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Brazil's Islands in the Sky Defy Evolution

Isolated table mountains with sheer cliffs in South America should be natural laboratories for evolution. Why aren't they?

Scientific Ethics Concerns Rising

For an enterprise as secular and materialistic as science, there's a lot of talk about morality these days.

Palm Trees Thrived in Antarctica

Evidence for tropical trees has been found 5 km deep off the coast of Antarctica.

Science of the Ten Commandments

Thinking about the Ten Commandments reduces cheating, even for atheists.

Animals Win the Gold

As the Olympics begin in London, it's fun to consider how animals would compete against humans.

Scientific Institutions Engage in Leftist Advocacy

For an enterprise supposedly as unpolitical and bias-free as science classically is supposed to be, conservatism is surprisingly rare.

Humans by Mistake

Scientists from Scotland claim to trace our origins to a genetic mistake 500 million years ago.

Asteroids as Water Balloons Gave Us Oceans

Planetary scientists are looking to asteroids as the source of Earth's water – not from evidence, but from desperation.

The Sociology of Climate Science

What has become known as "climate science" offers an opportunity to investigate the sociology of science and ask how political biases influence individual scientists. Since the lukewarm political response to the Rio conference, news articles indicate that climate science has a climate of its own – one that's heating up over the inability to convince the public.

Dark Matter Remains Missing

The most sensitive test to date for dark matter in the form of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) has turned up nothing.

Can Science Explain Mass Murder?

As the carnage of the latest mass murder is being assessed, TV commentators look predictably to psychologists for answers.

Roots of a Dangerous Darwinian Doctrine Live On

Tie "survival of the fittest" to "larger brains are more fit" and what do you get?

Scientific Ignorance Becomes Apparent

Two reports indicate that what we know we don't know vastly exceeds what we think we know.

Venter: Life Is Robotic Software

What is life? It's software that runs biological robots, says a leading geneticist.

Arsenic Life Isn't

Remember the claim in 2010 that living organisms were discovered using arsenic instead of phosphate? Further tests show it was not the case.
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