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Human pheromones: RNA-mediated theory killers

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A Fear of Pheromones Excerpt: WHAT are we going to do if it turns out that we have pheromones? What on earth would we be doing with such things? With the richness of speech, and all our new devices for…
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Finding it and Perfuming the Mind

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Microbes Effect on the Brain Excerpt: In flies with a particular microbe, they only want to mate with others who have that microbe. This occurs because of a smell from the microbe. In groups of hyenas, groups identify their social…
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How fast can evolutionary theory be changed?

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Boston, land of…creationists? Excerpt: “For example, right now a creationist with a Harvard science degree is lecturing in Boston on Evolution: Bankrupt Science; Creationism: Science You Can Bank On. Obviously, Dr Nathaniel Jeanson is one of the fruit loops who…
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Unconstrained evolutionary innovability

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The Strange Inevitability of Evolution by Philip Ball Excerpt 1)  Natural selection supplies an incredibly powerful way of pruning variation into effective solutions to the challenges of the environment. But it can’t explain where all that variation came from. As…
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RNA-mediated species specificity

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Species-Specific Scientists uncover striking differences between mouse and human gene expression across a variety of tissues. By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 17, 2014 Excerpt: “…results published today (November 17) in PNAS reveal widespread differences between human and mouse gene expression,…
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“Kardashians” in science

On “Kardashians” in science and the general relationship between achievement and fame Posted on September 19, 2014 by Lascap Excerpt Ultimately, it is all about the relevance of one’s contribution. But trying to discredit an increasingly important form of academic…
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Odor preferences are ecological adaptations

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Does Singld Out, a gene-based dating service, pass the sniff test? Excerpt: “The evolution of odour preference When we think about the evolutionary threats faced by our ancestors, we like to imagine sabre-tooth tigers and angry, spear-wielding tribesmen. In reality,…
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Non-evolutionary facts predict ovulatory shifts

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Round 2: Ovulatory Cycles and Shifting Preferences Excerpt: “…ovulatory shifts are intriguing because they represent an original prediction of evolutionary theory, but are not predicted by non-evolutionary theoretical frameworks.” My comment: The shifts do not represent an original prediction of…
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Connecting the various levels of analysis

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Is Our Focus Becoming Overly Narrow? By Nancy Eisenberg Excerpt: “A larger perspective informed by knowledge about all levels of analysis is in jeopardy. An important challenge for psychological science is to better frame and assess the interconnections among the…
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Is learning about ecology too much to ask?

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Is It Too Much To Ask That Reporters Understand Evolution?   Excerpt 1): “Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial…
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