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Crystal Mysticism Invades Astrobiology

Mystical ideas about the life-giving power of crystals usually go with New Age movies and storefronts.  Science is above all that, right?  Then what is a reader supposed to think of this opening line by Leslie Mullen on Space.com? One of the greatest mysteries about the origin of life is how the necessary ingredients consistently […]

Darwin and Complexity: Another Genetic Solution?

It remains one of the biggest obstacles to belief in evolution that a random, unguided process could build an eye, a wing or any of thousands of complex structures.

Genetics Central Dogma Is Dead

The science of life is undergoing changes so jolting that even its top researchers are feeling something akin to shell-shock.

Soil Provides Library of Antibiotic Resistance

Genetic information that confers antibiotic resistance is already present in the environmental resistome.

Darwin’s Finches: Researchers Tweak the Beak

Every once in awhile, a new angle on Darwin’s finches (an icon of evolution) appears in print. Peter and Rosemary Grant, who have devoted their life to studying everything possible about these related species of birds that inhabit the Galápagos Islands – only to find that evolutionary changes are reversible (see 04/26/2002 headline) – have […]

E-I-E-I-O in Old McDarwin’s Animal Farm

Some beliefs about origins are more equal than others.
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