Monthly Archives: December 2014

Adam Rutherford and the bleeding, cutting… “fringe”

Science is a process – as David Hull implied in the title of his landmark book “Science as a Process”, and it grows by expanding at the edges. Those doing that work have the burden not just of the work, … Continue reading

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Comments on Carl Zimmer’s reporting of feather evolution

I posted Feather Genes Surprisingly Early – But Misinterpreted before reading Zimmer’s write-up of the same paper. I’ll add a minor comment on his contribution here, just as I posted a more major comment on his feather commentary of 2011. … Continue reading

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The Twelve Clades of Christmas

As we have a nice new set of bird clades, perhaps we can seasonally twelve them 🙂 Annoyingly, the original is packed with birds in the wrong place (though perhaps not much worse than the Wetmore list). Three French Hens … Continue reading

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Feather Genes Surprisingly Early – But Misinterpreted

An interesting paper… Feather development genes and associated regulatory innovation predate the origin of Dinosauria by Craig B. Lowe, Julia A. Clarke, Allan J. Baker, David Haussler, Scott V. Edwards. MBE Advance Access published November 18, 2014 Society for Molecular … Continue reading

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Bird Tree 2014 e.g. Jarvis et al. – Xmas? It Certainly Is!

On the latest revelations on modern bird relationship, using genetic data, published via here and here… After the landmark bird family tree analysis in 2008 by Hackett et al., two main questions seemed particularly prominent to me, and were treated … Continue reading

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Roger Scruton on Fakery in Art – Applies to Historical Science too.

RS delivered this Point Of View, BBC Radio 4 Fri Dec 5th 2014, where he identified a cultural structure where an activity antipathetic to art, has come to dominate it. The same thing happens in sciences where experiments are problematic. … Continue reading

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Einstein’s job-seeking, scientific in-fighting, funny ideas, ladies, and nationality issues.

A great selection of Einstein’s letters and other writings is available on-line and in book form from the Princeton archive, and I tripped over it recently – for several hours! My expertise in over-100-year-old German is as good as my … Continue reading

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