You know, this has been happening for a while, but I just didn’t notice it. It took another post by intelligent design proponent David Klinghoffer for me to make the connections – was I oblivious before because I’m a lowly undergraduate? Hah.
The Discovery Institute has a strange relationship with online criticism. On one hand they hate it, because – naturally – it shows how wrong they are about most things. On the other, they love it, because they can derive thousands and [...]
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Family holiday time this week (from the 9th to the 16th of January) up in sunny/windy/rainy Merimbula, a coastal town in New South Wales, less than 100km from the Victorian border. It took us about eight hours to drive here from Melbourne – a couple more and we could have reached Canberra, and a few more after that and we’d be in Sydney. But capital cities are far too busy and noisy for my holiday tastes, so quiet coastal town it is.
The Merimbula back beach. Note [...]
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The Carnival of Evolution for January is up at The EEB & Flow, a group blog about ecology and evolutionary biology. Some of the topics covered in this month’s posts are:
The Cambrian “explosion”! Was it as rapid as is claimed by some? Dinosaurs! Human evolution! Bat echolocation divergence! A potential new history of HIV’s relationship with human populations! And, of course, much, much more!
The next CoE, for February, will be hosted by… someone, I’m sure. Make sure you submit your evolution-themed blog posts [...]
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The Carnival of Evolution for December is up at my good friend Psi’s blog The Ocelloid on the Scientific American blog network! As usual, it’s composed of a wondrous slew of posts on evolutionary biology and its many facets (including a post by yours truly). Some of the topics covered are:
The difference between population size and effective population size Gut microbiota influencing mating behaviour in flies Neutral networks Biological and ecological species concepts Symbiogenesis and the legacy of Lynn Margulis Quote-mining Charles Darwin Human evolution And, [...]
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My last exam, Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function, finished a bit over an hour ago, at the time I’m writing this. Three months of holidays! Three months. That’s how much holidays I have now: it’s quite a bit, I think you’ll agree. And because I’ve been neglecting the blog a little due to all the studying I’ve been doing, I want to clarify what you should expect to see up here over that period. You see, I’m at a crossroads with regard to what I should write about over the [...]
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The Carnival of Evolution for October is up at EvoEcoLab on the Scientific American blog network! There’s heaps of great stuff over there this month, including book reviews, limb evolution, jawless fish, creationism, hitchhiking genes, crocodile fossils, and co-evolution. You know you love it – go check it out.
The next CoE, for November, will be hosted by The Mermaid’s Tale - submit your evolution-themed blog posts here.
The Carnival of Evolution for July is up at The Lessons of Evolution! The author, Will, is a 13 year-old budding evolutionary biologist: just what I like to see! So, make sure you head over and check out the great selection of blog posts he’s got over there, including posts on fly ejaculate, deadly E. coli, evolutionary trees, digital organisms and more!
The next CoE, for August, will be hosted by Larry Moran over at Sandwalk - submit your evolution-themed blog posts to l(dot)moran(at)utoronto(dot)ca.
» Continue reading “Carnival of Evolution No. 37 out now at The Lessons of Evolution!”
The Novellatron – the skeptical, alien-made robot also known as Dr. Steven Novella – has many detractors in the worlds of pseudoscience and antiscience, but none that I would call his nemesis: other than perhaps that of Dr. Michael Egnor, conservative Catholic neurosurgeon and ID proponent. Hmm, then again, maybe “nemesis” is too strong [...]
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The Carnival of Evolution for April is up at Quintessence of Dust! Head on over there for junk DNA, kin selection, brains, penises and archaea.
The next Carnival of Evolution (for May) will be at Lab Rat. There isn’t a host announced yet for June though, so put your name down if you’d like to host, and submit your evolution-themed posts as soon as humanly (and humanely) possible.