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A quote for the day… from 68 Nobel Prize Winners

68 former Nobel Prize winning scientists have endorsed Barack Obama for the Presidency. Their feelings were published in “An Open Letter to the American People.” Here is a quote from that letter:

“America’s economic future, the quality of our health, and the quality of our environment depend on our ability to continue America’s proud legacy of discovery and invention. As winners of the Nobel Prizes in science, we are proud of our contribution to the extraordinary advances American science has made in recent years. But we’re deeply concerned that without leadership and continued commitment to scientific research the next generation of Americans will not make and benefit from future discoveries.

“President Obama understands the key role science has played in building a prosperous America, has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making and has championed investment in science and technology research that is the engine of our economy. He has built strong programs to educate young Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and programs to provide Americans the training they need to keep pace with a technology-driven economy.

If you believe, as we do, that America’s future is bound in essential ways to science and innovation, we urge you to join us in working to ensure the reelection of President Obama.”

You can find the entire letter here. I would urge you to read it… and pass it around.


Bill Nye (The Science Guy) is American Humanist of the Year

Here’s his acceptance speech to this very large American atheist group in 3 parts:

April 12, 1632

It is the Anniversary today of the call to trial of Gallileo Gallilei by the minions of the Catholic Church (the Inquisition) for defying God by scientifically showing that the Earth revolves around the Sun, as do the other planets; that the Moon not only revolved around the Earth, but was illuminated by reflected light of the Sun.

Gallileo, then age 70, was convicted, forced to publicly repent and sentenced to House Arrest, where he remained until his death some years later. His book, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, was banned by the Inquisition and the Catholic Church did not allow its publication until1741… and the Church did not express regret for its punishment of Gallileo until Pope John Paul did so in 1992.

Tonite, if you go outside and look up at the Moon and the stars, remember Gallileo and think about all the other wonders of science that the Church has come out against over the years.

Isn’t modern medical science grand?

Salon has a piece this morning for pregnant women entitled Don’t turn your womb into a “boom-boom room”. I’ll give you a clip here, but you might read the whole thing before exposing child-to-be to the Rolling Stones:
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Doctors warn against playing music to your unborn baby

Twenty years ago, back in the go-go 1990s, French ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Alfred Tomatis published his book “Pourquoi Mozart?” which claimed that playing music to your baby in utero could increase its IQ. Since then, making playlists for your fetus has become de rigueur, Web sites have sprung up debating whether listening to Mozart or Bach will make your baby smarter, and there’s been a deluge of prenatal audio equipment. You can buy headphones that fit around your belly or a CD compilation created specifically for little Jim-Bob’s still developing ears.

But, as it turns out, those “womb boxes” might be doing more harm than good — or, as the New York Post reports, “Doctors are now warning against the potential hazards of a mother turning her womb into a boom-boom room.”
Pediatrician Dr. David Cabbad at the Brooklyn Hospital Center notes that the piped-in tunes could hinder a babies’ sleep pattern.
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Is technology oppressing our lives?

It is an odd kind of thing to be presented by a guy who lives on his blog many hours of the day, but this article in New Scientist by Yair Amichal-Hamburger attracted my attention.

I’ll give you a clip from it, but I suggest you read the whole thing:

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“THE age of melancholy” is how psychologist Daniel Goleman describes our era. People today experience more depression than previous generations, despite the technological wonders that help us every day. It might be because of them.

Our lifestyles are increasingly driven by technology. Phones, computers and the internet pervade our days. There is a constant, nagging need to check for texts and email, to update Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn profiles, to acquire the latest notebook or 3G cellphone.

Are we being served by these technological wonders or have we become enslaved by them?
In many homes, the computer has become the centre of attention; it is the medium through which we work and play.
In this era of mass consumption, we are surrounded by advertising that urges us to find fulfilment through the acquisition of material goods. As a result, adults and children increasingly believe that in order to belong and feel good about themselves, they must own the latest model or gadget.
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Starting off the week (and Columbus Day) with a laugh…

I tried to find the Video tht Willie Geist played on Morning Joe this morning, with the Sesame Street Muppet Ernie singing about visiting the moon… and then the moon is hit by a rocket and blows up… but couldn’t find it. I think they pulled it from Letterman’s Friday night show, but I’m not sure.

However, in my search I found a great piece on the same topic from Mr. Show:

Did anyone hear if they found water (which I think was the major goal) on the actual rocket/moo collision? I think that’s what we were spending millions on doing.