Category Archives: Biology

Aron Ra, Kent Hovind, and the Evolution Debate

Over the past several months, Christian creationist Kent Hovind and militant atheist Aron Ra held an extended YouTube debate about the evidence for evolution. (You can see Hovind’s challenge here and the first video of the debate, by Aron Ra, … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #6.1: A Well-Balanced Meal, Part 3

Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Two years ago, I began a series of posts based on Randall Munroe’s book, What If? The What If? book and website are described as “serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions.” … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #6.1: A Well-Balanced Meal, Part 2

Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. In Randall Munroe’s What If?, one of the most complex questions that he declines to answer is the following: What is the total nutritional value (calories, fat, vitamins, minerals, etc.) of the … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #6.1: A Well-Balanced Meal, Part 1

Previous post in this series: Cutting the Cheese Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. What If? bonus: How Many Seconds in Eternity? Q: What is the total nutritional value (calories, fat, vitamins, minerals, etc.) of the average human … Continue reading

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Of mice and men and monkeys

Caloric restriction is a diet in which humans or animals eat fewer calories than they normally would–anywhere from 20% to 50% less. It has become a fad diet for some, not just for losing weight (which is the obvious result), … Continue reading

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Supreme Court rules human genes are not patentable

In what is widely seen as a victory for science and medical research, as well as common sense, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously today that human genes cannot be patented. (Read the opinion here.) At issue … Continue reading

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De-extinction: not to be or to be?

The latest word in environmentalism is “de-extinction”: resurrecting species that have gone extinct by cloning them (or occasionally by selective breeding, such as recreating the wild aurochs from domestic cattle). While there are a handful of species we might actually … Continue reading

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