Film trailer for Jonathan Wells’s new book, Zombie Science

Darwinism has succeeded at something at last: The dead walk. Okay, in the minds of millions, they do walk. Cell biologist Jonathan Wells offers a new book, Zombie Science: In 2000, biologist Jonathan Wells took the science world by storm with Icons of Evolution, a book showing how biology textbooks routinely promote Darwinism using bogus evidence—icons […]

Hoops star Shaquille O’Neal endorses a flat Earth?

From Laura Geggel at LiveScience: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal can likely see that a basketball is round, but the newly proclaimed “flat-Earther” can’t seem to say the same for the planet. In a podcast that aired Feb. 27, the basketball legend announced that the Earth is flat, saying that when he drives from Florida […]

Early man was a cannibal but the reasons are unclear

From Laura Gegel at LiveScience: Human cannibals likely took a big bite out of their fellow humans about 10,000 years ago, according to a study that examined prehistoric bones with scratch and bite marks on them. The bones, discovered in the Santa Maria Caves (Coves de Santa Maria) in Alicante, Spain, may be the first […]

Add to the spellcheck “epitranscriptome”

From ScienceDaily: Paper. (paywall)Our genome is made up of 6,000 million pieces of DNA that combine four “flavors”: A, C, G and T (Adenine, Cytosine, Guanine and Thymine). It is our Alphabet. But to this base we must add some regulation, just like the spelling and grammar of that alphabet: this is what we call […]

3D structure of genome of simple bacteria reveals complex organization

From ScienceDaily: Researchers have described the 3D structure of the genome in the extremely small bacteria Mycoplasma pneumoniae. They discovered previously unknown arrangements of DNA within this tiny bacteria, which are also found in larger cells. Their findings suggest that this type of organization is a universal feature of living cells. DNA contains the instructions […]

Luke Barnes questions Steven Weinberg’s hypothesis on dark energy and galaxies

We’ve yet find any dark matter, let alone dark energy, actually but Luke Barnes notes at Nautilus: Our cosmic environment is the result of a delicate balance of cosmic forces—gravity and pressure, cooling and heating, expansion and collapse. The final product, when all these pushes and pulls come into balance, is our Milky Way galaxy, […]

Enzyme-free Krebs cycle: Big new find in the extrapolation of life

From Linda Geddes at New Scientist: Metabolism may be older than life itself and start spontaneously However, the enzyme-free Krebs cycle that Ralser observed isn’t the complete biochemical cycle as it operates in modern cells. That may have come later, after enzymes evolved. Furthermore, the sulphate-driven cycle has so far only been shown to run […]

The power of Darwinism as a social concept

Much useful information/links/sources from Jonathan Latham at CounterPunch: As early as the death of Charles Darwin (1882) it was said that his thought (which for the most part meant Huxley’s interpretations) could be found “under a hundred disguises in works on law and history, in political speeches and religious discourses…if we try to think ourselves […]

Can lampreys offer insight into the evolution of gut neurons?

Could vertebrates once have relied on a different mechanism for developing neurons in the gut? From ScienceDaily: Lamprey are slimy, parasitic eel-like fish, one of only two existing species of vertebrates that have no jaw. While many would be repulsed by these creatures, lamprey are exciting to biologists because they are so primitive, retaining many […]

Cells communicate to navigate a crowded embryo

From ScienceDaily: When an individual cell needs to move somewhere, it manages just fine on its own. It extends protrusions from its leading edge and retracts the trailing edge to scoot itself along, without having to worry about what the other cells around it are doing. But when cells are joined together in a sheet […]

New research uproots dinosaur family tree

From ScienceDaily: More than a century of theory about the evolutionary history of dinosaurs has been turned on its head following the publication of new research from scientists at the University of Cambridge and Natural History Museum in London. Their work suggests that the family groupings need to be rearranged, re-defined and re-named and also […]

Mammals get smaller when the climate heats up?

Researchers suggest so based on studies of early fossil rabbit and horse types. From ScienceDaily: More than 50 million years ago, when the Earth experienced a series of extreme global warming events, early mammals responded by shrinking in size. While this mammalian dwarfism has previously been linked to the largest of these events, new research […]

“Extinct” Paleozoic echinoderm turns up in Triassic

Challenges fundamentals of echinoderm evolution. From ScienceDaily: Echinoderms are among the marine invertebrates that suffered the most severe losses at the end-Permian extinction. At least that was the consensus until a team of European paleontologists — Ben Thuy, Hans Hagdorn, and Andy S. Gale — cast a critical eye on some poorly studied Triassic echinoderm […]

The amazing level of engineering in the transition to the vertebrate proteome: a global analysis

As a follow-up to my previous post: The highly engineered transition to vertebrates: an example of functional information analysis I am presenting here some results obtained by a general application, expanded to the whole human proteome, of the procedure already introduced in that post. Main assumptions. The aim of the procedure is to measure a well defined […]

Science marching away from its real problems

At Marchin’, marchin’: The experts are right, it’s the facts that are wrong, I responded to some comments and offer a linked version here: — johnnyb, Upright Biped, and rvb8, my principal concern is that people, including people in science, can’t better their game if they won’t address their weaknesses. The Marchin’, Marchin’ for Science […]

Wayne Rossiter on Venema and McKnight’s Adam and the Genome: One jacket, two books, both wrong

Waynesburg biologist Wayne Rossiter, reviews Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight’s Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, at his blog: Part I: Venema really only has two things he wants to accomplish in his portion of the book: 1) to demonstrate that there could never have been two original progenitors of humanity and […]

Marchin’, marchin’: The experts are right, it’s the facts that are wrong

Further to marchin’, marchin’ for science: From law prof Glenn Reynolds at USA Today: According to Foreign Affairs magazine, Americans reject the advice of experts so as “to insulate their fragile egos from ever being told they’re wrong.” That’s in support of a book by Tom Nichols called The Death of Expertise, which essentially advances […]

Pushback against “deep evolution” (we are descended from complex ancestor) and HGT

Also, doubts about horizontal gene transfer persist. First, from Suzan Mazur earlier at Huffington Post on deep evolution: I recently had a three-way phone conversation with Swedish deep evolution investigators Charles Kurland and Ajith Harish about their phylogenomic Tree of Life (ToL) based on protein structure, which shows that we are descended from a “complex” ancestor […]

Extraterrestrial life: Genetic code as Wow! signal

A Wow! signal is definite evidence for extraterrestrial life. We missed this from 2013: The SETI hypothesis of an intelligent signal in the genetic code is tested. The code is shown to possess an ensemble of same-style precision-type patterns. The patterns are shown to match the criteria of an intelligent signal. It’s apparently still legal to […]

Design Disquisitions: Jeffrey Koperski on Two Bad and Two Good Ways to Attack ID (Part 2): Two ‘Good’ Ways

Part two of my series looking at Jeffrey Koperski’s paper ‘Two Bad Ways to Attack Intelligent Design and Two Good Ones’ is now up on my blog. This one is quite in depth, but a couple of interesting issues come up along the way. I examine the concept of soft and hard anomalies in scientific […]

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