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Submission + - Antigens Used to Combat Cancer (futurism.com) 1

KermodeBear writes: Scientists at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, have successfully conducted three human trials of a "universal cancer vaccine," which they developed as a safety test before going onto larger clinical trials.

Submission + - Court Rules that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is Not a Real Religion 1

WheezyJoe writes: A court in Nebraska has officially ruled that Pastafarianism is not a real religion, and therefore a prison inmate with "several tattoos proclaiming his faith" will not get $5 million or privileges to order and wear religious clothing and pendants, nor meet for weekly worship services and classes and receive communion.

The Federal judge ruled that The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a "real" religion eligible for protection under the First Amendment. This Gospel, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster faith (FSMism), "is a parody" that was originally created as "a riposte to intelligent design that began with a letter to the Kansas State Board of Education when it was considering intelligent design." The letter argued that "intelligent design does not identify the designer, its 'master intellect' could just as easily be a 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' as any Judeo-Christian deity—and, in fact, that there is as much scientific evidence for a Flying Spaghetti Monster as any other creator."

In ruling against the inmate and the chuch of Pastafarianism, the judge wrote "there must be a line beyond which a practice is not 'religious' simply because a plaintiff labels it as such... A prisoner could just as easily read the works of Vonnegut or Heinlein and claim it as his holy book, and demand accommodation of Bokononism or the Church of All Worlds," (citing Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle and Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land). Therefore, because the "FSM Gospel is plainly a work of satire, meant to entertain while making a pointed political statement," the Judge concluded that "FSMism is on the far side of that line" and thus not a "real" religion.
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Submission + - Curiosity's Latest High-Res Photo Looks Like Earth (wired.com)

bbianca127 writes: Curiosity sent a picture down to us, and it looks a lot like Earth. Actually, the picture's color quality has been changed — to human eyes, the landscape would look a lot more reddish. Still, it looks remarkably like the southwestern United States (bringing to mind the AD quote about how Lucille Bluth would rather be dead in California than alive in Arizona).

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