Planet of the Apes Archive: December, 2011

When Darwin Stood on the Shoulders of Inquisitive Creationists

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(Merry Christmas. Yes, I'm blogging, because it's traditional for me to return to California this time of year, and my circadian rhythm makes... Read more

Why Chronic Fatigue Study is Wrong, Maybe Fraudulent, but Biology Is Not a Hoax

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One attribute of science that makes it powerful is the ability to correct its own course. That’s crucial because individual scientists... Read more

Best Science-Themed Home Holiday Decoration of 2011

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It’s again that time when the Earth’s northern half tilts away from the sun, giving all the southern extremities a chance to warm... Read more

Penn Bioterror Expert Explains Why Lab-Altered Bird Flu is So Dangerous

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Harvey Rubin has been following closely the creation of a new, more contagious form of H5N1 – the bird flu that’s killed about... Read more

Bird Flu Evolution Study Prompts Bioterrorism Concerns

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We’re lucky the dangerous bird flu virus H5N1 doesn’t spread easily from person to person – yet. That could change thanks... Read more

Villanova Astronomer Helps Find Distant Earth-Sized Planets

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Big, gaseous planets are becoming a commonplace finding in our galaxy, but until now astronomers had never detected a body as small as our... Read more

Chester County Ousts Christopher Hitchens, Carl Sagan and Darwin

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Intriguing isn’t a word often associated with holiday decorations, but that’s the best way I can describe the Tree of Knowledge... Read more

Why we hate broccoli

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Biologists agree on the big picture when it comes to Darwinian evolution, but they're still working out many details. One longstanding puzzle... Read more