Monthly Archives: August 2009

More on vestiges

In the previous post, I pointed to a site that lists the “Top 10” vestigial organs. Number of 9 on this list has long been my personal favorite: the vestigial pelvic bones of modern whales. The reason it is my … Continue reading

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Vermiform musings

Well, maybe the human appendix has a function after all. Long one of the textbook examples of a “vestigial organ,” a recent publication now reinterprets the appendix as serving a critical role in helping deal with contamination of food. Here … Continue reading

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‘Deathers’ now!

First (well, recently) the “birther” controversy and now the “death panel” controversy: more debate about the supposedly nefarious aims of Obama and other Democratic politicians that seems to be completely uninfluenced by actual evidence (see previous post). The “deathers” (as … Continue reading

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Birthers and evidence

The so-called “Birthers movement” has dominated the news over the past month. In case this posting is read by someone from the distant future–say, a month from now–here’s what this is all about: the birthers claim that President Obama may … Continue reading

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Biology revision now discussed elsewhere

I’ve decided to post my summaries and comments on the revision of the MSU biology curriculum in a completely separate blog, at Items previously posted here have been moved to that site and deleted from this one. Most of … Continue reading

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