Happy Holidays!

…or else!

Darth Vader with a Santa Claus hat says, "I find your lack of cheer disturbing."

Happy Holidays from Darth Vader

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Death sentence for apostasy

Religion makes people feel justified in doing evil things, and do evil things to protect their nonexistent gods. A man has been sentenced to death in Mauritania for “speaking lightly of the Prophet Mohammed.”

In 2012, an American man was arrested for killing an American soldier for not believing in God: murder of Jose Ramirez.

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An orangutan has some human rights in Argentina

For the first time ever–as far as I know–a court has ruled that a great ape has some human rights

Sandra the orangutan

Sandra the orangutan

. This occurred in Argentina.

Y-chromosome sequencing of King Richard III

An unexpected result was obtained from the recently recovered bones of Richard III, the anointed king of England until he was killed by an invading army under Henry Tudor. It seems that his Y chromosome doesn’t match those of his family. This could be a “false paternity” finding or it could be a run-of-the-mill lab error.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

This wonderful garden in Dumfries, Scotlandd is open to the public only one day a year. I’d love to visit it; but until I do there’s an online gallery of images: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation by Charles Jencks.

Colours of blood

Did you know that some organisms have violet blood? It’s all in the d-orbitals, I understand. Read about blood chemistry and see a larger diagram: iron makes red or green or violet, while copper makes blue,

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What would you eat if you were hungry?

Probably anything you could catch, such as that uncivilized “bushmeat,” such as deer or rabbit or possum.

Read “Granny’s mean pot of bushmeat stew,” by Tara C. Smith of Aetiology.

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