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High-power laser hints at origin of RNA

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-12-18 08:30
The Hebrew Bible says that God made humans from dust,* but maybe it was a slurry of clay and water. That is a tentative conclusion you might draw from an experiment that used a (very) high-powered laser beam to zap a suspension of clay in an aqueous solution of formamide, a very simple organic compound. The result has been reported in the press, but there is a somewhat more-precise article in Science magazine. (You may... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Meditation on The Mind's Eye

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-12-18 08:30
I am a physicist, with a specialty in optics, so I was especially interested in The Mind’s Eye, by Oliver Sacks (not to mention the less well known The Island of the Colorblind). The Mind’s Eye is a fascinating book about the visual system, many of the things that can go wrong with it, and what we learn from them. It is also the book in which Dr. Sacks reveals that he suffers from prosopagnosia,... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Political Scientist Asks, "Should Dogs Be Citizens?"

The mainstream media sure do love anti-human exceptionalism. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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What About the Actual Data We Have Been Acquiring About Exoplanets?

"Earthlike exoplanets" are a favorite subject of science and popular media reporting. Daniel Bakken
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Biological Information, a Mile and a Half Beneath the Ocean Floor

Scientists sent a drill to the lowest depths under the sea ever reached, and found a surprise: living organisms. Evolution News & Views
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Understanding Memories: Lovely Metaphors Belong in Songs, Not Science

I'm reminded of a phrase from one of my favorite songwriters, Paul Simon, in "The Boxer": "I've squandered my resistance for a pocket full of mumbles." Michael Egnor
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In Bioethics, Infanticide Is Now "Debatable"

The late Richard John Neuhaus famously wrote this of bioethicists. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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My Top Five Science and Faith Christmas Gifts for 2015

Here are five resources on science and faith you might want to include in your gift-giving this month. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
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Newly Discovered Convergent Genetic Evolution Between Bird and Human Vocalization Poses a Severe Challenge to Common Ancestry

Everyone is familiar with the striking ability of certain birds (such as parrots) to vocalize speech, much as humans do. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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Thinking Differently About Biology

Sentences that convey different ideas may have similar structures, but when we write a sentence we start with the idea, not the sentence structure. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
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Your Computer Doesn't Like You

Intelligence, as denoted in "artificial intelligence," corresponds roughly to what Aristotle meant by intellect and will. Michael Egnor
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New Study Reveals DNA Organization in the Nucleus; Plus Highly Recommended Video

We knew the nucleus had to be organized into compartments with particular chromosomes taking up particular regions. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
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Massive Genetic Study Confirms Birds Arose in "Big Bang"-Type of "Explosion"

It's long been known that the Cambrian explosion isn't the only explosion of organisms in the fossil record. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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See It: Today at 5 PM Pacific, Stephen Meyer Meets the Platonic Ideal of an Interviewer

That would be Eric Metaxas, who combines illumination with much amusement. Evolution News & Views
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"Unintelligent Design," You Say? An Automotive Parable

The past five months, I've been trying to change the head gasket on a 2001 Chrysler PT. Rob Sheldon
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Your Computer Can't Remember a Darned Thing

For materialists, the metaphor of memory for computer storage of electronic representations has become metaphysics. Michael Egnor
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Antiscience bill dies in Ohio

Ohio's House Bill 597 — which if enacted would require students in the state's public schools to "review, in an objective manner, the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories in the [state science] standards" — died in the legislature, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (December 15, 2014).

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Wyoming to unblock NGSS?

A bill to allow the Wyoming state board of education to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards will be introduced in the legislature, according to the Billings Gazette (December 15, 2014).

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No tax incentives for ark park

"Kentucky's Tourism Arts & Heritage Cabinet Secretary Bob Stewart informed representatives of the proposed Ark Encounter tourist attraction today that their project will not be eligible for up to $18 million in tax incentives from the state, due to their refusal to pledge not to discriminate in hiring based on religion," Insider Louisville (December 10, 2014) reports.

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