Science

A Transhumanist Future?

The whole 666 Number/Mark of the Beast thing and the fact that I’m reading Peter F. Hamilton at the moment has got me thinking about biochips and the future of other technological augmentations of the human body, and how those… Read More ›

Pseudoscience of the day

I loathe cynical advertising playing on the generally poor science education of the wider populace. We are not taught enough about how our own bodies work to spot the snakeoil salesmen. Case in point: a company advertising a daily multi-vitamin/mineral… Read More ›

Skepticism and Autism

The 31st Skeptics’ Circle is up at Terra Sigillata. Biotech, alternative medicine, climatology, religion and more. My favourite post is by Dick about his personal experiences with The Fleecing of the Autism Community. “These frauds sell crap, preying on the… Read More ›

Go go Gadget Mars

Some guys have essentially invented a tricorder that’s going to Mars in 2009. I heard an interview with a team leader, Robert Downs of the University of Arizona, on tonight’s Science Show. Based on the Raman spectrometer, which gained for… Read More ›

Sunday, Darwin Sunday

Happy Darwin Day! Today is Darwin’s birthday, and many American churches are having an Evolution Sunday to sermonise about the harmony that can exist between faith and science. I recommend hieing thee to Pharyngula, where PZ will undoubtedly mark the… Read More ›

Red Pill or Blue Pill?

Missing the good old days of adolescent existential angst? “Researchers at UCLA found that cells in the human anterior cingulate, which normally fire when you poke the patient with a needle (“pain neurons”), will also fire when the patient watches… Read More ›