Jack's blog consists of random thoughts, found items, philosophy and humor.
Seahorses: Bad at swimming and eating, but masters of romance. Good one, evolution.
Honoring natural selection's most awkward creations. Go home, evolution, you are drunk.
When the sequence of the human genome was fully mapped, in 2003, researchers also discovered something they had not anticipated: our bodies are littered with the shards of such retroviruses, fragments of the chemical code from which all genetic material is made. It takes less than two per cent of our genome to create all the proteins necessary for us to live.
Eight per cent, however, is composed of broken and disabled retroviruses, which, millions of years ago, managed to embed themselves
A new groundbreaking hypothesis counters popular evolutionary thinking that living organisms evolve by adding genes rather than discarding them. The new theory --"Black Queen Hypothesis" --suggests some species are surviving by discarding genes and depending on other species "to play their hand.According to the hypothesis, evolution pushes microorganisms to lose essential functions when there is another species around to perform them. This idea counters popular evolutionary thinking
This list covers just about every claim made by creationists that I've encountered at Volconvo. It's a long list, you may want to bookmark it for reference. And it doesn't always go into great depth, but it's a great jumping off point for further investigation.
The most incredible eyes in the animal world can be found under the sea, on the head of the mantis shrimps. Each eye can move independently and can focus on object with three different areas, giving the mantis shrimp "trinocular vision". While we see in three colours, they see in twelve, and they can tune individual light-sensitive cells depending on local light levels. They can even see a special type of light - 'circularly polarised light' - that no other animal can.