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Jordanian Teacher Indoctrinates Muslims in Darwinism
April 23, 2015
An observant Muslim teacher in a hijab tries to help her biology students become "free thinkers" – how? By teaching them Darwinian evolution.
Majority of Biology Teachers Hesitant About Evolution
March 10, 2015
Secular scientists are at a loss over how to get their favorite origins story, Darwinian evolution, a more confident presence in schools.
Archive Classic: How Darwinism Produces Job Security
June 25, 2014
This entry from 12/22/2003 we have referenced often, because it illustrates how Darwin changed science into storytelling.
Messy Genomes: Did They Evolve?
December 14, 2009
The genomes of most eukaryotes are riddled with introns – intragenic regions – that have to be cut out by sophisticated DNA-transcribing machinery so that the true gene sections (called exons) can be spliced together. Introns can vary from 20 base pairs to over 500,000 – significantly impacting the energy required to duplicate the genome. […]
Hammerhead Sharks Have 360-degree Stereo Vision
November 23, 2009
Scientists at Florida Atlantic University have found that the strange heads of hammerhead sharks give them exceptional binocular vision. This has long been debated. By placing electrodes in the eyes of three hammerhead species, and comparing the visual overlap they obtain compared to other sharks, the scientists confirmed that there is a “massive 32-degree overlap” […]
How a Biotoxin Evolved
November 2, 2009
What do shrews and lizards have in common? Not much, but two species developed the same toxin in their digestive enzymes, giving them both a poisonous bite. Science Daily said a harmless digestive enzyme became overactive through three related changes. “What had been a mild anticoagulant in the salivary glands of both species has become […]
No Evolution in 58 Million Years
October 30, 2009
“Plant fossils give first real picture of earliest Neotropical rainforests,” announced a press release from University of Florida. The fossils from Colombia show that “many of the dominant plant families existing in today’s Neotropical rainforests – including legumes, palms, avocado and banana – have maintained their ecological dominance despite major changes in South America’s climate […]
Beethoven: It All Began With a Thump
October 17, 2009
Live Science in all seriousness, “When monkeys drum, they activate brain networks linked with communication, new findings that suggest a common origin of primate vocal and nonvocal communication systems and shed light on the origins of language and music.” Choi reported on work at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics to determine […]
Fossil Said to Enlighten Evolution of the Ear
October 13, 2009
Did mammal ear bones evolve? If so, it was not a straightforward Darwinian progression. Authors of a paper in Science who announced a new Cretaceous mammal fossil from China had to invoke convoluted explanations to keep the evolution story intact. Science Daily shows an artist’s conception of Maotherium, a chipmunk-sized mammal said to have lived […]