06 February, 2014 – Episode 450 – This Week in Science


Ham On Nye Sandwich, Mammoths Needed More, Mice Like Different, Chlamydia In Your Gut, Blair’s Animal Corner, Interview w/ Steve And Anthony Palumbi On Extreme Life In The Sea, And Much More…

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Planet earth is more than 4,000 years old…
It’s more than 6,000, 10,000 more than 100,000 years old…
It’s much, much older… approximately 4 billions years old with life existing for most of that span.
The universe is older still, over 13 billion years…
If you are convinced that life, the earth, the universe, are less than 6,000 years in existence…
You are convinced of something that conflicts with every scientific discovery since, in your view, before the world began.
No amount of faith in a belief held un-refutable by evidence will make up for the deficit in education or the willful ignorance of your world view.
It will still be wrong.
As with any faith filled act of ignorance, the choice to deny reality is yours to make and the world should respect your decision to do so.
However… if you at some point choose to publicly challenge science, to make claims upon reality without evidence, observation or experiment… to deny children education or to discourage scientific pursuits…
Then you invite scrutiny, evaluation and the commentary that follows…
And in the woefully obtuse instance of denying human history, earth history, all science and the physics universe…
You invite ridicule
For every story of scientific discovery will be yet further evidence of your ignorance
And that evidence will continue to grow stronger, perhaps nowhere more so than here on
This week in science… coming up next

Ham On Nye
It was a debate wasn’t it? Or, was it a lot of free advertising for the Creation Museum? Bill Nye The Science Guy met Ken Ham onstage at the Creation Museum for a multi-hour debate over the question of whether Creationism should be considered science. People siding with Nye think he won the debate, and those siding with Ham think he won, albeit not with as much aplomb as usual. Michael Behe, who supports Intelligent Design, not Young Earth Creationism, was just upset his ideology was left out.

Why did the Mammoths die?
DNA tells a new tale involving climate and grasses.

Mice Like Unfamiliar
Blair reported last year that male mice sing ultrasonic songs when wooing females. Well, new research concludes that female mice are attracted to male mice who sing songs that are different from those of their parents.

Got Chlamydia?
It might come from your GI tract.

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Interview Guests: Dr. Stephen Palumbi and Anthony Palumbi

Stephen R. Palumbi is Professor of Biology and Director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University. His film projects include the BBC series The Future Is Wild, the History channel’s Life after People, and the Short Attention Span Science Theater. His books include The Death and Life of Monterey Bay andThe Evolution Explosion.
Anthony R. Palumbi, Stephen’s son, is a science writer and novelist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic and other publications.

Book: The Extreme Life of the Sea

The ocean teems with life that thrives under difficult situations in unusual environments. The Extreme Life of the Sea takes readers to the absolute limits of the ocean world–the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans. It dives into the icy Arctic and boiling hydrothermal vents–and exposes the eternal darkness of the deepest undersea trenches–to show how marine life thrives against the odds. This thrilling book brings to life the sea’s most extreme species, and tells their stories as characters in the drama of the oceans. Coauthored by Stephen Palumbi, one of today’s leading marine scientists, The Extreme Life of the Sea tells the unforgettable tales of some of the most marvelous life forms on Earth, and the challenges they overcome to survive. Modern science and a fluid narrative style give every reader a deep look at the lives of these species.

The Extreme Life of the Sea shows you the world’s oldest living species. It describes how flying fish strain to escape their predators, how predatory deep-sea fish use red searchlights only they can see to find and attack food, and how, at the end of her life, a mother octopus dedicates herself to raising her batch of young. This wide-ranging and highly accessible book also shows how ocean adaptations can inspire innovative commercial products–such as fan blades modeled on the flippers of humpback whales–and how future extremes created by human changes to the oceans might push some of these amazing species over the edge.

Project: UnShark Week

Sochi Olympics Begin
NBC Learn produced 10 videos on the science and engineering of the Sochi winter Olympics, including engineering half pipes with Shaun White. This is just one of the educational and entertaining links compiled by Edutopia blogger Matt Davis. These are a great resource for parents, teachers, and students of all ages!

Temperature Added To Google Earth
The Climatic Research Unit Temperature Version 4 (CRUTEM4) land-surface air temperature dataset has been added to Google Earth, allowing users to zoom in on weather stations around the globe and inspect the data.

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