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August 28, 2014

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1:10 AM | Is learning about ecology too much to ask?
Is It Too Much To Ask That Reporters Understand Evolution?   Excerpt 1): “Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial...Read more
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12:22 AM | Who’s defending what?
Defenders Of The Evolutionary ‘Consensus’ Could Benefit From More Fact Checking Excerpt: “Without checks and balances from dissenting voices, defenders of the consensus can become overzealous and promote false information.” My comment: Does anyone else not understand what this means?...Read more

August 27, 2014

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11:44 PM | Comparing divergent model organisms
Comparative analysis of the transcriptome across distant species Excerpt: Overall, our results underscore the importance of comparing divergent model organisms to human to highlight conserved biological principles (and disentangle them from lineage-specific adaptations). My comment: In the detailed comparisons of...Read more
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5:32 PM | Secrets of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish’s Display
The flamboyant cuttlefish lives up to its name with its complex passing cloud display, in which bands of color travel across its body. New research characterizes details of this display and suggests how the cuttlefish might accomplish it. Read about it in my latest Zoologic post, Secrets of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish’s Display .
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12:27 AM | Biological facts that refute evolutionary theory
SAAD_TRUTH_2 (Key Tenets of Evolutionary Psychology)   Biological facts that refute evolutionary theory (Where our human minds came from.) 1) Life is nutrient-dependent. “The brain can be viewed as a sophisticated control module for stabilizing blood glucose. A review of...Read more

August 26, 2014

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10:32 AM | Statistics workshop
A quick note here to say that I shall be helping my PhD supervisor, Luc Bussière, teach a week-long workshop entitled ‘Advancing in R’ at the SCENE field station (on the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond) in December. The course is aimed at biologists who have a basic to moderate knowledge of using R […]
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12:46 AM | Dog Food Logic: The Science of Canine Nutrition
A few days ago I told Jim that we needed to cut down on Tootsie’s food because she was getting pudgy. Easy and obvious, right? Dog getting fat, feed less food. Less obvious, but equally important, is that if we cut back too much on her food she might not get the level of nutrients, […]

August 25, 2014

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1:32 PM | Birdbooker Report 334-5
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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1:28 PM | Can the FPIES Moms Save the Miso Children?
Look who's helping children with misophoniaread more

August 24, 2014

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6:03 PM | Genome Dynamics Events: the end of evolutionary events
Among my most vocal antagonists is one who appears to think that anyone else who merely mentions mutations, natural selection, or any other pseudoscientific nonsense linked to the evolution of biodiversity supports his ridiculous opinions. Note this specific complaint: “…Kohl...Read more

August 23, 2014

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9:39 AM | True facts about anglerfish
SUMMARY: To the female anglerfish, the human male is a very loud, annoying and unnecessarily complicated pair of gonads. Antennarius commerson (Latreille), 111 mm SL, UW 20983. Photograph: D. B. Grobecker [doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-58] Caturday has arrived once again, so it is time to watch some animals doing stuff! Today's caturday animal is the anglerfish, an ancient taxonomic order of bony fishes that arose sometime between 100 and 130 million years ago. (In contrast, humans are mere […]
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