This week in science

Flying Spaghetti Monster

This is the symbol of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

I’m sure the religious right will be thrilled to learn even the Evil French are feeling the pressure to teach creationism, and the arguments are geared toward scientific truthiness, with lots of good old Intelligent Design and cries to ‘teach the controversy’. But there is one teensy-weensy thing US social conservatives may not find so appealing about it:

Yahya’s methods are nevertheless known to be as effective as those used by American Evangelicals, and he isn’t afraid to shock participants. Engin invoked Hitler and 9/11 in order to declare that “all Darwinists are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Darwinists.” The discussion on the origins of life appears to hit its target in the audience, a mixture of “mainline” believers and devout fundamentalists. Amadou Bah, a 26-year-old student of finance, is happy to have these “clarifications.” “Like all Muslims, I am a believer in the theory of creation, but I didn’t have arguments to defend it,” she says.

That’s right US fundies, Islamic Creationism is All the Rage! So, my good ditto heads and assorted Teaparty know-nothings, we should probably ‘teach this controversy’ in US schools too, right? Right? RIGHT?

  • Over at Bad Astronomy, Phill has posted some very cool private pics of Space Shuttle Endeavour and the IIS silhouetted against the big yellow sun!
  • You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, and you sure as hell can’t hear it. But Dark Matter pays handsomely, at least for four astronomers who won a half million dollar prize in comsology:

    The researchers created key computer simulations more than 20 years ago that mapped the large-scale distribution of matter in the universe. The simulations were enough to convince most experts of the existence of dark matter, and set off a so-far fruitless search to find out what it is.

  • Big Oil and Saudi Prince see eye to eye, and want to keep to keep crack oil affordable, no doubt along with the usual suspects:

    “We don’t want the West to go and find alternatives, because, clearly, the higher the price of oil goes, the more they have incentives to go and find alternatives,” said Talal, who is listed by Forbes as the 26th richest man in the world.

Daily Kos

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