- Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details
- I'd still reccomend taking this with a large grain of salt, but Lockheed Martin being the source of this seems to lend it most credibility than a lot of fusion reactor proposals. I've seen this appearing in a few papers today, but Aviation Week seems to have the most details.
- Meet Ian Mosby, the Man Who Exposed Canada's Experiments on Aboriginals
- "Ian Mosby, a post-doctoral researcher in the history of science at the University of Guelph, was investigating Canada’s nutrition policies during the Second World War when he saw a paper by a federal scientist comparing aboriginal children with white children. Scientific curiosity had Mosby wondering where this data had come from, but tracking it down ... led him to ... experiments on Aboriginals in the 1940s and 50s that ranks among the most unethical research projects in Canadian history."
- Should We Worry That so Many of the Doctors Fighting Ebola Are Missionaries?
- An atheist think over his objections to theists running hospitals. "truth be told, these valid critiques don’t fully explain my discomfort with missionary medicine. If we had thousands of secular doctors doing exactly the same work, I would probably excuse most of these flaws. 'They’re doing work no one else will,' I would say. 'You can’t expect perfection.'"
- The Best Way To Reheat Pizza at Home
- Didn't give it a lot of thought over the microwave before but cast iron does seem to make sense.
- Inuit were not the first people to settle in the Arctic
- "A study published Thursday in the journal Science shows the first people to settle in the Arctic were ... not genetically related to today’s Inuit or First Nations people. ... The Paleo-Eskimos came from Siberia about 5,000 years ago and spread all the way from Alaska to Greenland before dying out around 700 years ago. Willerslev says the extinction seemed to happen about the same time that Inuit were moving into the Arctic." In terms of how far back in history their disappearance happened, it would seem that it was within a couple hundred years of the Jews being expelled from Spain so this is actually quite recent. There doesn't appear to be any recorded history of violence against these people though.
- Sleeping on animal fur in infancy found to reduce risk of asthma
- "exposure to the microbial environment in animal skin and fur could have a protective effect against asthma and allergies." Might certain relatives of mine also be unlikely to develop allergies to cookies?
- Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air
- "The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed birds, including numerous raptors."
- This Chart Proves It Doesn't Have to Cost $245,000 to Raise a Child
- "it’s the average number, not the minimum number. It’s an average from a span that includes those who are struggling to stay afloat, and those who are buying $1,250 strollers for their children."
Some interesting thoughts from in the New York Times motivated by the uncovering of a ring of sex abuse in the UK not long ago:
The crucial issue ... isn’t some problem that’s exclusive to traditionalism or progressivism. ... Show me what a culture values, prizes, puts on a pedestal, and I’ll tell you who is likely to get away with rape.
... The point is that as a society changes, as what’s held sacred and who’s empowered shifts, so do the paths through which evil enters in, the prejudices and blind spots it exploits. So don’t expect tomorrow’s predators to look like yesterday’s. Don’t expect them to look like the figures your ideology or philosophy or faith would lead you to associate with exploitation. Expect them, instead, to look like the people whom you yourself would be most likely to respect, most afraid to challenge publicly, or least eager to vilify and hate. Because your assumptions and pieties are evil’s best opportunity, and your conventional wisdom is what’s most likely to condemn victims to their fate.
- All of the Countries which the U.S. "Regime Changed" - Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya - Have Descended into Brutal Chaos
- A few reasons to be skeptical about a lot of foreign policy intervention.
- Blogger fined for restaurant review
- "A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results."
- The Wrong Kind of Christian
- "I once mustered courage to ask them if they truly thought it was fair to equate racial prejudice with asking Bible study leaders to affirm the Resurrection. The vice chancellor replied, 'Creedal discrimination is still discrimination.'"
- The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean
- "Consider the findings of two recent studies that conclude the consumption of whole-fat dairy is linked to reduced body fat.