Another Phylum Found in Cambrian Explosion
January 17, 2013
Fossils of members of phylum entoprocta, known from the Jurassic, are now found now found in Cambrian strata in abundance.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Astronomy Grab Bag
December 29, 2012
For year's end, here's a clean-out of astronomy articles—from planetary science to cosmology—to motivate further inquiry.
Eugenics in Space
December 27, 2012
To "keep evolution on a favorable track," spacefaring humans may want to cull bad genes, a futurist says.
Intelligence Is Not a Quotient
December 22, 2012
Can your intelligence be reduced to a number on a linear scale? That would be highly misleading, a research study concluded.
Eye Retina Is Analog-to-Digital Converter
December 17, 2012
Before you see, your retina has done multiple digital transformations on the incoming signal.
Understanding Creationists (and Evolutionists)
December 15, 2012
A historian tells science teachers that "To Teach Evolution, You Have to Understand Creationists." Should that advice apply both ways?
Secular Scientists Excuse Profanity
December 4, 2012
If everything evolves, then profanity evolves, and it's no big deal, even if it warms the atmosphere.
Evolution of Flight: A Story Looking for Evidence
December 3, 2012
An evolutionary dogma is that land dinosaurs evolved into flying birds. When the claims are acid-washed with critical analysis, what evidence remains?
Are Scientists Capable of Stupidity?
December 2, 2012
Scientists are only people, and most people do or say dumb things sometimes. You can decide how to classify these "scientific" ideas.
Make Like a Dog, Owl, or Beetle: How Biomimetics Will Improve Our Lives
November 30, 2012
The greatest breakthroughs in health and engineering may be as near as the back yard: 13 more stimulating stories from biomimetics.