‘Shocking!’ They Are Not Evolving!

‘Shocking!’ They are not evolving! according to reports in Bigelow News and ScienceDaily 8 April 2021, Science Alert 9 April 2021, and The ISME Journal, 6 April 2021; doi: 10.1038/s41396-021-00965-3. Originally found deep in a South African mine, a bacterium named Candidatus Desulforudis audaxviator was found to survive on a diet of chemicals produced from radioactivity […]

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Hitchhiking Microbes Protect Plants and People

Hitchhiking microbes protect plants and people, according to articles in Science (AAAS) News 22 March 2021, and The ISME Journal, 15 March 2021. Doi 10.1038/s41396-021-00952-8.  Soil dwelling bacteria known Streptomyces are known to colonise plant roots and protect plants from damage by other microbes by producing antibiotics.  Many of these antibiotics are also used in […]

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Photosynthesis “Old as Life”

Photosynthesis “old as life”, according to articles in Imperial College London News 16 March 2021 and ScienceDaily 24 March 2021, and Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Bioenergetics, published online 19 February 2021, doi: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2021.148400.  The oxygen producing process of photosynthesis in green plants, algae and cyanobacteria begins with water molecules being split by an […]

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Octopuses Feel the Light

Octopuses feel the light, according to reports in Inside JEB and Live Science 5 March 2021 and Journal of Experimental Biology 5 March 2021, doi:10.1242/jeb.237529.  Whilst studying the response of octopus skin to bright lights scientists at Ruppin Academic Center, Israel, researchers noticed that the animals moved their arms away from the light in a […]

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Oldest Cephalopods

Oldest cephalopods may have been found, claim scientists via reports in ScienceDaily 23 March 2021, Science Alert 25 March2021 and Communications Biology 23 March 2021, doi: 10.1038/s42003-021-01885-w.  Scientists at the University of Heidelberg have studied fossils from the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland, Canada, and identified them as fossil cephalopods.  Living cephalopods include octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and […]

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Neanderthal Ears Tuned for Human Speech

Neanderthal ears tuned for human speech, according to articles ScienceDaily and SciTech Daily 1 March 2021, BBC Science Focus 2 March 2021, and Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1 March 2021 doi: 10.1038/s41559-021-01391-6. An international team of scientists have studied high resolution CT scans of Neanderthal and modern human skulls to reconstruct their ear structure, and […]

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Dino Frills for Flirting

Dino frills for flirting, claim scientists in reports in Natural History Museum news and Science Focus 3 February 2021, Live Science 5 February 2021, and Proceedings of the Royal Society B 3 February 2021 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.2938. Dinosaurs known as Ceratopsians have distinctive bony frills projecting from the backs of their skulls.  This has been thought […]

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Pope Warns of New Great Flood

Pope warns of new great flood, according to articles in Breitbart 1 March 2021 and the Catholic Newsagency 2 March 2021.  Pope Francis has released a new book entitled Of Vices and Virtues which records conversations with Father Marco Pozza, chaplain of the prison of Padua in the north of Italy.  One of the topics […]

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140 Thousand Viruses Found in Human Guts

140 thousand viruses found in human guts, according to reports in ScienceDaily 18 February 2021, Science Alert 28 February 2021, and Cell 19 February 2021 doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.01.029.  Scientists at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have analysed 28,060 samples of gut microbiomes from around the world and found 142,809 bacteriophage viruses.  Bacteriophages are a type of virus […]

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Encounters With Science Educators, Editorial 17 March 2021

Editorial by Craig Hawkins Encounters with science educators reported by our Tasmanian colleague Craig Hawkins MSc, who writes: While serving at the counter of our tourism business recently I was challenged by a Victorian high school science teacher who had seen creation materials in our gift shop, as to why a place like ours would […]

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