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Because Nobel laureate Werner Arber is addressing evolution at the Landau meeting of Nobel laureates, I thought I’d repost this piece from January 21, 2009, which was first posted from the Texas Board of Education meeting room. Enjoy. In November, the Texas Board of Education met to consider their new science standards. As I’ve mentioned…

Reposted from the old TfK because it’s fun. In KU’s introductory biology lab about evolution, the students are asked (not my phrasing): In the vertebrate animal clade, jaws have evolved from cartilage-like rods associated with gills. In jawless ancestral vertebrates, as well as extant jawless species such as hagfish and lampreys, the function of these…

Mallard Rape

Reposted from the old TfK, in honor of the late, great Greg Beck. Over at Death’s Door, there is a certain degree of consternation about the possibility that mallard ducks would be gang raping each other. There is a bunch of confusion wrapped around that so let’s start slow. I also wasn’t aware that duck’s…

Endosymbiosis in process

Reposted from the old blog. Last week we discussed endosymbiosis, the hypothesis that mitochondria and chloroplasts originated as free-living bacteria captured by another cell and essentially enslaved. This week’s Science has evidence of this process at work today. A Secondary Symbiosis in Progress? — Okamoto and Inouye 310 (5746): 287 — Science. The figure labeled…

Reposted from the old TfK, for your enjoyment while I drive out to the NCSE. I don’t mind creationism. I know this comes as a bit of a shock, but I don’t. For our purposes, creationism is the belief that a supernatural force or being created, designed or otherwise shaped the universe and life in…

It isn’t Passover right now, but several people recently commented that this is one of our better posts from the old blog, so enjoy.

Reposted from the old TfK, while I Travel from Kansas. Everyone is answering Seed’s Question of the Week: If you could shake the public and make them understand one scientific idea, what would it be? I’m down with this answer: I want people to understand that there is no law of averages. There are no…

Botflies

Reposted from the old TfK in honor of this story at BoingBoing. Botflies are disgusting. Horrible, horrible little things. We get their larvae on the white-footed mice we trap here in Kansas. The picture to the right is a white-footed mouse botfly that I caught here in Kansas. These are fairly rare in collections because…

Reposted from ye olde site, in preparation for another post soon to come. Ed Brayton asks Is Risk of Theocracy Overblown? His answer is a slightly qualified “Yes.” And he highlights why I don’t rail against theocracy, but against “religious authoritarianism.” While he may be right that Dobson and Falwell (or Fox and Johnston in…

Fascism?

Reposted from the old TfK. Various people are asking Are We Fighting ‘Islamic Fascists’? This in response to the President’s claim that, “This nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom.” David Ignatius (linked above) says “I have been pondering since [last week]…