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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 41 

We have created this thread to provide a dedicated space for the discussion of books. Pretty much any kind of book – it doesn’t have to be about atheism or religion or science or politics. It doesn’t even have to be non-fiction. All we ask is that, whatever the topic or genre, the books are …

OPEN DISCUSSION MAY 2019
May 1, 2019 · 69 

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 304 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

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Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome
May 17, 2019

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum Scientists created a variant of the E. coli bacteria with an entirely synthetic genome, according to a new paper. Building and replacing the large entire genome yet was just one goal of the team from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. They hoped that the resulting bacteria would …

Octopuses May Go Blind As Climate Change Sucks Oxygen Out of the Ocean
May 17, 2019

By Brandon Specktor Turning light particles into visual information is hard work, and your body relies on oxygen to get the job done. This is true whether you walk the land on two limbs or swim through the sea with eight. In fact, according to a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the amount of oxygen …

Missouri Republicans Rush to Criminalize Abortion Care
May 17, 2019 · 1 

By Auditi Guha Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) praised Alabama Republicans’ passage of the country’s most restrictive abortion ban and said that he would sign a Missouri bill placing draconian new limits on abortion. The anti-choice omnibus bill, known as the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act,” contains a cascade of abortion bans at various …

Support for Same-Sex Marriage is Highest Among the Non-Religious. (As Usual.)
May 17, 2019

By Hemant Mehta According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans (61%) support same-sex marriage and the number remains virtually unchanged from 2017. That’s not too surprising — more people have accepted it as a reality and the issue hasn’t changed much over the past two years — but what’s …

Could a Single Live Vaccine Protect against a Multitude of Diseases?
May 16, 2019

By Melinda Wenner Moyer The heat of the sun, a blazing basketball in the West African sky, was softened by a breeze one afternoon last spring. Every so often the wind whisked a mango off a tree branch and dropped it with a thud on the corrugated iron roof that covered the health center in …

The Moon’s mantle unveiled
May 16, 2019

By Patrick Pinet The Moon is a small planetary body that has separated into a crust, a mantle and a core, but has not been disturbed by plate tectonics. It is therefore of tremendous value for understanding the evolution of planetary interiors. However, the composition of the lunar mantle remains uncertain. In January, the Chinese …

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 304 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 239 

Richard Dawkins 24 Oct 2017   I had tweeted an invitation to attend lectures in various parts of Britain by Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who grew up among wild African elephants while her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton was conducting his pioneering studies of their ecology and behaviour, and he and his wife Oria were fighting the poachers. Saba’s …

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Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome
May 17, 2019

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum Scientists created a variant of the E. coli bacteria with an entirely synthetic genome, according to a new paper. Building and replacing the large entire genome yet was just one goal of the team from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. They hoped that the resulting bacteria would …

Octopuses May Go Blind As Climate Change Sucks Oxygen Out of the Ocean
May 17, 2019

By Brandon Specktor Turning light particles into visual information is hard work, and your body relies on oxygen to get the job done. This is true whether you walk the land on two limbs or swim through the sea with eight. In fact, according to a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the amount of oxygen …

Missouri Republicans Rush to Criminalize Abortion Care
May 17, 2019 · 1 

By Auditi Guha Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) praised Alabama Republicans’ passage of the country’s most restrictive abortion ban and said that he would sign a Missouri bill placing draconian new limits on abortion. The anti-choice omnibus bill, known as the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act,” contains a cascade of abortion bans at various …

Support for Same-Sex Marriage is Highest Among the Non-Religious. (As Usual.)
May 17, 2019

By Hemant Mehta According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans (61%) support same-sex marriage and the number remains virtually unchanged from 2017. That’s not too surprising — more people have accepted it as a reality and the issue hasn’t changed much over the past two years — but what’s …

Could a Single Live Vaccine Protect against a Multitude of Diseases?
May 16, 2019

By Melinda Wenner Moyer The heat of the sun, a blazing basketball in the West African sky, was softened by a breeze one afternoon last spring. Every so often the wind whisked a mango off a tree branch and dropped it with a thud on the corrugated iron roof that covered the health center in …

The Moon’s mantle unveiled
May 16, 2019

By Patrick Pinet The Moon is a small planetary body that has separated into a crust, a mantle and a core, but has not been disturbed by plate tectonics. It is therefore of tremendous value for understanding the evolution of planetary interiors. However, the composition of the lunar mantle remains uncertain. In January, the Chinese …

Discussion


BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 41 

We have created this thread to provide a dedicated space for the discussion of books. Pretty much any kind of book – it doesn’t have to be about atheism or religion or science or politics. It doesn’t even have to be non-fiction. All we ask is that, whatever the topic or genre, the books are …

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