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Phylogenomics Produces New and Improved Tree of Birds

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2015-01-16 10:26
What do flamingoes and pigeons have in common? You might say very little—after all, flamingoes are long–legged, vibrantly–colored water–dwellers and the pigeons we often see inhabiting our cities appear to be completely the opposite. But according to a study published last month in Science magazine, flamingoes and pigeons are more closely related than previously thought. The groundbreaking new study used phylogenomics to compare the genes of 48 bird species. It is the first study of... Emily Thompson
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Between Migdol and the Sea: book review

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2015-01-16 10:26
The subtitle of this book by frequent PT commenter Carl Drews is “Crossing the Red Sea with faith and science.” Mr. Drews achieved a modicum of fame a few years ago for his master’s thesis, in which he speculated that Moses and his followers had crossed the Sea of Reeds during a wind setdown, that is, an event where the wind blows so hard on a body of water that the water level on the... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Notwithstanding Grand Claims to the Contrary, Human Color Vision Still Presents a Major Evolutionary Enigma

Here is another challenge to Darwinian evolution, which banks on conserving immediately useful features. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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Free Will Is Real and Materialism Is Wrong

Free will is the exercise of an immaterial power of the mind, and is not constrained by deterministic processes in nature. Michael Egnor
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The Very Neutral Kenneth Miller

His essay gives the public a chance to see directly how one informed Darwinist reacts to a basic empirical challenge to the theory. Michael Behe http://www.discovery.org/p/31
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Martin Pistorius and the Culture of Death

The story of Pistorius -- believed falsely to have been unconscious for 12 years -- is all over the mainstream media. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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The Cosmic Fine-Tuning Argument for Intelligent Design, Now with "No More Tears" Formula

I recommend it especially to those religious believers too busy denying the relevance of science to their faith to actually crack open a science book. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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They've Got Eric Metaxas Under Their Skin: Now, the Religious Critics

None of this on its own, neither the views of Pope Pius XII nor those of Maimonides, establishes current ID theory as the most reasonable position for anyone. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Kenneth Miller Resists Chloroquine Resistance

The Brown University biologist has posted a reply to my challenge to him. Michael Behe http://www.discovery.org/p/31
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You Go, Eric Metaxas! Measuring the Improbability of Intelligent Life Elsewhere in the Cosmos

Even the origin of our moon, which seems to be necessary in a number of ways for advanced life on Earth, is a fascinating very low probability event. Daniel Bakken
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Still Taking Aim at Eric Metaxas, the Media Underestimate the Degree to which Physicists See Evidence for Intelligent Design

One of his critics is Tobin Grant, a professor of political science at Southern Illinois University. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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The Fundamental Equation of Chemistry Is Itself Fine-Tuned

It is well known that all of the fundamental constants of physics are finely tuned to make life possible in our universe. Granville Sewell
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Me and Jack Kevorkian

Bundy and Gacy were sadists and serial killers, but unlike Kevorkian they didn't start a mass cultural movement. Michael Egnor
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Antievolution legislation in Missouri

Missouri's House Bill 486 (PDF), introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 13, 2015, would confer "academic freedom to teach scientific evidence regarding evolution" to teachers. If enacted, the bill would in effect encourage science teachers with idiosyncratic opinions to teach anything they pleased, and discourage responsible educational authorities from intervening. The bill specifically cites "the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution" as controversial.

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Progress in West Virginia

"The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to withdraw changes proposed to the state's science education standards," reports the Charleston Gazette (January 14, 2015).

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West Virginia to revisit science standards

West Virginia's board of education is to reconsider its decision to undermine the treatment of climate science in its new state science standards at its January 14, 2015, meeting, according to The New York Times (January 13, 2015).

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The Origin of Life

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added October 31, 2006:A discussion of the main models on the spontaneous origin of life that aims to show how cellular complexity could have gradually emerged from simple systems - in contrast to the sudden appearance of complexity that creationists claim to have been necessary at the beginning of life. Central issues like the composition of the early atmosphere of the Earth and the origin of the homochirality of amino acids and sugars are reviewed as well.
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September 2006 Feedback

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added October 22, 2006:
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