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  • Natural Selection Led To Different Features In Europeans As Recent As 5,000 Years Ago, Researchers

    04/06/2014 1:09:07 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    Bio News - Tx ^ | 3-13-2014 | Mike Nace
    Natural Selection Led To Different Features In Europeans As Recent As 5,000 Years Ago, According To Researchers Posted by: Mike Nace March 13, 2014 An increasing volume of archaeological research and effort has come to focus particularly on the genetic evolution and development of human beings since the last Ice Age. While the last glacial period ended about 10,000 years ago, promising, new research suggests that substantial evolution of the human species can now be evidenced even in peoples from as recently as 5,000 years ago ó a relative blink of an eye in geological terms ó thanks to cutting-edge...
  • The evolution of beauty: Face the facts

    11/14/2013 11:16:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Economist ^ | November 16, 2013 | The Economist
    What makes for a beautiful visage, and why, may have been discovered accidentally on a Russian fur farm BEAUTY, the saying has it, is only skin deep. Not true. Skin is important (the cosmetics industry proves that). But so is what lies under it. In particular, the shape of peopleís faces, determined by their bone structure, contributes enormously to how beautiful they are. And, since the ultimate point of beauty is to signal who is a good prospect as a mate, what makes a face beautiful is not only an aesthetic matter but also a biological one. How those bone...
  • Genome Study Points to Adaptation in Early African-Americans

    01/08/2012 2:22:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies · 2+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2012 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Researchers scanning the genomes of African-Americans say they see evidence of natural selection as their ancestors adapted to the harsh conditions of their new environment in America. The scientists, led by Li Jin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, report in the journal Genome Research that certain disease-causing variant genes became more common in African-Americans after their ancestors reached American shores ó perhaps because they conferred greater, offsetting benefits. Other gene variants have become less common, the researchers say, like the gene for sickle cell hemoglobin, which in its more common single-dose form protects against malaria. The Shanghai...
  • Strength Through AppeasementÖ Obama to Share US Missile Secrets With Russia

    01/05/2012 2:48:33 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 5,2012 | Jim Hoft
    President Obama signaled Congress this week that he is planning on providing Moscow with US missile defense secrets. The Washington Times reported: President Obama signaled Congress this week that he is prepared to share U.S. missile defense secrets with Russia. In the presidentís signing statement issued Saturday in passing into law the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, Mr. Obama said restrictions aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on U.S. Standard Missile-3 velocity burnout parameters might impinge on his constitutional foreign policy authority. As first disclosed in this space several weeks ago, U.S. officials are planning to provide Moscow with the...
  • Darwin's Sacred Imposter: The Illusion That Natural Selection Operates on Organisms

    09/01/2011 4:59:31 AM PDT · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Sept. 2011 | Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. *
    Darwin's Sacred Imposter: The Illusion That Natural Selection Operates on Organisms by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. * "Suppose in July 1969 two men watched the Saturn V rocket launch the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. One marveled at the power of natureís cosmic siphon acting on the rocket to lift it off the pad and accelerate it upward. The other said that liftoff was actually caused by a natural phenomenon called ďnatural projectionĒ that was inevitable if compressed combustible fuels were released and ignited in a cone, directing violently expanding gases downward with sufficient thrust to lift the...
  • Evolution/Natural Selection Derive From Cosmic Expansion

    08/25/2010 5:26:59 AM PDT · by Dov Henis · 20 replies
    E'postings | several, since 1997 | Dov Henis
    Natural Selection Derives From Cosmic Expansion Two suggested editorial items: I. Origin And Nature Of Natural Selection Update Concepts And Comprehension Life is another mass format. All mass formats are subject to natural selection. Natural selection is delaying conversion of mass to energy fueling cosmic expansion. Cosmic expansion is reconversion of all mass to energy. Natural Selection Updated 2010 Beyond Historical Concepts Natural Selection applies to ALL mass formats. Life is just one of them. Natural Selection Defined: Natural selection is E (energy) temporarily constrained in an m (mass) format. Period. Natural selection is a ubiquitous property of each and...
  • Getting to Darwin: Obstacles to Accepting Evolution by Natural Selection (How to convince students)

    04/15/2010 8:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 582+ views
    Journal of Science and Education (via SpringerLink) ^ | August 2009 | Paul Thagard and Scott Findlay
    Paul Thagard1 and Scott Findlay1 Philosophy Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada Published online: 20 August 2009 Abstract Darwinís theory of evolution by natural selection is central to modern biology, but is resisted by many people. This paper discusses the major psychological obstacles to accepting Darwinís theory. Cognitive obstacles to adopting evolution by natural selection include conceptual difficulties, methodological issues, and coherence problems that derive from the intuitiveness of alternative theories. The main emotional obstacles to accepting evolution are its apparent conflict with valued beliefs about God, souls, and morality. We draw on the philosophy of science...
  • Gang Punk Dies in "Accidental" Shooting

    03/25/2010 6:50:47 AM PDT · by laotzu · 11 replies · 597+ views
    WOAI ^ | 3/25/10 | Jim Forsyth
    San Antonio - A 29 year old man is in custody in connection with the shooting death of a teenager near Jefferson high school overnight, 1200 WOAI news reports. Police think the victim was shot 'accidentally' by a fellow gang member in a home in the 200 block of Thomas Jefferson. The unidentified teen was pronounced dead at the scene. A couple of hours later, detectives picked up Michael Juarez, 29, and charged him with manslaughter. Detectives say both Juarez and the victim were in the same dorky street gang, and the shooting may have been an 'accident.'
  • Why everything you've been told about evolution is wrong (now this is weird)

    What if Darwin's theory of natural selection is inaccurate? What if the way you live now affects the life expectancy of your descendants?
  • New species evolve in bursts - Red Queen hypothesis of gradual evolution undermined.

    12/10/2009 9:27:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 56 replies · 1,758+ views
    Nature News ^ | 9 December 2009 | Kerri Smith
    New species might arise as a result of single rare events, rather than through the gradual accumulation of many small changes over time, according to a study of thousands of species and their evolutionary family trees. This contradicts a widely accepted theory of how speciation occurs: that species are continually changing to keep pace with their environment, and that new species emerge as these changes accrue. Known as the 'Red Queen' hypothesis, it is named after the character in Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There who tells a surprised Alice: "Here, you see, it takes...
  • Taking Inspiration from Nature (see especially amazing BBC video link!)

    12/04/2009 2:09:23 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 70 replies · 2,303+ views
    CEH ^ | December 3, 2009
    Dec 3, 2009 ó In the previous entry, Darwin inspired some geologists, even though he was wrong. Here are some news stories showing nature inspiring engineers with wonders right under their noses...
  • ScienceDaily: ďSlowing Evolution to Stop Drug ResistanceĒ

    11/21/2009 3:32:25 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 795+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    ScienceDaily: ďSlowing Evolution to Stop Drug ResistanceĒ --snip-- For years, evolutionists have pointed to antibiotic resistance as proof of evolution in action. The argument often amounts to this (in simplified form): the fact that certain organisms grow resistant to certain antibiotics is evidence for the evolutionary idea that all animals must have descended from a single ancestor. Collapsing the argument does make it seem a bit silly, but thatís our point. We certainly donít want to belittle the very real threat of dangerous organisms becoming immune to the best drugs we now have (though the vast majority of microbes are...
  • "Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone" (another Evo abandons the HMS Beagle)

    11/20/2009 8:17:43 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 948+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 18, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone --snip-- "The discovery of pervasive HGT and the overall dynamics of the genetic universe destroys not only the tree of life as we knew it but also another central tenet of the modern synthesis inherited from Darwin, namely gradualism. In a world dominated by HGT, gene duplication, gene loss and such momentous events as endosymbiosis, the idea of evolution being driven primarily by infinitesimal heritable changes in the Darwinian tradition has become untenable." ...
  • Molecular limits to natural variation (creationist: natural selection correct in principle, but...)

    10/20/2009 8:59:42 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 29 replies · 1,228+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Alex Williams
    Darwinís theory that species originate via the natural selection of natural variation is correct in principle but wrong in numerous aspects of application. Speciation is not the result of an unlimited naturalistic process but of an intelligently designed system of built-in variation that is limited in scope to switching ON and OFF permutations and combinations of the built-in components. Kirschner and Gerhartís facilitated variation theory provides enormous potential for rearrangement of the built-in regulatory components but it cannot switch ON components that do not exist. When applied to the grass family, facilitated variation theory can account for the diversification of...
  • Everything You Know About Natural Selection Is Wrong

    10/20/2009 8:22:18 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 64 replies · 1,877+ views
    CEH ^ | October 16, 2009
    Oct 16, 2009 ó Itís called ďa fresh theoretical frameworkĒ but it undermines the popular conception of natural selection.† Itís called a ďdense and deep work on the foundations of evolutionary biologyĒ but it criticizes as simplistic and false the ideas of Richard Dawkins, one of the most outspoken proponents of natural selection as ďthe greatest show on earth.Ē† It produces a new scheme for how natural selection works, but raises more questions than it answers.† What is it?† Itís a new book by Harvard philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith, Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (Oxford, 2009), reviewed mostly positively by Jay...
  • News to Note, May 23, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    05/24/2009 1:48:11 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 412+ views
    AiG ^ | May 23, 2009
    News to Note, May 23, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint (READ THE FOLLOWING STORIES AND MUCH MORE BY CLICKING THE EXCERPT LINK AT BOTTOM) 1. ICR: ďĎMissing Linkí Ida Is Just Media HypeĒThe news media has been awash this week in hype over an alleged missing link fossil nicknamed Ida. As it turns out, the fossil wasnít fraudulent, but the hype definitely was. 2. The Telegraph: ďNew ĎSuper Ratsí Evolve Resistance to PoisonĒIs this ďsuper ratĒ an example of evolution in action, or the result of an information-reducing mutation? 3. Gallup: ďMore Americans ĎPro-Lifeí than...
  • (Vanity) Chiefly on Squirrels, or, Darwin meets The Michelin Man

    05/09/2009 10:07:23 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies · 2,714+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-09-2009 | grey_whiskers
    While driving into work recently, I had a near encounter with a squirrel. I'm sure most of you have had one too. What generally seems to happen is this. The squirrel goes to the edge of the road, and looks around. Then, just when your car gets within range, the squirrel darts in front of you, seemingly trying to see how close it can get to being squished, without actually dying. As an added bonus, sometimes, just as you break, or swerve the other way, it will change course. If you are really lucky, sometimes the critter will zigzag three...
  • The BBC TV series Darwinís Dangerous Idea (caused "Creator to shimmer and vanish like a mirage")

    05/05/2009 6:18:01 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 144 replies · 2,399+ views
    CMI ^ | Philip Bell
    ďCharles Darwin and his followers have shown how all life on the planet evolved from a single source. The mechanism they call evolution by natural selection means competition, extinction and the emergence of new life forms without the need for a director or conductor. The Creator shimmers and vanishes like a mirage.Ē So says political pundit Andrew Marr, one of the BBCís most senior journalists, in the first of his three BBC2 programmes celebrating evolution and its legacy during the last century and a half. While there was much to agree with in this thought-provoking series, Marr is careful to...
  • Slouching Toward Columbine: Darwin's Tree of Death

    04/20/2009 8:26:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 120 replies · 3,374+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | April 20, 2009 | David Klinghoffer
    Slouching Toward Columbine: Darwin's Tree of Death April 20, 2009 David Klinghoffer I've long been fascinated by the image of the Tree of Death, parallel to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and cryptically referred to in mystical texts explaining the Hebrew Bible: And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the Tree of Life also in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:9). Come and behold: as soon as night falls, the...
  • Natural Selection Studies Based on Bad Statistics (Can the Darwin Party get anything right?)

    03/31/2009 5:23:48 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 37 replies · 744+ views
    CEH ^ | March 30, 2009
    Natural Selection Studies Based on Bad Statistics March 30, 2009 ó Hundreds of studies claiming to show natural selection may be wrong, say scientists from Penn State and Japan.† PhysOrg reported today that ďseveral statistical methods commonly used by biologists to detect natural selection at the molecular level tend to produce incorrect results.Ē† Many studies of human evolution have relied on these flawed methods.† If the methods were wrong, the conclusions are unreliable.† ďOf course, we would never say that natural selection is not happening, but we are saying that these statistical methods can lead scientists to make erroneous inferences,Ē...
  • Darwin's arguments against God

    03/11/2009 8:26:34 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 208 replies · 3,183+ views
    CMI ^ | Russell Grigg
    Darwin‚Äôs arguments against God How Darwin rejected the doctrines of Christianity by Russell Grigg Charles Darwin Charles Darwin grew up embracing the ‚Äėintelligent design‚Äô thinking of his day‚ÄĒWilliam Paley‚Äôs renowned argument that the design of a watch implies there must have been an intelligent watchmaker, and so design in the universe implies there must have been an intelligent Creator.1 Concerning this, Darwin wrote, ‚ÄėI do not think I hardly ever admired a book more than Paley‚Äôs ‚ÄúNatural Theology‚ÄĚ.2 I could almost formerly have said it by heart.‚Äô3 Nevertheless, Darwin spent most of the rest of his life attempting to...
  • Blue Ducks Likely to Die Out in UK After Male Birds Get Together

    03/10/2009 11:58:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies · 1,011+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10 Mar 2009 | Caroline Gammell
    Attempts to breed a rare species of duck to avoid extinction in the UK have backfired after the only two remaining males fell for each other.Keepers at a bird sanctuary in West Sussex hoped that the last remaining female Blue Duck in the country - called Cherry - might mate with either of the drakes, Ben or Jerry. But neither male duck appeared interested and are now inseparable at the Arundel Wetland Centre, leaving Cherry to her own devices. Related Articles Endangered bittern returns to Somerset Thai zoo hopes cold spell will put pandas in heat Gay penguins steal eggs...
  • News to Note: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    02/28/2009 8:32:31 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 4 replies · 540+ views
    AiG ^ | February 28, 2009
    News to Note, February 28, 2008 (go to link below to read stories) 1. CBC News: ďMontreal Scientists Unlock Mystery of Early Molecular MechanismĒ. Have Canadian scientists uncovered the key that makes an evolutionary origin of life plausible? 2. Forbes: ďThe Dangers of Overselling EvolutionĒ Philip Skell, a member of the National Academy of Sciences for more than three decades, cautions against protecting Darwinism through censorship. 3. The Boston Globe: ďCod in the Act of EvolutionĒ Another example of ďevolution in actionĒó-need we even bother examining the reality to confirm this isnít what Darwin predicted? 4. BBC News: ďĎGhost Peaksí...
  • Science Special Issue on Darwin: Is Ignorance Evidence?

    02/10/2009 8:25:43 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 105 replies · 1,109+ views
    CEH ^ | February 9, 2009
    ...Coyne and Pigliucci tell us (again) that there is such overwhelming evidence for evolution. OK, put up or shut up. They donít know what a species is, they donít know what the target of selection is, they donít know if natural selection is a queen or a jester, they donít know what adaptive radiation is, they donít know how speciation operates (the main reason for Darwinís little storybook), and they canít connect mutations to any actual benefit to an organism. Other than those little minor matters, evolution is so supported by such mountains of evidence that only a fool with...
  • Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution?

    02/10/2009 8:20:24 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 78 replies · 970+ views
    AiG ^ | February 9, 2009 | Georgia Purdom
    Letís listen in on a hypothetical conversation between a biblical creationist (C) and an evolutionist (E) as they discuss some recent scientific news headlines: E: Have you heard about the research findings regarding mouse evolution? C: Are you referring to the finding of coat color change in beach mice? E: Yes, isnít it a wonderful example of evolution in action? C: No, I think itís a good example of natural selection in action, which is merely selecting information that already exists. E: Well, what about antibiotic resistance in bacteria? Donít you think thatís a good example of evolution occurring right...
  • Is Natural Selection Losing its Appeal?

    01/28/2009 10:18:40 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 116 replies · 1,116+ views
    CEH ^ | January 28, 2009
    Is Natural Selection Losing its Appeal? Jan 28, 2009 ó Some recent science reports sound like they are ready to cast Darwinís key phrase natural selection overboard, or at least demote it from its leading role in evolution. These articles each hint that long-held beliefs are being challenged...
  • Astonishing DNA complexity demolishes neo-Darwinism

    01/13/2009 6:40:50 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 203 replies · 3,997+ views
    CMI ^ | Alex Williams
    The traditional understanding of DNA has recently been transformed beyond recognition. DNA does not, as we thought, carry a linear, one-dimensional, one-way, sequential codeólike the lines of letters and words on this page. And the 97% in humans that does not carry protein-coding genes is not, as many people thought, fossilized Ďjunkí left over from our evolutionary ancestors. DNA information is overlapping-multi-layered and multi-dimensional; it reads both backwards and forwards; and the Ďjunkí is far more functional than the protein code, so there is no fossilized history of evolution. No human engineer has ever even imagined, let alone designed an...
  • How Much Longer Can Darwinism Be Sold? Part 4

    01/12/2009 4:17:17 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 30 replies · 888+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 1/12/09 | Purple Mountains
    This is the fourth post in a series of articles on the evils and errors of Darwinism. So far, we have postulated that Darwinism, - the tenets of which furnish the philosophical foundation for atheism and materialism (I do know they both preceded Darwin), and for the actions of Stalin and Hitler in exterminating millions, - is correct about some things and wrong about others. That which Darwin got wrong, however, is crucial. We have seen how the DNA code structure argues conclusively for the tenet that we are all related in some way; but that same DNA code also...
  • Science Intrudes Into Morality (Evos scold the Pope)

    12/29/2008 5:19:03 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 33 replies · 857+ views
    CEH ^ | December 23, 2008
    Science Intrudes Into Morality Dec 23, 2008 ó The Pope recently declared that we need to save humanity from self-destructive behaviors, like homosexuality. Can science intrude on questions of human behavior and morals? New Scientist thought so; a blog entry today says the Pope ďmisuses science to attack homosexuality.ĒOne would think that moral behavior would lie outside the field for a scientific news source, but online news editor Rowan Hooper went on, mocking the Popeís claim that the church has a role in saving ďhuman ecologyĒ like scientists have a role in protecting tropical forests. Hooper called this ďa bizarre...
  • Human Culture Subject To Natural Selection, Stanford Study Shows

    02/19/2008 1:00:23 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 108+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 2-19-2008 | Deborah S. Rogers - Stanford
    Contact: Deborah S. Rogers dsrogers@stanford.edu 650-630-7760 Stanford University Human culture subject to natural selection, Stanford study shows The process of natural selection can act on human culture as well as on genes, a new study finds. Scientists at Stanford University have shown for the first time that cultural traits affecting survival and reproduction evolve at a different rate than other cultural attributes. Speeded or slowed rates of evolution typically indicate the action of natural selection in analyses of the human genome. This study of cultural evolution, which compares the rates of change for structural and decorative Polynesian canoe-design traits, is...
  • Human Evolution Seems to Be Accelerating (Jews evolved from "financing!")

    12/11/2007 8:28:45 AM PST · by squireofgothos · 144 replies · 930+ views
    above-average intelligence in Ashkenazi Jews ó those of northern European heritage ó resulted from natural selection in medieval Europe, where they were pressured into jobs as financiers, traders, managers and tax collectors. Those who were smarter succeeded, grew wealthy and had bigger families to pass on their genes, they suggested. That evolution also is linked to genetic diseases such as Tay-Sachs and Gaucher in Jews. The new study was funded by the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, the Unz Foundation, the University of Utah and the University of Wisconsin.
  • í55 ĎOrigin of Lifeí Paper Is Retracted (because it was cited by proponents of Intelligent Design)

    10/25/2007 6:44:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 85 replies · 204+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 25, 2007 | CORNELIA DEAN
    In January 1955, Homer Jacobson, a chemistry professor at Brooklyn College, published a paper called ďInformation, Reproduction and the Origin of LifeĒ in American Scientist, the journal of Sigma Xi, the scientific honor society. In it, Dr. Jacobson speculated on the chemical qualities of earth in Hadean time, billions of years ago when the planet was beginning to cool down to the point where, as Dr. Jacobson put it, ďone could imagine a few hardy compounds could survive.Ē... Nobody paid much attention to the paper at the time, he said in a telephone interview from his home in Tarrytown, N.Y....
  • A Gene Divided Reveals The Details Of Natural Selection

    10/12/2007 12:10:02 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 22 replies · 493+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12 October 2007 | Science Daily
    Science Daily ó In a molecular tour de force, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have provided an exquisitely detailed picture of natural selection as it occurs at the genetic level. Writing Oct. 11, 2007 in the journal Nature, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Sean B. Carroll and former UW-Madison graduate student Chris Todd Hittinger document how, over many generations, a single yeast gene divides in two and parses its responsibilities to be a more efficient denizen of its environment. The work illustrates, at the most basic level, the driving force of evolution."This is how new capabilities arise and new...
  • Atheist Scientists in Uproar over Movie Showing Intolerance of Evidence for Intelligent Design

    10/07/2007 7:15:09 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 123 replies · 1,900+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 5, 2007
    Atheist Scientists in Uproar over Movie Showing Intolerance of Evidence for Intelligent Design EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed Coming to Theatres in February 2008 LOS ANGELES, October 5, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) -† Atheist scientists who have become famous for attacking those who disagree with them are now loudly complaining about supposedly being mistreated in a film they haven't seen. Oxford zoologist, Richard Dawkins, has made a lot of money and fame calling people who believe in God "delusional." Yet he is now grumbling that the producers of EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed "tricked" him into doing an interview. EXPELLED exposes the intimidation, persecution...
  • Evolution Occurs in the Blink of an Eye (Butterfly changes astounds scientists)

    07/12/2007 2:24:07 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 306 replies · 5,530+ views
    LiveScience ^ | July 12, 2007 | Jeanna Bryner
    A population of butterflies has evolved in a flash on a South Pacific island to fend off a deadly parasite. The proportion of male Blue Moon butterflies dropped to a precarious 1 percent as the parasite targeted males. Then, within the span of a mere 10 generations, the males evolved an immunity that allowed their population share to soar to nearly 40 percentóall in less than a year. ďWe usually think of natural selection as acting slowly, over hundreds or thousands of years," said study team member Gregory Hurst, an evolutionary geneticist at the University College London. "But the example...
  • 24 Observations on the Intelligent Design versus Macro Evolution debate

    07/07/2007 12:58:27 AM PDT · by MatthewTan · 54 replies · 1,153+ views
    patsullivan.com/blog ^ | June 28, 2007 | Pat Sullivan
    24 Observations on the Intelligent Design versus Macro Evolution debate I kicked off quite a firestorm with my recent post on Marketing Darwin. The blogger Orac picked it up, shredded it to pieces, which led to dozens of comments at my blog and his. Smelling fresh blood, Professor PZ Meyers takes me to task, and more comments ensue. Basically, I get trashed really badly. Thank goodness I am secure in my old age! :) I find it all interesting. Many of the commenters raise some really good points, and I agree with some of them. Many though seem to deliberately...
  • Illegal Whale-ian Alert -rescuers fear encounters with large ships

    05/28/2007 3:41:24 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 17 replies · 797+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 5/28/2007 | Marcus Wholson
    RIO VISTA Ė Two whales lost in the Sacramento River have made progress toward their ocean home, but rescuers were concerned Monday about encounters they might have with large ships as they near San Francisco Bay. The mother humpback whale and her calf were spotted Monday morning near the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, about 45 miles from the Pacific, said Carol Singleton of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. The pair had traveled about 24 miles in 24 hours, but their pace had slowed. They were first spotted May 13 and got as far as 90 miles inland to the Port of...
  • Bestiality flick shocks Cannes

    05/22/2007 1:42:02 PM PDT · by bahblahbah · 104 replies · 3,735+ views
    news24 ^ | 22/05/2007 | news24
    Cannes - A semi-documentary about a group of US men who had sex with horses has taken the title as the most shocking movie at the Cannes film festival. But while Zoo has drawn big, curious crowds at its screenings, the real unsettling quality about the movie is its approach: it depicts the men in a sympathetic light, one that tries to push the viewers to understanding their sexual perversion. The documentary - in which actors recreate non-explicit scenes under audio interviews with some of the men involved - centres on a true-life incident. In July 2005, a 45-year-old man...
  • Evolution moves more quickly than scientists thought

    11/19/2006 1:00:27 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 991 replies · 15,093+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | November 18, 2006 | Eric Hand
    ST. LOUIS - Evolution happens. But it can also stop and turn on a dime. A new study of lizards in the Bahamas shows that the natural selection pressures that drive evolution can flip-flop faster than previously thought - even in months. "Darwin was right about so many things," said Jonathan Losos, a former Washington University biologist who led the study. "In this case he was wrong. He thought that evolution must occur slowly and gradually." The lizards and their changing leg lengths are yet another case of evolution occurring in real time. From finches that evolve longer beaks in...
  • Does Natural Selection Drive The Evolution Of Cancer?

    11/18/2006 8:40:40 AM PST · by Professor Kill · 105 replies · 1,491+ views
    The dynamics of evolution are fully in play within the environment of a tumor, just as they are in forests and meadows, oceans and streams. This is the view of researchers in an emerging cross-disciplinary field that brings the thinking of ecologists and evolutionary biologists to bear on cancer biology. Insights from their work may have profound implications for understanding why current cancer therapies often fail and how radically new therapies might be devised. A review by researchers at The Wistar Institute of current research in this new field, published online November 16, will appear in the December issue of...
  • FBI Searches 2 Spinach Packing Companies

    10/04/2006 12:52:46 PM PDT · by flutters · 13 replies · 667+ views
    (AP) SALINAS, Calif. The FBI searched two spinach packaging companies Wednesday for evidence in the nationwide E. coli outbreak that sickened 192 people. Agents from the FBI and the Food and Drug Administration used warrants to search the San Juan Bautista plant of Natural Selection Foods LLC and a Growers Express plant in Salinas to determine whether they followed food safety procedures. Federal health officials said early in their investigation that deliberate contamination was not suspected. "We are investigating allegations that certain spinach growers and distributors may not have taken all necessary or appropriate steps to ensure that their spinach...
  • Mastodons Driven To Extinction By Tuberculosis, Fossils Suggest

    10/03/2006 3:01:37 PM PDT · by blam · 93 replies · 1,673+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 10-3-2006 | Kimberly Johnson
    Mastodons Driven to Extinction by Tuberculosis, Fossils Suggest Kimberly Johnson for National Geographic News October 3, 2006 Tuberculosis was rampant in North American mastodons during the late Ice Age and may have led to their extinction, researchers say. Mastodons lived in North America starting about 2 million years ago and thrived until 11,000 years agoóaround the time humans arrived on the continentówhen the last of the 7-ton (6.35-metric-ton) elephantlike creatures died off. Scientists Bruce Rothschild and Richard Laub pieced together clues to the animals' widespread die-off by studying unearthed mastodon foot bones. Rothschild first noticed a telltale tuberculosis lesion on...
  • MORFORD: Attention Liberals: Please Breed

    09/29/2006 6:23:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 472+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/29/6 | Mark Morford
    Conservatives are outbirthing libs by a wide margin. How soon can you get knocked up? Let this be your rallying cry. Let it be your new hot-button topic, a raw naked condomless blog-ready wildfire underground grassroots crusade, your juiciest of incentive programs, your inspired call to hot naked impregnable sperm-a-riffic action. Because the statistics are ugly, getting uglier: Despite all divine hope and prayer to the contrary, it looks like baby-happy conservatives are outbreeding liberals by a margin of some 20 to 40 percent. It's a fact. It's a trend. It's an onslaught. It's a dreadful soul-curdling predicament and the...
  • Company to pay medical expenses [for spinach-induced injuries]

    09/29/2006 6:00:59 AM PDT · by indcons · 2 replies · 247+ views
    monterey herald ^ | Fri, Sep. 29, 2006 | DANIA AKKAD
    Natural Selection Foods has offered to pay the out-of-pocket medical expenses of people who have been sickened in the nationwide E. coli outbreak, traced to spinach the company processed at a plant in San Juan Bautista. "We know it's the right thing to do," Chief Operating Officer Charles Sweat said at a news conference held next to Mission San Juan Bautista Thursday afternoon. At least 189 people, mostly outside California, have been sickened since August, said the Food and Drug Administration. One person has died. State and federal health officials had found E. coli in nine bags of Dole baby...
  • Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead

    09/03/2006 9:29:57 PM PDT · by lunarbicep · 620 replies · 30,836+ views
    News.com.au ^ | September 4, 2006
    <p>He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said. It is understood he was killed by a sting-ray barb that went through his chest.</p> <p>He was swimming off the Low Isles at Port Douglas filming an underwater documentary and that's when it occured.</p>
  • TEXAS A&M STUDENT KILLED WHILE TRYING TO JUMP (0N) TRAIN

    08/28/2006 4:56:25 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 98 replies · 2,768+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 28 August 2006
    COLLEGE STATION ó A Texas A&M University student was killed while trying to jump aboard a moving train, police said. Robert Walker Best, 23, was killed early Saturday when he slipped under the train on a rail line located a few blocks from the university campus. He was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. Best, of San Antonio, would have been a fifth-year senior biology major when classes resumed Monday. Police said Best was with two male friends when the accident occurred ó one a student at Blinn College and the other a University of Texas student. College Station...
  • Stem cells contain immortal DNA

    06/29/2006 8:36:25 AM PDT · by Sopater · 17 replies · 684+ views
    Medical Research News ^ | Monday, 26-Jun-2006
    EuroStemCell scientists at the Pasteur Institute in Paris have demonstrated one of the body's most sophisticated ways of regulating the genetic material of stem cells. Their findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, show for the first time the mechanism that adult muscle stem cells use to protect their DNA from mutations. Understanding this has important implications for cancer research, the study of gene regulation, and ultimately growing stem cells of therapeutic potential in the laboratory. When a cell divides, its DNA is duplicated and each resulting daughter cell inherits one copy of the DNA. Over time, errors arising during the...
  • "Birth Control Is Selfish" ... The Message Society Doesn't Want To Hear

    05/25/2006 9:14:50 PM PDT · by nrfcmedia · 444 replies · 6,970+ views
    "Birth Control Is Selfish" ... The Message Society Doesn't Want To Hear This past weekend graduates of Saint Thomas University were treated to a surprising speech by 21-year-old graduating student Ben Kessler. Some graduates walked out, many jeered, and others spewed profanities in response to his speech. Just what did he speak of which caused such an outcry? The War in Iraq? Border control? NSA spying? None of the above. So, what exactly did Mr. Kessler do wrong? He touched society's third rail: contraception. Mr. Kessler had the audacity to call the use of birth control "an act of selfishness."...
  • Report: 48 Million Refuse to Buckle Up

    05/15/2006 2:20:53 AM PDT · by mathprof · 87 replies · 1,677+ views
    ap ^ | 5/15/06 | Ken Thomas
    Seat belt use is reaching record levels, so just who are the holdouts who fail to buckle up? Often they are young men who live in rural areas and drive pickups, the government says. About 48 million people do not regularly put on seat belts when they are on the road, a figure the government's highway safety agency hopes to lower with an annual public education campaign ahead of the summer driving season. The "Click It or Ticket" campaign involves checkpoints, patrols and advertisements to help enforce seat belt laws. It runs from May 22 through June 4. The latest...
  • Old News Thatís Not Fit to Print: The Times on Natural Selection

    03/14/2006 9:45:42 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 16 replies · 617+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 14, 2006 | Charles Colson
    Sometimes you have to wonder about the New York Times. It printed a long, breathtakingly written, scientific-sounding piece that just had one problem: It wasnít news. Now, why would it do that? The article, titled ďStill Evolving, Human Genes Tell New Story,Ē was run prominently on the front page of the New York Times last week. The reporter excitedly announced that scientists had found ďthe strongest evidence yet that humans are still evolving.Ē Thatís big news. What was the evidence? ďResearchers have detected,Ē the story says, ďsome 700 regions of the human genome where genes appear to have been reshaped...