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Republicans, Evolution and You

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Eye Shape Tells Whether an Animal Is Predator or Prey

Scientists have determined that the shape of an animal’s eye has everything to do with its adaptation to a particular place on the food chain.

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Study: Human Evolution Has Not Slowed Down

The largest ever genetics study of a single population suggests that humans are evolving faster than scientists previously thought.

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Don’t Believe in Evolution, Climate Change or Vaccines? You’re Not Fit to Be President

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who may run for the presidency, refused Wednesday to answer the direct questions “Are you comfortable with the idea of evolution? Do you believe in it?”

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE

Preferences for High Masculinity and Femininity May Be Peculiar to Modern Societies

A new survey of 12 populations around the world challenges the commonly held assumption that human beings naturally prefer highly masculine men and highly feminine women.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE

Warm Evolution

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Evolving Catholicism

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Pope Francis: ‘Evolution of Nature Is Not Inconsistent With the Notion of Creation’

The increasingly popular pope warns against the perils of depicting God as a “magician.”

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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.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE

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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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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.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE

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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?

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE

Princeton University Press

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.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE

The Missing Link

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE

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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)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE (CC-BY)

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)

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE

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)

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE

Half Fool Half Empathy

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