Paley’s Ghost speaks out: the problem of [neo-]darwinist evolutionary incrementalism 

One of the common weak arguments against the design inference on functionally specific, complex organisation and/or associated information (FSCO/I, a functional form of specified complexity) is the idea that body-plan level macro-evolution is “simply” the accumulation of lots and lots of micro-evolu

Source: Paley’s Ghost speaks out: the problem of [neo-]darwinist evolutionary incrementalism | Uncommon Descent

Where will evolution take us in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? | World Economic Forum

The study of evolution allows us to reconstruct the past and to understand how life evolved from simple to complex organisms. Evolutionary reasoning can help us make sense of the biggest questions in science, from the origin of the universe to the inner workings of the human brain.

Source: Where will evolution take us in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? | World Economic Forum

How to produce natural gas while storing carbon dioxide — ScienceDaily

New research shows that injecting air and carbon dioxide into methane ice deposits buried beneath the Gulf of Mexico could unlock vast natural gas energy resources while helping fight climate change by trapping the carbon dioxide underground.

Source: How to produce natural gas while storing carbon dioxide — ScienceDaily

Evolution of large-scale flow from turbulence in a two-dimensional superfluid 

Many-body systems generally become more disordered as more energy is pumped into them. A curious exception to this rule was predicted in the context of turbulent flow by the physical chemist Lars Onsager. He suggested that the entropy of certain two-dimensional (2D) systems can decrease with increasing energy, corresponding to an effective negative temperature. Using 2D Bose-Einstein condensates of atoms, Gauthier et al. and Johnstone et al. put Onsager’s theory to the test. They provided energy to the system by perturbing the condensate, creating vortices and antivortices. With increasing energy, the system became more ordered as clusters containing either only vortices or only antivortices emerged.Science , this issue p. [1264][1], p. [1267][2]Nonequilibrium interacting systems can evolve to exhibit large-scale structure and order. In two-dimensional turbulent flow, the seemingly random swirling motion of a fluid can evolve toward persistent large-scale vortices. To explain such behavior, Lars Onsager proposed a statistical hydrodynamic model based on quantized vortices. Here, we report on the experimental confirmation of Onsager’s model. We dragged a grid barrier through an oblate superfluid Bose–Einstein condensate to generate nonequilibrium distributions of vortices. We observed signatures of an inverse energy cascade driven by the evaporative heating of vortices, leading to steady-state configurations characterized by negative absolute temperatures. Our results open a pathway for quantitative studies of emergent structures in interacting quantum systems driven far from equilibrium. [1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aat5718 [2]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aat5793

Source: Evolution of large-scale flow from turbulence in a two-dimensional superfluid | Science