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Archives for May, 2006

Question of the Week

The mothership asks If you could shake the public and make them understand one scientific idea, what would it be? I answer …

In today’s New York Times, A.O. Scott has a wonderful review of The Da Vinci Code which is described as “Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling primer on how not to write an English sentence”. The review features a number of observations that you don’t read every day, for example “movies … rarely deal…

Freedom (of sorts)

Ed linked to a set of 45 “SIgns you might be an ID supporter” and this caught my eye: 35. You resent the implication that ID assumes the Designer has to be supernatural. After all, He could have been a space alien, right? 34. You believe that the laws of Nature, the fundamental constants of…

This little guy is Brachylagus idahoensis (Merriam, 1891), the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, the smallest rabbit species in North America, and found in Douglas County in north-central Washington. Sadly, the species is doomed. The last male purebred rabbit died March 30th, leaving just two females in a captive breeding program; none are believed to exist…

As for immigrants …

Question for the week

The mothership asks “Will the “human” race be around in 100 years?” I answer, yes. I’m not really too taken with the question, hence my brevity.

Interesting research coming out of Arizona State University: Researchers believe that dynamic regions of the human genome — “hotspots” in terms of duplications and deletions — are potentially involved in the rapid evolution of morphological and behavioral characteristics that are genetically determined. Now, an international team of researchers, including a graduate student and an associate…

Simpsons & Evolution online

Last night’s Simpson’s episode is available online here.

A new blogsib

I’ve been away for a while, visiting friends in San Diego and wont be back in circulation in meatspace for a few days. However, I hope to resume regular blogging in a day or two. In the meantime, you could do worse than checkout Jason Rosenhouse’s blog EvolutionBlog which has joined us here at ScienceBlogs.…