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Entries from August 2011

Tropical Coral Could Be Used to Create Novel Sunscreens

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Tropical Coral Could Be Used to Create Novel Sunscreens for Human Use, Say Scientists ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2011) — Researchers at King’s College London have discovered how coral produces natural sunscreen compounds to protect itself from damaging UV rays, leading scientists to believe these compounds could form the basis of a new type of sunscreen […]

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Schopenhauer, the ‘will’, and the possibilian middle ground

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Theism/Atheism: The God Debates One of the ironies of atheism lies in the thinking of Schopenhauer whose brilliant suggestion that the independent category of the ‘will’ stands beyond the realm of phenomena shows another possibiliant take on supra-natural design.

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Samkhya and a ‘possibilian’ quasi-theology

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I doubt if Eagleton would approve of this usage, but just to check out his idea we will use it once in our own context. It it is not what was intended, we can move on, no harm done: The point is that I have been a possibilian of sorts for years, with this, however, […]

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Possibilian website: http://www.possibilian.com/

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.possibilian.com/

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Eagleman, and Possibilians

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http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/eagleman-vs-harris-a-big-fizzle/ Asked whether he was an atheist or a religious person on a National Public Radio interview in February, 2009, he replied “I call myself a Possibilian: I’m open to ideas that we don’t have any way of testing right now.” In a subsequent interview with the New York Times, Eagleman expanded on the definition: […]

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Milky Way Simulation

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Supercomputers Allow First Detailed Milky Way Simulation By STAFF – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES Added: Tuesday, 30 August 2011 at 7:23 PM http://richarddawkins.net/videos/642885-supercomputers-allow-first-detailed-milky-way-simulation

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Free-speech victory

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Science center settles lawsuit over ‘Darwin’s Dilemma’ ‘This is the 1st free-speech victory for the Intelligent Design movement’ ——————————————————————————– Read more: Science center settles lawsuit over ‘Darwin’s Dilemma’ http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=339237#ixzz1Wd3uryjd

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‘Landlubber’ Fish

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

‘Landlubber’ Fish Leap for Love When Tide Is Right: Research Sheds Light On How Animal Life First Evolved to Colonize Land ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2011) — One of the world’s strangest animals — a unique fish that lives on land and can leap large distances despite having no legs — has a rich and complex […]

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How the Brain Stores Information

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How the Brain Stores Information for Short Periods of TimeScienceDaily (Aug. 24, 2011) — Freiburg biologist Dr. Aristides Arrenberg and his American colleagues studied mechanisms used by the brain to store information for a short period of time. The cells of several neural circuits store information by maintaining a persistent level of activity: A short-lived […]

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Localizing Language in the Brain

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Localizing Language in the Brain: Study Pinpoints Areas of the Brain Used Exclusively for Language ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2011) — New research from MIT suggests that there are parts of our brain dedicated to language and only language, a finding that marks a major advance in the search for brain regions specialized for sophisticated mental […]

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The Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Operation Ranch Hand http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/08/31/the-toxic-legacy-of-agent-orange/ by Carol Miller On Aug. 10, 1961, the United States began spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam, in a campaign called “Operation Ranch Hand.” The spraying lasted nearly 10 years and resulted in death and dis ability for more than 3 million Vietnamese, including the children and grandchildren of those directly exposed. […]

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A once-secret CIA history

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

> ** > > A once-secret CIA history detail how the American spy agency came to the > rescue of and cut deals with authoritarian governments in Central America. > ** > > *http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28978.htm*

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Greenpeace Challenges Chicken of the Sea

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Greenpeace: Greenpeace Challenges Chicken of the Sea to Reform Destructive Fishing Practices http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/08/30-5

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Barack’s Betrayals

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Danny Schechter: Oh, The Pain of The Believer: Barack’s Betrayals Offer Lessons We Can’t Deny http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/08/30-3

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Democratize the Grid?

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Beth Buczynski: Equal Energy For All: Can We Democratize the Grid? http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/08/30-6

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Sun and Sanity

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Ralph Nader: Sun and Sanity http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/08/30

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Hundreds Arrested

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Hundreds Arrested in Sustained Tar Sands Protests at White House http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/08/30-0

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Cheney’s Version of History

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson Respond to Cheney’s Version of History http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/08/30

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“Tax Us More”

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Tax Us More, say Wealthy Europeans http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/08/30-7

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Corruption, The ‘War on Terror’ Hindering Food Aid

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Corruption, The ‘War on Terror’ Hindering Food Aid to Southern Somalia http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/08/30-3

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Virginia Nuclear Plant’s Safeguards

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Feds: Earthquake May Have Exceeded Virginia Nuclear Plant’s Safeguards http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/08/30-5

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Pipeline Protest

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Daryl Hannah, Dozens More Arrested At Pipeline Protest http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/08/30-13

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Message to Washington

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Message to Washington: ‘Put America Back To Work’ http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/08/30-10

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Obama Not Serious About Economic Recovery

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

It’s Official: Obama Not Serious About Economic Recovery http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/08/30-12

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