Category Archives: Biology & Evolution

Life Experiences Not Only Influence Your Genes, but Your Children’s Genes

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People tend not to carefully consider the ramifications of many of their actions. Scaling a mountain, taking an extra glass of wine, working longer hours for higher pay, etc. In fact, many people have trouble considering what the consequences of their actions will be a year, a month, or even a week later. This is of course why things like gambling addictions are as prevalent as they are. Therefore, it’s only natural that we don’t think of the genetic ramifications of our actions. But new research suggests that those genetic ramifications extend beyond our own lives.

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Scientific Consensus and the Obvious Truth about Global Climate Change

You-control-climate-changeI often ask questions in my article titles, but the question “are we responsible for climate change?” is simply unnecessary. From the overwhelming evidence, we know the answer to this question; and the answer is “YES!” This is good news because we may have the power to change things, but bad news because we aren’t doing nearly enough, and we may pass the point of no return within the next few decades. Furthermore, with so many people fighting to argue against what almost all climatologists are saying, most people aren’t even trying to do something about it.

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Why Haven’t We Found the Missing Link in the Fossil Record? Science Answers!

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War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. -George Orwell

If evolution is such an incontrovertible “theory,” then why haven’t we found the “missing link” yet? A compelling question – if not boldly ignorant. In fact, creationists ask this question all the time, falsely asserting that there is a lack of evidence to support evolution. This article is going to look at why we don’t have all the information we want on the fossil record, and what the whole question of a “missing link” really means.

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Top 5 Quotes of Stupid America’s War on Smart People

The American war on smart people is incredible. For some reason, there has been a growing disdain for intellect and distrust for education in the “Greatest Country in the World,” and this year’s presidential election has never ceased to amaze me at every turn. The idea that people should not be educated, think critically, or be honest is ridiculous, foolish, and dangerous. Obviously not all education is equal (i.e,. unaccredited universities are garbage) and not all smart people are educated (nor are all educated people smart). But in general, no one should dismiss or denigrate education. So here is a list of the five most egregious quotes that demonstrate the growing animosity towards intelligence and education in America.

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Shinya Yamanaka, stem cells, and the Next Generation of Medicine

Japanese researcher Shinya Yamanaka has been a big name in science for years, but now his research has finally been validated by the Nobel committee. He and British researcher John Gurdon and Yamanaka have just been awarded the Nobel prize in medicine “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent.” Because of their discoveries, the science of cellular biology has evolved, textbooks have been rewritten, and new fields of study have been invented. After more specific research, doctors will be able to heal things that we never thought could be fixed, and change the way medicine is practiced.

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World Population and the 7th Billion

Halloween is supposed to be scary for the costumes, haunted houses, and razor-blade laden candy, but this year is really special. Researchers have recently proclaimed that October 31 will be the first day that the world will have seven billion people. It’s a scary thought, but the world is rapidly shrinking – or at least its resources are, by the growing amount of people using them up. People are now starting to ask the question, how many people can we handle? The answer had better be high, because we’re expecting another few billion in the next half-century.

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