Galaxies Far, Far Away


The Hubble Deep Field (HDF) is an image of a small region in the constellation Ursa Major, constructed from a series of observations by the Hubble Space Telescope. It covers an area 2.5 arcminutes across, about one 24-millionth of the whole sky, which is equivalent in angular size to a 65 mm tennis ball at a distance of 100 meters. The field is so small that only a few foreground stars in the Milky Way lie within it; thus, almost all of the 3,000 objects in the image are galaxies, some of which are among the youngest and most distant known.

9/11 Cross Generates Death Threats Against Atheists

FOX News readers on Facebook started going off after Blair Scott, Communications Director for American Atheists, appeared on America Live with Megyn Kelly. Blair reports that when he returned home from his local FOX station for the interview that his voice mail was full of messages and his inbox had almost 200 hateful messages. “I can always tell when someone from American Atheists is on FOX news, because my Inbox explodes with hate email,” said article

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Victory for evolution in Texas

Pop the champagne corks. The Texas Board of Education has unanimously come down on the side of evolution. In a 14-0* vote, the board today approved scientifically accurate high school biology textbook supplements from established mainstream publishers — and did not approve the creationist-backed supplements from International Databases, LLC.
"This is a huge victory for Texas students and teachers," said Josh Rosenau, NCSE programs and policy director, who testified at the hearings this article

A look at some of the principles of critical thinking

Do You Believe in Fairies?

10 tips for pleasing the fairy realm.
If you believe in fairies, you’re not alone. In my global travels, I meet people worldwide who tell me about their encounters with the magical fairy realms. They fondly recall childhood experiences of connecting with fairies, and some continue to talk with these beings as adults. I didn’t see my first fairy until adulthood. Since then, I’ve developed a benevolent and loving relationship with these beings. I have enormous respect for their mission of healing the environment, protecting animals, and reminding us of the importance of article

Serves Em Right

After months of debate and protest, Romanian income tax officials have now formally become aware of the fact that certain professions have escaped their net by working from the shadows, so to speak. The government has now officially amended its labor laws to include astrology and witchcraft as actual professions, meaning that star-charters and ladies-on-brooms will now have to pay up annually, perhaps on one of our April Fools Days – April 1st or 15th…

Recession of the economy in that country has prompted the law to require these woo-woo artists to pay their share of supporting the country while they continue to misinform, swindle, and cheat the citizens – professionally. Sounds fair to me. The hoi polloi will never give up their favored delusions, so I think they should contribute to the support of superstition – religious or not – and to the cumbersome governmental system that has to now handle another angle of public idiocy.

Ah, but now a real witch has announced that the Romanian bureaucracy will be reduced to a shambles as the result of her planned interference. She’ll be casting her famous tried-and-true “black pepper and yeast” curse, so we can confidently expect that the country will collapse. It sure beats the “tobasco and baking powder” spell, I can tell you…

(What’s that cackling I’m hearing…?)

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