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Entries from February 2010

Genomes of ancient cattle

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

DNA Sequence of Extinct Ancient Cattle Uncovered ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2010) — Researchers, based in Ireland and Britain, have found the complete mitochondrial DNA genome sequence of ancient wild cattle using a sample from a 6,700 year-old bone.

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Tags: archaeology

Toba eruption and India

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

‘Pompeii-Like’ Excavations Tell Us More About Toba Super-Eruption ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2010) — Newly discovered archaeological sites in southern and northern India have revealed how people lived before and after the colossal Toba volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago

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Tags: archaeology

Prehistoric giant fish

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Giant Plankton-Eating Fishes Roamed Prehistoric Seas, Fossil Evidence Shows ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2010) — Giant plankton-eating fishes roamed the prehistoric seas for over 100 million years before they were wiped out in the same event that killed off the dinosaurs, new fossil evidence has shown.

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Tags: Evolution

Babies seeing with their hands

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Babies, Even When Premature, ‘See’ With Their Hands ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2010) — Even premature babies at 33 weeks post-conceptional age, about 2 months before term (40 gestational weeks), are capable of recognizing and distinguishing two objects of different shapes (a prism and a cylinder) with their right or left hands. This is the first […]

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Tags: biology · neuroscience

Climate Change, Feedback & Chaos theory

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

via email from Chaos listserve: Climate Change, Feedback & Chaos theory

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Green gadgets

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=can-greener-gadgets-save-us-from-e-2010-02-28 Observations – February 28, 2010 Can greener gadgets save us from e-waste?

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Evolution and human uniqueness

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Cross-discipline Effort Tracks Evolution of Human Uniqueness and Modern Behavior A panel of scientists challenges what it is to be distinctly human and retraces the evolutionary steps that bipedal apes made to attain human traits By David Despain

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Tags: Evolution

Two new books

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Two new books: Sam Harris:The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Nomad Harris’ book looks dubious, another futile effort to mechanize ethics. Sam Harris is a smart fellow, but incapable of getting outside of the mindset created by scientism. In his forthcoming book, Harris proposes that answers to questions of […]

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Hannity’s false claim

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Hannity falsely claims Obama admin. gives special treatment to atheists MediaMatters http://mediamatters.org/research/201002270001 Commenting on a White House staff-level meeting with leaders of atheist groups, Sean Hannity claimed that religious groups “have not received this treatment from the Obama White House.” In fact, President Obama himself has met with numerous religious leaders, and the administration’s contacts […]

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Tags: atheism

What is time?

February 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

What Is Time? One Physicist Hunts for the Ultimate Theory by Erin Biba – Wired Science from dawkins site http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/02/what-is-time/

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Tags: physics

Driving force

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Evolution’s driving force

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Tags: Evolution

Language change and writing

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Grammar, writing slow evolution of language

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Tags: Evolution

Global warming and local climates

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Tropics: Global Warming Likely to Significantly Affect Rainfall Patterns ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2010) — Climate models project that the global average temperature will rise about 1°C by the middle of the century, if we continue with business as usual and emit greenhouse gases as we have been. The global average, though, does not tell us […]

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Coral species learn to adapt

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Climate Change and Coral Reefs: Coral Species Has Developed the ‘Skills’ to Cope With Rising Temperatures ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2010) — Move, adapt or die. Those are the options marine plants and animals have in the face of climate change, said Stanford biologist Steve Palumbi, who has been exploring how to help them go with […]

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Tags: global warming

Chile quake

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, February 27, 2010 by the Miami Herald Chile’s Quake Many Times More Powerful Than Haiti’s by Fred Tasker “This was a big one. A really big one,” said Dr. Tim Dixon, geophysics professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami, speaking of the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck […]

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Health care that works

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, February 28, 2010 by CommonDreams.org An Accidental Experience with a Health System that Seems to Work by Dave Lindorff As I write this article, I’m seated in a hotel room across from the train station in Geneva, Switzerland. There’s a slight, dull pain in my forehead from a two-inch line of stitches […]

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Weight loss and the brain

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp Research suggests that hormone shifts that follow weight loss play a role in changing the way our brain responds to food http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123894109

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Ministrokes

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp Common test given to patients after the passing attacks appears to miss some cognitive impairments http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/56598/title/Ministrokes_may_cause_more_damage_than_thought

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Singing and stroke victims

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp Teaching stroke patients to sing “rewires” their brains, helping them recover their speech, say scientists http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8526699.stm

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GM tomatoes

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp The success of genetically modified crops provides opportunities to win over their critics http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=15579956

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Vaccine scam?

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail by Thomas C Mountain Countercurrents.org (February 22 2010) The “richest man in the world”, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, recently announced that he was making a $10 billion donation towards finding vaccines to prevent some of the worlds worst diseases. Malaria is the number one killer in Africa. From what I’m hearing about $1 billion […]

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Courting blacks

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/27/us/27race.html February 26, 2010 To Court Blacks, Foes of Abortion Make Racial Case By SHAILA DEWAN ATLANTA — For years the largely white staff of Georgia Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, tried to tackle the disproportionately high number of black women who undergo abortions. But, staff members said, they found […]

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Socialism on a budget

February 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Need for social democratic left James said, February 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm · I’m not sure what a genuine left could do at this point. The tremendous wealth and manufacturing capabilities that the US built up in the first half of 20th century has been systematically destroyed by our leaders because of their worship […]

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Tags: General

Video: trailer for Alice in Wonderland

February 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Amusingly fun: Alice in Wonderland trailer

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