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Isn’t Nature Wonderful!? #001 Praying Mantis and Hummingbird

Put together from the New York Times online article about Tom Vaughan’s pictures: Advertisements

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Ornithoscelida. Note to Matt Baron on Baron et al.

Hi Matt Baron, Nice to see your work, because it shows what happens in a divergence investigation when you exclude types that lived too long afterwards, which had accumulated numerous interfering irrelevant characters. This is something I’d advocated on forums … Continue reading

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Brussatte’s Pseudoscience in Science 2017

Brussatte continues to occupy a position supposed to be used by a scientist, and has been allowed to write yet another piece of rubbish in Science. He’s commented further on it in Phys.org. What a mess. To understand the evolution … Continue reading

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Ed Yong is not a skeptical reporter

Andrew Gelman continues to investigate science quality: How to improve science reporting? Dan Vergano sez: It’s not about reality, it’s all about a salary …this time focusing on science journalism. But the situation is worse than this. Gelman quotes science … Continue reading

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Defending David Attenborough: Groupism And Incompetence

“If you can’t ride two horses at once you shouldn’t be in the bloody circus!” (Jim Callahan; Prime Minister). “Evidence is those observations not well explained by a theory, or not as well explained by one theory as by another.” … Continue reading

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Oh, Oh, Woe What A Lovely Referendum!

Last week I heard someone say, without deceit: “Why? What did she do?” when told Hilary Benn had been sacked. I think that person might really be on to something! Better just cut yourself off from the news and politics … Continue reading

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Celebrating Dylan Thomas

What? Eh?! You mean Dylan Thomas day is TODAY?! OK – well a bit rough and ready then… “…Down to the sloeblack, slow, black…” as you can see from the pic of my script below – not that anybody can … Continue reading

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