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Science writer rips Jenny McCarthy after she denies being anti-vaccine

Jenny McCarthy doesn’t want you to think she’s “anti-vaccine,” although she hasn’t changed her views nearly as much as she claims. The “View” co-host published an op-ed column Saturday in the Chicago Sun-Times that leaves out some of her past claims about vaccines and their disproven link to autism. “I…

Italian women who underwent fertility treatment pregnant with wrong embryos

Italy IVF patient pregnant with wrong embryos: report (via AFP) A woman who underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Rome became pregnant with the twins of another couple after their embryos were mixed up, press reports said Sunday. Italy’s health ministry said it was launching an investigation into the…

Creationists refute evolutionary ‘myths’ in PBS’s documentary series ‘Your Inner Fish’

The PBS documentary series Your Inner Fish featuring noted paleontologist Neil Shubin premiered this week to much acclaim in the scientific community, but considerably less so in creationist circles. Prominent creationist Elizabeth Mitchell reviewed the show for Answers In Genesis, and she was unimpressed by the manner in which Shubin…

John Kerry: UN climate report should be a ‘wakeup call about global economic opportunity’ for American scientists, entrepreneurs

UN climate report a ‘wakeup’ for entrepreneurs, Kerry says (via AFP) A new UN report tackling greenhouse-gas emissions should serve as a “wakeup call” for entrepreneurs, especially in the energy sector, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. “We’ve already had wakeup call after wakeup call about climate science……

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson pledges over $16 million for Israeli moon mission

Casino billionaire and Republican party kingmaker Sheldon Adelson and his wife have pledged $16.4 million to help fund the Israeli SpaceIL mission to the moon. According to the Jewish Daily Forward, the $16.4 million makes up a substantial portion of the project’s estimated $37 million dollar budget. “Sheldon and I…

Why are geocentrists trying to undo centuries worth of accepted science? (Hint: The Jews)

Most people probably assume the scientific debate over the Earth’s place in the universe has been settled for centuries, but a small group of conspiracy theorists have been quietly pushing the idea that Galileo was wrong. The Raw Story brought them blinking into the light earlier this week with a…

Swiss surgeons use skin cancer patients’ tissue to rebuild their nostrils

Surgeons in Switzerland on Friday said they had carried out the first-ever operations to repair cancer-ravaged noses using tissue grown from the patient’s own cartilage cells. The technique involves reconstructing the so-called alar wings of the nose — the nostrils — after removal because of skin cancer. At present, surgeons…

Scientists grow functioning vaginas from girls’ own cells

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – Four young women born with abnormal or missing vaginas were implanted with lab-grown versions made from their own cells, the latest success in creating replacement organs that have so far included tracheas, bladders and urethras. Follow-up tests show the new vaginas are indistinguishable from…

Testing reveals no evidence that ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ is a modern forgery

A papyrus fragment of “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” that was dismissed by the Vatican as a “clumsy forgery” has been dated as having originated in Egypt around 700 C.E. In an article published Tuesday in Harvard Theological Review, Karen King provides evidence that “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” (GJW)…

Maine moose population ‘walking dead’ after ticks drain blood due to climate change

Researchers in New England say that warmer weather caused by climate change has allowed ticks to thrive, and devastated the moose population by literally draining them of blood. In a segment on PBS Newshour this week, reporter Hari Sreenivasan traveled to New Hampshire and Maine, where teams were tagging moose…

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