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Amazing how natural selection mastered the physics of the flagellum

Propulsion with a Rotating Elastic Nanorod http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/cond-mat/pdf/0602/0602238.pdf Manoel Manghi,1 Xaver Schlagberger,2 and Roland R. Netz2 1Laboratoire de Physique Th´eorique, IRSAMC, Universit´e Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse, France 2Physik Department, Technical University Munich, 85748 Garching, Germany (Dated: February 9, 2006) ABSTRACT: The dynamics of a rotating elastic filament is investigated using Stokesian simulations. The filament, straight and Read More…

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Why is so much interesting evolution intelligently designed?

Question: Can the effects of such directed gene shuffling be accomplished without direction? If so, what’s the evidence? Gene Shuffling to Produce Food and Feed Crops Prof. Joe Cummins http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0601&L=sanet-mg&T=0&F=&I=-3&S=&P=9498 Gene shuffling is a process consisting of producing a large array of producing many variants of a DNA sequence from a gene or a portion Read More…

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Phylogenetic Stem Cells

I cannot find the phrase phylogenetic stem cell used anywhere and suggest when we talk of possible mechanisms underlying guided, planned evolution we equate the hypothetical LUCA (Last Universal Common Ancestor) with a hypothetical Phylogenetic Stem Cell to quickly convey the gist of the front-loaded hypothesis. This phrase should have instant meaning to anyone familiar Read More…

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John Stuart Mill on Design

Here is an interesting essay on design by Darwin’s contemporary John Stuart Mill. Question: are the molecular machines that Michael Behe identified as decisive evidence for design merely analogous to human-built machines or do they fully instantiate the concept of machine? Another question: Why should knowing the mode of implementation of design be so important Read More…

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Herbert Kroemer – Hyperbolist Extraordinaire

If there’s a Nobel Prize for alarmist nincompoopery physicist Herbert Kroemer deserves it. Over on Panda’s Thumb they’re trumpeting this article with its extraordinarily hyperbolic opening claim by Kroemer The Theory of Intelligent Design, and other attacks on the science of biological evolution, are not merely attacks on the concept of evolution, but attacks on Read More…

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Just say NO to Darwinian just-so stories

[From a biologist colleague:] Ross and Pawlina’s histology textbook (2006; ISBN 0781750563) demonstrates a remarkable ignorance of genetics (it’s otherwise a good text) in its discussion of the parietal cells in the stomach (which are the cells that make hydrochloric acid): “Recently, it has been hypothesized that parietal cells may have originated from a bacterium Read More…

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The Scientist: “Is Peer Review Broken?”

. . . Everyone, it seems, has a problem with peer review at top-tier journals. The recent discrediting of stem cell work by Woo-Suk Hwang at Seoul National University sparked media debates about the system’s failure to detect fraud. Authors, meanwhile, are lodging a range of complaints: Reviewers sabotage papers that compete with their own, Read More…

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Could UC policy preclude ID in private schools?

The University of California is being litigated against by the Association of Christian Schools and Calvary Chapel Christian School of Murrieta, CA for religious discrimination. See here and here. Given the confusion over the scientific status of ID and it’s incorrect conflation with creationism, how do you think this upcoming judgment might effect the teaching Read More…

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Baptist Press reports on Wisconsin’s proposed ban of ID

Wisconsin legislator, university profs want ban of Intelligent Design in public schools Feb 8, 2006 By Art Toalston Baptist Press MADISON, Wis. (BP)–In an unprecedented political move to protect evolution, a Wisconsin state representative -– backed by 13 professors from the University of Wisconsin -– has introduced a bill that could ban the teaching of Read More…