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Are featherless chickens really GMO/genetically-engineered?

February 5th, 2012
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Are those featherless, naked chickens GMO (Genetically modified organisms) or created through conventional, low-tech breeding? Does creepy equal wrong?

Stephen Hawking says alien contact a bad idea

April 26th, 2010
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Think it’s a great idea to reach out to alien civilizations? It might be tragically naive, since they may want to destroy us. On the other hand, civilizations more advanced than us may already know of our existence anyway.

Jellyfish and shrimp-like animal found under antarctic ice

March 16th, 2010
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Just when you think there are places on earth too hostile for any significant life forms, science surprises us again!

Ancient Greenlander’s DNA a surprise

February 12th, 2010
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Analysis of a prehistoric human’s DNA from Greenland confirms that early migrations to the Americas are more complicated (and probably more numerous) than previously thought.

Folks trying genetic engineering at home

December 25th, 2008
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Luckily no unfounded hysterias have exploded yet over this harmless genre of home science experiment kits. Of course the danger lies in exactly what type of genetic engineering experiments that are being done, and in this case, it’s extremely unlikely to result in anything of concern.

Hobbits in Palau? More bones of little people found

March 16th, 2008
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Location of Palau A fascinating discovery has been made that may shed light on the Homo florensis mystery. Thousands of bones (dated 900 to 2,900 years old) have been found in caves in the Pacific island of Palau, the older of which are of humans 3 to 4 foot in height. Although the estimated brain [Read more…]

The Flores Hobbit: Cretins?

March 15th, 2008
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I don’t think so. You might have heard the lastest on the Flores hobbit story; that some Australian researchers are claiming they were actually modern humans suffering from cretinism (myxoedematous endemic cretinism, to be precise). The researchers include iodine deficiency as a cause of the cretinism. Iodine deficiency is usually caused by a lack of [Read more…]

The REAL 10000 BC

January 26th, 2008
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You might have heard of a movie called “10,000 BC” coming out in March of 2008. If you saw the trailers you might have noticed some things that were inaccurate, or at least grossly exaggerated, if you have some basic knowledge of prehistory. Were saber-tooth tigers (smilodons) really that big? Did they really have sailboats, [Read more…]

Flores Hobbit – Update

September 15th, 2007
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Looks like my second guess might have been right (or closer to the truth). Assuming this wrist bone study was done right, it sure tilts the likelihood strongly in the direction of the Hobbit being a non-human species (but still a primitive, upright hominid). It may not be exactly Homo erectus, but something along those [Read more…]

Polynesians Discovered America by 1400 A.D.?

June 11th, 2007
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An Araucana hen. Araucanas, an odd-looking, colored-egg-laying breed, are possibly descendents of chickens brought to South America by Polynesians decades before Columbus. As a teenager, I had read that the odd, colored-egg laying chicken breed, Auranacas (some of which my son has raised), were originally from a South American Indian tribe. Well, even as a [Read more…]

The Flores Hobbit

March 26th, 2007
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You may remember the hype and speculation about the “Flores Hobbit”, bones of which were first dug up on the Indonesian Island of Flores in 2003. The scientists found prehistoric remains of what appeared to be a race of really short, really small-brained hominids. They found parts of several skeletons and one reasonably-intact skull. I [Read more…]