Posts Tagged ‘hundreds’

Mummified smallpox virus shows the disease isn’t as old as we thought

The mummy of a young boy discovered buried in a crypt beneath a Lithuanian church contains the oldest-known complete set of smallpox genes, and scientists hope that the discovery will shed new light on the history of the infamous pathogen, according to NPR and BBC News reports. Save for a few secured, frozen samples, smallpox […]

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Atheism as religion: Atheist cemetery opens in Sweden

From Caroline Mortimer at Independent: Founder insists believers are welcome as well as long as they don’t have religious symbols on their headstones Apparently, the Church of Sweden will maintain the graveyard. Josef Erdem, a teacher from Borlänge in central Sweden, first proposed the idea because he wanted people to “decide for themselves what their […]

Torturing the data till it really scares people

From Ronald Bailey at Reason: When environmental activists could no longer maintain with a straight face that exposure to trace amounts of synthetic chemicals is a significant cause for cancer in people, the endocrine disruption hypothesis was ginned up. The idea is that chemicals that mimic estrogen are causing epidemics of deformed penises, lower sperm […]

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