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Weekend Digest, May 6, 2017

Here's a collection of quick takes on interesting developments in the science news, from Saturn to a possible cure for malaria; from your liver to Sunday funnies.

More Soft Tissue Found in Cretaceous Fossil Bird

Unrepentant over extreme falsification, evolutionary paleontologists are just taking it for granted that soft tissue can survive millions of years.

Rethinking Fossils

Every time a new fossil turns up, a theory quakes. New evidence can subject a theory to the falsification test.

Geology Fail at India

Tiny insects debunk a widely-taught scenario about where India came from.

Adult Stem Cells Eliminate Need for Embryo Killing

As another fight looms over presidential policy on embryonic stem cells, here's what the latest news shows about the efficacy of adult stem cells.

More Original Protein Found in Older Bird Fossil

The new discovery from China dates back 130 million years on the evolutionary timeline.

Early Fossil Bird Feathers Were Modern and Colorful

The predicted gradual sequence from fuzz to flight remains mythical, as modern feathers show up too early for Darwin's comfort.

More Original Dinosaur Protein Found

This time Mary Schweitzer's team found keratin protein on a claw of an ostrich-sized dinosaur from Mongolia.

Communism Left Science in Ruins

Two articles comment on the devastation wreaked on science by atheistic, totalitarian regimes.

Can the Same Winds Blow for 42 Million Years?

Uncritical dependence on the Geologic Column forces secular scientists into contorted positions.

Chinese Flood Legend Was Historic

A dam breach flood in China known only from legend appears to be supported by geological evidence.

More Upsets in Human Origins Stories

When it comes to a consensus on how humans evolved, there's no "there" there.

Media Perpetuates Lazy Thinking

Lazy reporters don't do their homework, two critics in different fields complain.

A Media Bias Sampler

Support for conservatism in secular science media is as rare as a true transitional form in the fossil record.

Just-So Stories for the Birds

Any evidence can be forced into an evolutionary story if your imagination is strong enough.

Earliest Chinese Language Revealed

Scholars are making 3-D models of the earliest Chinese language inscriptions available for research.

Bird Brain Is a Compliment

Birds are as smart as apes, even though long separated in ancestral time according to Darwin.

Insects that Defy Darwin

Stasis and convergence are not what Darwin had in mind, but that's what new fossils show.

Impossible Fossil Soft Tissue Stuns Evolutionists

The only reason evolutionists think this soft tissue is 520 million years old is because they have to.

Separating Old Bones from Living Storytellers

What happens when discrete bones are forced into a continuous narrative where they don't fit? Answer: storytelling.

Antique Homo Claims Threatened by New Bones

The number of potential overhauls in thinking from this thigh bone in China is staggering.

Chinese Teeth Upset Early Man Timeline

Is the truth in the teeth? Modern-looking human teeth in a Chinese cave create improbable migration patterns and dates.

Bird Flew Over Dinosaurs

An exceptionally-preserved fossil bird could be mistaken for a modern agile flyer—except it's dated early Cretaceous.

Ancient Tissue Revolutionizing Historical Science

The ability to observe and reconstruct ancient DNA, proteins and tissues is bringing surprises to evolutionists.

Feathered Velociraptor? Untangling the Spin

Discoverers admit this could be a flightless bird. That's not the only problem.

CRISPR Opens Pandora's Box

A quick-and-easy gene editing procedure has leading scientists worried.

Dinosaurs Wore Scales, Birds Wore Feathers

Interesting new fossils of dinosaurs and birds cause some rethinking, calling into question whether previous thinking was thought out well.

Water Worlds Tempt with Life, Not Youth

More and more planets and moons are suspected of having liquid water, but what should be the logical implications?

Stunning Fossils Featured

A magazine has displayed some of the most amazing fossils of animals that were suddenly captured in unusual situations.

Can an Evolved Brain Choose Good and Evil?

If the brain evolved, wouldn't anything the mind does be determined by forces beyond one's control?