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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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Today’s Found of Facebook – God can’t co-pilot Ark; hits Coast Guard vessel

Via gCaptain: A 230-foot long replica of Noah’s Ark collided with a Norwegian Coast Guard vessel as it arrived in Oslo, Norway on Friday, causing damage to both ships. Media says the wooden replica, built by a Dutch carpenter Johan … Continue reading

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“Stem cell angels” says yoga instructor after getting vision back

Cool story out of Saskatoon. Go Science! Diagnosed with glaucoma in his left eye last year, Kevin Naidoo, watched his vision deteriorate and it was affecting his work at Yerrama Yoga Sanctuary in the city, which he owns. His father … Continue reading

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Watched Expelled today

Saskatoon’s CFI affiliate watched the film Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed this afternoon. The whole film is available on Youtube if you want to put yourself through it. It’s a “documentary” that plays fast and loose with the notion of … Continue reading

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Guardian angels, road safety and risk taking: connected?

If the details reported by New York Magazine can be believed, then yes. Interviews with 198 people showed that 45 percent believed in “a personal spirit or supernatural power” that watched over them. Further questions were designed to assess the … Continue reading

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Religious youth less likely to try drugs and alcohol, apparently

Science Daily is reporting on a paper published in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly. The youths participating in the study had been referred by the courts or by medical professionals. 195 juvenile offenders agreed to spend two months in a “residential treatment … Continue reading

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Depressing but not surprising: religious areas lead to less scientific thought

At least, fewer ideas and inventions patented.: in a recent paper, Princeton economist Roland Bénabou and two colleagues unveiled a surprising finding that would at least appear to bolster the “conflict” camp: Both across countries and also across US states, … Continue reading

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