|June 26, 2015||Posted by News under Ecology, News, Cell biology|
From New Scientist: The biome of the ocean resembles that of the human gut We’re a step closer to understanding the microbial community that inhabits the ocean – and it has some striking similarities to the community that lives inside our guts. The microbiome of the world’s biggest ecosystem and one of the smallest appear […]
|April 28, 2015||Posted by News under Ecology, 'Junk DNA', News, Cell biology|
Life forms always make sense. Some theories do not. From Phys.org: By sequencing multiple Trichodesmium genomes—and using a wide variety of samples to ensure that there was no error—researchers found that only about 63 percent of the bacteria’s genome is expressed as protein. That’s an incredibly low amount for a bacterium and unheard of for […]
|September 4, 2014||Posted by News under Ecology, News|
Researchers were “dismayed” to discover that “R2—a more informative statistical indicator—has been on the decline.”
|November 25, 2013||Posted by News under Ecology, Evolutionary biology, News|
Let’s not lose sight of this: Before the Siats fossil was found, a whole narrative existed of late Cretaceous ecology that got started entirely in ignorance of this top predator. That would be like trying to understand the northern wilderness without the wolf or the bear.
|August 18, 2013||Posted by News under Ecology, News|
The human ability to even HAVE a quest for specialness tells you something right away. But not something the author gets, because she goes on, and it doesn’t get better
|June 8, 2013||Posted by News under Ecology|
It’s curious how much pop science journalists need to on the one hand decry our earthly good fortune and on the other to proclaim disaster.
|July 3, 2012||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Darwinism, Design inference, Ecology|
“The peculiar properties of lignin therefore make perfect sense when seen as part of a coherent design for the entire ecosystem of our planet. “
|June 17, 2012||Posted by scordova under Science, Global Warming, Media, extinction, Ecology, Peer review|
I believe this is already the 2nd time that Nick has graced the pages of the world’s leading science journal. See: Predicting a state shift in the biosphere, and communicating it. Looks like it is the cover story too! Nick and I have been opponents in the ID / Evolution debate for years. I’m glad […]
|September 5, 2011||Posted by News under Ecology, News, horizontal gene transfer|
In “Antibiotic resistance found in ancient bacteria” (CBC News, Aug 31, 2011), Emily Chung reports, The same genes that make disease-causing bacteria resistant to today’s antibiotics have been found in soil bacteria that have remained frozen since woolly mammoths roamed the Earth. “We’ve shown for the first time that drug resistance is a really old […]
|September 1, 2011||Posted by News under Culture, Ecology, News|
Fully urban students who grow up watching nature documentaries about faroff exotic animals don’t know much about the life forms that comprise their own ecology. Many could recite school facts who have never lived with those facts.
|August 18, 2011||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Ecology, News|
Many “urban leaders’” environmental regulations are just plain stupid but local people (intelligent agents) – who know the regs are stupid – monitor them. That beats remote bureaucracy cold. Dead.
|August 2, 2011||Posted by O'Leary under Darwinism, Human evolution, Ecology|
Anyone who has witnessed one of these popular non-native species eradication programs (the author mentions a local “Operation: No More Water Chestnuts” as a case in point) is put in mind of traditional groups conducting a ritual hunt for “evil.”
|July 29, 2011||Posted by News under Ecology|
This encouraging story from CBC News, “East Coast cod found to be recovering” (Jul 27, 2011), shows why ecology is a science and apocalypse isn’t.
|June 28, 2011||Posted by News under Natural selection, Ecology|
At ScienceDaily we learn, “Scientists Uncover an Unhealthy Herds Hypothesis” (June 24, 2011), Biologists worldwide subscribe to the healthy herds hypothesis, the idea that predators can keep packs of prey healthy by removing the weak and the sick. This reduces the chance disease will wipe out the whole herd, but could it be that predators […]
|February 15, 2011||Posted by O'Leary under Evolution, Darwinism, Ecology|
No, this isn’t about what you think. For once, we are talking about frogs and newts. A friend notes that an evolutionary biologist puzzles as follows: “One of the most puzzling paradoxes in the evolution of toxins is why organisms evolve to be deadly – contrary to venoms, for which deadly effects have a clear […]
|December 12, 2009||Posted by O'Leary under Ecology|
British physicist David Tyler writes at Access Research Network (10 December 2009): With millions of eyes on Copenhagen, this seems an appropriate time to ask whether ID thinking has any relevance to understanding the Earth’s environment. Can design concepts help us weigh the diverse and often conflicting messages? I think ID is helpful, because features […]