A new Skepchick feature, with a brand-new Skepchick. I’m Jen, and, with Amanda, I’ll be posting daily round-ups of links y’all might want to read. We’ll also be pointing out the best Skepchick posts of the week, and some past Skepchick posts worth mentioning.
As for more about me – by day I do a variety of things related to IT and web application development, and on the side I design websites. I also spend quite a bit of time chasing after my two-year-old daughter, and watching old or indie films. Since I’ve been a passive Skepchick reader for a long time now, I’m stoked to finally be a contributor.
Anyway – today’s links!
- Close to Artificial Life? – “US scientists have taken a major step toward creating the first ever artificial life form by synthetically reproducing the DNA of a bacteria, according to a study published Thursday.”
- Will Religion Sabotage Charlotte’s Future? – A British professor now living in Charlotte, North Carolina looks at the role of religion in American politics from a foreigner’s perspective.
- US Military Call Ghostbusters – “Among the one third of Americans who believe in ghosts are high-ranking officials in the intelligence agencies and military.” One of the commenters asks: “How does one rise to the rank of Colonel in the US Air Force without an ounce of critical thinking skills? ” Hmmm, good question.
- Atheists in Foxholes Anthology – The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers is collecting “first-hand accounts of Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers, Humanists, Secularists, and other non-believers who have served in the military in any capacity or who have a close association with someone who has served.”