Plant biologists identify mechanism behind transition from insect to wind pollination

New research by scientists at the University of Toronto (U of T) offers novel insights into why and how wind-pollinated plants have evolved from insect-pollinated ancestors.

Source: Plant biologists identify mechanism behind transition from insect to wind pollination

New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years — ScienceDaily

An international team of palaeontologists has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers, and these are shared with dinosaurs — pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years.

Source: New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years — ScienceDaily

‘Treasure trove’ of dinosaur footprints found in southern England 

More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints — made by at least seven different species — have been uncovered in East Sussex, representing the most diverse and detailed collection of these trace fossils from the Cretaceous Period found in the UK to date.

Source: ‘Treasure trove’ of dinosaur footprints found in southern England — ScienceDaily

Where No Corn Has Grown Before: Better Living Through Climate Change?

The growing season used to be too short to grow corn in Alberta.  That’s no longer true, according to a front page story in the November 26 Wall Street Journal: “Warming Climate Pushes Corn North.”  Thanks to climate change, a warming planet means longer growing seasons, making it practical for Canadian farmers to raise corn. More

Source: Where No Corn Has Grown Before: Better Living Through Climate Change?

As Cuomo Touts Green New Deal for New York, Critics Warn ‘Empty Rhetoric’ Just as ‘Dangerous as Inaction’

“A true Green New Deal for New York must include a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure and a commitment to transition New York to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.”

Source: As Cuomo Touts Green New Deal for New York, Critics Warn ‘Empty Rhetoric’ Just as ‘Dangerous as Inaction’

Here’s what Charles Dickens would write this Christmas if he visited New York City in Trump’s America

It is 176 years since Charles Dickens, the journalist, social reformer and novelist, was horrified by the depth of poverty when he came to visit the Five Points Section, of “Gangs of New York” fame, in lower Manhattan.

Source: Here’s what Charles Dickens would write this Christmas if he visited New York City in Trump’s America | Alternet

What is the eonic effect, and what does it say about evolution? 

online text of WHEE (world history and the eonic effect) The eonic effect shows the existence of a non-random pattern in world history in the emergence of civilization that in turn shows evidence o…

Source: What is the eonic effect, and what does it say about evolution? – Darwiniana