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Birds Go Splat on Evolutionary Theories

December 19, 2014 in Amazing FactsBirdsDarwin and EvolutionDinosaursDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of Science

A flock of surprising traits of birds has dropped a load on simplistic notions of evolution.

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Science News Hype Getting Overdue Scrutiny

December 18, 2014 in Darwin and EvolutionEducationMediaPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

Finally, a journal is owning up to the propensity for scientists and reporters to exaggerate research.

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Astrobiology Has No Bio

December 17, 2014 in AstronomyCell BiologyGeologyOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

When you take the “bio” out of astrobiology, what do you get? Is it still a science?

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Mars Methane Is Not Alive

December 16, 2014 in GeologyMammalsOrigin of LifePhysicsSolar System

Small periodic spikes in methane on Mars are turning the Mars-lifers into spin doctors.

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The Silent Underground Network

December 15, 2014 in Amazing FactsBible and TheologyBotanyCell BiologyDinosaursEarly ManHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and EthicsTerrestrial Zoology

Under your feet in the woods is a vast communication network where information technology keeps the ecosystem functioning.

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Did Man Invent God?

December 14, 2014 in Bible and TheologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

A new study claims that religions with “moralizing gods” arise primarily in affluent nations.

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Bird Evolution Explodes

December 13, 2014 in Bible and TheologyBirdsDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsFossilsIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of Science

Did birds arrive in a ‘big bang’ of evolution, or is their explosive appearance yielding a scattered jetsam of Darwinian theories?

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Big Science Pushes Gay Marriage

December 12, 2014 in Bible and TheologyDumb IdeasEducationMediaMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

Is it the business of science to convert people to support “gay marriage”? Look what the AAAS just published.

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Comet Ocean Theory Debunked

December 11, 2014 in AstronomyDumb IdeasGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Data from the Rosetta mission debunk the notion that comets brought Earth’s ocean water. Now they’re hoping asteroids could have.

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Pathogens Don’t Exist

December 10, 2014 in Bible and TheologyCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionGeneticsHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of ScienceTerrestrial Zoology

It takes a partnership to have a disease, say two microbiologists who argue for ditching the word “pathogen.”

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Obamacare Architect Is a Eugenicist

December 9, 2014 in Bible and TheologyDarwin and EvolutionEducationHealthMediaPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

Jonathan Gruber has published papers justifying abortion for improving the lives of the living. Did he suggest that for the elderly in the Affordable Care Act?

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Monday Morning Design Cheer

December 8, 2014 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBirdsBotanyCell BiologyHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyMind and BrainTerrestrial Zoology

Start your week with nuggets of good news about all the things inventors are learning from animals, plants, and the human body.

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The Democratic Party Does Not Own Science

December 7, 2014 in EducationMediaPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

A journal commentator comes to the rescue of conservatives, who get an undeserved bad rap about science.

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Astrobiology Hopes Diminish

December 6, 2014 in AstronomyBible and TheologyDating MethodsGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSETISolar System

Recent findings both near and far create challenges for beliefs that life is common in the universe.

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Full Moon Has Magnetic Secret

December 5, 2014 in Dating MethodsGeologyPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Ponder this under tonight’s full moon. Scientists now say the moon once had a magnetic field stronger than Earth’s is now.

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Homo erectus Joins Art Society

December 4, 2014 in Darwin and EvolutionDating MethodsEarly ManFossilsIntelligent DesignMind and BrainPhilosophy of Science

Etchings on a shell said to be 500,000 years old are shaking up evolutionary paleoanthropologists. Why? Evidence of abstract thinking far too early.

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The New Horse Series: Genomes Confuse “Textbook Example of Evolution”

December 3, 2014 in Darwin and EvolutionDating MethodsFossilsGeneticsMammals

Horses, asses and zebras show evidence of gene flow despite extreme chromosome rearrangements.

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Earthbound Martians Go Nuts

December 2, 2014 in AstronomyDumb IdeasEducationMediaPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and EthicsSolar System

How 90,000 Earthlings sent greetings to imaginary friends on Mars, and other Martian nuttiness.

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Mosquitoes Developed a Taste for Human Blood Recently

December 1, 2014 in Bible and TheologyDating MethodsGeneticsHealthHuman BodyMammalsTerrestrial Zoology

An experiment with disease-carrying mosquitoes in Africa showed a surprising result: they switched to human blood just thousands of years ago.

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Schizophrenia: Diagnosis or Delusion?

November 30, 2014 in Bible and TheologyHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMediaMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

Much as psychiatrists would like to help the afflicted, it doesn’t help to affix an empty label to an imprecise condition.

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