Posts Tagged 'evolution'

How Breeding Has Changed Dogs

 

This article quickly covers the questionable traits bread into various dog breeds in the last 100 years.

Read the article HERE.

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Pacific Leaping Blenny – The Fish That Doesn’t Swim

PacificLeapingBlennyAccording to Sci-News –

The Pacific leaping blenny is a 4 to 8-cm-long tropical fish found in reefs in Samoa and the Marianas, Society, and Cook Islands, in the western and southern Pacific Ocean. It remains on land all its adult life but has to stay moist to be able to breathe through its gills and skin.

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Watch Evolution – The ‘Psychedelic’ Frogfish [video]

Evolution Recorded – Watch Octopus Walk Onto Dry Land [video]

7 Animals That Are One Flaw Away From Taking Over the World

Cracked presents another excellent list – seven animals who could be much closer to the top of the food chain if their intelligent designer had been just a little bit more intelligenter. One animal (mayflies) are born without mouths, Portuguese Man-of-War live in water, but cannot swim, and another (Slavemaker ants) are unable to feed themselves.

Read about all 7 animals HERE.

 

 

Sea Urchins Have No Eyes – See With Their Entire Body

According to ScienceDaily –

Many animals have eyes that are incredibly complex — others manage without. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have shown that sea urchins see with their entire body despite having no eyes at all. The study has been published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Where Conservatives Come From

My favorite St.Louis columnist, Kevin Horrigan, has another excellent column. This time he tries to explain all those damn conservatives.

Mr. Horrigan writes –

This is the fourth in an occasional series of essays that attempts to answer the scientific question: “What’s up with all the conservatives around here?” The first one suggested historical reasons for Missouri being a hotbed of right-wing activism: Tea Partiers, conspiracists, militias, birthers, global-warming deniers, Ed Martin voters, etc. It’s because activists tend to sprout in places where lots of transplanted southern and rural white folks come face-to-face with a modern urban environment. The second one suggested that it’s really not conservatives’ fault that they’re the way the are. Some people just don’t have a certain chemical receptor in their brains, so they can’t absorb oxytocin, a brain chemical important for empathy. The third one quoted an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics whose theory is that liberals and atheists are farther along the evolutionary scale than conservatives and religious believers. I stress that all of these merely are theories. I just pass them along in the interest of enlightened public discourse. But every time I write one of these, I get a lot of angry mail from conservatives. But conservatives will like this fourth theory of explaining why they are the way they are, even though it’s based on evolutionary theory, a concept in which many conservatives don’t believe. Jacob M. Vigil of the University of New Mexico reports that Republican sympathizers in a 2008 study group reported having more “good friends” in their social circles (an average of 12.91) than Democratic sympathizers (9.46). This can be explained by the fact that conservatives are oriented toward dominant behavior, he says, so they’re not afraid of having a lot of friends and associates.

Continue reading HERE.

 


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