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JULY 15, 2010
Volume 6, Issue 28
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 

Anxiety May Be at Root of Religious Extremism, Researchers Find 
ScienceDaily (July 6, 2010) — Anxiety and uncertainty can cause us to become more idealistic and more radical in our religious beliefs, according to new findings by York University researchers, published in this month's issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100706103404.htm 

ATHEISM 

You Say God Is Dead? There's an App for That 
New York Times 
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and author of “Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New ... 
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/03/technology/03atheist.html?_r=1&src=busln 

Eleebana mum's scripture fight 
Newcastle Herald 
Ms Cooksey, an atheist, said she was spurred into action after her seven-year-old daughter, Zoe, who does not attend scripture, came home in tears because ... 
http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/eleebana-mums-scripture-fight/1875286.aspx 

Julia offers rule without religion 
Courier Mail 
"In countries that profess a real separation of church and state, this would not be the case." Pemberton, from a slightly different perspective, ... 
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/new-prime-minister-julia-gillard-offers-rule-without-religion/story-e6frerdf-1225887471971 

Atheists gather for a holiday they can believe in: Independence Day 
Washington Post 
The trouble with most major holidays in the United States, if you're an atheist, is that it's difficult to ignore the "holy day" etymology, ... 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/04/AR2010070404268.html 

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE 

Movie review: "Mormon Proposition" details church's  role in California gay ... 
Denver Post 
(Red Flag Releasing ) Consider "8: The Mormon Proposition" to be daunting evidence that the principle of separation of church and state is being contested ... 
http://www.denverpost.com/entertainmentlastold/ci_15413726 

Letters from an old contrarian: Hitchens' revealing new memoir 
Austin American-Statesman 
He is or was friends with Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie (the target of an infamous Islamist death sentence who opined that the title of Hitchens' atheist ... 
http://www.statesman.com/life/books/letters-from-an-old-contrarian-hitchens-revealing-new-783949.html 

The Outsider Interviews 
Beliefnet.com (blog) 
(Thanks to "Friendly Atheist" Hemant Mehta for alerting me to The Outsider Interviews. Hemant is doing a giveaway on his blog if you're interested. ... 
http://blog.beliefnet.com/omeoflittlefaith/2010/07/the-outsider-interviews.html 

Conflicted States 
Brooklyn Rail 
by Allen Wilcox Embattled on cable television and embroiled in public debate, Christopher Hitchens is perhaps the world's most conspicuous atheist in a ... 
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2010/07/express/conflicted-states 

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D. 

Tibetan DNA study reveals human evolution 
CNN 
By the CNN Wire Staff Tibetan herders: A study suggests Tibetans have evolved to live at high altitudes in less than 3000 years. ... 
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/07/02/tibetans.evolution/?hpt=Sbin 

Tibetans' genes have quickly adapted to high altitude 
Los Angeles Times 
By Rachel Bernstein, Los Angeles Times The Tibet plateau is a land of yaks and sherpas — and rapid evolution. Over a mere 3000 years — a blink of an ... 
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-tibet-gene-20100703,0,6273028.story 

Men 'like women with small feet' 
Times of India 
... which most men find more attractive. The research was reported at a meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Eugene, Oregon... 
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life/relationships/man-woman/Men-like-women-with-small-feet/articleshow/6124308.cms 

Evolution 'Doesn't Make Any Sense': A Scene From a Classroom 
Religion Dispatches 
The most frustrating part is that the students appear to have genuine confusion over evolution and are struggling to understand it. ... 
http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/laurilebo/2917/evolution_%E2%80%98doesn%E2%80%99t_make_any_sense%E2%80%99%3A_a_scene_from_a_classroom/ 

SCIENCE 

How Rules of Physics in Quantum World Change When Applied to Classical World 
ScienceDaily (July 3, 2010) — Dartmouth researchers have discovered a potentially important piece of the quantum/classical puzzle -- learning how the rules of physics in the quantum world (think smaller than microscopic) change when applied to the classical world (think every day items, like cars and trees)... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100630132740.htm 

People With Depression Eat More Chocolate, a Mood Food 
ScienceDaily (July 3, 2010) — Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that women and men eat more chocolate as depressive symptoms increase, suggesting an association between mood and chocolate... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100426181716.htm 

Genetic Signatures of Human Exceptional Longevity Discovered 
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — While environment and family history are factors in healthy aging, genetic variants play a critical and complex role in conferring exceptional longevity, according to a new study by a team of researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the Boston Medical Center... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100701145521.htm 

New Drug Restores Hearing After Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Rats 
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — Researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, have discovered that a potent new drug restores hearing after noise-induced hearing loss in rats. The landmark discovery found that injection of an agent called 'ADAC', activates adenosine receptors in cochlear tissues, resulting in recovery of hearing function... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100630071258.htm 

Feathered Friends: Ostriches Provide Clues to Dinosaur Movement 
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — Once thought to be "evolutionary leftovers," new research has shown that ostriches in fact use their feathered forelimbs as sophisticated air-rudders and braking aids... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100630213614.htm 

Can Money Buy Happiness? Gallup Poll Asks, and the World Answers 
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — A worldwide survey of more than 136,000 people in 132 countries included questions about happiness and income, and the results reveal that while life satisfaction usually rises with income, positive feelings don't necessarily follow, researchers report... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100701072652.htm 

World of Lights in the Microcosmos 
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — Light-emitting diodes are gaining ground: They are now being used as background lighting for displays. But the manufacturing of complex LED optics is still complex and expensive. A new technology is revolutionizing production: Large-scale LED components can now be manufactured cost-effectively... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100616090219.htm 

X-Ray Satellite Homes in on a Black Hole's Jets 
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — For decades, X-ray astronomers have studied the complex behavior of binary systems pairing a normal star with a black hole. In these systems, gas from the normal star streams toward the black hole and forms a disk around it. Friction within the disk heats the gas to millions of degrees -- hot enough to produce X-rays. At the disk's inner edge, near the black hole, strong magnetic fields eject some of the gas into dual, oppositely directed jets that blast outward at about half the speed of light... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100701183530.htm 

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE 

Italian group calls for referendum on school crucifixes 
Hindustan Times 
During the appeal hearing Lautsi's lawyer said her client was not atheist but wanted her two children to be educated according to the principle of ... 
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Italian-group-calls-for-referendum-on-school-crucifixes/Article1-566635.aspx 

God's place in Charter challenged 
National Post 
“From an atheist's perspective, what happens to those who don't believe God exists?” asks Justin Trottier, executive director of the Centre for Inquiry ... 
http://life.nationalpost.com/2010/07/08/gods-place-in-charter-challenged/ 

Courthouse Panel Again Urges Holiday Display Prohibition 
Leesburg Today 
Tarnishing the positive nature of this holiday and our community's celebration of it with cries of "free speech", "separation of church and state", ... 
http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2010/07/08/news/9652courthouse070710.txt 

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