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Save Us From Our Frankensteins, Genome-Editing Scientists Urge

A new laboratory technique enables biologists to “edit” the genetic makeup of entire species for purposes ranging from the benevolent to the nefarious, with the “potential to cause ecological mayhem,” Antonio Regalado reports in MIT Technology Review.

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The Bonobo and the Atheist

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The Bonobo and the Atheist

Primatologist Frans de Waal pays religion the ultimate atheist compliment: Religion is so great that we humans acquired it through the natural process of evolution.

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Nearly Half of Americans Believe in Creationism

A whopping 42 percent of Americans continue to believe God created human beings in their present form 10,000 years ago; a Russian oligarch is trying to eliminate the “satanic gay lobby” from Europe; meanwhile, a new Ukrainian website is trying to point out fake photos online. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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What Evolution Teaches Us About Humanity’s Grim Future: A Conversation With Jared Diamond

“How did I convince my beautiful wife to marry me?” asked America’s best-known geographer, Jared Diamond.

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Science Crucified

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Science Skeptics

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Mass Media Will Make Millions Thanks to the McCutcheon Decision—Here’s How

The companies that control the media stand to benefit the most from the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision; a new theory about germs poses the most important challenge to medicine in the 21st century; meanwhile, Microsoft’s new CEO has revolutionized the company. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Guess What, Creationists? There’s Major New Evidence the Big Bang Happened

A recent landmark discovery adds to our understanding of how the universe was born.

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Creation of Adam

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Ancient Fish Was First Animal to Have Two Nostrils

Scientists showed the step-by-step evolution of the origins of the human face via the fossils of a 410-million-year-old jawless fish.

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Warming Spurs Plants to Earlier Activity

Flowering earlier or moving to a cooler region are both strategies used by plants to escape the impact of global warming, researchers say.

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Is Texas Spending $82 Million to Teach Creationism in Charter Schools?

Texas is violating the Constitution’s First Amendment to teach a myth as fact in publicly funded schools, a Slate writer asserts.

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Coming in 2014: An Even Bigger Occupy Wall Street Movement

A research firm believes by the end of the new year social unrest will mark American politics; Pope Francis is reportedly “shocked’ by gay adoption; meanwhile, 33 percent of Americans refuse the idea of evolution. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Avocados Should Have Gone Extinct Millions of Years Ago

Many don’t know that if it weren’t for homo sapiens’ avocado fetish, their favorite fruit would have been wiped off the face of the planet by now.

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Mammals Shrank As the World Warmed

One way some species of mammal adapted to a warmer world was to lose body size, new fossil evidence confirms.

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Lessons for Texas Schoolkids: Loch Ness Monster Proves Evolution Is Wrong

Christian-affiliated public charter schools in Texas are teaching some whoppers in the classroom. Note the phrase “public charter schools.” Yes, tax money is being spent to spread ignorance, such as linking the rise of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich to Darwinism.

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Dirty Books

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Evolution

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Hey Hey We’re the Monkeys

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Gay Marriage

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A Trojan Horse for Creationism

Everyone agrees that our students should learn how to think critically, but the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act subverts that goal by sneaking creationism and other pseudo-science into public school science classrooms.

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Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?

We’ve pushed standards, testing and accountability for public schools, so why shouldn’t private institutions receiving taxpayer money have to meet those same requirements?

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Mass Extinction Forecast With 6C Temperature Rise

Hobbit-sized humans, able to exist on less nourishing food, will have the best chance of survival in a warmer world, scientists say.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Zack Kopplin

Reason has a new friend: 19-year-old Zack Kopplin played a crucial role in getting the Orleans Parish School Board to ban creationism from its campuses.

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Human Intelligence Peaked Millennia Ago, Scientist Speculates

Have we humans been getting dumber since we put down the hunting spear and picked up the trowel? Gerald Crabtree, a geneticist at Stanford University, believes so.

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VP Debate Wrap-Up, Romney Plagiarism Accusation, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Wisconsin Republican who says “some girls rape easy,” why Todd Akin should never be allowed to weigh in on scientific matters again and two congressional candidates nearly come to blows at a debate.

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Higher Education Comes at a High Cost

Students all over America are defaulting on their student loans, especially those who attended private, profit-making institutions; Democrats’ chants about Osama bin Laden’s death take us back to George W. Bush’s boasts about Saddam Hussein; meanwhile, new scientific studies prove organic produce contains fewer pesticides and bacteria. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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GOP Plans Ron Paul Tribute, Romney Goes Birther, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Maher’s advice to Todd Akin on rape and abortion, and Bill Nye’s advice to parents about creationism.

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46% of Americans Cling to Creationism

A Gallup poll last month revealed that almost half of Americans are anti-empiricists—that is, they trust ancient descriptions of the world they live in over scientific explanations developed through a direct experience of it.

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Conservatives Really Do Hate Science

Trust in science as a means of discovering and understanding reality has declined among self-identified conservatives since the mid-1970s, sociologists at the University of North Carolina found, and even more so in recent years if they held high level university degrees.

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Flies, Too, Drink to Get Over It

While studying the relationship between stress and alcohol in fruit flies, a group of neuroscientists found that sexually frustrated male flies were more likely to prefer food spiked with alcohol than their carnally satisfied peers, suggesting that humans aren’t the only species to self-medicate.

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And Now, This Neanderthal News Update

Take this one to the Creation Museum: A team of researchers has advanced the idea, in a new journal article published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, that our Neanderthal cousins had mostly died out by the time we Homo sapiens entered the evolutionary scene in full force.

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A ‘Lack of Completely Selfish Societies’

One of the fundamental questions in modern economics is whether humans act out of self-interest or they’re motivated by something else. Two professionals in the field suggest that a cooperative drive has more to do with human behavior than Milton Friedman would have us believe.

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The Missing Link

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Study: Men May Stick Around for More Than 5M Years

What a relief to know that men might not be an endangered species with a potential expiration date in only 5 million years, according to a new study published, appropriately (if heavy-handedly), in a journal called Nature. The issue boils down to a predicted, but now contested, process of genetic decay targeting the man-specific Y chromosome.

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Scientists Investigate Fish Shrinkage

Seafood fans beware: You and your appetites may be toying with evolution. A team of scientists is investigating the fallout from overfishing, which causes fish to be smaller and reproduce earlier, and whether these changes are short-term reactions or the result of unnatural selection. (more)

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Survey Says Teachers Lack Backbone When It Comes to Evolution

A couple of political scientists out of Penn State University went looking into the way evolution is taught in classrooms, and discovered that the vast majority of teachers are overly cautious in their presentation of the concept, contrary to National Research Council guidelines. (more)

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Existence of Tea Party Candidates Casts Doubt on Evolution

Two of the theory of evolution’s most vociferous doubters, Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell, may be living proof that Darwin was wrong, leading scientists believe.

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Levi Johnston: ‘I Don’t Watch a Whole Lotta News’

Could this be the face of the future of politics? Let’s hope not. Alaskan pinup boy turned wannabe politico Levi Johnston has a bit of a tough time answering “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell’s fairly basic questions about evolution, abortion and global warming ... (continued)

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Americans Believe the Dumbest Things

Here’s a listicle that many Americans, unfortunately, can believe in. Yes, it’s Funny or Die’s roundup of nine ideas, ranging from the goofy to the spooky to the downright embarrassing, that scores of fellow denizens of the USA hold to be true.

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Half Fool Half Empathy

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Rewriting History Texas-Style

Texas’ Board of Education has approved a new social studies curriculum with a conservative seal of approval. After three days of debate the board voted to change the curriculum to explicitly present Republican philosophies and conservative leaders in a more positive light.

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Are We Wired for Compassion?

When the term human nature gets thrown around, it’s sometimes used in a derisive fashion, as if to boil all the complex motivations, biological drives and psychological quirks that comprise our makeup down to some simplistic, base formula. However, there are some who might cast the concept in a brighter light. ... (continued)

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Richard Ellis on Dinosaurs

A revelatory new book by Scott D. Sampson, one of our leading dinosaur paleontologists, suggests we have much to learn about extinction, global warming and energy flow from the biological experience of the charismatic beasts that roamed the Earth more than 60 million years ago.

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T. Rex in Miniature

The going theory about the Tyrannosaurus rex, in case you didn’t know, had been until very recently that this famous mega-dinosaur sported stumpy little arms as an evolutionary adaptation related to its jumbo body size. Then a fossil of Raptorex kriegsteini—perhaps 1/100th the size of T. rex, its descendant—came along and upended that notion with its own disproportionately puny forelimbs.

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Godless Darwin Movie Too Sciency for God-Loving America

Let’s get something straight, America. Charles Darwin was right. Only 39 percent of you believe that, but his theory of evolution is the basis of modern biological science. Deal with it. A new film about the man can’t get distribution in the U.S. because—this is embarrassing just to type—150 years after “On the Origin of Species,” he’s too controversial in these parts.

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Troy Jollimore on God’s Evolution

Can Robert Wright, the acclaimed author of “The Moral Animal,” square the circle in his new book on the persistent and vexing issue of what role religion plays in how human societies seek to comport themselves? Just how crucial to our modern ethical ideas like universal rights and equality among all persons is the notion of a single, all-powerful god?

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Elvis Evolution

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Couric Stumps Palin With Question About Reading

Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin about a number of controversial topics during the latest installment of her interview—evolution, abortion, homosexuality—but the VP nominee appeared to have the hardest time when pressed to say what newspapers and magazines she has read: “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.”

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