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Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.

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CuriosityStream, anyone?

Started by Pope Beanie. Last reply by Pope Beanie on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Neanderthals used fire in caves:

Started by JadeBlackOlive. Last reply by Unseen Jun 8. 8 Replies

Fossil Dog

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Pre-Clovis civilization in Florida

Started by JadeBlackOlive. Last reply by Belle Rose May 15. 4 Replies

Teeth vs. Tools

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‘Trickle of food’

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Diet affects the evolution of birds

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How Dinosaurs Grew From Hatchlings to Adults

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Think your DNA is all human?

Started by JadeBlackOlive. Last reply by SteveInCO Mar 27. 9 Replies

Small, Brainy T-Rex Discovered

Started by JadeBlackOlive Mar 14. 0 Replies

Fossil analysis pushes back human split

Started by JadeBlackOlive. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer Mar 11. 3 Replies

Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

Started by JadeBlackOlive. Last reply by JadeBlackOlive Mar 3. 2 Replies

Jawless fish brains

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Comment by JadeBlackOlive on June 3, 2016 at 7:44pm

Oddly enough, I really don't like to watch things on the computer for some reason. I may watch a favourite musician on YouTube, but a song or two is about my limit.

Comment by Pope Beanie on June 3, 2016 at 7:42pm

I know what you mean... I don't even have TV, but use websites like PBS or youtube channels for video. I probably get most of my science news from audio podcasts when I fall asleep at night.

Comment by JadeBlackOlive on June 3, 2016 at 7:38pm

I just saw a quick blurb about this topic on tv the other night. I try to find all the science type shows I can & its difficult with so much garbage we're expected to watch......which I won't.

Comment by Pope Beanie on June 3, 2016 at 7:21pm

THE HUMAN GENOME is three billion letters long. About 240 million letters of it, scientists estimate, is viral. Yes, eight percent of human DNA comes from ancient viruses that once infected our ancestors.

Most viral infections are as fleeting as a cold, but two things made the ancient ones unusual: One, these viruses had the special ability to copy themselves into the DNA of their hosts. And two, they sometimes got lucky enough to copy themselves into an egg that became fertilized and grew into a full-fledged adult. So that viral DNA got passed down from generation to human generation as so-called endogenous retroviruses.

[whole story here]

Comment by JadeBlackOlive on March 28, 2016 at 4:03pm

Dunno......Canada's laws are a lot stricter than the US.

Comment by Pope Beanie on March 28, 2016 at 4:00pm

Haha, theoretically. Hmm, should gun buyers pass a T. gondii test?

Comment by JadeBlackOlive on March 28, 2016 at 3:57pm

That would explain a lot, wouldn't it?

Comment by Pope Beanie on March 28, 2016 at 3:50pm


People with “rage” disorder twice as likely to have a latent toxoplasmosis parasite infection


The protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, tissue cyst in brain (Photo: D. Ferguson, Oxford University)

Individuals with a psychiatric disorder involving recurrent bouts of extreme, impulsive anger—road rage, for example—are more than twice as likely to have been exposed to a common parasite than healthy individuals with no psychiatric diagnosis.

In a study involving 358 adult subjects, a team led by researchers from the University of Chicago found that toxoplasmosis, a relatively harmless parasitic infection carried by an estimated 30 percent of all humans, is associated with intermittent explosive disorder and increased aggression.

[source]

Comment by JadeBlackOlive on March 15, 2016 at 8:12pm

That was fun, Beanie.

Comment by Pope Beanie on March 15, 2016 at 7:59pm

From PhysicsGirl:

[see it larger on youtube]

 

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