Planet of the Apes Archive: September, 2011

A Nobel Laureate on the Boundary between Chemistry and Life

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A critical reader commented on a previous column that I’ve been blind to something obvious when it comes to abiogenesis – the formation... Read more

New Evidence that God had an Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

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Legend has it that when asked by a theologian what the living world could tell us about a creator, biologist J.B.S. Haldane remarked that,... Read more

Sex, Politics, and Evolution

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Evolution is such a hot topic that it was the subject not only of yesterday’s Doonesbury, but of this week’s Savage Love column... Read more

Tools? Art? When and how did we become human/

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Anthropologists study humanity and our evolution, but they don't agree on when we crossed over the threshold to status as full "human beings... Read more

Faster-Than-Light Claims: How You Can Do Good Science and (maybe) Still Get The Wrong Answer.

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There’s a good way to be wrong in science and a bad way. When an international team of scientists announced last week they’d measured... Read more

Evolutionary invasion of the body snatchers

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It's a scenario worthy of any zombie movie: A virus infects a gypsy moth caterpillar and takes over its brain, putting it on a suicide mission... Read more

Were H. habilis and A. sediba Friends with Benefits? New Findings Complicate the Dawn of Humanity

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Perhaps resistance to evolution is just a widespread case of being embarrassed by our parents. In a series of papers released today, paleontologists... Read more

Science, faith, and life's origin

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One of the many fascinating things about evolution is that it generates disputes that can help us all better understand what science is and... Read more