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Science as activism, also known as bad science: Herbicide division

From Hank Campbell at Science 2.0, on how a garden product got labeled, evidence-free, as a cancer risk (carcinogens): When I give talks in front of audiences about science, I often joke about conspiracy beliefs promoted by anti-science groups like Center for Biological Diversity about the science and health community. In reality, we are not […]

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Evergreen biology prof Bret Weinstein’s shocking testimony at You Tube:

Here is his report. If his testimony is accurate (and we expect it is), American taxpayers are funding the equivalent of a prison riot: No wonder Weinstein is suing. So where are the science organizations that should be supporting him? Communing with their shoes? Added: Note: Crash course for sci nerds: How political correctness morphed […]

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Could the brain’s “time travel” have led to speech?

From Alun Anderson at New Scientist, reviewing The Truth about Language: The Truth about Language What it Is and Where it Came from: During the 19th century, Alfred Russel Wallace doubted whether natural selection could explain such a unique power. In our century, Noam Chomsky, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology academic who has dominated linguistics […]

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Alan Sokal, buy yourself a latte: “Star Wars” biology paper accepted

Physicist Sokal perpetrated the first hoax paper over two decades ago, to prove a point. From Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience: Mitochondria: totally real cell organelles that convert sugars, fats and oxygen into usable energy for cells. Midi-chlorians: completely made-up and widely derided microscopic life-forms that give Jedi warriors their ability to use the Force in […]

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Prebiotic metabolic pathways, another naturalistic hypothesis of the origin of life

Guest post by Evgeny Selensky: An interesting summary of an abiogenetic hypothesis of prebiotic metabolic networks can be found here. The bottom line is, it is interesting but it raises many serious questions. The hypothesis is based on the observed similarity of the core structure of metabolic networks across all organisms. It is then hypothesised […]

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Dawkins haunted by the ghost of (ulp!) Ben Stein

Oh, look, everybody’s got a haunt, right? But they are not equally damning. From David Klinghoffer at Evolution News & Views: On the story about evolutionary atheist Richard Dawkins getting disinvited as an event speaker by a progressive Berkeley radio station (see here and here), Discovery Institute chairman of the board Bruce Chapman points out […]

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How plant architectures mimic subway networks

From ScienceDaily: Using 3D laser scans of growing plants, Salk scientists found that the same universal design principles that humans use to engineer networks like subways also guide the shapes of plant branching architectures. The work, which appears in the July 26, 2017, issue of Cell Systems, could help direct strategies to increase crop yields […]

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Academic freedom: Evergreen biologist files suit

From Nikita Vladimirov at Campus Reform: Bret Weinstein, the Evergreen State College [biology] professor who was driven from campus by a mob of students earlier this year, is preparing to file a $3.8 million claim against the public institution. The claim accuses Evergreen State of “fostering a racially hostile work and retaliatory environment” by encouraging […]

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An Earth sciences outsider, not a recognized expert, put Pangaea together

The critical problem is that rejection of competing ideas is not necessarily based on the correctness of the mainstream idea. Often, it is based on control of money, status, and power, rampant egos, and endless politics. This animated short tells the story of Alfred Wegener, a German astronomer and atmospheric scientist, who came up with […]