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“Using a process called paleo-experimental evolution, Georgia Tech researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. This bacterium has now been growing for more than 1,000 generations, giving the scientists a front row seat to observe evolution in action.”

via The Daily Galaxy

You may already know how I feel about germs and bacteria like E. coli – so it pains me to admit that as much as this article totally creeps me out, it also fascinates and amazes me. “Evolution in action.” Yay science!

Is the Purpose of Sleep to Let Our Brains “Defragment,” Like a Hard Drive?

The images below are examples of synaptic proteins from the brains of Drosophila, the fruit fly:

via Discover Magazine

“There are still many questions around the function of sleep, but one thing seems certain: we won’t be able to understand the brain if we limit ourselves to thinking about what happens when we’re awake.”

BP Oil Spill Aftermath: Eyeless Shrimp, Clawless Crabs and Fish with Oozing Sores

From the page:

How bad is it?

The effect that the oil spill and its reckless cleanup has on sea life is frightening, damning and sad. Here’s a list of deformities that Al Jazeera found in its report:

*Shrimp with tumors on their heads
*Shrimp with defects on their gills and “shells missing around their gills and head”
*Shrimp without eyes
*Shrimp with babies still attached to them
*Eyeless fish
*Fish without eye-sockets
*Fish without covers on their gills
*Fish with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills
*Crates of blue crabs, all of which were lacking at least one claw
*Crabs with holes in their shells
*Crabs with shells that have no spikes or claws or misshapen claws
*Crabs that are dying from within

The fishermen, scientists, and seafood processors who talked to Al Jazeera are all in unison: They’ve never seen this before. Some have worked in and around the Gulf for over 20 years, and most have seen thousands and thousands of fish. This is the first time they’re seeing the mass mutation and destruction of seafood.

Clean Tech Could Disappear — But It Doesn’t Have to

From the page: The end goal is to allow wind and solar to compete with natural gas—or electric cars with gas-powered ones—without the need for any government support. These technologies can’t stand on their own quite yet, which isn’t surprising: Wind and solar are competing against the oil and gas industry, which has enjoyed years of support for developing innovative technologies and infrastructure, while biofuels and electric vehicles are going up against a transportation system that’s centered on gas-powered cars for decades.

Blood Falls

From the page:
Roughly two million years ago, the Taylor Glacier sealed beneath it a small body of water which contained an ancient community of microbes. Trapped below a thick layer of ice, they have remained there ever since, isolated inside a natural time capsule. Evolving independently of the rest of the living world, these microbes exist in a place with no light or free oxygen and little heat, and are essentially the definition of “primordial ooze.”

via Atlas Obscura – a collaborative compendium of amazing places that aren’t found in your average guidebook.

And then people wonder why American’s are so ignorant. GIVE US A SCIENCE MUSEUM! Our kids deserve better than to have this pseudo-science taught to them. So fed up with the lengths the religious zealots will go to in order to defend and propagate their lies. To call this place a museum is not only a joke but an affront to intelligence at worst, an abuse of the English language at best.

Fundamental Christians are too closed-minded to consider anything that doesn’t coincide fully with their religious text, so “science” is an area where they get to make stuff up in order to make it fit with what the Bible says. For a good example of this, here’s an interview with Creation Museum scientist, Dr.Georgia Purdom and skeptic Dr. Michael Shermer in which she explains that any data collected in the lab that conflicts with the Bible’s account of creation cannot be true and is thrown out. Proof that even “educated” Christian “scientists” are blind to truths and facts due to their literal interpretations of their “Answer Book”.