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Paper: Jupiter doesn’t shield Earth, comets kickstarted life

From ScienceDaily: Not only is the ‘Jupiter as shield’ concept, implying that the planet shields Earth from comet impacts, not true, but perhaps Jupiter’s most important role in fostering the development of life on Earth was just the opposite — delivering the volatile materials from the outer Solar System needed for life to form. This Read More…

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New study: Contra Darwin, females don’t choose mates

From ScienceDaily: A provocative study by evolutionary biologists takes on one of Charles Darwin’s central ideas: that males adapt and compete for the attention of females because it is the females who ultimately choose their mates and the time of mating. Instead, new research using fruit flies as a representative species indicates that females do Read More…

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Ancient humans ate turtles, 400 kya

From ScienceDaily: Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain and Germany, have uncovered evidence of turtle specimens at the 400,000-year-old site, indicating that early man enjoyed eating turtles in addition to large game and vegetal material. The research provides direct evidence of the relatively broad diet of early Paleolithic people — and Read More…

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To find alien life, quit being “terra-centric”?”

It’s the latest new prejudice. From Quanta, we earn that the presence of oxygen does not show, as formerly thought, that a planet might have life. Oxygen can build up in environments hostile to life: As Domagal-Goldman, then a researcher at the University of Washington’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory (VPL), well knew, the gold standard in Read More…

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Rob Sheldon on Darwin’s Twitter nerdfight

Re “Dreadful row breaks out re cladistics” (Darwin’s Tree of Life) , physicist Rob Sheldon offers, It is about the relative merits of using parsimony (Occam’s Razor) versus Bayesian (likelihood) analysis in cladistics. The first is more causal, more deterministic, more rational while the second allows priors and opinions and “other stuff” to influence the Read More…

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“Ecorithm”: How Darwinism creates information?

According to computer scientist Leslie Valiant. From John Pavlus at Quanta: Valiant’s self-stated goal is to find “mathematical definitions of learning and evolution which can address all ways in which information can get into systems.” If successful, the resulting “theory of everything” — a phrase Valiant himself uses, only half-jokingly — would literally fuse life Read More…

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Humans split from apes later than thought?

6.6 MYA? See, for comparison, “Human and Chimp Genes May Have Split 13 Million Years Ago (LiveScience, 2014) Other estimates are on offer. Trying to resolve discrepancies between the molecular clock and human/hominid evolution, from ScienceDaily: Researchers at Columbia University introduce a model that considers how life history traits (e.g., age of puberty and reproduction) Read More…

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Dreadful row breaks out re cladistics

Teapots bust. From a story at Wired: Twitter Nerd-Fight Reveals a Long, Bizarre Scientific Feud The editorial in the February issue of the scientific journal Cladistics didn’t exactly drop with a bang. Cladistics has around 600 subscribers—almost half of which are libraries or other institutions—and it’s aimed at “scientists working in the research fields of Read More…

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Link between single genes and diseases questioned

From The Scientist: Many patients with genetic variations linked to cardiac disorders do not exhibit any symptoms, raising concerns about the validity of incidental findings of genetic tests. … “Over the last decade, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of new genetic variations, largely single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that might serve as biomarkers for many Read More…