Religion at Sacred Ridge?
I follow your magazine with zeal. I was
somewhat surprised by “Massacre at
Sacred Ridge” (SN: 11/6/10, p. 22), which
seems to attribute the slaughter to some
action by those who were murdered and
does not discuss potential religious overtones of the attack. Is organized religion
the culprit in this incident? Man’s inhumanity to man has often been triggered
by some form of religious belief system.
Charles Havnen, New Orleans, La.
Religious beliefs of the Ridges Basin
groups are poorly understood, though
the documented ethnic differences would
imply at least some religious differences.
How religion may have played into the
massacre at Sacred Ridge is unknown.
— Bruce Bower
There is a subtle but fairly egregious
error in “Science Stats: Reading
between the lines” (SN: 1/1/11, p. 4).
The short article is (ironically) about
the unclear labeling of medication
measuring devices, but the graphic
contains a huge infographic gaffe: It
shows the values as regular markings
up the side of a representation of a
3-D cup. But the cup is not cylindrical,
being wider at the top than the bottom
( just as many medicinal cups are). This
implies that what’s being measured is
the volume, not the height.
The reader is correct: While the markings on the graphic were meant to reflect
height, not volume, the 3-D drawing of
the cup does misleadingly imply volume.
And the top label, the total, should have
been more clearly linked to the entire pink
area that it was supposed to describe.
Apologies for adding to the confusion.
— Eva Emerson
Due to a typographical error, the element strontium (Sr) is mislabeled as
Si in the periodic table of the elements
accompanying the article “Chemists
want you to know that atomic weights
aren’t constant” (SN: 1/29/11, p. 5).
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