Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A good week for science and logic? Depends on your definition.

So far, this week's been good to science and logic. Mostly. Here's the skinny:

* Researchers announced they've discovered 28 new habitable planets in the last year and have gone prediction crazy like a guy who wins two dollars in a scratch off and suddenly hocks his house to buy 20,000 lottery tickets because his luck is just that good! Yup, these scientists are proclaiming there could be billions of habitable planets in the universe. Given that the universe is way big, that seems like a big "duh" but it's still pretty exciting news, especially for those poor saps on Battlestar Galactica.

* Witches used magic to control the brain of a Georgia Superior Court Judge, forcing him to support the Gwinnett County school board's decision last year to keep J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books on school library bookshelves after a parent demanded that they be removed because they were violent "and promoted witchcraft." The witches nodded in agreement, high-fiving each other while riding brooms and sywriting "Surrender Dorothy" over the parent's yard.

* Researchers determined that cats wearing bibs are less likely to kill small wildlife like birds and amphibians. They are, however, twice as likely to cry themselves to sleep at night.

* Here's where science took a bit of a hit. The Creation Museum opened in Kentucky, showing Barney and Moses riding shotgun in Noah's Ark. Not really, but I hope they consider adding that exhibit later.

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