Tag Archives: nature

Learn something new every day – Trees “sleep”

In the only reported study to look at tree siestas, researchers set up lasers that measured the movements of two silver birch trees (Betula pendula) at night. One tree was in Finland and the other in Austria, and both were … Continue reading

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Hard to be both gay and a teacher in Georgia, apparently

Sad, but not entirely surprising: A gay Georgia teacher has been told that his contract will not be renewed after four years of teaching music at a Catholic school. Flint Dollar had received no parent complaints and had a clear … Continue reading

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A Question of Atheist Scruples – Round 2

I found a copy of A Question of Scruples a while back and decided it might be entertaining to go through the questions and answering them as honestly as possible. Like last time, I’ll answer three questions and add one … Continue reading

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The title says it all: Jesus not guilty

Not guilty of what, you ask? This: THE faithful at St Thomas’ Anglican Church are convinced local residents, and not Jesus, killed their fig trees. There’s a story in the bible where Jesus curses a fig tree to death because … Continue reading

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If your teacher’s scared of science…

I feel sorry for every kid in the class. Dr Mark Spencer, who rose to fame after appearing on the BBC’s Museum of Life series, said teachers ‘scream at the sight of insects’ and are ‘frightened of handling soil’. In … Continue reading

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It’s time to sneak a peek at Billy Graham’s mail again

I’d do this more often, but Graham’s advice to people always runs the same tired route, and I hate having to repeat myself. Here’s yesterday’s issue. What makes us any different from other animals except for our superior mental abilities? … Continue reading

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The One Minion Search Party, vol 33

what fallen angel is gaia? Gaia is a word pagans (and other New Age devotees) pull out when they want to talk Earth Mother stuff. It has nothing at all to do with devils, angels, gods or anything else of … Continue reading

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What are my thoughts about global warming?

In an earlier post, a commenter named Maranda asked me to broach a topic I’ve never really touched on in here – the whole global warming issue and where I happen to sit in terms of the debate. You can … Continue reading

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Dracula connection to a young earth?

Normally I avoid Answers in Genesis like a plague, but with a headline like that, there’s got to be some fun reading in it. Sadly I don’t know enough about vampire bats to know if John Woodmorappe is properly describing … Continue reading

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A boy, a couger, an Angel – how could I not write about this?

Big headline in the news this morning: Domesticated canine reacts with evolved instincts, protects pack member from wild animal. Hardly. The way Lloyd Forman sees it, his 11-year-old grandson was saved by an Angel. Yes, the Star article takes the … Continue reading

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