Evolutionary biology and the beauty of confirming hypotheses with data and experiments

Two groundbreaking new studies provide important evidence for key theories about the evolution of humans and the interplay between viral RNA and our own cells, offering a glimpse of how science evaluates competing ideas and a potential window into the nature of all life on Earth. Last month, a groundbreaking new study in Proceedings of… Continue reading Evolutionary biology and the beauty of confirming hypotheses with data and experiments

Fauci has a lot of explaining to do and a simple Darwinian test for the origin of coronavirus

New emails make clear Dr. Anthony Fauci and his boss, Dr. Francis Collins, knew precisely why coronavirus probably originated in a lab, but quickly covered it up in the name of “science and international harmony.”  The complete turn around has never been explained because the virus fails a simple test known since Darwin. When the… Continue reading Fauci has a lot of explaining to do and a simple Darwinian test for the origin of coronavirus

The entire “Tree of Life” is online after the idea was first proposed over 200 years ago, and it’s a humbling, interactive experience open to everyone

Meet the “Google Earth of Biology,” the OneZoom Explorer, recently launched by the Imperial College of London.  This interactive, online experience maps the connections between 2.2 million living species in a visual, searchable format, including over 85,000 images.  Yes, the Tree of Life is now online, fulfilling a quest of over two centuries, allowing you… Continue reading The entire “Tree of Life” is online after the idea was first proposed over 200 years ago, and it’s a humbling, interactive experience open to everyone

Meet Trofim Lysenko, a Soviet biologist who crushed dissent, jailed scientists, and starved 30 million people

Mr. Lysenko’s tragic story is the ultimate history lesson and cautionary tale about the dangers of state-sanctioned science and the need for open debate.  America today is not Soviet Russia 75 years ago, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t disturbing parallels as the US government teams up with social media and telecommunications providers to censor… Continue reading Meet Trofim Lysenko, a Soviet biologist who crushed dissent, jailed scientists, and starved 30 million people