UC Berkeley Paleontologist Kevin Padian (also president of the National Center for Science Education) reviews Jerry Coyne's book Why Evolution is True in PLoS Biology. While he praises the book for for its clarity and well-chosen examples, Padian argues that Coyne, in a book that uses the word 'true' in the title', didn't actually talk enough about what truth is:
How bad science can make you feel really good.

There is some really wonderful bad science to be found out there in the wierd world web.  More wonderful than the bad site is the good site that gives insight, laced with humour, into the wierdness of the bad sites.

Phil Plait, the creator of Bad Astronomy, is an astronomer, lecturer, and author.  He is also a very astute observer of human nature and is one very witty dude.  For some moments of absolute hilarity I strongly recommend his blog Bad Astronomy and especially crankocentrism.
Mission Madness got personal. Perhaps it was the SPB ballooning of votes, perhaps it is simply inherent in any popularity contest like this. With only three rounds let to go (vote early, vote often!), the epithets are flying. Match the quote below with its quarterfinalist mission! Trash Talk
  1. "a mission to cold, dead rocks"
  2. "biologically infested mission"
  3. "biologically infested mission"
  4. "hasn't launched yet"
  5. don't even count as [a] mission!
  6. "It either deflates or explodes"
If you don't know the story of the cane toads, here's the short version: imported to Australia in hopes of controlling the cane beetle, which came to the continent with the sugar cane when *it* was imported (are you sensing an unfortunate pattern here?), they now run amok and wreak havoc on natural Australian ecosystems.  It's one of the best invasive species horror stories that I know.
Apparently, we cannot get enough Asian small-clawed otters.  Which is fine by me.  Click through to ZooBorns (again a must view if you have any poetry in your soul) to see more.
 Jason Collier/SeaWorld Orlando
I  often like to watch Dog Whisperer, and am fascianated by how a very small dog can often dominate a much larger one, simply through being of higher “energy”, as Cesar Millan calls it.  Watchers of that programme can see that this works across species too, as Cesar trains owners not to let their dogs dominate them, but to take over as human “pack leader”.  Now comes an interesting example of this working between related rodent species.
So says Jessica Hagy, creator of the must view INDEXED blog.  For my extremely limited money (go go graduate school stipend), Jessica is the most original creative force out there connected to an RSS feed.
While it may be unfair to heap all the blame for the anti-vaccine movement and vaccine non-compliance at the feet of Jenny McCarthy, McCarthy has intentionally put herself in the public eye to promote this non-scientific and dangerous agenda, using her celebrity status to reach a wide audience.  Because her unsupported views encourage behaviors leading to pain, suffering, and deaths of innocent children, she deserves the same level of criticism and attention as, say, The Pope
The Chicken, the Egg and The Hermeneutic Circle.


Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

It is often difficult when analysing a problem to know where to start. Cause and effect sometimes seem to chase each other around in a circle. In the study of language, should we look first at the meaning of the words, or the sentence? This is a chicken and egg problem, the hermeneutic  circle.