Evolution

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The vermin only teaze and pinch Their foes superior by an inch. So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite ‘em, And so proceed ad infinitum. Jonathan Swift, “On Poetry: A Rhapsody” There’s so much to love about this story from Nature News. While…

Mike the Mad Biologist weighs in on a debate Brad Delong has been curating, about the status of economics as a science. Noting that examples from biology are being introduced as comparisons for economics, Mike writes: It really does matter: if economists are going to use biology as a model for their discipline, we need…

Via Southern Fried Scientist, the Galapagos-based Charles Darwin Foundation reports: In the aftermath of the tidal surges induced by the March 11th Japan earthquake and tsunami, a team of more than 20 staff and volunteers worked shoulder to shoulder to clear debris, retrieve equipment and clean laboratories, offices and storage buildings at the Marine Sciences…

My Darwin Day talk

Last Sunday, I talked at Kol Hadash, a secular Jewish community, about NCSE’s recent work in the creation/evolution trenches. Our intrepid communications director Robert Luhn was there to film it, and has posted video of the talk to our Youtube channel. The Q&A will follow. A big shout out to a South Dakota student who…

All things bright and evolved

Evolution Made Us All from Ben Hillman on Vimeo. Totally awesome. Via BoingBoing.

Florida

Florida Citizens for Science is liveblogging the Florida Board of Education meeting on science standards.

199 years ago, in a log cabin in Kentucky, a boy was born to a pair of farmers on the American frontier. His parents named him Abraham, after the father prepared to sacrifice his own divinely promised son when called to do so by his God, and who, the Apostle Paul said, “against hope believed…

The Times reports that Venom Runs Thick in Fish Families: The study, published in June in The Journal of Heredity, analyzed and compared DNA sequences from 233 species and used the results to create a new family tree for spiny-rayed fishes. That group includes many types of toadfish, scorpionfish (lionfish are a type of scorpionfish),…