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Brainless slime moulds can remember (Sydney University)

Can you have a memory if you don’t have a brain? The question has been answered with the discovery that brainless slime moulds use excreted chemicals as a memory system. The finding by University of Sydney researchers is strong support for the theory that the first step toward the evolution of memory was the use of feedback from chemicals.

Darwinism, secularism, religion and education in Australia - 1860s to 21st Century

What underlies the Australian establishment's antipathy to and ignorance of nature? The conflict between religion and science, and the roles played by 'colonial rationalists', the Catholic Church, and the State in the suppression of flourishing scientific debate and celebration of Australia's unique ecology. How controversy preceding the passage of the Victorian Education Act 1872 (which was intended to secularise education) derived from a rearguard defence against the growing influence of Darwin, to the lasting demotion of natural science and respect for environment and other creatures in mass media and government. This article was published in response to "Anglican Church Australia Overpopulated discussion paper - entire," and comments by Vivienne Ortega and John Marlowe

Bigard et Kassovitz avec Bonnaud et Gettegno sur l’Objet du Scandale

Bonnaud et Gattegno ne réussirent pas, quand même, à faire taire Bigard et Kassovitz sur ce fait : Pourquoi n’a-t-on pas fait venir Harrit, le scientifique qui a écrit l’article que tous les ‘Truthers’ citent sur la thermite ? Il est vrai que si le co-auteur – Steven E. Jones - du papier sur la thermite a écrit des articles défendant l’idée que Jésus a paru en Amérique, c’est déconcertant.[1] Néanmoins, ce n’est pas une façon de répondre a l’argument scientifique. Un homme peut croire aux fées, mais s’il avance une théorie scientifique il faut analyser et critiquer sa théorie sur la science qu’elle se pose dessus, et non pas essayer de la réfuter en changeant le sujet aux fées. Les Etats-Unis sont bourrés d’adeptes des religions des plus farfelus mais bourrés aussi de grandes œuvres technologiques.

English version: "French comic J-M Bigard and Mattieu Kassovitz challenge Official 9/11 story on French Television".

Wildlife Research in Australia

Can research benefit wildlife? Can research contribute to its survival? Can research engender respect for the intrinsic value of wildlife? Or will an overriding profit motive drive all wildlife to extinction?

Report on conference to find 10 best of 20 climate change solutions

Advocates for 20 proposals to mitigate climate change speak at Conference at Manchester Town Hall, UK, with a report on the ten best of the 20 to appear in Sunday's Guardian, UK on Monday 13 July.

The Secret Life of Sharks by A. Peter Klimley

This exceptional book about shark behaviour, not only makes personal connections with individuals among schooling sharks, but it explores the sensory field of geomagnetic navigation - in a shark's-view of the world to which we poor humans are blind, deaf and dumb. Seeing as there is a new film out - Shark Water- - which may move people to rethink our own kill instinct, it seems appropriate to review this excellent book which had a similar impact on me.

Science Show too quick to close discussion of World Trade Center collapses

The last thing that Battalion Chief Oreo Palmer expected as he surveyed the dwindling flames on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center South Tower at 9:54am on 11 September 2001 was, seven minutes from then, for the South Tower to come crashing down on him and to collapse almost completely into dust at a rate barely slower than free fall. Many scientists and engineers, who have since disputed the official US Government explanation of the World Trade Center collapses, would have agreed with Palmer's judgement on the day, however the ABC's Science Show, presented by Robyn Williams seems reluctant to let its listeners know of their views.

Chickens of economic collapse on course - CSIRO

Based on then ground-breaking modelling, the forecasts of global ecological and economic collapse by mid-century contained in the controversial 1972 book; The Limits to Growth, are still ‘on-track’."

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