Planet of the Apes Archive: February, 2012

Inheritance Without Genes? Yeast Does It With Proteins

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Scientists have long wondered why our brains contain proteins called prions, which from a medical standpoint seem like a huge liability. The... Read more

Evolution Doubters Should Read Darwin

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People who claim to want "proof" of evolution would benefit from reading Darwin's On the Origin of Species. It gives a very good picture of... Read more

Science Hints at Alternative Recipes for Life. Evolution is the Common Thread

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Here's my weekly evolution column, which appears Monday Feb 13 in the Philadelphia Inquirer: On Star Trek, the aliens often look so human... Read more

A Skeptical View of Myopia as Sign of Evolutionary Degradation

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I’ve often heard scientists rather glibly point to nearsighted people as an example of human degradation. Now that we no longer have... Read more

Quote of the Day, and more Animal Wrongs

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A story from today’s Inquirer describes a badly injured pit bull named Radar, who had been used in dog fighting. He had sustained multiple... Read more

Russian Scientists Break Two Miles of Ice over Lake Vostok: Seek Limits of Evolution

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Scientists have dreamed for years of breaking through the ice covering Antarctica’s Lake Vostok. Deep in the interior of the frozen... Read more

A Sexy V-Day Topic: Biologist Finds Fertilization Images in Art

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This interesting comment came to the Inquirer’s Facebook page after my column ran on the evolutionary implications of “wing bowl”: ... Read more

Some Vindication for "French Atheist" Lamarck

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(Note to readers: This was my Inquirer column this week. It ran on the cover of the Health and Science section. Tony Auth was on vacation.... Read more