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African clawed frog

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Where does increased complexity come from in evolution?

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3.7-billion-year-old fossils

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A Dark Milky Way?

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Atheists Think about What We Believe, Don't We?

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CuriosityStream, anyone?

Started by Pope Beanie. Last reply by TJ Jul 13. 2 Replies

Neanderthals used fire in caves:

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Fossil Dog

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Pre-Clovis civilization in Florida

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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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Comment by iTheist on December 14, 2010 at 2:28pm
Biological Computers: Genetically Modified Cells Communicate Like E...

ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2010) — Genetically modified cells can be made to communicate with each other as if they were electronic circuits. Using yeast cells, a group of researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has taken a groundbreaking step towards being able to build complex systems in the future where the body's own cells help to keep us healthy. The study was presented recently in an article in the scientific journal Nature.


Comment by Don on December 11, 2010 at 10:41am

Doone and Adriana, regarding the liberal-science correlation (and the corresponding conservative-anti-science bent), do see this discussion on Jerry Coyne's blog of a few days ago.  Great comments (as ever, on his blog):

Comment by Pope Beanie on December 11, 2010 at 1:20am

This is probably too simplistic but maybe there are two different ways to deal with the world.


"Progressive" = Humble admission that there's so much we don't know yet about ourselves and our world, with desire to discover what's unknown and push forward. It's a socially inclusive vision, humbled (again) while seeking input from (and interaction with) the widest range of cultures. Description is favored over Prescription and Proscription.




It's all about "us" and protecting what we have in our small part of the world. The pressure is to celebrate our own unique culture and tradition and when in doubt, conserve the status quo. Do not seek change or new knowledge, since all of the most important knowledge is already known, and largely perhaps even written thousands of years ago. Prescription and Proscription are favored over Description.


Comment by Jaume on December 9, 2010 at 6:03am
Nifty little toy they did there: Scales of the Universe

(No 'average human penis size', tho' - isn't it what most guys seem to be concerned about?)
Comment by Jesus_Was_A_Man_Or_Myth_Or_Both on December 1, 2010 at 5:51pm
The Estimated Number of Stars in the Universe Just Tripled

A study by Yale astronomer Pieter van Dokkum just took the estimated number of stars in the universe—100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, or 100 sextillion—and tripled it. And you thought nothing good ever happens on Wednesdays.
Van Dokkum’s study in the journal Nature focuses on red dwarfs, a class of small, cool stars. They’re so small and cool, in fact, that up to now astronomers haven’t been able to spot them in galaxies outside our own. That’s a serious holdup when you’re trying to account for all the stars there are.
As a consequence, when estimating how much of a galaxy’s mass stars account for – important to understanding a galaxy’s life history – astronomers basically had to assume that the relative abundance of red-dwarf stars found in the Milky Way held true throughout the universe for every galaxy type and at every epoch of the universe’s evolution, Dr. van Dokkum says. “We always knew that was sort of a stretch, but it was the only thing we had. Until you see evidence to the contrary you kind of go with that assumption,” he says. [Christian Science Monitor]
Comment by Sydni Moser on November 28, 2010 at 1:03pm
Doone, I just checked the link and it worked for me. Anyone else having trouble?
Comment by Sydni Moser on November 28, 2010 at 11:08am
Faces of Our Ancestors

To put a human face on our ancestors, scientists from the Senckenberg Research Institute used sophisticated methods to form 27 model heads based on tiny bone fragments, teeth and skulls collected from across the globe.

The heads are on display for the first time together at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.

Check Out This Slide Show HERE:
Comment by Don on November 25, 2010 at 9:22am
What are your more specific plans, I wonder, Justin? That is, are you intending to pursue a bachelor's degree in, say, biology? Or do you simply want to take a few science courses? For many years I worked as an academic advisor to adult college students in the Vermont State College system, and I teach expository and creative writing to adults in the University of Maryland's online baccalaureate program.

Some adults who contemplate enrolling in a bachelor's degree program are moved by a specific sort of enthusiasm like yours, because they realize they need a validating credential or because there's some aspect of formal learning they feel a special hunger for. One thing to remember--if it's a degree you'll be seeking--is that a liberal arts degree is a comprehensive and broadening degree, one that will oblige you to earn credits in all areas of a liberal arts curriculum. Of the 120 credits generally required for the BA/BS degree (at 3 credits a course), only about 30-40 are likely to be in your science concentration. You'll be taking courses in literature, languages, art, history, math, and so on as well. Is that the path you want to take?
Comment by Sydni Moser on November 21, 2010 at 2:41pm

5 Famous Scientists Dismissed as Morons in Their Time
By Anthony Jurado
Nov 21, 2010

Every nutjob in the world with some out-there theory thinks he's Galileo, rejected for daring to think different. Virtually all of them are, in fact, simply insane.

Yet, there have been brilliant rebels who put their own world-changing ideas on the line, only to end up like Doc Brown in his alternate timeline: humiliated, ridiculed, ignored and/or straight driven to insanity.

Check Out the Scientists HERE:
Comment by RockyTIJ on November 16, 2010 at 6:38pm
And regarding the fake research, how do we know THAT study wasn't faked? :o)

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