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The Cosmic Boondocks – Episode #5, June 21, 2011

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“Our time is burdened under the cumulative weight of successive debunkings of our conceits…. We live in The Cosmic Boondocks.”

~Carl Sagan

The Cosmic Boondocks is a podcast promoting science, freethought and humanistic values in India.

Episode #5, June 21, 2011 – Shownotes

Stories:

1. Follow up on Baba Ramdev’s antics.

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/fasting-indian-yoga-guru-972877.html

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/baba-ramdev-stable-in-hospital-but-feeling-weak-doctors-say-1.820343

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/jun/110611-news-delhi-Baba-Ramdev-in-hospital-ICU.htm

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/baba-ramdev-fast-did-bjp-help-ramdev-end-fast/1/141650.html

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/dont-link-ramdev-episodeyoga-say-experts/438878/

2. Sun-spot activity decline, the Maunder Minimum and the Little Ice Age

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/14/ice_age/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2004535/The-new-Ice-Age-Climate-change-slow-sun-simmers-down.html

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/06/17/are-we-headed-for-a-new-ice-age/

3. Pseudoscientific claims about Vedic ritual, Athirathram, in Panjal, Kerala

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/25/AR2011012502071.html

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/kochi/athirathram-begins-state-936

http://zeenews.india.com/myearth/story.aspx?aid=680260

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/article2103881.ece

4. Rare form of nucleotide substitution reveals new information about the genetic code

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/331345/title/Loophole_found_in_genetic_traffic_laws

Fallacy Hunt

Last week’s discussion:

http://nirmukta.net/Thread-Fallacy-Hunting-Episode-4-Science-in-the-Quran

This week’s discussion:

http://nirmukta.net/Thread-Fermented-Food-Meat-Digestion-Fallacy-Hunt[podcast]http://www.archive.org/download/TheCosmicBoondocks-Episode5June212011/5TheCosmicBoondocks-Episode5June212011..mp3[/podcast]
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Rising Legends, but Epic Soul Factory,
Chase the Vagabonds, by Heifervescent
Désaccords, by Eracilon
Hunger for Life, by The Nuri
3vs1, by Stefano Targa

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