Posts tagged ‘evolution’

April 18, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Science, religion and policy – Part 2 [Video]

Continuing with today’s theme Part 2 is the 2007 award winning, NOVA documentary about the landmark court case challenging the Dover, Pennsylvania school district’s policy advocating intelligent design. The documentary includes numerous interviews with the small town’s citizens from both sides of the issue delving into their deeply held beliefs and feelings. It also tells the story of the court case and the breadth of evidence from both sides. While long, it is truly worth watching.

If there are problems viewing the video or if it is slow try watching it HERE.

April 18, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Science, religion and policy – Part 1

The Daily Scoop will delve into a controversial area today. Spurred by the direction a recent discussion took and coupled with the discovery of the article here examining some intersections of religion, policy and science, the debate between Theory of Evolution and creationism will be the theme today. The article here gives some insight into the recent Tennessee bill that was seen by many as an open door to bring intelligent design (or creationism) into the classroom, to be taught along side scientific theory. The author provides some good insight into the minds of the legislators who presented the bill and their astonishment over the controversy it created. It’s well worth reading along with the linked companion article it refers to at the beginning. The second part of today’s Daily Scoop is a video about a landmark court case in Dover, Pennsylvania involving the teaching of intelligent design in the high school there. 

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January 6, 2012

The Daily Scoop: How Climate Change Has Driven Evolution

Two articles today on the Daily Scoop on the topic of how climate change has and is impacting evolution.

Conditions of Life: How Climate Change Has Driven Evolution
We are the products of our environment — and that goes for egrets and  elephants as much as human beings. The history of all life on this planet has  been one of change and adaptation. The environment changes, and life adapts.  That’s evolution in a nutshell.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that as the planet’s climate has changed  through the geologic past — and it’s changed severely, from the hot and humid earth of the  Triassic period to the ice ages that ended just 20,000 years ago — life has  changed along with it. In a new paper published in the Proceedings of the  National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a group of researchers  plot out just how the changing climate has impacted mammalian evolution in  North America over the past 65 million years. They find that there have been six  distinct waves of species diversity, and that the driving force of those waves  has likely been climate change.
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World-first hybrid shark found off Australia
Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change.

The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world, said lead researcher Jess Morgan.
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