Homosexual Genes Not Found

Homosexual genes not found comment genetic experts, following a report in Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-15736-4 published online 7 December 2017 claiming to have found a “genome-wide significant association” to male sexual orientation. The “No” experts commented in The Scientist and the Science Media Centre 7 December 2017. The study involved scanning genomes of 1,077 homosexual men […]

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Galapagos Finches Speciate

Galapagos finches speciate, according to reports in BBC News and ScienceDaily 24 November 2017, and Science doi: 10.1126/science.aao4593, 23 November 2017. A group of scientists from Sweden and USA claim to have observed a new species of finch evolve on the Galapagos Island of Daphne Major. In 1981 a male Large Cactus Finch Geospiza conirostris […]

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Scallops Have Telescope Mirror Eyes

Scallops have telescope mirror eyes, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News and Live Science 30 November 2017, and Science doi: 10.1126/science.aam9506, 1 December 2017. Scallops are bivalve shellfish that have many tiny round eyes. The eyes have an unusual structure – they have two retinae (light sensitive layers) and a mirror that focuses the […]

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Mars Streaks are Sand

Mars streaks are sand, not water, reports NASA News 21 November 2017, Science (AAAS) News 22 November 2017, Astronomy Now 26 November 2017, and Nature Geoscience doi:10.1038/s41561-017-0012-5, 20 November 2017. Dark streaks on crater slopes that came and went with the passing seasons have been presented as evidence of liquid water flowing on the surface […]

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Rain Spreads Crop Diseases

Rain spreads crop diseases, according to an article in ScienceDaily 20 November 2017. Previous research has shown that raindrops can spread microscopic pathogens, i.e. disease causing bacteria, viruses and fungi. A team of researchers at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech have now studied how the spread actually happens, using laser […]

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Oldest Eyes Like Modern Eyes

Oldest eyes like modern eyes, claim scientists in reports in ScienceDaily 6 December 2017, BBC News 7 December 2017 and PNAS doi:10.1073/pnas.1716824114, published online 4 December 2017. A group of scientists from Scotland, Germany and Estonia have studied the eyes of a trilobite fossil Schmidtiellus reetae found in Estonia rocks dated as 530 million years […]

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Gender Neutral Swedish God?

The Church of Sweden (Lutheran) has updated its book of worship to use gender neutral references to God, according to the Telegraph and The Local 24 November 2017. Instead of opening their services with “in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” they can now use the gender-neutral phrase “In the name of […]

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Blue Aussie Budgerigar Gene

Blue Aussie budgerigar gene found, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 5 October 2017 and Cell, doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.08.016, 5 October 2017. Budgerigars are small Australian parrots that are commonly kept as pets. In the wild they are mostly green with a yellow head and throat, but a variant with a blue body […]

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Crocodiles, not Lucy, Butchered Bones

Crocodiles, not Lucy, butchered bones, according to Science (AAAS) News and PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1716317114, published online 6 November 2017. In 2010 anthropologists claimed that marks on bones found in the Afar region in Ethiopia were the earliest evidence of human ancestors using stone tools to butcher animals. The bones were dated as 3.4 million years, […]

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Mammals Emerge into Daylight

Mammals emerge into daylight after dinosaur extinction, according to ScienceDaily and New Scientist 6 November 2017 and Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2017; doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0366-5, published online 6 November 2017. According to an evolutionary theory, known as the “nocturnal bottleneck hypothesis”, mammals evolved from a small nocturnal common ancestor who hid during the daylight hours to […]

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