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You know that I am excited about my kids’ great start of school this year. Today when I picked them up from school, Coturnix Jr. informed me that he needed a piece of posterboard and some glue for his debate class. Ah, he is going to be so good at that, the family he is…

Michael Pollan, author of “Omnivore’s Dilemma” and other good, thought-provoking books, will be on a speaking tour this Fall. Click on the link for details of your place. He will be in my neck of the woods in October: October 11, 2006, 7 pm: Chapel Hill, NC; Morehead Planetarium at the University of North Carolina…

Monkey see, monkey do

Chimpanzees Can Transmit Cultural Behavior To Multiple ‘Generations’: Transferring knowledge through a chain of generations is a behavior not exclusive to humans, according to new findings by researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. For the first time, researchers have shown chimpanzees exhibit generational…

“Scream” recovered

It appears that the Norwegian police found the stolen Munch’s “Scream” and “Madonna”.

PIG, PhD

Richard Hoppe further dissects Jonathan Wells’ ideas about Ohio State University mentioned in Chapter 16.

Now, this is the gene that was meant to be named “hairy” instead of this one: Hirsute-s You, Sir! Could Super Furry Animals Provide Clues For Baldness?: The team found that cells given the genetic command to become hair follicles will send out signals to neighbouring cells to prevent them from doing likewise, so producing…

How animals lose legs

What’s with manatees in the news lately? First intelligence, and now this: Manatee Bones Lead To New Insight On Evolution: “Most research professors spend their days writing grants, teaching and managing graduate students, so when Stanford’s David Kingsley, PhD, ventured from his office to his lab, pulled out a scale and started weighing 114 pairs…

Did Joe Camel’s nose get longer?

Nicotine Up Sharply In Many Cigarettes: The amount of nicotine in most cigarettes rose an average of almost 10 percent from 1998 to 2004, with brands most popular with young people and minorities registering the biggest increases and highest nicotine content, according to a new study. Nicotine is highly addictive, and while no one has…

Spineless for a year

Circus of the Spineless #12 is up on Sunbeam from Cucumbers. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since this fine carnival started!

Since Chris Mooney’s book has just come out in paperback and the critics often invoke false equivalence between abuses of science on the Right and the Left, I thought this would be a good time to repost this August 05, 2005 post (reposted here on January 16, 2006):