THE   FOCUS

July 06, 2008
Volume 4, Issue 27
Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)
Editor: David Birnkrant
 
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FEATURED ARTICLES

Louisiana gov. signs controversial education bill
Reuters - USA
"Intelligent design is currently not in the 
Louisiana state science standards and so could not be taught. But this allows scientific criticisms of Darwin's ...
http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN2719223520080627

Happy evolution! The theory's 150th anniversary
Ars Technica - Boston,MA,USA
Evolution has had an even more profound effect on culture, as it inspired misguided cultural movements almost immediately, and remains controversial outside ...

http://arstechnica.com/journals/science.ars/2008/07/01/happy-evolution-the-theorys-150th-anniversary

Obama to expand Bush's faith based programs
The Associated Press - 
He said he still believes deeply in the separation of church and state. Obama's announcement is part of a series of events leading up to Friday's Fourth of ...

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jqqqF79sCN4HSE6uVrPQVBQpYZVwD91L9C4G0

 

 
News Articles
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ATHEISM
Poll finds correlation between faith, politics
Daily News - Galveston County - TX,USA
But dictionaries won't stop an avowed atheist or agnostic from believing in God if they really want to. And while the color map of belief Pew published ...
http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=55ca5ab821d945ca&-session=TheDailyNews:42F943920f55800CA3rQhX24A192

Scientist Studies the Evolution Of Religion
The Ledger - Lakeland,FL,USA
Evogod uses mathematical models to simulate a pre-literate culture, when the brain was undergoing most of its evolution, Dow says. ...
http://www.theledger.com/article/20080628/NEWS/806280441/1326&title=Scientist_Studies_the_Evolution_Of_Religion

An Atheist's Last Rites
Newsweek - USA
But there is little doubt that the diggers unearthed the gruesome answer to a six-year-old mystery story: the disappearance of 
America's best-known atheist, ...

http://www.newsweek.com/id/80455


Panel to examine views on textbook
Khaleej Times - Dubai,United Arab Emirates

... withdrawal of the textbook saying that it sought to propagate the ruling Communist party ideology by injecting atheism into the minds of the children. ...

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/darticlen.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/2008/July/subcontinent_July100.xml&section=subcontinent&col=


Scots teaching union accepts Catholic teacher discrimination
National Secular Society - London,UK
An attempt by an atheist to stop religious discrimination in employment in Scottish Catholic schools has backfired effectively making the situation worse ...
http://www.secularism.org.uk/98313.html

 

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE
Fighting the evolution war
Channel 4 News - London,UK
One hundred and fifty years after the evolution theory, More4 News finds in a few schools, the evolution battle is far from won. One hundred and fifty years ...

http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/society/education/fighting+the+evolution+war/2309707


Bill Maher would rather laugh with the sinners
Just Out - Portland,OR,USA

JR: Has it been difficult to "come out" as a celebrity atheist? BM: First of all, I like to call myself a "rationalist" because I think the word "atheist" ...

http://www.justout.com/columns/07_03_08/jims_closet.aspx


EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.
Darwinian Evolution: 150 year anniversary
Examiner.com - USA
On July 1st, 1858, papers by Charles Robert Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace introducing the theory of evolution by natural selection were read before the ...

http://www.examiner.com/x-354-SF-Science-Examiner~y2008m6d29-Darwinian-Evolution-150-year-anniversary


Evolution: If It Walks Like a Fish ...
Newsweek - USA
By Jerry Adler | NEWSWEEK Darwin predicted that the "missing links" of evolution--gaps in the fossil record between related species--would come to haunt his ...

http://www.newsweek.com/id/46039


MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO
Newsweek - USA

A teacher in 
Kansas, where war over Darwin in the schools is still raging, calls the theory of intelligent design "creationism in a cheap tuxedo. ...

http://www.newsweek.com/id/56432


Former state science director sues over intelligent design e-mail
Dallas Morning News - Dallas,TX,USA

The speaker, Barbara Forrest, was the author of a book that asserted creationist politics were behind the national movement to get intelligent design taught ...

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-tea_03tex.ART.State.Edition1.4de5960.html


Case of former state science director stirs evolution debate
News 8 Austin - Austin,TX,USA
Evolution supporters like Miller are thinking about the bigger picture in regards to what happened to Comer. The Texas Education Agency told Comer she had ...
http://www.news8austin.com/content/your_news/default.asp?ArID=213427

Science and Religion in American Politics
OUPblog - New York,New York,USA
McCain has given some indications that he is happy for 'Intelligent Design' to be taught alongside evolution, but it is clearly not a cause for which he has ...
http://blog.oup.com/2008/06/science_religion/

 

SCIENCE
Scientists Discover How An Injured Embryo Can Regenerate Itself

(June 27, 2008) -- Scientists have developed a mathematical model to describe interactions that occur within genetic networks of an embryo, answering the age-old question of how half embryos are able to maintain their tissues and organs in the correct proportions despite being smaller than
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080626100948.htm

Higher Coffee Consumption Associated With Lower Liver Cancer Risk

(June 27, 2008) -- A new large, prospective population-based study confirms an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk. The study also found that higher levels of gamma-glutamyltransferase in the blood were associated with an increased risk
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080626150926.htm

Capturing DNA Molecules In A Nanochannel

(June 27, 2008) -- An electric voltage can be used to propel DNA molecules through a channel a few nanometers deep, or to stop them in their tracks. In a strong electric field the molecules judder along the channel, while in weaker fields they move more smoothly. This enables DNA fragments to be
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080624122835.htm

Blue Light Used To Harden Tooth Fillings Stunts Tumor Growth

(June 28, 2008) -- A blue curing light used to harden dental fillings also may stunt tumor growth, Medical College of Georgia researchers say
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080624110831.htm

Algae From The Ocean May Offer A Sustainable Energy Source Of The Future

(June 28, 2008) -- New research could help with the large-scale cultivation and manufacturing of oil-rich algae in oceans for biofuel. Algae are a diverse and simple group of organisms that live in or near water. Certain algal species are high in oil content that could be converted into such fuels as biodiesel
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080626145543.htm

Volcano 'Pollution' Solves Mercury Mystery

(June 30, 2008) -- Scientists have discovered how volatile metals from volcanoes end up in polar ice cores. Researchers had suspected that mercury boils out of hot magma, the big surprise was just how much mercury escapes from volcanoes. Measurements made on just one part of the Masaya volcano inNicaragua have shown
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080629081932.htm

New Probe May Help Untangle Cells' Signaling Pathways

(June 30, 2008) -- Researchers have designed a new type of probe that can image thousands of interactions between proteins inside a living cell, giving them a tool to untangle the web of signaling pathways
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080627163024.htm

The 21st Century Tomato

(June 29, 2008) -- The revolution in genomics, with a wealth of data emerging from sequencing and simultaneous expression analysis of thousands of genes, has made it possible to study the numerous pathways and regulatory networks -- systems -- that operate to produce a desirable
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080628065630.htm

Genome Communication: Alleles Of Homologous Genes Can Silence One Another

(June 29, 2008) -- The exact mechanisms of how genes talk to other genes and change their behavior are being investigated, and recent results suggest that these processes could be important in engineering plants responsive to a variety of environmental conditions
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080627163200.htm

Using A Grating With A Grade, Engineers Trap A Rainbow

(July 1, 2008) -- The THz plasmonic graded metallic grating structure can stop terahertz light waves at multiple points on its surface and also at different frequencies. Engineers say this greater control will help overcome the "mismatch" that poses an obstacle to the integration

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080627163002.htm


Stillbirths, Infant Deaths Lead To Anxiety, Guilt And Stress Among Obstetricians

(July 1, 2008) -- Nearly one in 10 obstetricians in a new study has considered giving up obstetric practice because of the emotional toll of stillbirths and infant deaths. Three-quarters of the 804 obstetricians who responded to a survey reported that the experience

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080630090805.htm

 

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

Ousted Alabama judge to speak on faith, patriotism
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
A handful of public interest groups sued to remove it, claiming "
Roy's Rock" crushed the line of separation between state and state-established religion. ...
http://www.ajc.com/living/content/living/stories/2008/06/27/alabama_judge_commandments.html

Va. judge: church secession law is constitutional
The Associated Press - 
In a 49-page ruling, Circuit Judge Randy Bellows of 
Fairfax
 found that the state law breaks no rules governing the separation of church and state. ...
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hpOXgHjPxhwsDgnk33vT0I2MRaxAD91ILR8O0

Amsterdam Mayor in Plea for Subsidising Radical Mosques
NIS News Bulletin - Den Bosch,Netherlands
He is thereby adopting a quite remarkable interpretation of the principle of separation of Church and State. According to critics, separation of Church and ...

http://www.nisnews.nl/public/010708_2.htm


Beliefwatch: Separated?
Newsweek - USA
Katherine Harris recently told a religious journal that separation of church and state was "a lie," many critics cited this as another sign she was out of ...

http://www.newsweek.com/id/37507


Obama Support For Expansion Of 'Faith-Based' Program Is ...
Americans United - Washington,DC,USA
However, Lynn said he was pleased to hear Obama express support for church-state separation and say that he would bar government-funded proselytism and ...

http://www.au.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr009=oj1ky753f2.app13a&abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=9927&security=1002&news_iv_ctrl=1241


A look to the future
Washington Times - Washington,DC,USA
The ACLU and People United for the Separation of Church and State, two organizations that fought for years against government entanglement with religion, ...

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jul/03/a-look-to-the-future/

 

MISCELLANEOUS
Dawkins admits inventing Creationism
The Spoof (satire) - UK

Richard Dawkins the British Atheist and free thinker has revealed that he was behind the global creationist movement, shocking supporters and right wing ...

http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s3i37723


 
 
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