The ascent of man

The ascent of man is the story of how we came to be human, the story of the risen ape. Alas, as with many stories most of its iterations lack scientific credibility. So with an afternoon to kill, I thought I’d try making a more evidence based image. I hope you enjoy. Small print (in…

Lets Play: On the Origin of Species

There are loads of evolution “simulators” out there you can get and watch as the cogs of natural selection tick over. However, the vast majority of these are either laughably simple, bare little relation to reality or have nothing to do with evolution (Spore, I’m looking at you). So I present to you Species! This…

Pro-evolution bill irritates creationists

There is legislature worming its way through Tennessee which has got the goat of many of the pro-evolution crowd as it opens the door for the promotion of creationism in public schools. On the other side we have a “pro” evolution bill in Kentucky (and other places) that requires more time to be spent discussing…

The first prosthetic attatchment

The Ancient Egyptians kept surprisingly detailed medical records of surprisingly complex treatments, including surgeries. One Papyrus, for example, details how they knew damage to the brain could alter behaviour. Yet none of this creates a precedent for a prosthetic attachment. No scroll explains how to carve a replacement hand or create a peg leg. Nonetheless,…

Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I like your blog and thought based on its content you deserved this award. I don’t really know quite what this award means; after all, is a blog confined to posting on a singular (albeit broad) field of science truly “versatile”? Is there any merit to a…

The science of belly button fluff

Science excels at explaining the unknown, but try as we might there are some things that are remain just beyond our grasp. Why are we here? Where are we going? Why do some people have more belly button fluff than others? Georg Steinhauser is a man who isn’t afraid of a challenge and has come…

Darwinius masillae: proof of science

2009: Science and the media collide in the most horrific way imaginable; with Darwinius masillae, a beautifully preserved prehistoric primate being trumped up as the answer to human origins and generally claimed to be the best thing since sliced bread. It is not and the whole affair is generally embarassing for all involved. 2011: Science…