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Recently in Greenfuse Poetry:

Poem:  Kaytdid 9/20/2006
Poem:  Late summer rains 8/14/2006
Poem:  July 2000  8/1/2006
Poem:  The Melting + audio file  7/6/2006
Poem:  Thinking himself wise Greenfuse 5/12/2006


Featured Site October 2006.

Nobelprize.org

The official site of the Nobel prize. Has announcements of the 2006 Nobel prize along with background information to help us understand the significance of the discoveries being honored.

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Evolution in Kansas


Kansas Citizens for Science.

Viewpoint Discrimination..the Red Herring of Antievolutionists. See Green Fuse 02/05/05


An Entangled Bank. From the conclusion of Darwin's Origin of Species First Edition (1859)

It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the external conditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

See http://www.literature.org/authors/darwin-charles/the-origin-of-species/chapter-14.html

 

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Other recent picks.....

  • Australian Wildlife. Learn all about the unique wildlife down under.

  • Monarchwatch

    Many common organisms are now threatened due to human activities. Th monarch butterfly is just one. Visit Monarch watch to see what you can do to help this species survive.

     

  • Paleoart...Learn about the field of paleontology illustration. How do artists and scientists imagine the past? From the Smithsonian Institution. http://www.nmnh.si.edu/paleo/PaleoArt/index.htm

    Creation Watch...from the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of the Paranormal. Is Creationism and Intelligent Design as currently understood related to belief in Ghosts? Well there is more here than that but you decide.

  • Ivory billed woodpecker rediscovered?

     

  • What do you believe that you cannot prove? Think about it and then see how scientists respond to this question. Hey for that matter what does it mean to prove something in the first place?

  • Climate change: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. A sobering look at the global warming and the effect of human activity on climate. A complex paper. If you read nothing else read the summary.

  • Hunting for the Real Nemo: from the New England Aquarium site.

  • Huygens on Titan!

    The Watch: Intelligent Design. Here we go again. Green Fuse 01/14/05

    New Insights into Early Mammals! 01/13/05 While we have long known that mammals were around during the age of the dinosaurs, it had always been assumed that mammals were very inconspicuous, feeding perhaps on insects, but we now have evidence that the real story is much more complex. Check out the story from the National Public Radio web site.

    Early-Earth Oxygen Carriers Found! 8/24/04 What is believed to be a primative form of hemoglobin is present in certain members of the Kingdom Archaea. The gene coding for this form of hemoglobin called 'protohemoglobin' has been identified and has been patented by the discoverers because of its potential use as a carrier of oxygen, an oxygen detector or as a blood substitute. The protohemoglobin molecule is not itself a good carrier of oxygen, and would have to be modified to do so. But notes one of the discovers:

    "Once you have the gene, you can modify the gene."

    For more details go to EurikAlert.

    Does the future need us? See Green Fuse for November 19 2003.

  • The Molecule of the Month Page. http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Chemistry/MOTM/motm.htm  I know this is a chemistry site but many of the molecules featured here are medically and biologically important substances. Besides as the chemists say - biology is chemistry that crawls and I want to add - evolves!

  • The Secret of Photo 51. Not a flying saucer conspiracy but a look at the role of Rosalind Franklin in Watson and Crick's discvery of the Structure of DNA.  Wonderful graphics and historical information. A must see site! Companion to the Nova program of the same title now on PBS.

  • Urban Legends and Folklore. We all believe or have been told some really stupid things and this site helps separate the fact from the chaff. Check it out and and get the real scoop on things such as. Do earwigs really nest in people's ears? Did Janet Reno really call Christians cultists? Does NASA research really prove that God made the earth stop revolving for a day? Is there really a face of a man on Mars? Is AIDS a man made disease?

  • Ken Miller's Evolution Page. Does evolution happen? Is intelligent design a good alternative to evolutionary theory? Is the bacterial flagellum an example of irreducible complexity? Ken Miller is a biochemist and a religious person who has extensively studied these issues. Find out why he does not buy into intelligent design as a scientifc theory.

  • The Orchid Hunter. Picking sites from Nova is getting to be a habit. Learn about some of Dr. Paul's favorite plants.

  • The Mysterious Life of Caves. From Nova. All about how caves form and how organisms that live in extreme environments play an important role in cave formation and other geological processes. Check out the web site and watch for the NOVA program on PBS during October!

  • Questions and Answers about the West Nile Virus. Visit the Centers for Disease Control's West Nile Virus Site to learn about this virus and its relatives.
  • A New View of Statistics. Are you taking statistics this semester? Are you mystified by statistics? Then check out this very nice tutorial by Will Hopkins from Sportscience. Very Useful for anyone who needs to understand statistics. Highly recommended.
  • The Charms of Duckweed Learn about these common and important plants at John Cross's wonderful site! These palnts are finding important uses in genetics and environmental science. They also make wonderful experimental organisms for teaching biology.
  • Mathematics and the New Genetics Lecture outline for Mathemetics Awareness Month. April 2002

  • MAM 2002: Math Awareness Month April 2002. Mathematics and the Genome. Mathematics has been extremely important in the development of genetics and some far out mathematical tools are important in furthering our umderstanding of human genetics.

  • The Student Nurse Forum. Interested in Nursing? Steph's site has tips and study help for you.  Just in time for Spring. Get help in biology, anatomy and physiology...even statistics! Jan 2002
  • Was Darwin Wrong? A wonderful and balanced series of book reviews about evolution pro and con. Gert Korthof's site explains the controversies in a clear and easy to understand manner. A must read for anyone interested in evolution.
  • Evolution: the series OK so you missed the series....Check out the web site!
  • Plant Fossil Record Have a favorite plant or group of plants? Find out when they occurr in the fossil record and where your plant's fossils are found. Way cool!
  • At last ! The 2001 Darwin Award Winners! Drum roll please! New and creative ways to be be mal-adaptive.
  • Becoming Human What we know and think we know about human evolution. This site is great for any one interested even remotely in human evolution. At the very least get new words for crossword puzzles and amazing your friends at parties. Do you know what an atlatl is? Well I do because I visited the becoming human site and you can as well.
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