Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Biodynamic Agriculture -- beyond Organic

Biodynamic Agriculture goes beyond Organic in that the orchard or farm is turned into more of a garden, where beneficial insects and birds are attracted to the farm by creating an attractive environment for them, then they descend on the destructive insects. Like organic, no chemical insecticides are used. It's an amazing concept first championed in 1924. Right now it's possible to buy biodynamic wine, and I even found a biodynamic grocery store, but sadly it's in Perth, Australia (far from Burbank, California).

Monday, February 26, 2007

Robot Ride

I think that if highly advanced robots were to try to take over the world, human kind would give them a good fight. That is, unless they offered free Robot Rides like the one you'll see in this video.

Jesus Family Tomb Discovered?

The Talpiot Tomb

On March 28, 1980, a construction crew developing an apartment complex in Talpiot, Jerusalem, uncovered a tomb, which archaeologists from the Israeli Antiquities Authority excavated shortly thereafter. Archaeologist Shimon Gibson surveyed the site and drew a layout plan. Scholar L.Y. Rahmani later published "A Catalogue of Jewish Ossuaries" that described 10 ossuaries, or limestone bone boxes, found in the tomb.

Read the Discovery article here. And, James Cameron is making a film about this.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Change America to be more Religious?

PRINCETON, NJ -- Recently collected Gallup Poll data suggest that most highly religious Americans either believe that they can be personally religious without needing to spread their beliefs, or that they can best spread their beliefs by converting others to their religion. Only a small percentage of highly religious Americans -- 15% -- believe the best way to spread their religion is to change society to conform to their religious beliefs.

These data are important in an environment in which the relationship between religion and society has become more and more of an issue. There is a strong relationship in the United States today between one's religion and one's political beliefs. One of the keys to Republican successes in elections in the first part of this decade was the activation of highly religious voters. Protestants, in particular, were concerned about the secularization of society and therefore focused on changing societal elements to reduce instances of abortion, same-sex marriages, and stem cell research using embryos. The data reviewed here, however, suggest that such interest in imposing change on society on the basis of one's religion is, in theory at least, small. Most highly religious Americans appear content to live the best possible personal life on the basis of their religious beliefs or to engage in traditional attempts at one-on-one conversion.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Net Neutrality

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Unexpected Flame Thrower

I don't normally Blog stuff like this, but this is too funny not to share. The sheer power! The sheer stupidity!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Science vs. Faith

Fat because of the Microbes in your Gut?

Are we fat because of the microbes in our gut? This article from Quirks and Quarks deals with some new science that is pointing in that direction.

82% Believe 9/11 was a Government Conspiracy

Monday, February 12, 2007

Napping is Good for your Heart

Napping is good for your heart! Finally, scientific evidence to support my healthy lifestyle!

Monday, February 05, 2007

21 Secondary Sins