This has just appeared on the BBC … a fascinating update … it looks as if the Viking landers on board experiment actually created a chemical reaction that destroyed all organic compounds … Carbon-rich organic molecules, which serve as the building blocks of life, may be present on Mars after all, say scientists – challenging … Read moreMars may not be lifeless
We all get them, “fan” mail from true believers out to convert you, or just to have a go and vent a bit. Some of us politely engage and debate, others just ignore. However, the true master of the witty reply or takedown has just got to be PZ. On his blog he has published … Read morePZ’s hilariously funny breakdown of a believers email
Interesting article in Science Daily today … apparently … Plaque-causing bacteria can jailbreak from the mouth into the bloodstream and increase your risk of heart attack, says a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn meeting in Nottingham. Professor Howard Jenkinson, from the University of Bristol explains how oral bacteria can wreak havoc if … Read moreQuick, brush your teeth
The following news article has surfaced … The Taliban on Sunday announced plans to disrupt Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for September 18. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told reporters that the balloting is just for the benefit of the foreigners who he says are occupying the country. And he urged the Afghan people to boycott … Read moreIslam and Democracy – Incompatable?
Here is this weeks collection of science news stories that triggered my “Hey, that’s cool” detector. As always, if I’ve missed anything that is truly cool, then drop a comment and I’ll do an update that includes a hat tip you. The most obvious big news story this week was Stephen Hawkins declaring that we … Read moreScience Stories In The News this week
Click to see a larger image on the Guardian web site … From Today’s Guardian …click here … This image, provided by NASA, shows volcanic cones on Mars that are similar in size and shape to cones found in Iceland where hot lava has run over wet ground. The heat from the lava boils the … Read moreWater on Mars – More evidence