Respect for Alfred Russel Wallace: Too Little, Too Late
November 7, 2013
On the 100th anniversary of his death, Alfred Russell Wallace is getting a smattering of attention, but not nearly what Darwin gets every day. Perhaps it's because the co-discoverer of natural selection believed in intelligent design.
Snakes on a Brain, and Other Evolutionary Stories
November 2, 2013
When evolution is seen as a storytelling game rather than a serious attempt at scientific explanation, it suddenly makes sense.
Boost Your Health Outdoors
October 28, 2013
Health experts keep finding more reasons for people of all ages to get active outside in nature.
Bee Brain Shows Design Matters Over Size
October 22, 2013
Honeybees can be trained to grasp conceptual relationships, new experiments show, demonstrating that it's not just brain size that governs ability.
3-D Printing Is a Simplified Form of Biomimetics
October 21, 2013
One of the hottest industrial revolutions in progress is 3-D printing. It can't hold a candle, though, to biological materials construction.
How Sleep Helps the Brain
October 20, 2013
Sleeping is essential for health, we know. But how many know the processes that clear out the clutter for the next day's work?
Wrong Again: Several Species of Homo Collapse Into One
October 18, 2013
A well-preserved complete skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, has ignited a firestorm, threatening to declassify various claimed species of Homo into one, Homo erectus.
More Reasons to Doubt the Evolutionary Caveman Story
October 14, 2013
Complex behaviors showing foresight and planning are adding to a long list of contradictions to evolutionary explanations about "brute" ancestors.
Science Is Lost Without Immaterial Truth and Virtue
October 6, 2013
For evolutionary theory to work, all human behavior must originate from mindless natural processes. What does that do to honesty and kindness?
Marvelous Machines That Keep You Running
October 5, 2013
Here are just a few of the recent reports describing the intricate biological machines on which life depends.
Better Health Through Nature
October 3, 2013
Humans were meant to thrive in the environment. We sequester ourselves from the natural world at our own peril.
Bach to the Feature: Music More Cognitive Than Language
September 8, 2013
The ability for the human mind to gauge hierarchical structures in music over the span of lengthy works suggests that we exercise greater cognition in that skill than in language.
Ethical Stem Cells Can Be Used Unethically
September 1, 2013
Induced pluripotent stem cells allow researchers to ethically create any cell type from an adult cell, raising hopes for regenerative medicine. Eyebrows started to raise recently, though, when labs grew brains with them and turned others into sperm and egg cells.
Psychotherapy Has a Shrink
August 27, 2013
For better or worse, the practice of psychotherapy is shrinking, reports say.
Scientists Are Not Experts on Values
August 18, 2013
The "fact-value split" is a dubious distinction, illustrated by several recent articles. Scientists cannot act as if their findings are values-free.