Archive for: March, 2007

According to This Poll, I Probably Know Every Atheist In America

Mar 31 2007 Published by under Godlessness, Religion

According to a recent Newsweek poll, only 3% of Americans claim to be atheists. I know a lot of atheists, so I am wondering if I know all of the atheists in America? Do they all know each other?

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Peanut Butter Disproves Evolution

Mar 31 2007 Published by under Evolution, Humor, Religion, Streaming videos

According to this creationist video, peanut butter, which has been subjected to high temperatures to render it sterile, disproves that life can come from non-life. The silliness of this argument reminds me of Kirk Cameron's 'banana proof' of creationism.

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Red Milkweed Beetle

Mar 31 2007 Published by under Image of the Day


Tetraopes sp. red milkweed beetle (Cerambycidae). Nixon, Nevada.
Photographer: Alexander Wild.

As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there is a world out there that is populated by millions of unique species. We are a part of this world whether we like it or not: we have a choice to either preserve these species or to destroy them in search of short-term monetary gains. But if we decide to destroy these other life forms, the least we can do is to know what we are destroying by learning that they exist. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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Pelosi Has More Stones Than Bush

Mar 30 2007 Published by under Politics

The White House is livid with Nancy Pelosi because she will visit Syria next week -- presumably to fraternize with terrorists. Snert. Nevermind that the 911 terrorists were mostly Saudis, that for decades the Bush family has been on kissing terms with the Saudi Royal Family and other Saudi elites, and that the bin Laden family funded W's first venture into oil -- which means that the Bushies truly are fraternizing with known terrorists. I am pleased to see someone finally acting like an adult by actually speaking to some of the countries concerned about the state of things in the Middle East.

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Mesozoic Plant and Animal Museum Under Construction in Utah

Mar 30 2007 Published by under Fossils


Architect's rendition of the completed College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum and Mesozoic Gardens.

At a time when creationists are dumping money into so-called prehistoric "museums" that tell lies to the public about evolution, it is refreshing to see a real museum gain more monetary support and prominence, especially in a "red state". An official home has been found for the world's most extensive evolutionary botanic gardens, which also includes an expansion of the College of Eastern Utah (CEU) Prehistoric Museum, in Price, Utah.

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Ancient Roadrunner-like Bird from the Age of Dinosaurs

Mar 30 2007 Published by under Evolution, Fossils


120-million-year-old fossilized footprints made by a roadrunner-like bird, Shandongornipes muxiai, discovered in Shandong Province, China. (Track four).

In the past few years, China has become famous for the number and quality of bird fossils from the Early Cretaceous that have been discovered there. This week, another such discovery has been reported by an international team of Chinese, American and Japanese scientists. Their discovery of 120-million-year-old fossilized footprints made by a roadrunner-like bird in Shandong Province, China (see map), was published in the European journal, Naturwissenschaften.

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Dogbane Leaf Beetle

Mar 30 2007 Published by under Image of the Day


Chrysochus auratus, the dogbane leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae). Naples, New York.
Photographer: Alexander Wild.

As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there is a world out there that is populated by millions of unique species. We are a part of this world whether we like it or not: we have a choice to either preserve these species or to destroy them in search of short-term monetary gains. But if we decide to destroy these other life forms, the least we can do is to know what we are destroying by learning that they exist. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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Blog Carnival Available

Mar 29 2007 Published by under Uncategorized

The 57th edition of the Skeptic's Circle is now available for your reading pleasure. This edition features a nice picture in addition to all the great reading.

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Mammals Began to Diversify Prior to K/T-Boundary

Mar 29 2007 Published by under Evolution, Mammals


Andrewsarchus was the largest carnivorous land mammal that ever lived.
It lived about 32-60 million years ago. (Image: BBC Walking With Beasts)

Contrary to popular belief, a new study shows that the rise of mammals was not connected to the extinction of dinosaurs that occurred 65 million years ago. The evidence challenging this connection comes from the most complete family tree ever compiled for mammals. This supertree, comprised of genetic and fossil data reveals the relationships between mammals such as primates, rodents and hoofed mammals, including when they evolved into separate groups.

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LeConte's Sparrow

Mar 29 2007 Published by under Image of the Day


Another lovely little brown bird, LeConte's Sparrow, Ammodramus leconteii.
The photographer writes; I heartily agree that sparrows deserve more attention! Here [is a] pic of a freshly-plumaged LeConte's Sparrow that we banded in KS in the fall of 2005, as well as a link to a photo essay about another lovely grassland sparrow, the Grasshopper Sparrow.
Photographer: David Rintoul, KSU.

As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there is a world out there that is populated by millions of unique species. We are a part of this world whether we like it or not: we have a choice to either preserve these species or to destroy them in search of short-term monetary gains. But if we decide to destroy these other life forms, the least we can do is to know what we are destroying by learning that they exist. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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