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Entries from June 2010

Dennett annoyed at agnostics

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

From Dennett Have you noticed how self-proclaimed (and self-satisfied) agnostics often sneer at us arrogant, over-confident atheists without expressing any parallel contempt for the Pope, Rick Warren, the imams, and so on for their similar if opposite avowals of certainty? In the future I plan to insist on agnostics being equal-opportunity sneerers. This is complete […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Booknotes: review of Nonsense on Stilts

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

My review of Pigliucci’s book is online today

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Darwin’s delay

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Darwin agonizing over origin?? Interesting input here, but I think a close reading of Roy Davies’ The Darwin Conspiracy might suggest the real answer: Darwin couldn’t make his theory work. After 1855 when Wallace began to converge on the theory and wrote letters to Darwin, the material of Origin began to crystallize Enezio E. de […]

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Tags: Evolution

What makes us human?

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

What Makes Us Human? Studies of Chimp and Human DNA May Tell Us June 28, 2010 By Jeffrey Norris In constructing an evolutionary tree of life, scientists have granted themselves and the rest of us humans a genus, Homo, all to ourselves. But there’s no getting around the fact that we’re in the same family […]

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Tags: Evolution

Applied DNA

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Applied DNA Sciences Earns Its Stripes — Textile-Based SigNature DNA Anti-Counterfeiting Program Launched in UK

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Tags: biology

Overthrowing Darwin

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

The Texas / Russia Axis Overthrowing Darwin By CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI http://www.counterpunch.org/brauchli06252010.html The world has arisen in some way or another. How it originated is the great question, and Darwin’s theory, like all other attempts to explain the origin of life, is thus far merely conjectural.

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Tags: Evolution

Saffron

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Consider saffron It’s hard to produce and more costly than gold, but there’s nothing else like it. How do you use saffron in your kitchen? ——————– It’s the stigma of a very pretty crocus native to a strip of west Asia. The modern plant is sterile, the hard-won result of cross-breeding and human-led Darwinism. Every […]

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Tags: Evolution

Hostility to evolution

June 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Darwin, Creationism, and Creation

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

ID to Spanish speaking world

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Promoting Intelligent Design to the Spanish-Speaking World In the latest ID the Future Podcast, I interview Mario Lopez, founder of the Organización Internacional para el Avance Científico del Diseño Inteligente (OIACDI), a group dedicated to promoting awareness about intelligent design (ID) to the Spanish speaking community. The group’s website, OIACDI.org, contains a variety of online […]

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Tags: Evolution

Tomato gene

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Gene Leads to Longer Shelf Life for Tomatoes, Possibly Other Fruits ScienceDaily (June 28, 2010) — A Purdue University researcher has found a sort of fountain of youth for tomatoes that extends their shelf life by about a week.

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Tags: biology

Diversity of first Americans

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

North America’s First Peoples More Genetically Diverse Than Thought, Mitochondrial Genome Analysis Reveals ScienceDaily (June 28, 2010) — The initial peopling of North America from Asia occurred approximately 15,000-18,000 years ago. However, estimations of the genetic diversity of the first settlers have remained inaccurate. In a report published online in Genome Research, researchers have found […]

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Tags: Evolution

The bends

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Physics of the ‘Bends': New Study Helps Explain Decompression Sickness ScienceDaily (June 28, 2010) — As you go about your day-to-day activities, tiny bubbles of nitrogen come and go inside your tissues. This is not a problem unless you happen to experience large changes in ambient pressure, such as those encountered by scuba divers and […]

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Tags: General

Gut microbes

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Manipulating Microbes in the Gut May Remedy Disease and Enhance Health ScienceDaily (June 28, 2010) — We are what we eat, but who are “we”? New, high-powered genomic analytical techniques have established that as many as 1,000 different single-celled species coexist in relative harmony in every healthy human gut.

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Tags: biology

Dead zone

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Reseachers Predict Larger-Than-Average Gulf ‘Dead Zone’; Impact of Oil Spill Unclear ScienceDaily (June 28, 2010) — University of Michigan aquatic ecologist Donald Scavia and his colleagues say this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is expected to be larger than average, continuing a decades-long trend that threatens the health of a $659 million fishery.

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Arctic: past and future

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

An Ellesmere Island fossil site has shed startling new light on how warm the Arctic was 4 million years ago – and just how hot it could get in the coming decades …

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Tags: global warming

Tricky Road to a Healthier Future

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by In These Times From the U.S. Social Forum: A Tricky Road to a Healthier Future by Kari Lydersen

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Tags: General

Necessity of war??

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Congressman Dennis Kucinich: We Are Losing Our Nation to Lies About the Necessity of War http://act.commondreams.org/go/1237?akid=91.96588.v-6E2U&t=36

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Nation under PTSD

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

James Carroll | A Nation Under Post-Traumatic Stress http://act.commondreams.org/go/1231?akid=91.96588.v-6E2U&t=24

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Bill for Banker’s crisis

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Naomi Klein | Sticking the Public With the Bill for the Bankers’ Crisis http://act.commondreams.org/go/1229?akid=91.96588.v-6E2U&t=20

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Labor and AZ law

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

In Wake of Arizona Law, Labor Unites Behind Immigration Reform http://act.commondreams.org/go/1225?akid=91.96588.v-6E2U&t=12

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Human extinction??

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail by Devinder Sharma Ground Reality (June 22 2010) An Australian scientist who helped in eradicating smallpox has sounded a death warning. Frank Fenner, emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University, has claimed that human race will be unable to survive population explosion and unbridled consumption. “Humans will become extinct, perhaps within […]

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Afghanistan: “We’re f*#!ing losing this thing.”

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail “We’re f*#!ing losing this thing.”

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BP and Iran

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

June 29, 2010 Tomgram: Stephen Kinzer, BP’s First “Spill”

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