Fast Flight Specializations in Birds and Bats

January 20, 2017 in Amazing FactsBirdsIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and BrainPhysics

When you are moving rapidly, you need to see things differently.

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Big Science Loves ID – Sometimes

January 14, 2017 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBirdsBotanyDarwin and EvolutionFossilsIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

Despite institutional rejection of intelligent design, researchers are attracted to ID when it can make money, make them famous, or advance understanding of nature.

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Animals Can Be Smarter Than You Think

January 4, 2017 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBirdsCell BiologyIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and BrainTerrestrial Zoology

Here are four organisms with surprising mental powers.

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Bird Non-Evolution from Dinosaurs

December 29, 2016 in BirdsDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDinosaursDumb IdeasFossilsIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of Science

Losing traits won’t make a dinosaur fly, and other conundrums in the presumed dinosaur-to-bird evolutionary story.

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Proof of Dinosaur Feathers?

December 9, 2016 in Amazing FactsBirdsDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDinosaursFossilsGeology

Opinions are swirling about an amazing piece of amber with enclosed feathers. Let’s look at what is known so far.

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What Good Is a Hairball?

December 7, 2016 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBirdsBotanyCell BiologyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyMind and BrainPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

When you start looking for clues to good designs in nature, the results are everywhere.

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More Original Protein Found in Older Bird Fossil

November 22, 2016 in Amazing FactsBirdsCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDinosaursFossilsGeologyPhysics

The new discovery from China dates back 130 million years on the evolutionary timeline.

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Early Fossil Bird Feathers Were Modern and Colorful

November 19, 2016 in Amazing FactsBirdsCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDinosaursFossilsPhilosophy of Science

The predicted gradual sequence from fuzz to flight remains mythical, as modern feathers show up too early for Darwin’s comfort.

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More Original Dinosaur Protein Found

November 10, 2016 in Amazing FactsBirdsCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDinosaursFossilsGeologyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

This time Mary Schweitzer’s team found keratin protein on a claw of an ostrich-sized dinosaur from Mongolia.

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Improbable Fossils Defy Evolution

November 2, 2016 in Amazing FactsBirdsGeologyMammalsMarine BiologyTerrestrial Zoology

New fossil finds demonstrate how Darwinians adjust their story around surprises they didn’t predict.

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Dinosaur Pickles Its Brain

October 29, 2016 in Amazing FactsBirdsDating MethodsDinosaursEducationFossilsGeologyMedia

An unusual rock found on a beach is a dinosaur’s fossilized brain, paleontologists say. How did a squishy thing turn to stone?

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Inspiring Life Motivates Designers

September 17, 2016 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBirdsBotanyDarwin and EvolutionHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

Here’s the latest collection of bio-inspired designs brought to you by plants, animals, and cells.

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Darwinism as All-Purpose Fiction Plot

August 13, 2016 in BirdsBotanyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasGeneticsHuman BodyMammalsMarine BiologyMind and BrainTerrestrial Zoology

No scientific rigor needed. Just say “It evolved.”

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Silly Stories Demean Science

August 6, 2016 in BirdsDarwin and EvolutionDinosaursDumb IdeasEarly ManFossilsGeneticsHuman BodyMediaMind and BrainPhilosophy of Science

If science had an icon like the Statue of Liberty, she would be hanging her head in disgrace for what passes for science these days.

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Bird Flight Story Falsified

July 19, 2016 in BirdsDarwin and EvolutionDinosaursDumb IdeasPhilosophy of Science

A simplistic story about bird flight influenced a generation of evolution students, but it was wrong.

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The Ostriches of Wyoming

July 11, 2016 in BirdsDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDumb IdeasFossilsGeologyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of Science

Small as a chicken, this fossil ratite shows exquisite preservation and new puzzles for evolution.

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Flying Physics

July 7, 2016 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBirdsCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDinosaursFossilsIntelligent DesignMammalsPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

In the world of flying animals, stories of remarkable physical engineering come to light.

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You Can Trust Scientists (to Be Fallible)

July 5, 2016 in Bible and TheologyBirdsDinosaursHealthHuman BodyMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

With theory overturns like these, one gets to wonder about the privileged status of scientists in our culture.

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Bird Wings Found in Amber

June 30, 2016 in Amazing FactsBirdsDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDinosaursFossilsMediaPhilosophy of Science

The modern appearance is empirical. The date is philosophical.

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How the Dragon Got Its Beard

June 28, 2016 in Bible and TheologyBirdsCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasFossilsGeneticsIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhilosophy of ScienceTerrestrial Zoology

Scales are not feathers are not hair, but evolutionary tales get hairy sometimes.

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