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The Origin of Life Is Among Many Atheists’ Interests. If It Is Among Yours, ...

Started by Tom Sarbeck Jan 9. 0 Replies

...if the origin of life is among your interests, go to and on its search bar enter “electricity of life”.You will see links to short videos telling of recent research into this question. One of…Continue

Tags: electricity, universe, earth, origin, life

The Denisova genome

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 23, 2017. 7 Replies

Remember the 40,000 year-old Denisova finger bone that yielded sufficient DNA to…Continue

Tags: evolution, human, genome, DNA, hominin

Do You Need The Universe To Have Had A Beginning?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Nov 19, 2016. 31 Replies

Many if not all human societies have origin myths and they differ greatly.Several years ago a San Francisco-born-and-raised woman told me she is a materialist.An hour ago a woman who was raised a Jehovah Witness and has left that faith told me the…Continue

Tags: cosmology, cosmogeny, evidence, need, universe

Florida schoolgirl charged with felonies for science experiment

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Sep 27, 2016. 3 Replies

No science for you woman! Photo: FreeLearningLife - FlickrWednesday, May 1, 2013 -…Continue

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Mandating Scientific Discovery Never Works But politicians can’t seem to grasp that.

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Aug 31, 2016. 4 Replies

GOP decides that research should be legislated. Usual nonsense.By Lawrence Krauss|Posted Friday, June 21, 2013, at 7:30 AM…Continue

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Science Bits, News, Videos

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Aug 24, 2016. 1364 Replies

This discussion is to have a recurrent thread for science news, tidbits, quick…Continue

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Tully Monster

Started by Mrs.B. Last reply by Mrs.B Mar 17, 2016. 2 Replies

Solving the mystery of the Tully MonsterPosted: 16 Mar 2016 12:13 PM PDTThe Tully…Continue

Super weeds in the US

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Aug 18, 2014. 1 Reply

New York (AFP) - The United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant "superweeds" that some activists and researchers are blaming on GMO's, an accusation rejected by industry giants.According to a recent study, the situation is such that…Continue

Tags: monsanto, chemical, herbicide, GMO, superweed

Platypus Godzilla.

Started by Davy. Last reply by Davy Nov 20, 2013. 5 Replies

And you thought the platypus was a nice, cuddly little monotreme. You would not have thought so 5 to 15 million years ago. Palaeontologists have uncovered the fossil of a platypus that looks as though it is on steroids.  The platypus dub the…Continue

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Aussie algae fuel green oil hope

Started by Davy Oct 20, 2013. 0 Replies

Aussie algae fuel green oil hopeDespite the claims of some, commercially viable fuels from algae have not yet been developed. But newly trialled native algae species provide real hope, a Queensland scientist has found.Dr Evan Stephens and the team…Continue

Tags: algae, hope, bio-fuel, East, middle

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Comment by Doone on March 9, 2011 at 1:20am
The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are melting very very quickly. The ice mass is melting at an accelerating pace… making it a leading source of sea level rise. Eric Rignot, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, said in a statement:

“That ice sheets will dominate future sea level rise is not surprising — they hold a lot more ice mass than mountain glaciers. What is surprising is this increased contribution by the ice sheets is already happening. If present trends continue, sea level is likely to be significantly higher than levels projected by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. Our study helps reduce uncertainties in near-term projections of sea level rise.”

The study will be published soon in Geophysical Research Letters. The results were based on two independent measurements, which included 18 years of satellite and modeling data taken from both regions. The numbers tell the story: the ice loss is happening very quickly. The Greenland ice sheets lost mass faster than the previous year by 21.9 gigatonnes a year. And the loss seen in Antarctica was on average 14.5 gigatonnes a year, compared to the previous year.

From Smart Planet Science Scope
Comment by Doone on March 8, 2011 at 1:40pm

Evolution Drives Many Plants and Animals to Be Bigger, Faster

ScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2011) — For the vast majority of plants and animals, the 'bigger is better' view of evolution may not be far off the mark, says a new broad-scale study of natural selection. Organisms with bigger bodies or faster growth rates tend to live longer, mate more and produce more offspring, whether they are deer or damselflies, the authors report.

Comment by Doone on March 8, 2011 at 1:40pm

Stone Tools Influenced Hand Evolution in Human Ancestors, Anthropologists Say

ScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2011) — New research from anthropologists at the University of Kent has confirmed Charles Darwin's speculation that the evolution of unique features in the human hand was influenced by increased tool use in our ancestors.

Comment by Doone on March 8, 2011 at 1:22pm

Reza Zoughi created a camera that can see through basically anything, made with the same kind of technology used in airport body scanners. As a professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Zoughi invented a portable camera that uses millimeter and microwave signals to see through various materials and structures.

Zoughi said in a statement:

“In the not-so-distant future, the technology may be customized to address many critical inspection needs, including detecting defects in thermal insulating materials that are found in spacecraft heat insulating foam and tiles, space habitat structures, aircraft radomes and composite-strengthened concrete bridge members.”

Smart Planet
Comment by Doone on March 8, 2011 at 10:44am

The Poison Squads

Deborah Blum provides a brief history of food regulation in America. Among the more extreme efforts to increase food safety:

[USDA scientist Harvey Washington Wiley's] plan was simple from the beginning. He'd build a test kitchen and dining room in the basement of the Agriculture Department building on Independence Avenue. Then he'd serve poisoned food to a group of young volunteers. Wiley chose men in their 20s because he thought they were sturdy enough to withstand the diet he had in mind.

Comment by Adriana on March 7, 2011 at 9:01pm
Doone, you should make Boonsri's post a Discussion :-)
Comment by Doone on March 7, 2011 at 8:57pm

New microscope captures 3D images of cells in real-time

By Boonsri Dickinson | Mar 7, 2011

This just in: three dimensional movies of single living cells. The footage is awesome. Watch this video of an African green monkey kidney cell (and this videoand this one) to see why. Sometimes, videos and pictures say more than words. This is one of them.

Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute built a new microscope that uses the same kind of technology used at the grocery store to scan bar-codes.

Comment by Doone on March 7, 2011 at 6:54pm


She's been going at it uninterrupted since 1983, butdramatic changes in the current eruption cycle that took place over the weekend make it a good time to check back in on the Kilauea volcano:

Comment by Adriana on March 7, 2011 at 9:40am
Remember to add this to the  Science bits, News, Videos discussion instead of the comments, Doone :-)
Comment by Doone on March 7, 2011 at 8:32am
Human Activity Displaces Predators More Than Prey
ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2011) — A new paper by University of Calgary researchers, published March 4 in PLoS ONE, demonstrates the edge given to prey in the "space race" by human activity.


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