The Rapture and Bosh of Glittering Generalities
January 16, 2013
Grand scenarios of cosmic evolution sound angelic, but the devil is in the details. Neil Shubin needs to get real.
Pigeon Aerobatics Exceed Expectations
January 15, 2013
A pigeon in the plaza may seem pretty ordinary, but it's a highly skilled stunt bird.
Monkey Pucker Logic
January 14, 2013
Scientists measured lip-smacking by macaques and concluded that's where human language came from. Is that logical? Only if an arbitrary requirement is imposed on scientific explanations.
Cosmology's Lumpiness Problem "Defies Theory"
January 12, 2013
A record-breaking structure in the universe "defies theory," the news said, ignoring that theory has been defied for decades since smaller large structures were found (the lumpiness problem).
Human Genome in Meltdown
January 11, 2013
Most of the deleterious mutations in the human population arose in the last 5,000 to 10,000 years, a survey claims.
Stampeding Dinosaur Tracks Made in Water
January 11, 2013
What were these dinosaurs running from? Science Daily reported that dinosaur trackways in Australia, formerly presumed to have been made by a stampeding herd on land, were actually formed in water. “Queensland paleontologists have discovered that the world’s only recorded dinosaur stampede is largely made up of the tracks of swimming rather than running animals,” […]
Prune Fingers and Evolutionary Explanations
January 10, 2013
The ways various news organizations cover the same news story – why swimmers' fingers get wrinkled – provides a test case on whether evolutionary theory adds any value.
Give Me Liberalism and Give Me Death
January 9, 2013
Nowhere does the divide between left and right show more starkly than in policies about killing the innocent. Leftist liberals, who are the most supportive of Darwinism, seem to have no problem with tinkering with human life to the point of killing it.
Uranium-Lead Dating Fraught With Discordance
January 8, 2013
Behind the confidence of uranium-lead dates hides worry about numbers that don't match up.
Wilt Thou? Not with Guards in the Chem Lab
January 7, 2013
Plants avoid wilting with pairs of guard cells performing chemical wizardry.
A Brain Wouldn't Survive Star Travel
January 6, 2013
Don't take a star trek unless you want to arrive demented.
Faint Young Sun Paradox Solution Criticized
January 5, 2013
A proposed solution for keeping the Earth warm when the sun was 25% cooler leaves other evolutionists doubtful.
Happy New Biomimetics Year
January 4, 2013
The variety of design applications coming from the imitation of natural solutions continues to be astonishing.
What's Up with Alley Oop?
January 3, 2013
Here are some recent stories about human evolution. Some might deserve to be in the comics.
Is Science a Special Interest Group for One Party?
January 2, 2013
A commentator in the world's leading science journal advised that science needs to work harder at becoming bipartisan.