Science news: Christmas edition
• Nature looks back at some of the science stories of 2005, including the Mars Rover, betting on climate change, possibly exploding toads, and the advantage of wearing sports uniforms.
• Mind Hacks rounds up the Christmas news on the neuro- and psychology front, including the possible mood-enhancing effects of gingerbread.
• Scientific American reports on " How Rudolph Remains Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed Through the Big Night" (aka the sleep cycle of arctic reindeer in the winter).
• An investigating panel at Seoul National University has found that Hwang intentionally fabricated results that were published in his landmark paper in Science this past May. Earlier publications on his initial success in producing stem cells from a cloned human embryo and in generating the first cloned dog ("Snuppy") are also under investigation. (My previous post on the scandal).
• A few more interesting posts on evolution in the aftermath of the Dover decision: eSkeptic has a behind the scenes look at what went on during the trial; Tara Smith at Aetiology discusses her favorite anti-Intelligent Design argument, penned by Percy Bysse Shelley in 1814; Chet Raymo muses on the death of Darwin's daughter Annie, noting
Humans are animals, Darwin believed, and like all animals we are locked in a struggle for existence, which, left to itself, eliminates the weak. But he also firmly believed that humans can escape the relentless logic of natural selection, and that by exercising our moral conscience and caring lovingly for the sick and weak we lift ourselves above our animal natures.(for lots more discussion of the fallout and implications of the Dover decision, head on over to the Panda's Thumb).
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