Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The LHC to Maybe Shutdown Over Black Hole Garbage?

So wingnuts are suing the LHC over some garbage ideas that the LHC will produce black holes. They might be able get an injunction and halt the operation of the LHC. I don't have much to say other than the facts.

A) The LHC probably won't produce black holes.
B) If the LHC did produce a black hole, it would quickly evaporate.

Read the full article here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The UK Wises Up to Homeopathy

Members of parliament are finally urging the NHS to stop funding homeopathy treatments after The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said it's no better than a placebo. Of course those crazy "homeopaths" are making a big stink about the findings. Although, they shouldn't really be called "findings" per se since it has been well known that homeopathy is a bunch of bull for decades (or more) now.

The NHS surprisingly spends about £4m a year on homeopathic treatments. How disgraceful.

Read the article at the BBC website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8524926.stm

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Life From Non-Life

Evolution of Chemicals in a Test Tube.

Scientists have created RNA enzymes that replicate themselves without being a living cell. The enzymes undergo life-like evolution as well.

From the article:
"Since he and colleague Tracey Lincoln first succeeded in creating this artificial genetic system that can undergo self-sustained replication and evolution last year, the molecules have changed dramatically as they evolve better and better solutions."

There you have it: abiogenesis.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010