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The afterlife of genes?

Yes, it sounds weird. By the way, sell your stock in Dawkins’ selfish gene. Anyway, listen: From Science Alert: Hundreds of genes spring to life up to 4 days after death, scientists find A pair of papers published this week discuss evidence that certain parts of the body are still firing even days the rest […]

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Dark matter skeptics wanted?

From astronomy journalist Stuart Clark at Aeon: To get computer models to look similar to the Universe around us, cosmologists have assumed that around 96 per cent of matter and energy are in forms that we cannot directly detect. You might think that this would make cosmologists wary of relying on such hypothetical substances. Yet for […]

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BREXIT! — initial concerns and impacts

. . . including, regarding major trends of our civilisation vis a vis the IslamISTS, also as a civilisation, we face “seven mountains of influence” issues. Drudge headline: The initial fall of the Pound off the cliff on the announcement from Sunderland that was the first clear indicator of which way the referendum would go: […]

Fine tuning News

Our universe shouldn’t exist? But does?

From Bernie Hobb at ABC: The Standard Model of particle physics — which accurately describes all the particles and interactions that make up our universe — says our universe shouldn’t exist. Or at least, the matter that makes up all the stuff in existence shouldn’t be here. It should have been wiped out by the […]

Intelligent Design

On Double Standards

In the We Won thread someone who calls themselves rvb8 wrote:  “We do not accept the supernatural because we can’t test for that.” Well.  Consider the following two statements: Supernatural phenomena exist. Natural phenomena are all that exist. The two statements are mirror images are of one another.  If one is true the other is […]

Evolution News

Mammals almost wiped out dinosaurs anyway?

That’s how they’re telling the story now. From U Bath: Over 90 per cent of mammal species were wiped out by the same asteroid that killed the dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, significantly more than previously thought. A study by researchers at the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of […]

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“Anti-evolution curricular challenges”

From Creation-Evolution Headlines: If David Johnson is right, politicians put up with conservative efforts to put up anti-evolution bills only to appease their religious constituents. Johnson, a postdoc at Rice University, looked into the outcomes of “anti-evolution curricular challenges” in various states. According to PhysOrg, only 25% of bills under consideration passed out of committee, […]

Cosmology News

Is a theory of everything even possible?

From Symmetry: Finding a theory of everything is unlikely to change the way most of us go about our business, even if our business is science. That’s the normal way of things: Chemists and electricians don’t need to use quantum electrodynamics, even though that theory underlies their work. But finding such a theory could change […]

Extraterrestrial life News

At Forbes: Humanity alone in universe?

Despite the fact that, as noted earlier, “Aliens are real. And astrobiology is exceedingly rigorous,” there are doubters like Ethan Siegel at Forbes: There may never have been another intelligent, technologically advanced alien species in the entire history of the Universe. Last week, in the New York Times, scientist Adam Frank emphatically wrote that Yes, […]

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Why life needs water

From Ohio State University: A study in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides the strongest evidence yet that proteins—the large and complex molecules that fold into particular shapes to enable biological reactions—can’t fold themselves. Rather, the work of folding is done by much smaller water molecules, which surround proteins and push […]

Cosmology News

We do NOT live in a simulation?

Did you even wonder? You need “help”. From Motherboard: Recently Elon Musk made internet headlines by claiming that the probability we live in “base reality” is one in billions. Instead, we are much more likely to be living in a historical ancestor simulation created by an advanced future civilization some 10,000 years from now. Internet […]