The Evolution of the Eye

Charles Darwin, author of the groundbreaking On the Origin of Species, is frequently quote-mined for a variety of reasons. One of the most popular Darwin quotes frequently used by Creationists is: To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and […]

Read more "The Evolution of the Eye"

The Visible Evolution of Lizards

Scientists have recently caught micro-Evolution in live-action as they observed Australian lizards make an Evolutionary leap from laying eggs to giving birth. Individuals of the same species of lizard living in higher, colder regions have begun to gestate and give birth while the rest of their species in lower, warmer regions continue to lay eggs. […]

Read more "The Visible Evolution of Lizards"

Irresponsible Journalism

English naturalist Charles Darwin, 1809 – 1882, formulated the theory of Natural Selection from decades of empirical research, the breeding of domestic animals such as pigeons, and anatomically and regionally comparing geographically variant species which nonetheless presented with similar features. After he had spent his entire life studying the world around him and five years […]

Read more "Irresponsible Journalism"

Who’s Afraid of Synthetic Biology?

I am taking the effort to retype an article in August 2010 Popular Mechanics recently because the full text isn’t available online and I feel it’s an important article that everyone should read. Don’t let fears about frankenmicrobes halt promising research. – By Ronald Bailey Better medicines, carbon neutral fuels, cheaper food and a cleaner […]

Read more "Who’s Afraid of Synthetic Biology?"

Stem Cell Research First retina created from stem cell research. In another world first in the fight against degenerative eye disorders, scientists from the Universtiy of California, Irvine, have created an eight-layer early-stage retina from human embryonic stem cells. Not only is this the world’s first three-dimensional complex tissue structure to be made from stem cells, but […]

Read more "Stem Cell Research"

Synthetic Life

US researchers have developed the first bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome, in a breakthrough which may pose philosophical and scientific questions about the bid to recreate life. Craig Venter announces the creation of the first synthetic cell. News BBC: ‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists. By Craig Venter on how they created the […]

Read more "Synthetic Life"

Photosynthetic Sea Slug This sea slug is genetically half-plant and half-animal. When is eats algae it hangs onto their chloroplasts and photosynthesising genese, allowing it to photosynthesise it’s own food and emit its own light from the murky depths of the ocean. Elysia chlorotica has a gelatinous leaf-shaped body which undulates as it swims. If it feeds on […]

Read more "Photosynthetic Sea Slug"