Natural Selection Favors Illogic

March 5, 2017 in Cell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasEducationFossilsGeologyHuman BodyMammalsMarine BiologyMediaMind and BrainOrigin of LifePhilosophy of ScienceTerrestrial Zoology

Nothing in Darwin’s mechanism guarantees humans will think rationally. Fitness might actually favor stupidity. For proof, look at the reasoning of people who believe in natural selection.

Read Full Article >

More Challenges to Astrobiology

May 26, 2016 in AstronomyDarwin and EvolutionGeologyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

There aren’t likely as many places to live outside of Earth as earlier hoped.

Read Full Article >

Scientists Going Nuts Over Aliens

March 2, 2016 in Darwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasGeologyOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSETISolar System

Baseless speculations are considered perfectly sane as long as you are a secular materialist.

Read Full Article >

More Indications Earth Is Unique

February 25, 2016 in AstronomyCosmologySETISolar System

The late Carl Sagan might be stunned to see today’s astronomers questioning Earth’s “humdrum” status.

Read Full Article >

There’s No Place Like Earth

November 20, 2015 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsGeologyPhysicsSolar System

A survey of known exoplanets finds no real estate as valuable as Earth.

Read Full Article >

New Thoughts on Habitable Planets

October 9, 2015 in Amazing FactsAstronomyCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionEducationGeneticsGeologyIntelligent DesignMediaOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsPolitics and EthicsSETI

Astrobiologists are trying to standardize the requirements for habitable planets. Do they get them all?

Read Full Article >

Do You Know How Lucky You Are to Live on Earth?

September 22, 2015 in Amazing FactsAstronomyCell BiologyCosmologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasGeologyHuman BodyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

The factors that make life possible came together so beautifully, even materialists have trouble knowing why we’re here.

Read Full Article >

You Wouldn’t Want to Live on “Earth’s Cousin”

July 24, 2015 in AstronomyDumb IdeasGeologyHealthPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Despite the hype about another Earth-like exoplanet, Kepler 452b would not be as habitable as Venus.

Read Full Article >

Moon’s Stabilizing Influence Depends on Star Size

October 15, 2014 in Amazing FactsAstronomyBible and TheologyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsGeologyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

A connection between multiple factors was noted in a recent model of how a moon helps a planet remain habitable.

Read Full Article >

Of Planets and People

September 29, 2014 in AstronomyDating MethodsGeologyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Here’s a quick tour of the planets to see what’s newsworthy.

Read Full Article >

Planet Rotation Limits Habitability

August 15, 2014 in AstronomyGeologyIntelligent DesignPhysicsSETISolar System

Life can’t exist on a planet that rotates too fast or slow. This is another Goldilocks problem for astrobiologists to consider.

Read Full Article >

Without Bromine, There Would Be No Animals

June 13, 2014 in Amazing FactsBirdsCell BiologyGeologyHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

A 28th element has proven to be essential for life: bromine.

Read Full Article >

To Be Habitable, a Planet Needs Inhabitants

June 6, 2014 in Amazing FactsAstronomyBible and TheologyGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of ScienceSETISolar System

In a chicken-or-egg conundrum, astrobiologists are asking whether inhabitants are needed to make a planet habitable.

Read Full Article >

Astrobiology Hopes Dim with Exoplanet Findings

June 3, 2014 in AstronomyDumb IdeasGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSETISolar System

Harsh “space weather” around dim red dwarf stars may make planets uninhabitable. “Godzilla Earths” may not fare much better.

Read Full Article >

Stellar Dust Disks Crumble

March 31, 2014 in AstronomyPhysicsSolar System

Observations show stellar dust disks fragmenting into smaller dust, not growing into planets.

Read Full Article >

New Craters Found on Mars

February 13, 2014 in Dating MethodsGeologyOrigin of LifePhysicsSolar System

Orbiters can count new craters forming on Mars, refining cratering rates. One spectacular new crater has appeared since 2010 with vivid rays.

Read Full Article >

Imagining Worlds – No Evidence Required

January 11, 2014 in AstronomyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasMediaOrigin of LifePhilosophy of Science

Science fiction is fun, but science demands evidence, not imagination.

Read Full Article >

Cosmic Lottery: How Many Habitable Planets?

November 23, 2013 in AstronomyDumb IdeasGeneticsIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhysicsSETISolar System

News media ran with a suggestion that one in five stars has a habitable planet, but they didn’t read the fine print.

Read Full Article >

Planet Habitable Zone Cannot Be Too Windy

September 19, 2013 in AstronomyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhysicsSETISolar System

The “habitable zone” of a planet usually concerns its distance from the star such that it can support liquid water. But what if the star fries the surface with intense stellar winds?

Read Full Article >