Cosmology News

Multiverse strikes back

Readers will remember Peter Woit, a most interesting mathematician at Columbia, who is not a creationist (Except insofar as the term no longer means anything except “shut UP about our tax/donor-funded nonsense!!”) Noting the continued promotion of multiverse theory, he reports, Symmetry, the FNAL/SLAC run online magazine funded by the DOE, today is running a […]

Animal minds Intelligent Design News

Stressed plants send out animal like signals?

From ScienceDaily: For the first time, research has shown that, despite not having a nervous system, plants use signals normally associated with animals when they encounter stress. … “We’ve known for a long-time that the animal neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is produced by plants under stress, for example when they encounter drought, salinity, viruses, acidic […]

Biology Culture Intelligent Design News

Beware feathered dino fossils hoaxes

Says Cosmos Magazine here: National Geographic’s senior editor Christopher Sloan had seen a feathered dinosaur fossil or two. But the specimen he described in the magazine’s November 1999 issue, dubbed Archaeoraptor liaoningensis, took his breath away. … Archaeoraptor would later be dubbed “Piltdown chicken”. Cut n’ paste job. But even smart folks have been taken […]

Human evolution Intelligent Design News

Neanderthals are big, apparently

In medicine, some place. Keep in mind, unlike evolutionary psychology, medicine is a serious science. From Nature: Neanderthals had outsize effect on human biology Using de-identified genome data and medical records from 28,000 hospital patients, Simonti and Capra looked for differences in traits and medical diagnoses between people with a particular Neanderthal gene variant and […]

News Origin Of Life

Origin of life: New model may explain emergence of self-replication on early Earth

From ScienceDaily: One question of the origin of life in particular remains problematic: what enabled the leap from a primordial soup of individual monomers to self-replicating polymer chains? A new model proposes a potential mechanism by which self-replication could have emerged. It posits that template-assisted ligation, the joining of two polymers by using a third, […]

News stasis

Ancient lizards amaze scientists? But why?

Shouldn’t we be used to this “no change in 20 million years” stuff by now? Here: A community of lizards from the Caribbean, preserved for 20 million years in amber, have been found to be identical to their modern cousins, say researchers. … “Most of ours had full skeletons, and details of the skin were […]

Intelligent Design

You know ID is winning when …

Big Darwin hollers are fronting money all over the world against it: Templeton Foundation gives almost US$ 2 million to a Brazilian anti-ID group: Really? Will the group now employ local “Jesus Hollers Against Design” types? Maybe Pos-Darwinista can tell us. See also: Evolution appears to converge on goals—but in Darwinian terms, is that possible? […]

Information Intelligent Design News

Finally, a book on the ID debate that addresses actual issues

From David Snoke’s review at the Christian Scientific Society of Perry Marshall’s Evolution 2.0: Breaking the DeadlockBetween Darwin and Design Perry Marshall is a well known, successful expert on internet marketing, and his career has included developing new algorithms and paradigms in business and market analysis. For several years, he has been involved in online […]