Denyse O'Leary is the News blogger for Uncommon Descent
Animal minds

Parrots learn their calls from their parents; not born with them

In “Why Do Parrots Talk? Venezuelan Site Offers Clues” (Science, 22 July 2011) Virginia Morell explains Researchers have discovered details of the parrotlets’ ecology and life histories, and the project has now entered a new phase focusing on their communicative skills. Last week, researchers reported that the contact calls of wild parrotlet nestlings—vocalizations that function Read More…

Human evolution

Sharing is learned in humans, not chimps, study says

From “Collaboration Encourages Equal Sharing in Children but Not in Chimpanzees ScienceDaily (July 22, 2011)” (ScienceDaily, July 22, 2011) we learn: Adult humans produce a vast majority of their resources in cooperative work with others. Moreover, they generally try to distribute them based on norms of fairness and equity. With regard to children, previous studies Read More…

Atheism Religion Science

Religion correlates with lower IQ among American teenagers?

From “Does religion rot teenagers’ brains?” (MercatorNet, 25 July 2011): Recently, we looked at a claim, published in a serious science journal, Intelligence, that belief in God correlates worldwide with lower IQ. From the same journal in the same year, we learned that religion correlates with lower IQ among American teenagers. [ …] If half Read More…

Intelligent Design Science

With so many retractions of science journal papers, it’s easy to get carried away …

In “Longevity Paper Retracted: A study that identified several genes linked to extremely long life has been retracted due to technical errors in the sequencing chips used,” Tia Ghose reports for The Scientist (July 21, 2011): For instance, one requirement that Science says the authors didn’t meet was the replication of the original paper findings Read More…

Evolution Intelligent Design

David Tyler asks, “How SHOULD the NSF measure scientific literacy?”

At Access Research Network (7/22/11). And offers an answer: For 20 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has undertaken surveys of science literacy that incorporate these two true-false statements: “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals”, and “The universe began with a huge explosion”. Happily, changes have been recommended, Read More…