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Stasis: Early jawbones present 507 mya seem like can openers

From ScienceDaily Paleontologists have uncovered a new fossil species that sheds light on the origin of mandibulates, the most abundant and diverse group of organisms on Earth, to which belong familiar animals such as flies, ants, crayfish and centipedes. Named Tokummia katalepsis by the researchers, the creature documents for the first time the anatomy of Read More…

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Have researchers imaged dark matter, as per a recent claim? Rob Sheldon comments

From Nancy Atkinson at LiveScience: Now, researchers have produced what they say is the first composite image of a dark matter filament that connects galaxies together. … In their paper, they explained that in order to study the weak lensing signal of the dark matter filaments, they required two sets of data: a catalog of Read More…

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Reflecting on the March for Science after the death of reason

  From Denyse O’Leary (O’Leary for News) at MercatorNet: Croatian philosopher of science and politics Neven Sesardic (b. 1949) retired from Lingnan University, Hong Kong, in 2015. He wrote a book shortly thereafter, When Reason Goes on Holiday: Philosophers in Politics (Encounter Books, 2016). He was wise to wait till he had his pension… He Read More…

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That didn’t take long: Darwin’s man Jerry Coyne defends zombie science

Of course, he allows us to know, he did not read Jonathan Wells’ book, Zombie Science: I will be accused of having “reviewed” Wells’s book here without having read it, but this isn’t a review: it’s a notice that a scientifically rejected charlatan has published another book, and has even issued a “teaser trailer” for Read More…

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Wikipedia founder wades into the fake war on fake news

From Alex Hern at the Guardian: Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors. Wikitribune plans to pay for the reporters by raising money from a crowdfunding campaign. Wales intends to cover general Read More…

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Futurism: Science should be wary of exploring links between minds and quantum phenomena

From Karla Lant at Futurism: The revelation that observing and measuring quantum effects changes their behavior is troubling, but it also suggests to many people that consciousness itself is part of quantum theory. Moreover, as humans creating AI that, for all its achievements still can’t master some of the things that come so easily to Read More…

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Suck it up Buttercup: On Leftist History of Science Denialism

Refusing To Believe Early Progressives Loved Eugenics Will Not Erase The Horrible Truth After seeing the end result [of pushing eugenics in the early 20th century] in the Holocaust, progressives naturally sought to bury their connection to this genocidal concept, and succeeded in doing so, at least when they can discredit conservatives who persist in mentioning Read More…

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Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga wins Templeton Prize

“an American scholar whose rigorous writings over a half century have made theism – the belief in a divine reality or god – a serious option within academic philosophy” Here: — Tuesday, 25-April-2017 WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – Alvin Plantinga, an American scholar whose rigorous writings over a half century have made theism – the belief Read More…

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Could dingo help unravel mystery of how dogs become tame?

From Kacey Deamer at LiveScience: The wild-born, pure Australian desert dingo recently took first place in the World’s Most Interesting Genome competition, and will have her DNA decoded thanks to the Pacific Biosciences SMRT Grant Program. The grant provides genome sequencing for “a particularly fascinating plant or animal.” … “Sandy is truly a gift to Read More…