Monthly Archives: August 2011

The “proven” theory of evolution

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Article reads: The liberal press is crowing gleefully to Rick Perry’s response to the creation vs. evolution question that a “progressive” mom forced her kid to ask him. I think his answer was a good one, but a bit of amplification is certainly required. Although most maybe 80 percent of Americans prefer to believe in creation, the liberal media assume that this is due to stupidity and that evolution is a proven fact.

Fine details of the B meson

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-08-cern-lhcb-precision-physics.html

Article reads: “This result shows that we’re now able to measure the finest details of the B meson system,” said LHCb spokesperson Pierluigi Campana, “which puts us right where we need to be to start finding cracks in the Standard Model, and explaining matter-antimatter asymmetry.”

Supersymmetry theory on the ropes

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14680570

Article reads: Results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have all but killed the simplest version of an enticing theory of sub-atomic physics.

Global warming science settled

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http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/08/26/lawrence-solomon-science-now-settled/

Article reads: The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth.

$110,000 to settle intelligent design discrimination lawsuit

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Article reads: The state-run California Science Center (CSC) has paid $110,000 to settle a lawsuit by American Freedom Alliance (AFA) against CSC for violating AFA’s First Amendment free speech rights to advocate intelligent design (ID), according to Discovery Institute.  As part of the settlement, the CSC also has invited AFA to present the ID event it previously cancelled.

Telic Thoughts shares open letter, and looks at natural selection

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Letter asks questions: Is natural selection a prescriptive or descriptive term? Is natural selection a mechanism? Is natural selection a cause or a force? Is natural selection a process or an outcome?

Implications of ID

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http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/broader-implications-of-id/

Article reads: In the popular media, ID is often portrayed as Creationism in new clothes.  And indeed, even among ID proponents, the creation implications tend to be predominantly emphasized.  Yet the theory underpinning Intelligent Design has implications beyond the realm of biological history, perhaps it is a much broader theory than most realize at first.  In fact, it may even describe a comprehensive worldview.  The primary reason that ID has such an impact is because materialism underlies many areas of modern thought, and ID is an alternative hypothesis to materialism.

Genes that come with a price

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Article reads: Paul Norman, a co-author on the paper, put it like this: “There’s enormous genetic variation in people’s immune systems and that can control how different people fight different diseases. This could go some way to explaining why some people are better at fighting some infections than others, but we think it also goes some way to explaining why some people are susceptible to autoimmune diseases.”

Duck-billed platypus

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http://www.realtruth.org/articles/110819-005.html

Article reads: The platypus poses some interesting problems for evolutionary scientists. Here is a creature that appears to be right in the middle of a supposed evolutionary transition, yet fossils dated to millions of years ago look almost identical to the modern animal.

160-million-year-old fossil

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Article reads: “Because it lived 160 million years ago, and nobody was there to sign the birth certificate of its descendants, Juramaia could be our great grandmother 160 million years removed or it could also be our great grand aunt that represents a relative on the side lines,” says Zhe-Xi Luo, lead author of a paper appearing in the journal Nature.