Volcano Erupts on the Galapagoes

The internationally protected and famous Galapagoes islands are home to countless diversity, and constant threat from human intervention. Now there is a new threat to life on the islands. A volcano. There is nothing that can be done, but natural selection favours those that can adapt. Here is a small video over at National Geographic about it.

[From VIDEO: Eruption Changing Galapagos]

I have written about Darwin and Wallace before(see the related posts!), and have found a nicely written article over at the Smithsonian about the origins of Evolution, and how it was presented to the world 150 years ago. It turns out that it didn’t make a big splash to start!

[From Smithsonian Magazine | Science & Nature | On the Origin of a Theory]

Lastly, here is a very funny comic from Cectic.com. It reminds me of the Life of Brian!

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Darwin’s Joyful Journey of Discovery

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article on the voyage of Charles Darwin on his discovery of the concept of evolution. I love to read different versions of what happened during that period, and the challenges faced back in those days. Can you imagine how hard travelling across the Atlantic was not even 100 years ago? Now, we just fly over it in a few hours. Piece of cake…Oh how times have changed.

[From ‘Darwin’s Joyful Journey of Discovery’ by Steve Jones, Wall Street Journal – RichardDawkins.net]

I have talked about creationism quite often on the site, and feel it is a threat to scientific understanding. Having said that, I find the following comic hilarious. Not just because I think it is funny to see Jesus on a T-rex, but because there are people out there that drew this, and really believe it!

jesus_rides_a_dinosaur

I have the newest comic from cectic.com…You can thank me later!

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Understanding Evolution and protecting where it all began

Arstechnica is reporting that the National Centre for Science Education in the USA, working with another group on the advancement of science, the AAAS, has been meeting to flesh out the technical nature of evolution for the public.

Misperceptions meet state of the art in evolution research:

The Galapagoes Islands will forever be famous as being the place where Charles Darwin studied 800px-galapagos_iguana1and fleshed out the theory of Natural Selection. Unfortunately, the islands have become a tourist destination, and industry is flooding the area. With this comes the need for energy. Ecuador has been installing wind turbines to meet the electrical needs on the islands, and replacing it’s dependance on oil.

And the conversion of the Galapogoes.

The Daily Green has a story on the launch of the Encyclopedia of Life. It is an on-line encyclopedia with the ambitious goal of detailing all the species on the planet. They have hit 30,000 species so far…Only another 1.8 Million to go…

The encyclopedia of Life.

On another not so pleasant note, the USA has been using torture to get information from prisoners. It is sick, and the Bush regime should be tried for International War Crimes. Here is a new advertising campaign put on by Amnesty International trying to bring more attention to this war crime.

Torture is wrong!

Will the USA ever leave Iraq?

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