Human evolution News

Our prehistoric ancestors were just as violent as ourselves?

From Amy Middleton at Cosmos: The team calculated the percentage of deaths caused by members within the same species, which might include aggression, infanticide or cannibalism; or, among humans, war, homicide or execution. According to the findings, interpersonal violence represents about 2% of all deaths across the history of humans. This number was close to Read More…

Intelligent Design

Royal Society meeting on evolution appears to be going ahead

That much-diminished meeting on rethinking evolution, remember, which couldn’t really come off, or not much anyway? Some of us thought it would go the way of the firm that used to teach the peace sign to grizzly bears. But here it is again: — New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives Read More…

Cell biology Intelligent Design Medicine News

War on cancer could benefit from design perspective?

From Oregon State U: Researchers have discovered a mechanism of intercellular communication that helps explain how biological systems and actions – ranging from a beating heart to the ability to hit a home run – function properly most of the time, and in some scenarios quite remarkably. The findings are an important basic advance in Read More…

News Peer review

Peer reviewers influenced by prestige? Say it ain’t so!

Well, Ben Andrew Henry is saying this at The Scientist: When a manuscript goes out for peer review, most medical journals inform their reviewers of the authors’ identities and affiliations, in what’s called a single-blind review. But new research suggests that concealing the identities of authors—double-blind review—could help reduce reviewer bias. In a study published Read More…

Climate change News

Scary climate predictions in the light of Earth’s history

From John Timmer at Ars Technica: Somewhere around a million years ago, the climate underwent a transition. Earlier, it was going through glacial cycles every 40,000 years, but it shifted to taking 100,000 years to cycle (this shift is termed the mid-Pleistocene transition). Snyder’s new record shows that the planet was getting slowly but progressively Read More…

Chemistry Intelligent Design

Brazilian chemist explains how intelligent design informs his science

We talk to Marcos Eberlin, Thomson Mass Spectrometry Lab, Brazil: 1. Enezio tells me you are interested in the concept of design in nature. Do you relate it to your work in mass spectrometry or to other, larger issues, or both? J. J. Thomson, the father of mass spectrometry—the man who discovered the electron and won the Nobel Read More…