THE   FOCUS
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May 18, 2008
Volume 4, Issue 20
Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)
Editor: David Birnkrant
 
The Focus provides links to articles collected from major newspapers and magazines, and is emailed weekly.

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FEATURED ARTICLES
Home-schoolers learn to critique evolution
York Daily Record - York,PA,USA

By MELISSA NANN BURKE About 13 percent of Americans say they believe in evolution, and 11-year-old Nathan Tasker was feeling ready to take them on last week ...
http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_9262902

Today’s Darwinism: On the Web, at the Movies, and in A Handful of Dirt
New York Times Blogs - New York,NY,USA
By Eleanor Randolph Expect a lot of talk and debate over the next year about Charles Darwin. The great scientist was born 200 years ago next February. ...
http://theboard.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/15/todays-darwinism-on-the-web-at-the-movies-and-in-a-handful-of-dirt/

 
  News Articles
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ATHEISM
Pulling Punches: WaPo Cancels Article for Being 'Too Critical' of ..
NewsBusters - USA
.. surely the more frustrated people have got to be clear-thinking liberals like Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens who face the task of trying to get ...
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-sheffield/2008/05/09/pulling-punches-wapo-pulls-article-being-too-critical-islam

Church of Scotland to bring in mediators to quell disputes
Times Online - UK
The infighting has been blamed on the growing influence of atheist writers such as Richard Dawkins, the evolutionist whose book The God Delusion challenges ...
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article3908957.ece

Einstein letter dismissing God sells for $330000 US
CBC.ca - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
A letter written by Albert Einstein in which he dismissed belief in God as a “product of human weaknesses” was auctioned off Thursday for more than $330000 ...
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/05/15/einstein-letter.html
 
BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE
Bring evolution debate into 21st century
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
By TOM MEGEATH IT HAS been 83 years since John Scopes was charged with violation of Tennessee state law for teaching evolution to high school students. ...
http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080510/OPINION04/805100313/-1/OPINION

Pick of the paperbacks
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
It occurred to Einstein that it wouldn't. This thought, that gravitational and inertial mass are really the same thing, paved the way to his crowning ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/arts/2008/05/10/bopb110.xml
 
EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.
District urged to abandon evolution
Boston Globe - United States
AP / May 12, 2008 WATERVILLE, Maine - A school district in Somerset County is being urged by an Athens school board director to drop evolution from its ...
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/05/12/district_urged_to_abandon_evolution

Intelligent Design is not a theory
Westseattleherald.com - Seattle,WA,USA
And even if they weren't (which they are), that still is not "proof" of intelligent design.. all it would mean is that evolution is a little more ...
http://www.westseattleherald.com/articles/2008/05/11/interact/letters_to_the_editor/letter02.txt

Darwin still battling creationists
Toronto Star - Ontario, Canada
For make no mistake about it, parts of "Darwin: The Evolution Revolution" are an exercise in anti-creationist persuasion, usually subtle but often blatant. ...
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/424961

No SAD 59 vote on evolution question
Central Maine Morning Sentinel - Augusta,ME,USA
At their April 29 meeting, they tabled consideration of a revised curriculum that could include changes in how evolution was taught. ...
http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/5056112.html

Evolution Debate Pops Up in Maine
RedOrbit - Dallas,TX,USA
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before one of the biggest distractions in American politics and education, evolution, arrived in Maine. ...
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1385550/evolution_debate_pops_up_in_maine/

Resource supply and the evolution of public-goods cooperation in ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release) - New York,NY,USA
We experimentally tested the effect of resource supply on the evolution of cooperation using two well-studied bacterial public-good traits: biofilm ...
http://7thspace.com/headlines/281175/resource_supply_and_the_evolution_of_public_goods_cooperation_in_bacteria.html
 
SCIENCE
Microsatellite evolution: Mutations,sequence variation, and ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release) - New York,NY,USA
However, the mode of microsatellite evolution is yet not fully understood, and the role of interrupting motifs for the stability of microsatellites remains ...
http://7thspace.com/headlines/280863/microsatellite_evolution_mutationssequence_variation_and_homoplasy_in_the_hypervariable_avian_microsatellite_locus_hru10.html

Stephen Hawking in hunt for Africa's hidden talent
Times Online - UK
Professor Stephen Hawking, who has devoted his career to finding the origins of the universe, is to begin a new search – for Africa’s answer to Einstein. ...
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article3908385.ece

India’s Glorious Scientific Tradition-LVI Quantum Theory
Organiser - New Delhi,India
Einstein proved that light is nothing but a flow of photons, which is different from electromagnetic particles. During the process of this discovery, ...
http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=237&page=25

Scientists launch 'protein folding' computer game
InTheNews.co.uk - London,UK
How can a government lead the way towards kick-starting a nationwide green industrial revolution? Full Story A new computer game has been launched by ...
http://www.inthenewsco.uk/news/science/scientists-launch-protein-folding-computer-game-$1222182htm

Colliding with nature's best-kept secrets
CNN - USA
If the results confirm any of Arkani-Hamed's predictions, they would be the first extension of our notions of spacetime since Albert Einstein. ..
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/05/09/physics.nima/

Compass: The Enemies Of Reason
Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
So why, asks evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, doesn't it attract more respect? After doing his best to puncture astrology, tarot and seances last ...
http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv-reviews/compass-the-enemies-of-reason/2008/05/09/1210131238586.html

Monarch Butterflies Help Explain Why Parasites Harm Hosts
Science Daily (press release) - USA
ScienceDaily (May 15, 2008) — It’sa paradox that has confounded evolutionary biologists since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859: ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080512172907.htm

Newton, Einstein Lost in Space?
Wall Street Journal - USA
"We have Newton's theory and Einstein's theory, and when you apply them to something like this -- and it doesn't add up -- it bothers me. ...
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB121087447348895873-blL1JdoWUovYcLr68FBS8gDdNCQ_20080614.html?mod=tff_main_tff_top
 
SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE
Blasphemy laws are lifted
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
It was supported by public figures including the author Philip Pullman and the academic Richard Dawkins. They claimed the little-used laws served no useful ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1942668/Blasphemy-laws-are-lifted.html

Cross Controversy Ends
WEYI NBC25 - Clio,MI,USA
Clark, who claims he's an atheist, was on a road to sue the city after he heard the city council would not remove the cross from the shield. ...
http://www.weyi.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=132795

Bible Teens Declare Holy War on Separation of Church and State
New University Online - CA,USA
by Resham Parikh Where do we draw the line between church and state? The students at Kentridge High School in Washington don’t seem to believe that there ...
http://www.newuniversity.org/main/article?slug=bible_teens_declare_holy153

End state's charity checkoff
Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
.. arguing that Family First is a religious group whose inclusion on the list would violate the constitutional principle of church-state separation. ...
http://www.tampabay.com/SearchForwardServlet.do?articleId=501834

City Council deal thaws frozen pork
New York Daily News - New York,NY,USA
The money was never spent, because city officials considered it an infringement of the separation of church and state guarantees in the US Constitution. ...
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2008/05/12/2008-05-12_city_council_deal_thaws_frozen_pork.html
 
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 Atheists  Alliance International                    Sept. 2008                Long Beach, Ca.
 
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