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Ida? I dunno. I wish I had bet a whack on the pop science press dumping all over that fossil?

Holy kazoo! Even Nature isn’t buying the hype about the “missing link”? How soon can we get “evolutionary psychology” be relegated to the tabs and the funny papers? A hyped-up fossil find highlights the potential dangers of publicity machines. Last week’s publication of paper describing a 47-million-year-old fossil primate with a remarkable degree of preservation Read More…

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Uncommon Descent Contest 4: Can we save physics by dumping the Copernican principle?

In “Does Dark Energy Really Exist? Or does Earth occupy a very unusual place in the universe?” physicist Timothy Clifton and astrophysicist Pedro G. Ferreira argue just that: If we give up the Copernican principle, we do not need dark energy to explain the composition of the universe.(Scientific American, March 23, 2009) Copernican principle? Dark Read More…

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Origin of life: Speculation rents the “science” costume – leaves without head

In Probability’s nature and nature’s probability: A call to scientific integrity, information scientist Donald E. Johnson tackles, among other things, the origin of life. Johnson takes on the aimless speculation that characterizes so much consensus science today on such issues: … one should not be able to get away with stating “it is possible that Read More…

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Designing Networks of Genes…..

I just picked up this article at PhysOrg.com. The kinds of things that scientists are up to these days are quite interesting. Here’s a sample: Researchers design and build networks of genes, splicing them into bacterial genomes to run specific tasks or manufacture desired molecules – a process akin to installing biological computer software. Though Read More…

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He who knows something gains respect. He who knows everything …

Well, the Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference at Science North in Sudbury wrapped up yesterday, and today I got a chance to tour SNOLAB, the underground neutrino detector in the active Creighton Mine, which is currently retooling for SNO Plus, the hunt for dark matter. Just for now: The Solar Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Lab is Read More…

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Science writing: There are not – repeat, NOT – two sides to the story

Particle physicist Lawrence M. Krauss* addressed the gathering at the Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference at Science North in Sudbury, May 24, 2009. I made some notes of his remarks in a darkened cave, the Inco Cave at Science North, though I do not have a transcript. His talk was billed Star Trek Physics, and Read More…

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“Ilities” – Judging Architecture and Design

Sometimes we seek to infer from a design what its requirements might have been, and in ID thought this question comes up. As a practitioner in the architecture of large scale computer environments (the composite set of applications, databases, and communications networks) in major enterprises, I wonder if some of the principles my profession uses Read More…

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Another important unexpected role for junk DNA

Darwinian “Scientists have called it “junk DNA.” They have long been perplexed by these extensive strands of genetic material that dominate the genome but seem to lack specific functions. Why would nature (or an Intelligent Designer) force the genome to carry so much excess baggage?” As predicted by Intelligent Design theorists “researchers from Princeton and Read More…