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Archives for July, 2007

It’s Alive! Alive!

Sahotra Sarkar (Philosophy of Biology, University of Texas) has revived his blog in response to the creationist takeover of the Texas Board of Education. Sarkar is the author of Doubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution and thus will no doubt have good things to say about the situation in Texas.

Today in Science (0731)

Events 1964 – Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes. 1999 – Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector – NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.…

Today in Science (0730)

Births 1641 – Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist 1889 – Vladimir Zworykin, Russian physicist

Today in Science (0729)

I get back from Exeter later on today, but as it turns out will be departing up north for a short break from the heat of Phoenix. Blogging will recommence later this week. Below is your Today in Science.

Today in Science (0728)

Gert Kortoff has written a review of Behe’s Edge of Evolution. He points out: Readers interested in “Intelligent Design Theory” will be disappointed. The reader won’t find an exposition of the Intelligent Design Theory. Nine out of ten chapters are about the limitations of neo-Darwinian evolution and the last chapter is about fine-tuning. There is…

Update from (A Less) Damp Exeter

It’s just after noon here in Exeter and I’m getting ready to head off to lunch. Yesterday’s session on multi-level selection was very interesting with Rick Michod (U of Arizona) giving a particularly though provoking paper on the transition to multicellularity. Today’s sessions are relatively outside my interests, but I expect to catch an afternoon…

Today in Science (0727)

Events 1921 – Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting announce the discovery of the hormone insulin. Births 1733 – Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer 1833 – Thomas George Bonney, English geologist 1848 – Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist 1881 – Hans Fischer, German chemist, Nobel laureate Deaths 1844 – John…

Update from Damp Exeter

Well I made it safely to England and the ISHPSSB meeting. Yesterday evening was spent in the pleasant company of Precious Little Snowflake and others. Good fun and good beer was had by all. Today the conference proper starts and I’ll be in two sessions on Evolutionary Developmental biology (“evodevo”) and perhaps one on either…

Today in Science (0726)

Events 1963 – Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster. Deaths 1960 – Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist and co-discoverer of the Michaelis-Menten equations