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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 19 2013

The Conundrum

The three topics I most want to talk about – my research, teaching, and grad school – are the three topics I can’t talk about. I can’t talk about my research because part of my data comes from public databases, which means it would be easy for other scientists to scoop me if I even …

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Feb 12 2013

Happy Darwin Day!

It’s my annual excuse to post my favorite Darwin related image: Unfortunately I don’t have time to write up a substantial Darwin-themed post… ironically because I’ve been working on a group presentation for my Philosophy of the Genome class on the eclipse of Darwinism and the following modern evolutionary synthesis. Are any of you taking …

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Feb 11 2013

Indiana high schoolers want to ban gays from prom

It seems like not much has changed since I was an Indiana high school student: A team of Valley high schoolers and parents rally for a separate prom that bans gays. NBC 2′s Paige Preusse reports how Sullivan High School says there’s nothing legally they can do to allow it… several students and parents are taking matters into …

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Feb 07 2013

I’ve figured out why the Vatican hoards its wealth!

St. Peter’s Basilica is not actually named that because of its architecture, but for the Basilisk living beneath it! Lore tells of Basilisks converting various substances into gold, which explains the Vatican’s enormous wealth!! It also explains why they’re so reluctant to give the wealth away, because the evil Basilisk will turn the Pope into stone …

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Feb 07 2013

How about we sell the Vatican instead?

I have a feeling Catholics won’t like my solution to their monetary problems. But you see, times are tough. The LA Archdiocese alone has lost $660 million to those pesky victims of child rape. This is their solution: The non-profit Guidance in Giving lists the Los Angeles-area Catholic Church among its “diocesan accounts” and says it …

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Feb 04 2013

Pokébiology 101: “Evolution” and the enigma of Eevee

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(Click here for the introductory post to Pokébiology 101) You know I had to start my Pokébiology 101 series with the most famously scientifically inaccurate part of Pokémon: evolution. In the Pokémon world, “evolution” means something different from what you might have learned in your biology classes. …Well, what you should have learned in your biology …

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Feb 03 2013

Since I didn’t watch the Super Bowl…

…can you fill me in on what memes were created so I’m not totally confused at every joke on the internet for the next 24 hours?

Feb 01 2013

Obama caves to religious pressure on birth control debate

Atheist feminist rage activated: Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said the proposal would guarantee free coverage of birth control “while respecting religious concerns.” Churches and religious organizations that object to providing birth control coverage on religious grounds would not have to pay for it. Under the proposal, female employees could get …

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