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At least we can blaspheme in America February 28, 2009

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Homo erectus had modern feet? February 27, 2009

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“Footprints uncovered in Kenya show that as early as 1.5 million years ago an ancestral species, almost certainly Homo erectus, had already evolved the feet and walking gait of modern humans.”

1.5 million year old footprint

1.5 million year old footprint

How to keep your neurons alive February 27, 2009

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saving-new-brain-cells_11 The adult brain generates thousands of new neurons (brain cells) every day. The primary portion of the brain where this occurs is the hippocampus, and this is where memory and learning predominantly take place.

 New developments is neurobiology have shown that you can do certain activities that will keep those new neurons alive and well.

The New York Times’ “On Darwin” page February 22, 2009

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Young Darwin

Young Darwin

 

Before, on, and after Darwin DayI made numerous post and links to some of my favorite articles, editorials, and analysis celebrating the occasion. The New York Times still has their Darwin page available, and it contains a wealth of information in one place.

The picture of young Darwin on the left links directly to the main New York Times page, but below are the images that contain the links to the five sections contained in the Darwin page.

 

What Drives Evolution

What Drives Evolution

 

What Is A Species?

What Is a Species?

 

 

Sexual Selection 

Sexual SelectionWhat is a Species?The Community of LifeThe Wonderful Eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Community of Life

The Community of Life

 

The Wonderful Eye

The Wonderful Eye

Aerogel, the enviroment’s best friend? February 22, 2009

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Aerogel supporting a brick

Aerogel supporting a brick

Aerogel, also called frozen smoke is a lightweight material that can soak up waste, such as an oil spill, in far greater quantities than other manufactured materials. A recent study showed that Aerogel could hold up to fourteen times it’s weight of a water/oil mixture.
 Before Aerogel can be considered for implementation across the board, it has to be analyzed for economic feasibility.
“Aerogel was discovered in the 1930s and today is used to insulate both spacesuits, snowsuits and industrial pipelines.” (excerpt from the Scientific Americanarticle on Aerogel)

Obama, a spokesman for science February 18, 2009

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This video makes me so very happy. To see our president speak so clearly and intelligently regarding the value of science is almost surreal, considering the past eight years. He mentions the anniversary of Darwin’s birth, and the mere fact that he referred to the occasion says a lot, especially considering the percentage of our country that holds extreme antipathy towards Darwin. So, I think it shows that Obama knows the significance of evolutionary theory, and the enormously positive ramifications it has had on modern science. 

Andy Griffith destroyed the Patriot Act years ago February 18, 2009

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Steve Darwin is the 1000th Steve… February 15, 2009

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The National Center for Science Education has announced the 1000th scientist to sign on for Project Steve. This project was used to show the level of support for evolution among the scientific community, and they asked only scientists named Steve, if they agree with the following statement: “the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry.”

The 1000th Steve is Steve Darwin, (no relation to Chuck):

Steve 1000
Steve 1000

New York Times on Darwin and Evolution February 14, 2009

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The New York Times has a wonderful section of their site, dedicated to Darwin and evolution:

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Happy Darwin Day! February 12, 2009

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Today is Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

While this day is excited for those of us who admire Darwin for his brilliant scientific achievements, it is also a day that should be a catalyst for us to re-double our efforts in the fabricated “Evolution vs. creation” debate.

The theory of evolution qualifies as a scientific fact, by every standard in the scientists toolbox (the scientific method). But sadly, we live in a world where there are people that are either intentionally deceiving the public to promote their ideology (by the why, science is not an ideology, it’s the method  used to uncover the truth about our natural world and cosmos), or they are confidently ignorant. Because, every single objection to evolutionary theory has been easily refuted by the consensus of the scientific community.

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 The link attached to this picture will send you to the Scientific American page dedicated to the commemoration of Darwin’s birthday and Origins anniversary.

 

Thank you Darwin, for your role in the exponential advancement of science!

 

 

 

 

Darwin gave mankind one of the greatest examples of a successful scientific hypothesis, and possibly the best example of  the fulfillment of predictions in a scientific hypothesis.

Nature has released a great podcast for the special occasion

There will be more Darwin Day celebration to come…..