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Archives for March, 2007

PRESS CENTER | UPDATED BRACKET Early next week, the amorphous, indefinable entity that is Corporate will take on a man named Charles Robert Darwin in the third round of the Science Spring Showdown. That’s right, we’re down to sixteen teams, including the eleven seed Corporate and the seven seed Darwin. This match up of Chair…

Phylogeny Friday – 30 March 2007

Mammals did not rapidly radiate after the K/T boundary. That’s the punch line of a paper published in this week’s issue of Nature. This has been all over the news, including the New York Times twice (#1 and #2). You see, there’s this idea that when the dinosaurs (technically, the non-avian dinosaurs) disappeared, mammals quickly…

URGENT: We have a new update from the War Against Manatees. The Bad Reporter has a dispatch from the great manatee migration. While the enviro-terrorists are claiming global warming is to blame, we patriots know what’s up. It’s not warm northern waters that are drawing the sea cows north. They’re out to undermine our way…

Philosopher Generalizes Beyond Experience

Janet pointed me to a post at the Philosopher’s Playground about doing away with laboratory courses in the science curriculum. Steve Gimbel, the philosopher doing the playing, teaches at Gettysburg College. He argues that the lab portions of science classes cause non-science majors to avoid those courses and not enroll in any science class not…

Neutral Expectations

Last week, I linked to an article in Seed about synonymous mutations with deleterious effects in humans. It’s heavy with errors, but I didn’t linger too much on them. Larry Moran, on the other hand, got a bit more riled up than I did, and John Logsdon (whose blog has the potential to be something…

The Sweetest Sixteen

PRESS CENTER | UPDATED BRACKET The folks that brought you the Second Round of the Octopus Region of the Science Spring Showdown (part 1, part 2) will be bringing you one of the marquee match ups of the third round. Those folks are us, and the place is here at evolgen. We’re down to sixteen…

Manatee Genomics

We’ve told you about the manatees making their move from the southeastern United States to the northeast. We warned you that the sea cows ain’t as dumb as you thought they were. We took you inside their training camps. We showed you the future of the manatees. But now, thanks to a patriotic group of…

SECOND ROUND PREVIEW | PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS Welcome back to our coverage of the second round of the Science Spring Showdown. We had two great games yesterday, and another one finished earlier today. The final game of the round, between HIV and Psychology, is just wrapping up now; we’ll bring you the result…

SECOND ROUND PREVIEW | PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to our comprehensive coverage of the second round of the Science Spring Showdown. We had two great games yesterday, and we have two more match ups today. The game between Phylogenetics and Unipotent is just underway, and the final game of the…

Scientist Refutes the Darwinian Model

Darwinian evolution means different things to different people. To me, and many other population geneticists, it refers to positive selection. To Jeffrey Schwartz, an anthropologist at the University of Pittsburgh, Darwinian evolution means gradual change. By the way, Schwartz also thinks humans are more closely related to orangutans than they are to chimps and gorillas.…