Category Archives: Biology

OpenEarth Anti-GM Paper

I really didn’t mean to get into the GM controversy.  I like the evolution controversy.  It’s fun.  The science is settled. The issue of genetically modified food and organisms isn’t quite as settled.  And there’s a huge movement, based on … Continue reading

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GM Corn Long Term Study – Again

I’ve had some requests for additional commentary on one of the major issues with this long term genetically modified food study. First of all, the study claims that GM food and Roundup ™ cause cancer and kill rats.  That’s wrong.  … Continue reading

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Research on Round-up Tolerant GM Maize

As promised, I contacted the lead author of the paper and got a copy of it. Honestly, after reading the abstract, I could see that this might be a good paper.  After reviewing the graphs (here), I had some concerns.  … Continue reading

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Anti-GM Food Proponents and Research

Here’s a video that a friend of mine linked to on youtube. It’s short, less than 3 minutes.  And more interestingly comments are disabled. There’s probably a very good reason that comments are disabled… Because the statements made in the … Continue reading

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Whereupon I reply to a commenter

I know I haven’t been posting much.  I’ve been working quite a bit lately and most of my work involves writing.  I’ve been writing the equivalent of 4 or 5 blog posts a day for work and just don’t feel … Continue reading

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The Nitrogen Cycle – For Aquarists

I’m going through my older files and pulling some things that I had written long ago and moving them to this blog.  This covers the Nitrogen Cycle and how it impacts an aquarium.  Enjoy. Nitrates, Nitrites and Ammonia are often … Continue reading

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Complex Specified Information…

or (as the rest of us call it) probability. Simply put, complex specified information is information that is both complex and specified, such that it is highly improbable and specific. The complexity of the information associated with event A is … Continue reading

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The Flood and Mutation Rates

I normally don’t get too involved in this level of discussion.  It is so obviously wrong that anyone can find totally unresolvable issues with Noah’s Flood.  However, this is a pretty good lesson in genetics and some very interesting requirements.  … Continue reading

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My Three Favorite Animals

This is a weird post, but go with me here.  I just recently discovered my third favorite animal and it is so unusual that I just have to share.  There’s no point in sharing just the third one either, so … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Life – Chapter 3

Selection in Prebiotic Chemistry: Why This… and not that? First Luisi presents us with some basic facts.  If you don’t agree with any of these, let me know. Life on Earth started 3.5 to 3.9 billion years ago.  Probably earlier, … Continue reading

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