Intelligent Design in Animal Self-Location and Navigation

algorithms, Animal Algorithms, bats, behavior, biology, circuits, electronic circuit, Engineering, fish, grid cells, head-direction cells, hindbrain, hippocampus, homeostasis, information, Intelligent Design, Life Sciences, mammals, navigation, neural network, neurons, optical flow, place cells, proximate neurons, Research, science, self, zebrafish
A question is whether such mechanisms exist in more ancient brain regions of other animals. A new study has identified a self-location mechanism in zebrafish. Source
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Minimal Complexity Problem in Prey Detection by the Sand Scorpion

Angstrom, arachnids, beetle, compression waves, Darwinian theory, Fundamentals of Physics, hydrogen atom, Intelligent Design, Irreducible Complexity, Life Sciences, minimal-complexity problem, Mojave Desert, Oregon State University, Philip H. Brownell, Physics, Earth & Space, pincers, propagation speed, Rayleigh waves, sand scorpion, science, scorpion, sensors
The scorpion can detect tiny vibrations, of order 1 Angstrom (the size of a hydrogen atom) in amplitude, that emanate from its prey. Source
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Merry Christmas! #8 Story of 2022: “Non-Random” Mutations

Arabidopsis thaliana, biology, cabbage, Darwin-skeptics, DNA, Evolution, gene-coding, genome, Intelligent Design, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Life Sciences, mustard, mutation, mutation rate, Nature (journal), non-random mutation, proteins, random mutations, Research, thale cress, waiting-time problem
The study was able to directly measure mutations after they occurred in the plant but before mutations could have been affected by natural selection. Source
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Synchronized Swimming in Siphonophores: A Design Worth Imitating

anatomy, Caltech, carbon monoxide, Cnidaria, colonial organisms, Douglas Axe, ecology, foresight, functional whole, Intelligent Design, jellyfish, jet propulsion, Kelly R. Sutherland, Kevin T. Du Clos, krill, Life Sciences, Living Waters, marching band, Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Nanomia bijuga, nectosome, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, physiology, PNAS, pneumatophore, Portuguese man-o’war, science, Scyphozoa, siphonophores, Smithsonian Magazine, swimming, synchronous swimming, taxonomy
It must be good if engineers want to copy it. Siphonophores are colonial animals that have mastered the sport of synchronized swimming. Source
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Beyond Genes: Biologists Seek Purpose in Unknown Substances, Processes

Andrew Nelson, Arabidopsis thaliana, Bernhard Kramer, biology, bok choy, Boyce Thompson Institute, Brassica rapa, cell's, central dogma, Cornell University, genome, Human Genome Project, Intelligent Design, Junk DNA, Kyle Palos, Life Sciences, lincRNA, Mars, mustard species, non-coding RNAs, Reductionism, RNA, The Plant Cell, turnips, University of Zurich
There’s more going on in DNA and cells than the old Central Dogma predicted. The time has come to look beyond genes. Source
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If Nanomotors Are Designed, Why Not Biomotors?

Alexander Graham Bell, ATP molecules, ATP synthase, biological motors, Cees Dekker, chloroplast membrane, Delft University of Technology, DNA, Evolution, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Intelligent Design, Jingang Li, K-Pop, Koreans, Life Sciences, mitochondrial membrane, nanoturbine, Nature Foods, New Scientist, photosynthesis, Samuel Morse, UC Riverside, University of Texas
Physical chemists are justifiably proud of their tiny motors that do little more than spin. How can they say that much more complex motors in life evolved? Source
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