It seems to be a slow week in anthro/social happenings. Feel free to contribute more stories in the comments section of this post, or email me if you know another news source/website I should be reading.
(The) Word Up, New Museum: Brian Weinburg at N+1 wrote a review of the Genesis Museum of Creation in Petersburg Kentucky. The Museum promotes the “new creation theory,” which argues that the Earth was created between six and ten thousand years ago in six days of 24 hour duration. (This is in comparison with the old creationists, who believe the Earth existed, fell into decay and was reborn six thousand years ago according to the bible). Interesting stuff. (Thanks to Haidy at Material World for posting a link to N+1).
Water is a Feminist Issue: Yifat Susskind on Alternet.org wrote a poignant article on how the lack of access to water adversely affects poor women around the world.
Response to Gusterson: Last week, Hugh Gusterson wrote an opinion piece criticizing Project Minerva’s lack of academic oversight. Political scientist Peter D. Feaver replies to Gusterson’s article, arguing that funding is funding. Oddly enough, both articles feature the same photograph of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates sporting a smug grin.
Results of AAA Phone Conference: LL Wynn reports on the results of the phone conference AAA president Seetha Low held for members of the press.
They’re Digging for Fire: Also first linked to at Material World, the New York Times wrote a piece on growing fossil fuel speculation in the U.S. Southwest which is impinging on archaeological sites of Native American remains.
X-Ray Technicians Love Savage Minds: SM is number 87 on a list of X-Ray Technicians Schools.org‘s list of Top 100 Cutting-Edge Science Blogs. Why only 87? Don’t worry. It’s no indictment on the quality of SM. It’s just a result of their ranking methodology: “personal opinion.” Ah, my favorite method indeed.