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Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.

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Whether you're a professional, a student, an amateur, an enthusiast, whatever! Lots of atheists love science. Might as well have a group for it!

Feel free to nerd out, link articles, talk about your favorite field of research, whatever!

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9/28/2008
I've been super busy with school this semester -- no time for Atheist Nexus, sadly!!
If anyone who's around here a lot wants me to toss them moderation privileges to run this group or anything, just send me (Sara) a message! Thanks!

11/14/2009
Removed ability to send mass messages to everyone in the group. At 1000+ members, that seems like asking for spam.

Offer still open if anyone active in the group wants moderation privileges, but it appears everything has been going smoothly with all kinds of great discussions without moderation. Fantastic! :)

Discussion Forum

Google Makes First Fully Self-Driving Car

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Clarence Dember on Tuesday. 1 Reply

The Web is not the Net.

Started by Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish Dec 17. 0 Replies

Intelligent life 90% less likely

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9. 3 Replies

100 Billion Frames per second camera

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 4. 0 Replies

Stem

Started by C.L.A.W.S.. Last reply by Sean Murphy Oct 31. 2 Replies

Green Tea Boosts Brainpower

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by John Jubinsky Oct 28. 5 Replies

Quick Ebola tests on the horizon

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Deidre Oct 18. 2 Replies

Tenured Professor shouts "Fire!" in crowded theatre

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by David Layton Sep 27. 4 Replies

Max Planck on New Scientific Truth?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Luara Aug 13. 5 Replies

Electric Bacteria

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Luara Jul 18. 3 Replies

Vantablack

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sean Murphy Jul 15. 1 Reply

Roundup Ready Corn IS Toxic

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 13. 7 Replies

Crowded rooms make you dumb

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Pat Jul 5. 4 Replies

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Comment by A Former Member on July 9, 2011 at 8:37pm

How Science Will Shape Human Destiny

From the archives – How will the fields of medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production and astronautics change our lives in the not-too-distant future? We talked in April with Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and author of the new book “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100″ (Doubleday, 2011).

Listen here.

Comment by Chris G on July 9, 2011 at 11:35am
Comment by Rhiannon Parks on July 9, 2011 at 10:41am
My dad called it heat lightning, but sometimes if a storm is far enough away, the flash from the lightning carries, but the sound waves from the thunder dissipate before they reach you.
Maybe it was that?
Comment by AtheistTech on July 9, 2011 at 10:24am
What direction did it come from? What was lit by that flash? How long did it last? What color was the light? Are you in a desert? Where did you see the flash?
Comment by A Former Member on July 7, 2011 at 5:18pm

The Belly Button Biodiversity Project

 

Ever wondered what microorganisms live on you?
You are alive, but just how alive? We know that species live under our beds or in our backyards. But how many living organisms are on a square centimeter of your skin? What do they do, and how they differ from those of your neighbor? Very little is known about the life that breathes all over us. Each person’s microbial jungle is so rich, colorful, and dynamic that in all likelihood your body hosts species that no scientist has ever studied. Your navel may well be one of the last biological frontiers. It is time then, to explore.

Sampling the nation for Belly Button Bacteria
We are a group of biologists and science communicators from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and we want to know what lives on us. But this project is as much about teaching as it is about learning. We imagine germs as bad, and yet most are not. Most are either good or simply present, whether in between your toes or up your nose. The diversity on our bodies is, like any biological diversity, fascinating and full of awe and we want to share the joy of discovering it, one body part at a time. You give us a sample, we will grow and identify the bacteria, and you get the results. Meet your personal ecosystem, in color! With time we will not only grow the microbes off of your parts, we will sequence them, to know the easy to cultivate species but also all the rest. The life on us knows no celebrity, or rather it knows them as well as it knows the rest of us. Lady Gaga may live the wild life, but she also hosts it.

Why begin with the belly button?
Because no one volunteers when we ask for armpit samples. Because our belly buttons are relatively isolated, a place where microbes are safe. Because everybody has one, its what once connected us to our past. Yet, we barely notice it in our daily lives, to the point that few people actually wash theirs. Which is great for the bacteria! They are well protected, and provide a refuge of our wild nature. We can ask many questions about the microbes on our bodies (what controls which live where, whether the species on men and women are different, whether innies and outies sport different fancies, etc…) but a first step is to simply see who is there, the way the first explorers, upon arriving at new continents, simply wrote home to describe what they found.

So far, so bountiful
Your body’s life is beautiful. Browse through our collection of bodily life, or, if you have already been sampled, find your own sample here. Samples shown in our collection came from the first few sampling events: the ScienceOnline 2011 convention (see microbes that grow on our favorite science writers), the Darwin Day at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, and various others.

 

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on June 20, 2011 at 4:27pm
solidarity in creationism separation from public schools! common science sense!
Comment by Chris G on March 26, 2011 at 11:31pm
There was a place on a hill just outside of Walnut Creek CA that had trilobite fossils when I was a kid.
Comment by Harry Meyer on March 26, 2011 at 10:53pm

Thanks to all of you! Now I've got to figure out which place would be best for us.

Sorry Joan you got a bug looking for me:(

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2011 at 1:02pm

In those same strata, we found hundreds of ammonites, some a foot across.  They are reported to grow as large as a house, although I looked and could not find one that large.  

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=ammonite+fossil+map&qpvt=am...

 

Central Texas is Cretaceous Era ... that ancient sea that covered all the central USA and Canada.  Trilobites, ammonites, sharks teeth, gastropods, cephalopods, all can be found in river and stream cuts.  If you go into really deep cuts you can find Devonian Era and there you will find the earliest signs of living matter.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2011 at 12:05pm

Harry, I found a great site, Trilobite Paleogeography. They show a map of  Pangea supercontinent with the 

Lower Ordovician configuration, which means trilobites formed during that Era in the tropical zone.  

http://www.trilobites.info/trilopaleogeo.htm

The modern version is horseshoe crabs.  They can be found by the thousands, alive, I think it was Chesapeake Bay where I saw them. We lived in Wash DC and went to the ocean.  

http://horseshoecrab.org/sightings/

 

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