Category Archives: Evolution

The fundamental law behind modern biology, explored and applied.

An Interview with Buckminster Fuller

This interview in 1974 is considered by many to be his best. We offer it as a little something to ponder on the past and future of science and our society. Continue reading…

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Interview With an Amateur Fossil Hunter

One aspect of amateur science that can create considerable dissonance is the role of the collector versus the academic scientist. Continue reading…

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An Insect with the Only Mechanical Gears Found in Nature

To the best of our knowledge, the mechanical gear—evenly-sized teeth cut into two different rotating surfaces to lock them together as they turn—was invented sometime around 300 B.C.E. by Greek mechanics who lived in Alexandria. Continue reading…

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Amateur Paleontologist Studies Life of 350 Million Years Ago

Amateur paleontologist John Forde with one of his largest specimens.

EVERY weekend, in his garage, to the sound of Derby County on the radio, John Forde slowly unearths things no human has ever seen before. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Science Education Standards


The latest episode in this battle over education standards took place in Kentucky, where the state Board of Education voted to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, in spite of strong opposition coming from anti-evolution and climate change denial groups. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: The Night My Cat and I Played Chess

Inanna. USCF Rating: Unknown. Photo by Sheldon Greaves.

To help myself wind down, I got our a small chess set and prepared to go through a game from one of my chess books. Just before I started, Inanna hopped up on the bed and sat down on the black side of the board opposite me, and looked at me inquisitively. Continue reading…

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Decoding Prairie Dog Language


As it turns out, prairie dogs actually have one of the most sophisticated forms of vocal communication in the natural world, really not so unlike our own. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: This Week…


Tomorrow I’m attending an event in San Francisco: Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UC Berkeley on “The Modern Origins Story: From the Big Bang to Habitable Planets.” Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: In Praise of Field Work

The NPR web site has a fascinating article about one of the most important naturalists you’ve probably never heard of: Alfred Russell Wallace. Continue reading…

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New Pew Poll Profiles America’s Science Literacy

A new poll from the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine offers
a degree of insight into American scientific literacy on natural
selection, the age of the earth, and climate change Continue reading…

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