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We hesitated to bring you the Frankenflatworm …

… but well, it’s Friday night … From LiveScience: Call them Franken flatworms. Scientists have created worms with the heads and brains of other species just by manipulating cell communication. The research is an example of how development is controlled by more than genetics alone. The researchers did not alter the flatworms’ DNA in any Read More…

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Claim: Ground-breaking research could challenge underlying physics principles

From University of Southampton: An international team of physicists has published ground-breaking research on the decay of subatomic particles called kaons – which could change how scientists understand the formation of the universe. Professor Christopher Sachrajda, from the Southampton Theory Astrophysics and Gravity Research Centre at the University of Southampton, has helped to devise the Read More…

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Elephant butchering site found from early Paleolithic, 600-300 kya

From Science Daily: The researchers found stone tools, which the early hunters are likely to have used to cut the meat from the bones. “That makes Megalopolis the only site in the Balkans where we have evidence of an elephant being butchered in the early Paleolithic,” says Professor Katerina Harvati of the Senckenberg Center for Read More…

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The freedom/mind issue surfaces again

First, a happy thanksgiving. Then, while digesting turkey etc, here is something to ponder. One of the underlying issues surrounding the debates over the design inference is the question of responsible, rational freedom as a key facet of intelligent action, as opposed to blind chance and/or mechanical necessity. It has surfaced again, e.g. the WD400 Read More…

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Teaching about evolution: Here are some people the Darwin lobby can talk to…

We fancy, for the following communications position, Zack Kopplin, that young guy who was freaked because Louisiana schoolteachers needn’t shout Darwindreck at their classes any more*. But as Adam Deen tells us: When I organised evolution conference to debate the topic of Islam and evolution, there was an obscene backlash. We were labelled as deviants Read More…

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New at MercatorNet

O’Leary for News’ night job: Fake reviews, sure… but fake science journals? Bob the Robot’s TED talk: What robots are and aren’t Robot are things we create to develop our ideas. Will artificial intelligence kill our jobs? That depends. Jumbotron, the smartphone is coming to get you! New tech does not extinguish old art forms. Read More…

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Design inference: Is it a Neanderthal flute?

From Discover: Holes in a Bone: Flute or Fluke? Many experts believe an approximately 45,000-year-old bear femur could be a flute — the oldest known musical instrument. Ivan Turk discovered the bone in 1995 in Slovenia’s Divje Babe Archaeological Park, among cave deposits containing Neanderthal tools. But is it a hominin-made flute, or just a Read More…

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Stanford U: Ancient viruses are part of us and we need them

From The Telegraph: The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active Now researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have found that genetic material from a retrovirus called HERV-H is not only active, but is crucial in allowing a fertilised Read More…

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What is information anyway? Some proposed answers

From Casey Luskin’s talk at Evolution News & Views: Information is not always easy to define, but it often involves a measure of degree of randomness. The fundamental intuition behind information is a reduction in possibilities. The more possibilities you rule out, the more information you’ve conveyed. Nature can produce “information” under certain definitions. Intelligent Read More…