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Researchers: Dairy products changed human skull shape

From ScienceDaily: The advent of farming, especially dairy products, had a small but significant effect on the shape of human skulls, according to a recently published study from anthropologists at UC Davis. … Graduate student David Katz, with Professor Tim Weaver and statistician Mark Grote, used a worldwide collection of 559 crania and 534 lower Read More…

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Lee Spetner: What challenges do convergent evolution and antibiotic resistance pose to Darwinian evolution?

First, from Casey Luskin in 2014 on Lee Spetner’s The Evolution Revolution here: Many ENV readers might have read, or at least heard of, a well-argued 1996 book by Lee Spetner, Not By Chance. Spetner, who holds a PhD in physics from MIT, has recently published a sequel titled The Evolution Revolution: Why Thinking People Read More…

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Repositioning of ray-finned fish sends shock waves through fish family tree

From ScienceDaily: For several decades, scientists have placed polypterids down near the base of the family tree of ray-finned fish, a large group believed to have originated around 385 million years ago. But a new study that used CT scans to probe three-dimensionally preserved fossil fish skulls shakes up the fish family tree by concluding Read More…

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Researcher: Black holes formed shortly after the Big Bang

From ScienceDaily: A long-standing question in astrophysics is whether the universe’s very first black holes came into existence less than a second after the Big Bang or whether they formed only millions of years later during the deaths of the earliest stars. Alexander Kusenko, a UCLA professor of physics, and Eric Cotner, a UCLA graduate Read More…

Epigenetics Medicine

Can epigenetics be used to thwart viruses?

From Shawna Williams at the Scientist: There’s potentially more than one way to deal with stuborn viruses like HSV using epigenetic drugs. While no epigenetics-based antivirals are yet on the market, clinical trials are underway to test the use of chromatin-opening cancer drugs in combination with conventional antiretroviral therapies for HIV, and researchers such as Read More…

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Symbiosis found in Cambrian fossil worms

From ScienceDaily: Symbiotic relationships, which involve two different kinds of organism interacting with close physical contact, are common in nature. However, few prehistoric examples involve soft-bodied animals because they are normally not fossilized. Although fossils of the two species of marine worm, Cricocosmia jinnigensis and Mafangscolex sinensi, have been found before, these are the first Read More…

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From LiveScience: What is the oldest continuous living thing in the world?

As Stephanie Pappas writes, it’s much more complex than we might think: In 2013, researchers from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program reported at the annual Goldschmidt Conference in Italy that they’d found microbes in 100-million-year-old sediments in the floor of the deep sea, according to the BBC. The microbes were reproducing once every 10,000 years, Read More…

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No to fine-tuning? No to a multiverse? How about cosmic pantheism?

From Mary-Jane Rubenstein at Nautilus: What if God is the creatively emergent order of nature itself? In this case, the difference between pantheism and atheism might be emotional. Einstein, a professed pantheist, wrote that he experienced a “cosmic religious feeling,” a persistent awe at the “sublimity and marvelous order” of the universe. He was not Read More…

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What beliefs about the universe can Christians not compromise?

Here: In this wide-ranging conversation, they discuss how the doctrine of creation makes sense of human dignity, racial equality, true peace and justice, purpose and meaning in life, and more. They also consider recent debates over the historicity of Adam and Eve. See also: Michael Chaberek: Darwinian theory is past its best-before date