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Entries from February 2011

Evidence of non-random evolution

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

A Riddle Resolved: The Eonic Effect The belief in random evolution is mocked by the clear evidence in world history of non-random evolution. The Darwin thugs prefer to hide their ignorance by talking only about deep time, which they can’t observe at close range.

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New atheism worse than Xtianity

February 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/atheist-squabble-update/ The New Atheists really don’t get it: they have spoiled an important opportunity to challenge Christianity by proposing something even more stupid. The question is not atheism (or theism), which has an ancient and honorable legacy in religion itself, but the narrow world view that comes packaged with the atheism. This confusion is first […]

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Discovery story on Wilson

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Top 100 Stories of 2010 #3: E.O. Wilson’s Theory of Altruism Shakes Up Understanding of Evolution In 1975 Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson published Sociobiology, perhaps the most powerful refinement of evolutionary theory since On the Origin of Species. Darwin’s theory of natural selection postulated a brutal world in which individuals vied for dominance. Wilson […]

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E.O. Wilson’s abandoned theory

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

E. O. Wilson’s abandonment of evolutionary psychology theory is Discover’s #3 story of annual 100

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Pigs and dogs

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Pigs and dogs: a double standard By RICHARD DAWKINS Updated: Monday, 28 February 2011 at 9:57 AM http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/596445-pigs-and-dogs-a-double-standard The behaviour of Louie the pig in this BBC film is so like that of a dog, including the apparent enjoyment he takes in performing tricks for his owner, that it left me wondering at the conspicuous […]

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Function of ‘junk DNA’

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

U. Iowa team investigates function of ‘junk DNA’ in human genesPart of the answer to how and why primates differ from other mammals, and humans differ from other primates, may lie in the repetitive stretches of the genome that were once considered “junk.” A new study by researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College […]

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Subtle Shifts, Not Major Sweeps

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Subtle Shifts, Not Major Sweeps, Drove Human EvolutionScienceDaily (Feb. 17, 2011) — The most popular model used by geneticists for the last 35 years to detect the footprints of human evolution may overlook more common subtle changes, a new international study finds.

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Magnetic Sense for Longitude

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Migrating Sea Turtles Have Magnetic Sense for LongitudeScienceDaily (Feb. 24, 2011) — From the very first moments of life, hatchling loggerhead sea turtles have an arduous task. They must embark on a transoceanic migration, swimming from the Florida coast eastward to the North Atlantic and then gradually migrating over the course of several years before […]

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Brain’s ‘Reward’ Center

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Brain’s ‘Reward’ Center Also Responds to Bad ExperiencesScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2011) — The so-called reward center of the brain may need a new name, say scientists who have shown it responds to good and bad experiences. The finding, published in PLoS One, may help explain the “thrill” of thrill-seeking behavior or maybe just the thrill […]

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Vitamin D and cancer

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Markedly Higher Vitamin D Intake Needed to Reduce Cancer Risk, Researchers Say ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) — Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha have reported that markedly higher intake of vitamin D is needed to reach blood levels that can prevent or […]

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How did the leopard get its spots?

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Scientists Find Gene Responsible for Color Patterns in MiceScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2011) — Scientists at Harvard University are moving closer to answering some age-old questions. How did the leopard get its spots? How did the zebra get its stripes?

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Same Cover, Same Lies

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

I Had Ray Davis’s Job, in Laos 30 Years Ago By ROBERT ANDERSON The story of Raymond Allen Davis is one familiar to me and I wish our government would quit doing these things – they cost us credibility.

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The Big Picture

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2011/02/the-kings-speech-the-triumph-of-hollywood-conservative-values.html The Big Picture Patrick Goldstein and James Rainey on entertainment and media As one essayist wrote not long ago, it’s become an article of faith in Conservative America that Hollywood is a “collection of hopeless la-la-land liberals — or worse, an elitist gaggle of heartland-bashing snobs.” Conservatives have routinely ridiculed Oscar movies for attacking […]

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Information Wars

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Monday, February 28, 2011 by Empire Information Wars: How Will Governments Deal with the Information Revolution? Information is power and in the age of the information revolution, cyber and satellite communication is transforming our lives, reinventing the relationship between people and power. New media, from WikiLeaks to Facebook, Twitter to YouTube, is persistently […]

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Upwards of 125,000 March in Madison

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, February 27, 2011 by The Nation Upwards of 125,000 March in Madison, as Activists Rally Nationwide to Back Wisconsin Workers by John Nichols

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Coverage of uprisings

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Democracy Uprisings From Egypt to Wisconsin: Growing Coverage: Twitter feeds

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Obama to Delay US Climate Action?

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Monday, February 28, 2011 by The Guardian/UK Barack Obama May Be Forced to Delay US Climate ActionFunding gap could force president to order a two-year delay in Environmental Protection Agency action, conference hears by Suzanne Goldenberg WASHINGTON – Barack Obama may be forced to order a two-year delay in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

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A revolution far from over

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/spotlight/anger-in-egypt/2011/02/201122675333177233.html Al Jazeera 26 Feb 2011 Anger in Egypt Saturday’s army crackdown in Cairo’s Tahrir Square highlights deepening tension between protesters and army.*

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American Zionism and Egyptian Pro-Democracy movement

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail by James Petras dissidentvoice.org (February 21 2011) One of the least analyzed aspects of the Egyptian pro-democracy movement and US policy toward it, is the role of the influential Zionist power configuration (ZPC) including the leading umbrella organization – the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CPMAJO) – Congressional Middle East […]

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Egypt: the military’s gambit

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail By Issandr El Amrani The Arabist February 27, 2011 As most of you know by now, the Egyptian army beat up protestors on Friday night, with some apparently donning masks to hide their identity and using electric cattle prods. The army subsequently apologized, and then once again stressed the need for everyone to […]

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Origins of Farming in Europe

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Origins of Farming in Europe Result of Human Migration and Cultural Change, Study Suggests ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) — It has long been debated as to whether the transition from a largely hunter-gatherer to an agricultural subsistence strategy in Europe was the result of the migration of farmers from the Near East and Anatolia, or […]

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Floating Solar Panels

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Floating Solar Panels: Solar Installations on WaterScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2011) — Most of the solar energy systems on the market today bare two major weaknesses: they require vast land areas in order to be built, and the costs related to solar cells fabrication and maintenance are high. A new technology is about to overcome these […]

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The Great Transition

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

The Great Transition The rise of civilization is reallya new phase in the evolution of man, and the future of the process is totally different from that of natural selection.

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The meaning of evolution

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

The meaning of evolution Dobzhansky is famous for saying that nothing makes sense except in the light of evoluition. But it is also true that nothing makes sense in the light of natural selection, which has confused the clarity of the evolution idea.

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