November 13, 2009
Volume 5, Issue 46
Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)
Editor: David Birnkrant
The Focusprovides links to articles collected from major newspapers and magazines, and is emailed weekly.

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The Center for Atheism (CFA)was established by the New York City Atheists as a separate and independent national organization to propose, develop, and be a catalyst for new national activities supporting the objectives of atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, skeptics, secularists and separation-of-church-and-state advocates.

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FEATURED ARTICLES

US judge bans 'I Believe' license plates
AFP
But Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a religious liberty group that brought the legal challenge to the bill before the court, ...
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hE58K_YFKN5qTYmBrFKe4ZJ8KkVQ

ATHEISM

Stand up, stand up, against Jesus
guardian.co.uk
Since they want to sell evolutionary science to very large numbers of pious Americans, the last thing they want is to see it linked with atheism. ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/nov/06/religion-atheism

Atheists Thank Obama for Including Them in Fort Hood Speech
Opposing Views
By American Atheists , An Educational Organization for Atheists - 3 Minutes Ago An Atheist civil rights group today praised President Obama for including ...
http://www.opposingviews.com/articles/news-atheists-applaud-obama-for-including-them-in-fort-hood-speech

Vitaly Ginzburg dies at 93; Nobel Prize-winning Russian physicist
Los Angeles Times
A confirmed atheist despite his Jewish religion, he was outspoken against anti-Semitism and firm in supporting the state of Israel. In his later years, ...
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-me-vitaly-ginzburg10-2009nov10,0,226625.story

Some teens say atheism rational choice
Augusta Chronicle
By Stefan O'Kula | Teen Board Member Atheism as defined by the group, American Atheists, is a lack of belief in gods. Contingents of atheists have existed ...
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/11/10/xtr_555109.shtml

AAA continues with activities after chalking
The University of Alabama Crimson White
The speakers will talk on various topics about theory, atheism, science and faith. AAA will have its first speaker on Nov. 15 in Lloyd Auditorium from 4 pm ...
http://www.cw.ua.edu/aaa-continues-with-activities-after-chalking-1.2061286#4

"Godless" Billboard Is Moving
WKRC TV Cincinnati
The group behind a sign promoting atheism awareness plans to move the billboard today. The owner of the building which features the billboard is receiving ...
http://www.local12.com/mostpopular/story/Godless-Billboard-Is-Moving/Y7xMXnekHUmJULpA1j8bYA.cspx

Downtown billboard encourages the godless
Columbus Dispatch
The ad is part of a national campaign of the United Coalition of Reason, a Washington-based group that works to connect and promote atheist, agnostic and ...
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/11/11/atheists.html?sid=101

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

When two worlds collide: Moscow pastor and well-known atheist debate in ...
Moscow-Pullman Daily News
By Omie Drawhorn , Daily News staff writer What happens when you pair a staunch atheist with an evangelical theologian and let them debate? ...
http://www.dnews.com/story/pulse/46432/

Heaps of evolution evidence
Philadelphia Inquirer
But he never presented the basic evidence for evolution and its prime mover, natural selection. Greatest Show fills that gap in a timely fashion, ...
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/entertainment/books/20091108_Heaps_of_evolution_evidence.html

Comic: Religion is full of s**t and so is atheism
The Wharf
He said: "Religion is full of s*** and so is atheism, I don't think there is a god but I wish was there was one. "Religion is unappealing and abhorrent, ...
http://www.wharf.co.uk/2009/11/comic-religion-is-full-of-st-a.html

''God Logically Cannot Exist": New Book Successfully Spreads This Message Through Public Libraries
NewsOK.com
Research shows that among scores of atheist books it is now one of the half dozen or so most stocked (and most read) books in public libraries throughout ...
http://www.newsok.com/entertainment-religion-book/article/feed/104977

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Creationism finds fertile ground in Turkey
Washington Post
While creationism and intelligent design appear to be in some retreat in the United States, they have blossomed within Muslim Turkey. ...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/07/AR2009110702233.html

Scientists win place for evolution in primary schools
guardian.co.uk
The government is ready to put evolution on the primary curriculum for the first time after years of lobbying by senior scientists. ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/nov/08/evolution-primary-school-curriculum-education

Human origins: Our crazy family tree
msnbc.com
But fossils reveal evolution could take our relatives in bizarre directions, involving skulls resembling nutcrackers and miniature bodies resembling the ...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33809412/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Missing link dinosaur discovered
BBC News
Dr Yates stressed that the site where the fossil was discovered provided an abundance of valuable knowledge about dinosaur evolution. ...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8353114.stm

Dinosaur find may hold missing link to big reptiles' evolution
Fort Worth Star Telegram
JOHANNESBURG A newly discovered dinosaur species that roamed Earth 200 million years ago may help explain how the creatures evolved into the largest ...
http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-south-africa-dinosaur12-2009nov12,0,7392969.story

SCIENCE

Magnetic Nanoparticles To Simultaneously Diagnose, Monitor And Treat
ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2009) Whether it's magnetic nanoparticles (mNPs) giving an army of 'therapeutically armed' white blood cells direction to invade a deadly tumour's territory, or the use of mNPs to target specific nerve channels and induce nerve-led behaviour (such as the life-dependant thumping of our hearts), mNPs have come a long way in the past decade...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091106084245.htm

Rapid Supernova Could Be New Class Of Exploding Star
ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2009) An unusual supernova rediscovered in seven-year-old data may be the first example of a new type of exploding star, possibly from a binary star system where helium flows from one white dwarf onto another and detonates in a thermonuclear explosion...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091105143718.htm

'Duck-billed' Dinosaurs: Last European Hadrosaurs Lived In Iberian Peninsula
ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2009) Spanish researchers have studied the fossil record of hadrosaurs, the so-called 'duck-billed' dinosaurs, in the Iberian Peninsula for the purpose of determining that they were the last of their kind to inhabit the European continent before disappearing during the K/T extinction event that occurred 65.5 million years ago...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091105102726.htm

Chemists Describe Solar Energy Progress And Challenges, Including The 'Artificial Leaf'
ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2009) Scientists are making progress toward development of an "artificial leaf" that mimics a real leaf's chemical magic with photosynthesis -- but instead converts sunlight and water into a liquid fuel such as methanol for cars and trucks...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091105132454.htm

Map Of Human Bacterial Diversity Shows Wide Interpersonal Differences
ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2009) A University of Colorado at Boulder team has developed the first atlas of bacterial diversity across the human body, charting wide variations in microbe populations that live in different regions of the human body and which aid us in physiological functions that contribute to our health...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091105143725.htm

Hybrid Molecules Show Promise For Exploring, Treating Alzheimer's
ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2009) One of the many mysteries of Alzheimer's disease is how protein-like snippets called amyloid-beta peptides, which clump together to form plaques in the brain, may cause cell death, leading to the disease's devastating symptoms of memory loss and other mental difficulties...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091104101551.htm

Rainwater Is Safe To Drink, Australian Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2009) A new study by Monash University researchers into the health of families who drink rainwater has found that it is safe to drink...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091104091728.htm

Inconspicuous Leaf Beetles Reveal Environment's Role In Formation Of New Species
ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2009) Unnoticed by the nearby residents of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, tiny leaf beetles that flit among the maple and willow trees in the area have just provided some of the clearest evidence yet that environmental factors play a major role in the formation of new species...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091030125054.htm

Powerful Laser Sheds Light On Fast Ignition And High Energy Density Physics
ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2009) A new generation of high-energy (>kJ) petawatt (HEPW) lasers is being constructed worldwide to study high intensity laser matter interactions, including fast ignition. Fast ignition is a laser-based technique for heating and igniting deuterium and tritium fuel to fusion temperatures in a two-step process...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091102111834.htm

Gene Therapy Technique Slows Brain Disease ALD Featured In Movie 'Lorenzo's Oil'
ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) A strategy that combines gene therapy with blood stem cell therapy may be a useful tool for treating a fatal brain disease, French researchers have found...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091105143706.htm

Domestic Horse Genome Sequenced
ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) An international team of researchers has decoded the genome of the domestic horse Equus caballus, revealing a genome structure with remarkable similarities to humans and more than one million genetic differences across a variety of horse breeds...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091105143708.htm

Earthquakes Actually Aftershocks Of 19th Century Quakes; Repercussions Of 1811 And 1812 New Madrid Quakes Continue To Be Felt
ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) When small earthquakes shake the central U.S., citizens often fear the rumbles are signs a big earthquake is coming. Fortunately, new research instead shows that most of these earthquakes are aftershocks of big earthquakes (magnitude 7) in the New Madrid seismic zone that struck the Midwest almost 200 years ago...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091104132652.htm

Chart Junk? How Pictures May Help Make Graphs Better
ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) Those oft-maligned, and highly embellished, graphs and charts in newspapers and other media outlets may actually help people understand data more effectively than traditional graphs, according to new research from North Carolina State University...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091104101547.htm

Carbon Atmosphere Discovered On Neutron Star
ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) Evidence for a thin veil of carbon has been found on the neutron star in the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant. This discovery, made with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, resolves a ten-year mystery surrounding this object...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091104132808.htm

Portable 3-D Laser Technology Preserves Texas Dinosaur's Rare Footprint
ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) Using portable 3D laser technology, scientists have electronically preserved a rare 110 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur footprint that was previously excavated and built into the wall of a bandstand at a Texas courthouse in the 1930s...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091104101623.htm

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

For secular and Catholic France, a shock to the system: the rise of the ...
guardian.co.uk
More importantly, though, ever since France harnessed popular discontent with the influence of Catholicism and wrote a separation of church and state into ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/06/france-evangelical-church-growth-religion

Foes hit bill to give time to religion in schools
Boston Herald
By AP BOSTON Separation of church and state advocates are speaking out against a bill before Massachusetts lawmakers aimed at protecting students who talk ...
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20091106foes_hit_bill_to_give_time_to_religion_in_schools/srvc=home&position=recent

Bill stirs debate on religion, school
Boston Globe
Ronal Madnick, president of the Massachusetts chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said the bill amounts to a mandate for ...
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2009/11/08/bill_stirs_debate_on_religion_school/

Church property's tax status questioned
Auburn Citizen
Weed said it is a separation of church and state issue for a state or local government to require financial information of a religious nonprofit. ...
http://www.auburnpub.com/articles/2009/11/09/latest_news/latestnews01.txt

Lawmakers Feud Over Church's Role in Health Care Debate
CBS News
... arrogance on the part of church officials," Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told NPR. ...
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/11/10/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5604239.shtml

US judge bans Christian car plate
BBC News
District Judge Cameron Currie said that the plate violated the First Amendment, which enshrines the separation of church and state. ...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8353598.stm

RI Gov. Vetoes Same-Sex Funeral Rights
CBS News
... would be rolling over in his grave right now at this clown's complete religious intolerance and lack of recognition of separation of church and state. ...
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/11/11/national/main5608892.shtml

Poll: San Clemente banner depicting cross will be removed from public property
OCRegister
By FRED SWEGLES Chamber of Commerce banner partly funded by the city might raise a 'legal issue' over church and state, city manager says. ...
http://www.ocregister.com/news/san-218714-clemente-banner.html

"I Believe" License Plates Get New Legal Ally
WLTX.com
Controversy over the plate arose after some said it violated the separation of church and state. Dr. Oran P. Smith, the President of the group, ...
http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=80693&catid=2

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