Intelligent Design in Animal Self-Location and Navigation

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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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Is the End of Science Near?

bureaucracy, Carlson School of Management, citation data, Elon Musk, Evolution, Future Perfect, John Horgan, Kelsey Piper, NASA, National Academy of Science, Nature (journal), Neuroscience & Mind, PubMed, Research, Rob Sheldon, science, Scientific American, Space Physics, Technology, The Edge, The End of Science, Tibi Puiu, University of Minnesota, Vox
A study in the premier science journal notes the long term falling off of truly original findings, as opposed to endless citations of others’ findings. 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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Noncoding RNA Research Gaining Ground Over “Junk” Label

biology, Caltech, Christie Wilcox, chromosomes, Debra Silver, Duke University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, ENCODE, Evolution, GENCODE, Gene Yao, genes, Intelligent Design, John Mattick, Junk DNA, lncRNA, miRNA, Mitch Guttman, mRNAs, Nature Methods, ncRNAs, noncoding RNAs, Research, RNA, The Scientist, UC San Diego, University of New South Wales, Vivien Marx
Perhaps it won’t be long before everyone, critics included, looks at the “junk DNA” concept in the rear-view mirror.  Source
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Bees Feel Pain. Therefore…Insect Rights?

Animal Algorithms, animal rights, bees, consciousness, crops, Eric Cassell, Heather Browning, insect rights, insects, Kenny Torrella, London School of Economics, meat, neuroscience, Neuroscience & Mind, pain, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, pests, PETA, PNAS, Research, science
As we learn more from research about how various life forms respond to experiences, a more complex picture may raise political issues. Source
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Troubles with the Tree of Life

Acta Biotheoretica, Amadeo Estrada, DNA, Evolution, evolutionary theory, Intelligent Design, Last Universal Common Ancestor, Latin America, LUCA, molecular sequences, molecular studies, National Autonomous University of Mexico, origin of life, Philosophy of Science, reconstructions, Research, RNA, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn, Tree of Life, W. Ford Doolittle
Sixty years ago, philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn listed what he described as the “symptoms” of a research field undergoing destabilizing change. Source
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