Scientific Referencing Perpetuates Myths

March 16, 2017 in Cell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDumb IdeasEducationGeologyMediaPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

Most scientific papers contain numerous references. Rather than enhancing scholarship, careless referencing can sometimes advance zombie science.

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Cave Climate Conclusions Compromised

December 22, 2016 in Cell BiologyDating MethodsGeologyPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsPolitics and Ethics

Widely used to infer past climates, isotope measurements from stalactites and stalagmites in caves can mislead researchers.

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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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Juno How Old the Solar System Is?

July 6, 2016 in Amazing FactsDating MethodsDumb IdeasGeologyOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Everyone knows the solar system is 4.5 billion years old. Everyone, that is, except Nature herself.

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Earth Twin Still Missing in Exoplanet Trove

May 12, 2016 in AstronomyDating MethodsGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhysicsSolar System

The Kepler spacecraft has found 2,325 exoplanets so far, but there’s still no place like Earth.

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Stromatolites and Suppositions

March 15, 2016 in Cell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsFossilsGeologyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of Science

We know some things about stromatolites, but we don’t know what we don’t know.

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The Farce Awakens: More Just-So Stories for the Darwin Crowd

December 16, 2015 in BirdsCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDinosaursDumb IdeasEarly ManFossilsHuman BodyMarine BiologyMind and BrainTerrestrial Zoology

More examples of the art of Just-So Storytelling from evolutionary biologists and psychologists. Pick your winner!

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Major Scientific Revolutions Are Still Possible

November 24, 2015 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsEducationMediaPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

Beware the myth of progress. There’s more scientists don’t know than what they know.

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Inventing Stars, Solar Systems and Universes

October 31, 2015 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsDumb IdeasMediaPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Always look into the methods used when scientists speak confidently about models for making things appear out of nowhere.

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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?

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Scientific Progress Is Spelled “Bio-Inspiration”

October 5, 2015 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBotanyCell BiologyHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhysicsPolitics and EthicsTerrestrial Zoology

Need fundamental insights into physics and technology? Look no further than the living world.

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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.

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Rare Fossils: Dead Animals Decay Rapidly

May 26, 2015 in Cell BiologyDating MethodsFossilsGeologyMarine Biology

Why do some fossils leave soft tissue remains? It takes guts, some scientists propose.

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Plentiful Water in the Early Universe, and Other Surprises

May 14, 2015 in AstronomyBible and TheologyCosmologyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

Based on the following unexpected findings, secular astronomers’ ignorance of reality has reached cosmic proportions.

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Rethinking Evolution

March 20, 2015 in BirdsCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionEarly ManGeneticsHuman BodyPhilosophy of ScienceTerrestrial Zoology

Evolutionary articles often say that new data will cause them to rethink evolution. Maybe they’re not thinking deeply enough.

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Physical and Geological Hurdles on the Darwinian Race

March 7, 2015 in AstronomyDarwin and EvolutionGeologyPhysicsSolar System

Can the smooth big-bang-to-brain story of evolution jump the physical and geological hurdles along the way?

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Crinoid Pigment: 240 Million Years and No Evolution

February 19, 2015 in Darwin and EvolutionDating MethodsFossilsGeologyMarine BiologyPhilosophy of Science

Pigments from crinoids fossilized in early Mesozoic strata are identical to modern counterparts.

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Theory of Early Oxygenation Undermined

January 9, 2015 in Cell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsFossilsGeologyMarine BiologyPhilosophy of Science

Fossils living in and around newly-discovered methane seeps have cast strong doubt on a leading theory of earth’s climate history.

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Curtains for OOL: Oxygen Was Present from the Start

October 10, 2014 in Darwin and EvolutionIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhysicsSolar System

Free oxygen is death to life trying to evolve, but it was present early on, being formed naturally from atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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Of Molecules and Men

September 27, 2014 in AstronomyBible and TheologyCell BiologyCosmologyDating MethodsIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysics

Atoms and molecules are tiny but can have a big influence on the habitability of planets and astrobiologists’ theories about them.

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