedical Science

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

If you have any doubt that federally funded biomedical research is not giving you a good return on your forced tax dollar investment, a new study will set you straight. The study, conducted by microbiologist Arturo Casadevall and M.D./Ph.D. student Anthony Bowen, shows that while the “industry” is growing, the deliverables are not.  To quote […]

Archaeologists Unearth Another Impressive Biblical Find

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Science continues to prove the Bible on a regular basis. This time, archaeologists from Bar-Ilan University in Israel have uncovered what appears to be the hometown of the giant Goliath. The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines — the mortal enemies of the Israelites — ruled […]

Josh Earnest: Obama’s Clean Power Plan Will Make Opponents ‘Squeal’

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

President Barack Obama  announced his “signature” regulation on climate change this afternoon, mandating drastic cuts in emissions from power plants. The White House announced a target of 32% reduction in CO2 emission from U.S. power plants by 2030 — a target no existing coal-fired power plant can meet. In his seventh year in office, Obama seems determined fulfill his […]

Remember When Space Was ‘the Final Frontier’?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Hard to believe, but soon enough there will be no man left alive who had gone where no man had gone before: to the surface of the Moon: It’s hard to write these words and know what they might feel like 50 years from now. I never dreamed, when Apollo astronauts left the moon in 1972, […]

Church of Climate Change Doctrine: Because It’s Summer, Weather Can Be ‘Climate’ Again

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

The science of no science. As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is “virtually certain” that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. In real-time data analysis released on Friday, a team of international climate scientists from […]

First U.S. Measles Death in a Decade, Courtesy of Your Neighborhood Anti-Vaxxers

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Forbes: For the first time since 2003, a person has died from measles in the U.S. A woman in Clallam County in Washington died from pneumonia caused by measles, according to the Washington State Department of Health. “This should have been a preventable death, and I think her death is a tragedy,” said Dr. […]

Does NASA Have Proof of Alien Visitation?

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

It’s a conspiracy, I tell you: just at what many UFOlogists contend is proof positive of alien space ships leaving earth orbit, NASA cuts the video feed: This shocking footage is causing quite a stir online. Some have already branded the clip definitive PROOF of alien lifeforms. The video – which is reportedly shot from the International […]

Just What We Need: Computers with Attitude

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming a reality. And so is AI sass: Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do […]

How Dumb Do You Have to Be to Be a Criminal?

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

In a study that it is sure to make Leftist heads explode, the Finns have discovered an inverse  correlation between intelligence and criminal behavior: Finland is the sort of place where they do things thoroughly, things like testing the intelligence of a total population cohort of Finnish males born in 1987 and following up the […]

Politicians’ Ideas About Science Shouldn’t Matter

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

“The Left’s bad ideas about science are more harmful than the rights.” That’s the claim by John Stossel in commentary written for Reason: The conflict conservatives have with science is mostly caused by religion. Some religious conservatives reject evolution, and some oppose stem cell research. But neither belief has a big impact on our day-to-day […]

Even Obama’s EPA Isn’t Buying the Lies About Fracking and Drinking Water

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Tough break, enviroloons. A long-awaited EPA report released Thursday found no signs of “widespread, systemic” drinking water pollution caused by fracking — a conclusion that offers a victory to the oil and gas industry and a major blow to a wave of grassroots anti-drilling movements sprouting across the country. The results of EPA’s years-long fracking […]

This One Weird Trick Will End California’s Drought

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Wait for the flooding rains: Less than a year ago, the southern Plains was faced with an extreme drought with the worst conditions reaching from central Texas through the Oklahoma Panhandle. This has changed significantly for the better, particularly over the past several weeks as round after round of rain and thunderstorms have soaked the region. […]

NOAA Climate Scientist: We Have to Bring Carbon Emissions Down to Zero

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The script needs to flip on the green crowd. The mainstream media typically frames our ongoing debate on the subject of climate change as noble climate scientists on one side against flat-earth-preaching “deniers” on the other. In a segment of NPR’s “All Things Considered” from earlier this month, host Melissa Block played denier’s advocate in […]

The Greatest Threat to Space Exploration: Manifest Failure

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Welcome to Generation Whatever. Forget Kirk versus Picard. There’s a new Captain in town named Barack and his bidding with the final frontier is finally coming to fruition. Sure, we can explore Mars, but why even bother? We’ll just screw that up, too: The white, male European conquerors of the New World and 19th-century American […]

Meet the Big-Government Republicans Who Back Increased NIH Funding

Monday, May 4th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

Following on the footsteps of Newt Gingrich’s op-ed in the New York Times, several Republicans have joined the former speaker of the House and come forward in support of an increased budget for the National Institutes of Health. The Hill describes these Republicans as “conservative.”  Hardly. I wrote about Newt Gingrich’s call for government expansion, reminding […]

Poll: 1 in 4 Say the Sun Revolves Around the Earth

Friday, April 24th, 2015 - by The Tatler

A poll from the National Science Foundation report released this week has some alarming information about the level of scientific knowledge of Americans. To the question “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth,” 26 percent of those surveyed answered incorrectly. The survey of 2,200 people in the […]

Hillary and How Hollywood Turned Menopause into a Curse

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Language warning: NSFW Praised for her raw take on women’s body issues, comedian Amy Schumer hosted Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for a sketch taking on Hollywood’s treatment of middle-aged women on the latest episode of her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer. It was a well-timed take on a rote discussion aired in […]

U.S. Will Become Net Exporter of Natural Gas by 2017

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Reuters: The United States will transition from a net importer of natural gas to a net exporter of the fuel by 2017 as the nation’s shale gas production continues to grow, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday in its Annual Energy Outlook. In its 2014 outlook, the EIA forecast the U.S. would […]

A Florida County Wants to ‘Plant’ Cadavers in a ‘Body Farm’

Friday, April 10th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

From the Brandon Patch: The University of South Florida and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office have joined forces to bring this particular proposal to life.  The program, dubbed the Facility for Outdoor Experimental Research and Training (FORT), is being proposed to serve as a resource and training center for Florida’s medical and legal communities. The […]

NASA Promises to Discover Alien Life Within 20 Years

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

The Men in Black at what’s left of NASA, in between rounds of celebrating Islamic science, are boldly going where no bureaucrats have gone before: Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.” “I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in […]

Are Pesticides Ruining the Quality of Your Sperm? Harvard Thinks So

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 - by The Tatler

A new Harvard Study suggests that pesticide residue on fruit and vegetables could affect the fertility of men. Research by Harvard University found that men who ate the greatest amount of fruit and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue had a 49% lower sperm count and a 32% fewer normally formed sperm than those […]

Georgia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Legislation

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Dozens of “medical refugees” from Georgia could make their way back home soon as the state Senate passed a bill allowing cannabis oil for certain medical conditions on Tuesday. The only hurdle between the bill and the desk of Governor Nathan Deal is a vote in the House, which may come this week. Senate supporters […]

Who Ever Thought Daylight Saving Time Was a Good Idea?

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Not me; it’s just a huge, arbitrary pain in the neck. And not Alexander Abad-Santos in The Atlantic, either: Daylight Saving Time is the greatest continuing fraud ever perpetuated on American people. And this weekend, the effect of this cruel monster will rear its ugly head again. On Sunday morning, Americans across the country will have […]

Mr. Spock, RIP

Friday, February 27th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Leonard Nimoy has died: Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. […]

‘Cap and Trade’ Is Alive and Well – Despite Having Never Passed Congress

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 - by Seton Motley

Remember “Cap and Trade?”  The anti-market allegedly “market-based” “solution” to man-faked global warming climate change? A central authority (usually a governmental body) sets a limit or cap on the amount of a pollutant that may be emitted. The limit or cap is allocated and/or sold by the central authority to firms in the form of […]

VIDEO: Saudi Cleric Says Earth Can’t be Rotating Because This Cup

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Thanks to Al-Arabiya for circulating this gem on the same week of Galileo’s birth: Answering a student question on whether the Earth is stationary or moving, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari replied: “stationary and does not move.” He then attempted to support his argument by quoting some clerics and selected religious statements. But his most controversial method […]

Measles Outbreak May Have Spread at Youth Rally in Canada

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

The measles outbreak that has spread like wildfire across the United States has now made its way to Canada, and, according to Yahoo News, it may have spread at a Christian youth conference in Toronto. Canadian health officials warned Monday that a person with measles may have spread the virus at a recent large gathering […]

Georgia Lawmaker Proposes ‘Frankenstein Science’ Bill

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

State politics can be pretty boring sometimes, but once in a while we run into stories that sound stranger than fiction. One of those cases involved a bill in the Georgia legislature that comes across as bizarre on the surface but raises some intriguing ethical questions – a proposed law to ban human-animal hybrid embryos. […]

Now Anti-Vaxxers Have To Be Warned About Intentionally Exposing Kids Through ‘Measles Parties’

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Just STOP. California health officials on Monday warned parents against intentionally exposing their children to measles, which could worsen an outbreak in the state. In response to media inquiries about so-called measles parties, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said it did not have information on the parties or their frequency. But it added […]

Is God a Gamer?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Sure looks that way. This image is from the Hubble Telescope:   This adorable image — in which the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 seems to be smiling at the camera — comes courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope. It was spotted by Judy Schmidt, who submitted a version of the image to the Hubble’s Hidden […]

(VIDEO) Jon Stewart Mocks Anti-Vaxxer ‘Science-Denying Affluent CA Liberals’

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

The Marin County rich hippie mom’s comments here practically mock themselves, but Stewart does a great job of piling on:

CA Day Care Shut Down After Baby Too Young for Vaccination Contracts Measles

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

The hits just keep on coming. A Southern California day care has shut down because an infant there — who’s too young to get vaccinated — contracted measles, another case in the re-emergence of the disease on the West Coast. The Samohi Infant Toddler Center inside Santa Monica High School, a facility for 24 young […]

Did Obama Advisor Who Slammed Christie on Vaccines Forget About Obama’s Anti-Vaxx Comments?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

[HT: American Commitment]   Possible 2016 presidential contender Gov. Chris Christie, visiting an American facility in England that makes a flu vaccine, was asked if he thinks Americans should vaccinate their children to protect them from a measles outbreak that is sweeping the nation. Explaining that he and his wife decided to vaccinate their own […]

Chris Christie Taking Shots After Comments on Vaccination and Parental Choice

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got in on the vaccine controversy today with comments that some claimed could doom his presidential hopes. From the New York Times: Mr. Christie, when asked about the connection between the new measles cases and parents who object to the long-recommended vaccine against it, said that he and his wife […]