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Researchers: Bacteria fossils predate the origin of oxygen

From Melanie Schefft at University of Cincinnati Magazine: UC geologist uncovers 2.5 billion-year-old fossils of bacteria that predate the formation of oxygen. They are sulfur-oxidizing bacteria. The 2.52 billion-year-old sulfur-oxidizing bacteria are described by Czaja as exceptionally large, spherical-shaped, smooth-walled microscopic structures much larger than most modern bacteria, but similar to some modern single-celled organisms Read More…

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Convergent evolution: Once more, why do unrelated animals have pseudo-thumbs?

From Juliet Lamb at J-Stor: Take the Giant Panda, for example. Watch a panda eat, and you’ll notice the thumb-like appendage that helps it hold onto bamboo stalks. The panda’s thumb isn’t actually a thumb; it’s an elongated wrist bone that opposes the five true fingers of the panda’s hand, allowing it to grip and Read More…

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BTB: Points to ponder as we look at Crick’s understanding of DNA as text, since March 19, 1953

A few days back, I headlined a clip from Crick’s letter to his son Michael, March 19, 1953: The main text is accessible here (with page scans). Sans diagrams: >>My Dear Michael, Jim Watson and I have probably made a most important discovery. We have built a model for the structure of des-oxy-ribose-nucleic-acid (read it Read More…

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Larry Sanger, Co-founder of Wikipedia, Agrees That it Does not Follow its Own Neutrality Policy. 

Larry Sanger is the co-founder of Wikipedia and the author of its “neutrality policy.”  Mr. Sanger posted an article today about media bias in which he alluded to the neutrality policy he drafted. I replied (see the combox of the article): “Wikipedia’s neutrality policy.” I’ve been reading Wikipedia articles for years, and from the evidence Read More…

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Fermi: Where Are They?

Peter Burfeind contemplates the Fermi Paradox and atheists’ obsession with aliens in this post. In a sense, Christian presumptions and its claim of historicity for biblical miracles is more consistent with what should be happening given the premises of evolutionary science. A complex and powerful Godhead with anthropomorphic habits, dimension-jumping beings doing God’s bidding or Read More…

Astronomy Cosmology Fine tuning Intelligent Design

Hoyle (with updates from Walker and Davies) on Cosmological Fine Tuning: “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super intellect has “monkeyed” with the physics as well as the chemistry and biology, and there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature”

Sometimes, it is important to go back to key sources, if we are to break through deep misconceptions.  This is particularly relevant for the design view of science, including on cosmological fine tuning. So, first Sir Fred (a key discoverer of the phenomenon): >>[Sir Fred Hoyle, In a talk at Caltech c 1981 (nb. this Read More…

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Viruses associated with invertebrates for billions of years?

From ScienceDaily: A groundbreaking study of the virosphere of the most populous animals — those without backbones such as insects, spiders and worms and that live around our houses — has uncovered 1445 viruses, revealing people have only scratched the surface of the world of viruses — but it is likely that only a few Read More…