Evolution

Evolution Made Easy, Courtesy of E. Coli

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Unlike humans, who need on average 20 years between generations, these small creatures only need about 20 minutes to foster offspring. This means that the bacterium can evolve some 500,000 times faster than us. This rapid rate offers the prime opportunity to explore some of the deeper mysteries and perhaps even offer mechanisms to best predict when evolution might happen to us.

Bob Dylan and Forever Young

Bill Haines | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Dylan is one of my heroes, and not all of my heroes are Christians; but they all inspire us with the breathtaking beauty of this world and the hope that we can overcome its tragedies, past, present and future.

Is the Swine Flu Back and Wreaking Havoc?

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Over the last few weeks, as expected, there has been a transition in the media headlines from the antics of Ford to the augury of flu. There was more than enough reason to believe that the virus that caused the pandemic from 2009-2010, better known as H1N1pdm or "swine flu" was back.

Why Germs Are Better Environmentalists Than You

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

While we only recycle a quarter of our human-made waste, germs recycle almost everything cellular. This week, a group of researchers from different corners of the globe discovered that bacteria can even recycle genetic material (DNA), making them the ultimate environmental champions.

The Big History Project

Bill Haines | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Can we encourage students to be more enthusiastic about learning history? I think so, and so does Bill Gates of Microsoft fame. Gates has sponsored The Big History Project. -A free on line course for high school students, where Mr. Gates appears in the opening syllabus video, endorsing the course's unique way of blending science and history to give students the big picture.

Evolution Sparked WAY Earlier Than Believed: Study

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A new study says oxygen first appeared in Earth's atmosphere up to 700 million years earlier than believed.Scientists at the University of...

"Science Is Not Your Ememy", Steven Pinker

Bill Haines | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Here is a link to Harvard University Psychology Professor Steven Pinker's now "infamous" essay in the New Republic titled "Science Is Not Your Enemy." "Geeze, who in their right mind would think that science is their enemy?" Memo to self, "Write an essay some day called "The Christian faith is not your enemy."

Why Atheists Are Wrong About Religion

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

That Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins are disappointed that religion hasn't gone the way of the dinosaur perhaps speaks to the fact that religion provides something of great importance to human beings, an importance that is beyond their grasp. Science provides the cold hard facts of life. Religion provides meaning. Even Dr. Krauss agreed that we make the meaning in our lives. Why can't that meaning come from religion?

Creationism Still in Schools? What Would Darwin Say?

Michael Kruse | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada
Michael Kruse

This week we celebrate Darwin's birthday and the publishing of the "Great Book" as it is known in biology, On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin. But in the United States, there continue to be assaults on the ability of education to keep out erroneous questioning of evolution at the middle and high school levels.

Neanderthal Genome May Hold Clues To Human Survival

CBC | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada

It's the time of year when people take stock of the past 12 months, and make resolutions for the New Year. That's kind of what Svante Paab...

Don't Blame Science if Women Don't Want You

Christopher Lewarne | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living
Christopher Lewarne

An article published in Scientific American this week demystified a commonly held colloquialism -- Rachel and Ross knew it, Monica and Chandler certainly knew it: men and women can't be "just Friends." Nomenclature aside, men carry certain chromosomal differences from women. It's why our balls drop and our voices get deeper. It's not why we get to be douchebags and blame Darwin for our douchebaggery.

Science and Religion: Why You Don't Have to Choose

Patricia Pearson | Posted 12.08.2012 | Canada
Patricia Pearson

A friend's kid said to me the other day: "I'm a Darwinist...I don't believe in God." Okay, I thought, hold on there kid. Darwin wasn't a prophet who started an "-ism," and Science isn't a faith. We need to get rid of some of the category confusion that has crept into current debates and percolated down to secular kids. It can be tempting to respond to the sheer idiocy of American Creationists like Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA,) who recently described evolution and the Big Bang as "lies straight from the pit of Hell" by broadly rejecting religion. But these are not either-or categories and it is startling that they should have become so.

Can Nature Keep Medical Costs Down?

David Suzuki | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's easier, more effective, and cheaper to let healthy bodies fight off disease and infections than to weaken those defence mechanisms and then compensate for them medically. If we want a stable health system, we must put more resources into reducing pollution and environmental degradation and creating a way of life that keeps bodies and minds happy and in good health.

Believe In Evolution? Then You're Probably Canadian (Or British)

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Living

Where did human beings come from — did we start as singular cells millions of year ago and evolve into our present form, or did God create us in his...

Are You Really Conscious Right Now?

Jeff Fraser | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada
Jeff Fraser

While the world celebrates the discovery of the Higgs boson, these scientists are hard at work on one of the most profound mysteries left: Why, and how, did humans become conscious? Until we can figure out what consciousness physically is, there won't be any consensus on what function it serves, or indeed whether it serves any function at all.