THE   FOCUS

February 27, 2009
Volume 5, Issue 9
Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)
Editor: David Birnkrant
 
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FEATURED ARTICLES

Supreme Court to hear Mojave cross case
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
It will be the Roberts court's first chance to rule on separation of church and state. By David G. Savage Reporting from Washington -- In a case that could ...
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-supreme-court-cross24-2009feb24,0,86113.story

Believers prepare to counter atheist ads
Globe and Mail - Canada
The atheists have hit a few roadblocks in their bid to roll out the campaign nationwide. Halifax, Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, BC, Ottawa and London, Ont., ...
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090220.ATHEIST20/TPStory/National

US agency refuses atheist ads
London Free Press - Canada
By JONATHAN SHER An American agency has refused to allow ads promoting atheism on London transit buses, insisting yesterday it is arbiter on what ...
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2009/02/25/8522801-sun.html

ATHEISM

Atheist bus campaign launches car bumper stickers
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
The atheist advert campaign is spreading from buses to cars with the release of a "There's probably no God" bumper sticker. By Matthew Moore The 12in ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/4801828/Atheist-bus-campaign-launches-car-bumper-stickers.html

Atheists get original message out
Ansa news in English - Rome,Rome,Italy
(ANSA) - Pescara, February 26 - Italian atheists are getting the message they want out in Pescara after having to tone down it down in Genoa. ..
http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2009-02-26_126316019.html

Atheists may contest ad ban
London Free Press - Canada
By JOE MATYAS Canadian atheists may launch a free speech challenge against London Transit over the rejection of its ads on city buses, a spokesperson said ...
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2009/02/26/8539096-sun.html

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

81st Academy Awards Documentary Oscar Presentations
Bill Maher gets a poignant, albeit short, jibe into the accadedy for nomination snub for the film Religulous (skip to 2:30 to get straight to Maher)...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aNTG-xMtNw

Keeping it real in Hollywood hinterland
The Age - Melbourne,Australia
Raised a Catholic, Griffin calls herself a "non-believer" rather than an atheist. "In America, they'll pretty much shoot you for saying that you're an ...
http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/tv--radio/keeping-it-real/2009/02/25/1235237713308.html

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Profs protest bill supporting evolution education
Chicago Tribune - United States
AP IOWA CITY, Iowa - A group made up mostly of professors has organized a petition against a state bill that supports alternative teaching of evolution. ...
http://www.kcci.com/politics/18809071/detail.html

SCIENCE

Life Forms May Have Evolved In Ancient Hot Springs On Mars
ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2009) — Data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) suggest the discovery of ancient springs in the Vernal Crater, sites where life forms may have evolved on Mars, according to a new report..
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090212112829.htm

On The Origin Of Subspecies
ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2009) — Scientists have sequenced over seventy strains of yeast, the greatest number of genomes for any species...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090211161842.htm

Japanese Corals Change Sexes On The Sea Floor
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2009) — Trees do it. Bees do it. Even environmentally stressed fish do it. But Prof. Yossi Loya from Tel Aviv University’s Department of Zoology is the first in the world to discover that Japanese sea corals engage in “sex switching” too...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090219202833.htm

Innovative Method To Starve Tumors
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2009) — The development of cancerous tumours is highly dependent on the nutrients the tumours receive through the blood. The team of Dr. Janusz Rak, of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) at the Montreal Children's Hospital, including Dr. Khalid Al-Nedawi and Brian Meehan, has just discovered a new mechanism that tumours use to stimulate the growth of the blood vessels that feed them..
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090211110958.htm

How Fat or Fit Were Dinosaurs? Scientists Use Laser Imaging
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2009) — Karl Bates and his colleagues in the palaeontology and biomechanics research group have reconstructed the bodies of five dinosaurs, two T. rex (Stan at the Manchester Museum and the Museum of the Rockies cast MOR555), an Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, a Strutiomimum sedens and an Edmontosaurus annectens...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090220110912.htm

Stroke: Innovative Team Approach Brings Man Back From The Dead Twice
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2009) — He was in the throes of a heart attack—the kind so bad it's called "the widow maker." PATCAR was at the rescue, a state-of-the-art response that required three medical teams-from ambulance to cath lab-to all work from the same playbook in precision time. Alive and well, he cheated death twice in one day...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090219211416.htm

NASA's Kepler Mission To Seek Other Earths
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2009) — NASA's Kepler spacecraft is ready to be moved to the launch pad today and will soon begin a journey to search for worlds that could potentially host life...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090219201411.htm

Injections Of Licorice Ingredient Show Promise As Treatment For Cocaine Addiction
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2009) — An ingredient in licorice shows promise as an antidote for the toxic effects of cocaine abuse, including deadly overdoses of the highly addictive drug, researchers in Korea and Pennsylvania are reporting...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090218223504.htm

Fruit Flies Sick From Mating
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2009) — Mating can be exhausting. When fruit flies mate, the females' genes are activated to roughly the same extent as when an immune reaction starts. This is shown in a study at Uppsala University that is now appearing in the scientific publication Journal of Evolutionary Biology...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090219081040.htm

Shark Attacks Decline Worldwide In Midst Of Economic Recession
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2009) — The recession may be responsible for a slump of a different sort: an unexpected dive in shark attacks, says a University of Florida researcher...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090219111000.htm

SEPARATION  CHURCH / STATE

Appeals court to hear faith case
Louisville Courier-Journal - Louisville,KY,USA
One of Pedreira's lawyers -- Alex Luchenitser of Americans United for Separation of Church and State -- said Pedreira has standing as a fired employee to ...
http://wwwcourier-journal.com/article/20090222/NEWS01/902220421/1008/NEWS01

Thousands rally at state Capitol against same-sex civil unions
Honolulu Advertiser - Honolulu,HI,USA
"I hope they realize that there is separation between church and state, and that we aren't asking for special rights, just equal rights. ...
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090223/NEWS01/902230348/1001

Court backs city in ruling out 'Seven Aphorisms'
CNN - USA
A similar display in Kentucky was ordered removed after the high court concluded it violated the separation between church and state. ...
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/25/summum.supreme.court/

MISCELLANEOUS

Why Catholic Indulgences Are Making a Comeback
By Bonnie Rochman Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009
It sounds too good to be true. Now, for a limited time — the year of St. Paul, to be specific, which ends in June — say a prayer, pop by a designated church and qualify for an indulgence that deducts time from your scorching sojourn in the cleansing fires of purgatory...
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1881152,00.html?iid=tsmodule

Queensland Bible Society to Promote 'True Love' at Sexpo
Queensland Bible Society members are aiming to promote "true love" and to hand out 5,000 copies of the originally titled "Jesus Loves Porn Stars" Bible at this year's Sexpo event...
http://au.christiantoday.com/article/queensland-bible-society-to-promote-true-love-at-sexpo/5557.htm

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