Unravelling arthropod genomic diversity over 500 million years of evolution – 

An international team of scientists report in the journal Genome Biology results from a pilot project, co-led by Robert Waterhouse, Group Leader at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and University of Lausanne, to kick-start the global sequencing initiative of thousands of arthropods.

Source: Unravelling arthropod genomic diversity over 500 million years of evolution – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

Ancient African Genomes Offer Glimpse Into Early Human History |

The ancient-genomics revolution is finally reaching the cradle of humanity: Africa. Researchers have sequenced the genomes of four children who lived in what is now Cameroon several thousand years ago.Their genomes — the first to be collected from any ancient human in West Africa — raise questions about the origins of a migration that carried languages and agriculture across the continent, and hint at older events in human history, such as the emergence of Homo sapiens and its spread out of Africa.

Source: Ancient African Genomes Offer Glimpse Into Early Human History | Portside

French administration tries to subject scientists to “Darwinism”; revolt follows 

Rob Sheldon: On the whole, Darwinism looks like it makes short-term gains at the cost of long-term stagnation. It clearly sacrifices the group for the sake of a few aggressive individuals.

Source: French administration tries to subject scientists to “Darwinism”; revolt follows | Uncommon Descent

Why Would Philosophers Deny That Consciousness Is Real? | Mind Matters

A Dutch computer scientist and philosopher who has reflected deeply on the mind–matter problem finds himself asking, how can serious scientists or philosophers convince themselves that their own consciousness “doesn’t exist” or is a “mistaken construct”? What, exactly, is thinking the thought that

Source: Why Would Philosophers Deny That Consciousness Is Real? | Mind Matters

This Strange Microbe May Mark One of Life’s Great Leaps 

A bizarre tentacled microbe discovered on the floor of the Pacific Ocean may help explain the origins of complex life on this planet and solve one of the deepest mysteries in biology, scientists reported on Wednesday.Two billion years ago, simple cells gave rise to far more complex cells. Biologists have struggled for decades to learn how it happened.

Source: This Strange Microbe May Mark One of Life’s Great Leaps | Portside