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Nonprofit group protests religious invocations at Tampa City Council
Most are Christian, but some are Jewish, and one was an atheist. Now a nonprofit group based in Wisconsin wants the pre-meeting prayers stopped. ...
Delaware government: Critic questions official prayers
The News Journal
On one side is Wilmington resident David C. Martin and the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who say it is a violation of the US ...
Group wants council prayers eliminated
Now a nationwide watchdog for separation of church and state has taken aim at the practice, contending that council members are violating the separation ...
The Year In Atheism
Have you been missing out on one of AlterNet's most popular authors? Here are 10 of Christina's best works from the year...
BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE
California Science Center is sued for canceling a film promoting intelligent ...
Los Angeles Times
Intelligent design is the theory that an intelligent being, rather than impersonal forces such as Darwinian natural selection, is responsible for shaping ...
California Science Center sued over documentary attacking evolution
Los Angeles Times (blog)
... has been sued for allegedly canceling an October screening of a documentary that criticizes Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. ...
"Darwin's Dilemma" Is Science Center's Problem
NBC Los Angeles
Supporters of intelligent design believe a "designer" is behind life on Earth. Others, including a Pennsylvania judge, call it a form of Creationism. ...
EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.
Gene Mutations Behind Brain Reduction
Until now, little has been known about the molecular processes involved in this evolution and their genetic underpinnings. Now we have a piece of that ...
So you think you can dance?
Sydney Morning Herald
Creationists may have to concede defeat in their fight against the theory of evolution after Darwinists produced the ace up their sleeve: "dad dancing". ...
Viruses that adapted to high temperatures may jump species more easily
Daily News & Analysis
It was the first genome ever sequenced and often is used by scientists who study evolution because it has a small genome and multiplies quickly. ...
Burke Museum exhibit celebrates the intersection of art and science
They are being used to illustrate the evolution of life on Earth. “We had space left over, so there we have designed a space for education. ...
Some genes boost odds for distributing variety of traits, drive evolution
Daily News & Analysis
Their proposed amended view of evolution is based on observations of genetic patterns outside of a cell's DNA and may better explain how organisms, ...
Freshwater says he can't remember Lego experiment
The Mount Vernon school board voted last year to fire Freshwater for teaching creationism and intelligent design, failing to remove religious materials from ...
Vampires and Collisions Rejuvenate Stars
ScienceDaily (Dec. 26, 2009) — Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered two distinct kinds of "rejuvenated" stars in the globular cluster Messier 30. A new study shows that both stellar collisions and a process sometimes called vampirism are behind this cosmic "face lift."...
Further Progress Toward AIDS Vaccine: Rabies-Virus Vaccine Protects Monkeys
ScienceDaily (Dec. 26, 2009) — Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University are one step closer to developing a vaccine against the AIDS disease...
Sun and Moon Trigger Deep Tremors on San Andreas Fault
ScienceDaily (Dec. 25, 2009) — The faint tug of the sun and moon on the San Andreas Fault stimulates tremors deep underground, suggesting that the rock 15 miles below is lubricated with highly pressurized water that allows the rock to slip with little effort, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, seismologists...
Growing Evidence Suggests Progesterone Should Be Considered a Treatment Option for Traumatic Brain Injuries
ScienceDaily (Dec. 25, 2009) — Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, recommend that progesterone (PROG), a naturally occurring hormone found in both males and females that can protect damaged cells in the central and peripheral nervous systems, be considered a viable treatment option for traumatic brain injuries, according to a clinical perspective...
Weir in Space and Dimmed Sun Creates 200-Million-Mile-Long Lab Bench for Turbulence Research
ScienceDaily (Dec. 25, 2009) — Physicists working in space plasmas have made clever use of the Ulysses spacecraft and the solar minimum to create a massive virtual lab bench to provide a unique test for the science underlying turbulent flows...
Do Computers Understand Art?
ScienceDaily (Dec. 25, 2009) — A team of researchers from the University of Girona and the Max Planck Institute in Germany has shown that some mathematical algorithms provide clues about the artistic style of a painting. The composition of colours or certain aesthetic measurements can already be quantified by a computer, but machines are still far from being able to interpret art in the way that people do...
How the Brain Encodes Memories at a Cellular Level
ScienceDaily (Dec. 25, 2009) — Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made a major discovery in how the brain encodes memories. The finding, published in the December 24 issue of the journal Neuron, could eventually lead to the development of new drugs to aid memory...
Keck Telescopes Gaze Into Young Star's 'Life Zone'
ScienceDaily (Dec. 25, 2009) — The inner regions of young planet-forming disks offer information about how worlds like Earth form, but not a single telescope in the world can see them. Yet, for the first time, astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have measured the properties of a young solar system at distances closer to the star than Venus is from our sun...
Cassini Holiday Movies Showcase Dance of Saturn's Moons
ScienceDaily (Dec. 24, 2009) — Like sugar plum fairies in "The Nutcracker," the moons of Saturn performed a celestial ballet before the eyes of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. New movies frame the moons' silent dance against the majestic sweep of the planet's rings and show as many as four moons gliding around one another...
Herschel Space Telescope Uncovers Sources of Cosmic Infrared Background
ScienceDaily (Dec. 24, 2009) — A weak cosmic infrared radiation field that reaches Earth from all directions contains not yet deciphered messages about the evolution of galaxies. Using first observations with the PACS Instrument on board ESA's Herschel Space Telescope, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and...
World's First Molecular Transistor Created
ScienceDaily (Dec. 24, 2009) — A group of scientists has succeeded in creating the first transistor made from a single molecule. The team, which includes researchers from Yale University and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, published their findings in the December 24 issue of the journal Nature...
Youthful Appearance of Stars Known as Blue Stragglers Explained
ScienceDaily (Dec. 24, 2009) — For almost 50 years, astronomers have puzzled over the youthful appearance of stars known as blue stragglers...
Fine-Tuning Treatments For Depression
ScienceDaily (Dec. 24, 2009) — New research clarifies how neurotransmitters like norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, are regulated -- a finding that may help fine-tune therapies for depression...
New Warbler Discovered in Laos
ScienceDaily (Dec. 24, 2009) — A diminutive, colorful bird living in the rocky forests of Laos and Vietnam has been discovered by a team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Lao PDR Department of Forestry, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Swedish Museum of Natural History, BirdLife International and other groups...
SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE
Illinois police protect atheist sign
24 (UPI) -- A conservative candidate for Illinois comptroller was ordered out of the state Capitol for trying to remove a sign placed by an atheist group, ...
In Reversal, Stars Adorn Trees Again
New York Times
“It is very offensive to agnostics, atheists and those who believe in separation of church and state to be subjected to this by their government. ...
RI field fight part of bigger church-state dispute
A fight over athletic fields in this city goes well beyond who gets to play soccer where, and is raising thorny questions about separation of church and ...
Children's home faces challenge
... the children's home, points out that the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State initiated the lawsuit. ...
Pennsylvania County Agrees to Remove Religious Symbols From ...
... Courthouse after receiving a letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. ...
Issaquah school board asked to remove Pledge of Allegiance from meetings
“The words 'under God' in the pledge are offensive to your atheist residents in this school district,” Barry said at the meeting. “A study from last year, ...
LAPD Drops Boy Scouts Over Discrimination
... ties with the Boy Scouts of America because of the youth groups policies that discriminate against LGBT youth and those that are atheist or agnostic. ...
Europe talks with faiths it once thought would fade
"Countries that were heading for a stricter separation of church and state, as in France, are now more open to religion while countries where the state was ...
Same-sex couples say, 'I do'
The Union Leader
Any law on it is an infringement on the concept of separation of church and state. By signing this bill, the legislature and the governor became pawns of ...
South Windsor, Under Pressure, Moves Graduation Out Of Cathedral
By JOSEPH A. O'BRIEN Special to The Courant SOUTH WINDSOR — - The board of education has sidestepped a legal fight over the separation of church and state ...
Theologian determines God's IQ - intelligent design questioned
The Spoof (satire)
In post-modern times, 'intelligent design' is the theory most often offered as a challenge to Darwinian evolution. According to the theory of intelligent ...
Vic Chesnutt, Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 45
New York Times
“I'm not a victim/Oh, I am an atheist,” Mr. Chesnutt sang in “Speed Racer,” from his first album, “Little,” produced by Michael Stipe of REM and released in ...
Friendly Atheist by @hemantsblog » Are You Around Your Religious ...
to find some atheist friends and use as many of these lines as I can over the Christmas period. I know that's kind of the unpoint, but I don't [...] ...