1. Science

    Creationists Upset Over Exclusion From Cosmos, Do They Have A Point?

    It's probably inevitable that religious conservatives would eventually take offense at Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos. However, the most recent creationist complaint is just as surprising as it is contradictory.

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  2. Entertainment

    FOX Affiliate Cuts Evolution Reference in Cosmos

    For a show as all-encompassing as Cosmos, it's surprising that the series' only reference to evolution so far lasted less than a minute. And if you live in Oklahoma City, Fox News affiliate KOKH-TV didn't even want you to see that.

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  3. Science

    New Study Says Giant Ancient Sloths Were Aquatic

    Sometimes I resent evolution. A study published this week in the Proceedings of Royal Society B. claims that millions of years ago, sloths were six-feet long and spent most of their lives in the water. Thank you, survival of the fittest, for depriving me of a world full of underwater sloth rides and hypnotically slow games of beach volleyball.

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  4. Science

    Missouri Nonsense Bill Would Require Schools to Alert Parents When Evolution Is Taught

    Evolution is a theory supported by mountains of evidence that many religious people are just fine with, and most importantly, it's science, so no, there shouldn't be a parental notification requirement that it's being taught in science class. That should be assumed. That hasn't stopped a Missouri bill to alert parents to the teaching of science.

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  5. Science

    Twitter Responds to Our Friend Bill Nye’s #CreationDebate With Creationist Ken Ham

    Last night Our Friend Bill Nye debated the issue of whether Creationism is a viable model for teaching the origins of the Universe against creationist Ken Ham. (No. No it is not. Stop saying that it is because it is not.) Obviously, Twitter had some thoughts on the debate. Here are some of our favorite comments.

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  6. Science

    Cats Actually Evolved To Be Indifferent To The People Who Love Them

    If you know anything about cats, you know they don't care about you or anyone you know. Don't be offended, though; it's not Mister Jinxy's fault that he's kind of a jerk to his owners. Turns out, evolution has designed cats to be completely indifferent to their caregivers. Grumpy Cat is just Cat's final evolutionary form.

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  7. Science

    Ancient Humans Bred With A Different Species That We Know Nothing About

    According to new findings that were presented at a meeting of the Royal Society in London last week, ancient Humans and Neanderthals weren't the only two humanoid species walking around and breeding with each other at the same time. Updated genome sequencing suggests that there was a third species -- and we don't know anything about it.

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  8. Science

    When You Deny Evolution, You Aren’t Nearly as Cute as This Dog Denying Evolution

    According to this video, 46% of Americans don't believe in evolution, and as it turns out, neither do 100% of dogs. At least YouTube user Steve Gerben's dog Jiggs doesn't, and he'll tell you why in this video. The dog is also wearing a tie, which doesn't help its credibility, but does make it look adorable.

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  9. Science

    PBS Digital Studios Releases First Episode of Latest Series The Advanced Apes

    Are you a big fan of Darwinian theories of evolution? Then you'll probably really enjoy The Advanced Apes, the newest video web series produced by PBS Digital Studios. Their first episode tackles the subject of human evolution with adorably animated images and cool scientific facts.

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  10. Science

    Stop Whining, Nice Guys: You’ll Do Better in the Long Run

    The field of game theory, and specifically an experiment known as the prisoner's dilemma, has been used in the past to show that being selfish is a surefire way to do the best in the long run. But a new study suggests that might not be the case, showing in computer simulations that cooperation is actually the best overall evolutionary tactic.

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  11. Science

    How the Chicken Lost Its Penis

    Researchers have long wondered why evolution robbed many bird species -- like the chicken -- of a piece of anatomy considered pretty key in most of the breeding we're familiar with -- the penis. A new study of a wide range of birds has revealed a key gene that stymies penis growth in males and suggests a few reasons that nixing the penis could be evolutionarily advantageous for the animals, though it does make calling a male rooster a cock among the crueler jokes in the history of time.

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  12. Science

    Monkey Feet May Be More Common in Humans Than Once Thought

    Have you ever felt like walking on the ground is a fine way to get from point A to point B, but not really your thing? Can you identify a good climbing tree from a hundred paces? If so, you may have a condition known to medicine as "monkey feet."* Don't be embarrassed, though -- according to some recent studies, as many as 1 in 13 people around the world may have feet that didn't get the evolutionary memo about ground-based, bipedal locomotion and remain well-equipped for clambering up a tree at a moment's notice. 

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  13. Science

    Turns Out Spiders Are at Least Partly Responsible for Evolution of Butterflies

    Animals evolve for lots of reasons. Usually to improve methods of finding food, attracting mates, or escaping the notice of predators. We've all done it. Evolved, I mean. One vivid example is the butterfly, the world's most colorful insect. But those vibrant hues and crazy wing patterns were never for our benefit. Nope, they developed to deflect attackers, and we've been assuming since the days of Darwin that the perps were birds. Insect-devouring birds. But it turns out that it was probably the spawn of Ungoliant -- spiders -- who were the villains all this time. And not just any spiders -- jumping spiders! These eight-legged creeps are at least partially responsible for the adaptation of the butterfly.

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  14. Science

    There and Back Again: Evidence of Reverse Evolution Seen in Dust Mites

    It's commonly held -- but not universally accepted  -- that evolution is a one-way street. Researchers who deny the idea that evolutionary traffic can only move forward saw their  arguments bolstered this week with the publication of a study suggesting that house dust mites may have evolved from free-living creatures into full-time parasites, only to abandon that evolutionary track and go back the way they came, reverting to the free-living creatures that live invisibly in your carpet, bed, and other places in your home that it's probably best not to think about them living.

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  15. Science

    Test Tube Evolution Creates Artificial Enzyme With New Structure In Lab

    A lab at the University of Minnesota is home to a newly created artificial enzyme that could offer researchers new insights into the origins of life on Earth. That's because rather than being assembled by researchers one step at a time, this enzyme was created in a test tube by directed evolution. The result is a loosely shaped enzyme that may resemble the collections of molecules in the primordial soup that preceded life on the planet.

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