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Entries from September 2009

Electric fish

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Electric Fish Plug In To Communicate ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009) — Just as people plug in to computers, smart phones and electric outlets to communicate, electric fish communicate by quickly plugging special channels into their cells to generate electrical impulses,

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Tags: biology

Hyena cooperation

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Hyenas Cooperate, Problem-solve Better Than Primates ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009) — Spotted hyenas may not be smarter than chimpanzees, but a new study shows that they outperform the primates on cooperative problem-solving tests.

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Tags: biology

Light and bacterial action

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Light, Photosynthesis Help Bacteria Invade Fresh Produce ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009) — Exposure to light and possibly photosynthesis itself could be helping disease-causing bacteria to be internalized by lettuce leaves, making them impervious to washing

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Tags: biology

Rattling the cage

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1253627550527&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull THE JERUSALEM POST September 23, 2009 Rattling the Cage: Played for a sucker

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Single-payer alternative

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://socialistworker.org/2009/09/28/single-payer-alternative Interview: Dr. Andy Coates The single-payer alternative September 28, 2009 The politicians declared one plan for health care reform “off the table” from the beginning: a single-payer system that would cover all Americans and cut out private insurance. But as Dr. Andy Coates explains, it remains the only alternative that can solve […]

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From Darwin to Hitler (from Andre Pichot)

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler (Hardcover) by André Pichot (Author) A very good history of Social Darwinism, next to Weikart’s From Darwin to Hitler, translated from the French.

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Tags: Evolution

Scientism and the antinomies of freedom

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The Science of Freedom Students of science these days are given a very narrow history of their subject. But real science education should include the history of modern philosophic reaction to Newtonianism, and the paradoxes that are generated by reductionism. Beginning with Rousseau and Kant a counterpoint to modern science arose that tried to clarify […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Science

Evolving freedom? from evolution to history

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The relationship of history and evolution is confusing, especially for those who think inside the Darwinian paradigm, where, evidently, the autonomous freedom of man evolves by reductionist natural selection, at which point man enters ‘history’ with an evolved ‘freedom’. It is actually not so simple, and the eonic effect shows us something surprisingly different.

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect

HIV’s Ancestors

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

HIV’s Ancestors May Have Plagued First Mammals ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2009) — The retroviruses which gave rise to HIV have been battling it out with mammal immune systems since mammals first evolved around 100 million years ago – about 85 million years earlier than previously thought, scientists now believe.

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Tags: Evolution

Who says world history is random?

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

A Short History Of The World Who says world history is random?

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect

Margulis

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Evolution Revolution Four decades after being rejected by the scientific community, Lynn Margulis’s insights into evolution have become standard textbook fare and established her as one of the most creative scientific thinkers of our day.

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Tags: In the News

Kauffman

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Origin of life theory: Complexity theorist Kauffman moving on

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Tags: In the News

Free course on justice

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Free Harvard course on justice by Jerry Coyne – Why Evolution is True http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2009/09/27/free-harvard-course-on-justice/ from Dawkins site Michael Sandel’s course at Harvard, “Justice,” is enormously popular, and is highlighted in today’s New York Times. The course is now being made free online, and can be found here. There are videos of every lecture, and online […]

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Tags: In the News

Hostile takeover

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

A hostile takeover of Zionism by Patrick Martin – The Globe and Mail from dawkins site http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/a-hostile-takeover-of-zionism/article1302318/ Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has come a long way.

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Tags: Science & Religion

Whales and dolphins

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Getting a Leg Up on Whale and Dolphin Evolution New comprehensive analysis sheds light on the origin of cetaceans

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Tags: Evolution

Science aspiring to religion

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Science aspiring to religion The “Year of Darwin” continues, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species, and 200th of the ineffable Charles himself. We have now survived three-quarters of it, and are feeling all the fitter for the experience. The idea behind almost all of the public events has been […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

New species at risk

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

New Species Discovered In The Greater Mekong At Risk Of Extinction Due To Climate Change ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2009) — A bird-eating fanged frog, a gecko that looks like it’s from another planet, and a bird which would rather walk than fly — these are among the 163 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong […]

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Tags: Evolution

Global increase in methane

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Global Increase In Atmospheric Methane Likely Caused By Unusual Arctic Warmth, Tropical Wetness ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2009) — Unusually high temperatures in the Arctic and heavy rains in the tropics likely drove a global increase in atmospheric methane in 2007 and 2008 after a decade of near-zero growth

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Tags: global warming

Skin cells

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Two Proteins Enable Skin Cells To Regenerate ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2009) — Never mind facial masks and exfoliating scrubs, skin takes care of itself. Stem cells located within the skin actively generate differentiating cells that can ultimately form either the body surface or the hairs that emanate from it. In addition, these stem cells are […]

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Tags: biology

Heavier rainstorms

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Heavier Rainstorms Ahead Due To Global Climate Change, Study Predicts ScienceDaily (Sep. 27, 2009) — Heavier rainstorms lie in our future. That’s the clear conclusion of a new MIT and Caltech study on the impact that global climate change will have on precipitation patterns.

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Tags: global warming

Krugman on GW

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Pigou, Glenn Beck, and the false case against cap-and-trade

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Tags: global warming

Health care nightmare

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Pay more to die earlier

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Speeding up climate talks

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Monday, September 28, 2009 by Reuters Negotiators Urged to Speed up Climate Pact Talks by Thin Lei Win and David Fogarty BANGKOK – Delegates at the start of marathon climate talks in Thailand on Monday were told to speed up “painfully slow” negotiations as they struggle to settle on the outline of a […]

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Tags: global warming

G20’s 12000 swat cops

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Hypocrisy in Pittsburgh More Lies, More Deceptions By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS The G-20 ministers declared their meeting in Pittsburgh a success, but as Rob Kall reports in OpEdNews.com, the meeting’s main success was to turn Pittsburgh into “a ghost-town, emptied of workers and the usual pedestrians, but filled to overflowing with over 12,000 swat cops […]

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