Midnight In The Desert — evolution

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Delivers 'Most Important' Message Yet

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(NEWSER) – Climate change and evolution are as undeniable as E=mc2, says celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, but "people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not." "The sooner you understand that, the faster we can get on with the political conversations about how to solve the problems that face us," he says in a Facebook video, viewed more than 7.7 million times in less than 24 hours. Introduced by Tyson as "containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken," the four-minute video attacks a decline in scientific literacy in the...

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Strange Fish Are Evolving to Live on Land

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Strange Fish Are Evolving to Live on Land

Why did some fish flip out of the water 400 million years ago and evolve into land creatures? We may soon find out … with our own eyes. Researchers in Australia have discovered several species of tropical fish that seem able to survive out of water for long periods of time and do it by choice, particularly during high tide. This can’t be good. Our study of blennies on Rarotonga is the first to examine the pressures driving fish out of the water. Evolutionary ecologist Terry Ord from the University of New South Wales seems to agree that this can’t...

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Evolution Just Got Harder to Defend

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Evolution Just Got Harder to Defend

A new fossil discovery makes it even tougher for Darwinists to explain the origin of life. There’s an old story about a chemist, a physicist, and an economist stranded on a desert island with nothing to eat but a can of soup. Puzzling over how to open the can, the chemist says, “Let’s heat the can until it swells and bursts from the buildup of gases.” “No, no,” says the physicist, “let’s throw it off that cliff with just enough kinetic energy to split it open on the rocks below.” The economist, after thinking a moment says, “Assume a can...

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Scientist grow a dinosaur leg on a CHICKEN in 'reverse evolution' experiment

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Scientist grow a dinosaur leg on a CHICKEN in 'reverse evolution' experiment

Scientists in Chile have figured out a way to resurrect the prehistoric traits of dinosaurs. In a ‘reverse evolution’ experiment, a researcher has manipulated the genes of modern chickens to induce the legs of a dinosaur. These ancestors of birds once had a tube-shaped fibula that stretched down to the ankle. Through evolution, this transformed to become the short, splinter-like fibula of birds today. The fibula is the outer bone in the lower leg, which has evolved in birds to be shorter than its neighbour, the tibia, and no longer connects to the ankle. In the embryonic stage, it’s been...

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The Bizarre Way Jupiter Helped Life Evolve on Earth

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The Bizarre Way Jupiter Helped Life Evolve on Earth

Jupiter, that blustery ball of noxious gas, is probably the last place that comes to mind when you hear the words “life supporting.” But for twenty years, astronomers have suspected Jupiter of doing just that: supporting life on Earth, by shielding us from destructive comets. Now, one scientist is saying that’s dead wrong. “It’s been taught somewhat dogmatically, that Jupiter protects our solar system,” astrophysicist Kevin Grazier told Gizmodo. “But that’s just not how it works at all.” Indeed, the so-called Jupiter shield hypothesis hasn’t held up under scientific scrutiny, and Grazier’s latest JPL-funded research, which appears next month in...

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