“Map of Life” Shows the Location of All Organisms, Large and Small

Wow this is cool … (translation: “Oh here is something I like”) OK, so what exactly do we have here? Well, a team of researchers has embarked on a potentially groundbreaking project known as the Map of Life — an online database designed to catalog and locate every known plant and animal species on Earth, and is led … Read more “Map of Life” Shows the Location of All Organisms, Large and Small

Are we still evolving? – New study says “Yes” … but I still have a couple of questions.

It might sound silly to claim that evolution has stopped, but some that I’ve discussed this with at times have suggested it might be the case. The thinking is that natural selection no longer kicks in because we now step in with modern medicine and so those who would not have been previously naturally selected … Read more Are we still evolving? – New study says “Yes” … but I still have a couple of questions.

Unintelligent design … the debate continues

As a parody of “Intelligent design”, Keith Gilmour, a UK-based secondary school teacher set up a website called “The Centre for Unintelligent design” last year. In response Creationists have been popping up and scribbling a few daft claims to him to put him right … except what they are claiming is simply making them look even sillier … Read more Unintelligent design … the debate continues

Evolution – Some new discoveries

It was Darwin’s birthday this week (he was 203 on 12 Feb) and so the fact that my thoughts have been turning in that direction is being reflected in what I have been writing this week. Today, I’d like to turn away from commenting on the utter insanity of the draft claims made some religious … Read more Evolution – Some new discoveries

Claim: “Evolution is a Lie” – How should you address this claim?

There is an almost perpetual and on-going background chatter that claims evolution is a lie. If you are familiar with this claim then here is where you insert your face-palm moment. Once again today I tripped over several such claims, all from Muslims who were 100% sure. You might or might not be aware, but … Read more Claim: “Evolution is a Lie” – How should you address this claim?

Bio-Hacking – garage-based biotech doing genetic engineering – This is Synthetic Biology for all.

We might laugh at the idea of a real scientific breakthrough taking place in some shed in a back garden, but it is a real possibility. There now exists a number of scientific improvisers, or bio-hackers, who are part of a growing movement called DIYbio, short for do-it-yourself biology. These folks want to follow in … Read more Bio-Hacking – garage-based biotech doing genetic engineering – This is Synthetic Biology for all.