Yesterday had some very interesting science related articles in the news, here’s a couple of excerpts:
Life’s First Spark Re-Created in the Laboratory
It’s Alive! Since the late seventies scientists have theorised how life may have started, recent experiments have validated some of those theories.
A fundamental but elusive step in the early evolution of life on Earth has been replicated in a laboratory.
Researchers synthesized the basic ingredients of RNA, a molecule from which the simplest self-replicating structures are made. from Wired Science
I admit, I don’t understand half of this stuff (I’m not a molecular biologist or even done any university level science subjects) but I think I understand enough of the fundamentals to understand how and why this all works. I also understand enough to see that no “divine intervention” is required.
I have just started reading “The Selfish Gene” which explains some of the same concepts as in the linked article. Interesting to note, the concepts raised in that book reflect what have now been achieved in the laboratory.
When Sex and Science Collide
Ancient phallus unearthed in cave
Recent archaeological digs have unearthed the final piece of an ancient artifact. That artifact is a “20cm-long, 3cm-wide stone object, which is dated to be about 28,000 years old, buried in the famous Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm in the Swabian Jura.” from BBC News
A “must have” object in every Ice Age ladies collection?
The object is believed to be an Ice Age Sex Aid.
The “object” also appears to have been used to “knap, or split, flints” (sharpen or shape stone knives).
So Ladies, next time your man says he’s “hard as a rock” ask him if you can borrow it to sharpen a few knives. 🙂
There was also an excellent article in the New York Times about some of the female artefacts archaeologists have found dating back 40,000 years. However I can no longer access that article as the NYT wants me to register and log-in. Suffice to say the article discussed the many anatomically correct statues of women and women’s “private parts” that have been found in Ulm and other places. PZ has a story today about the female figurines, with the picture of them.
Quite sex obsessed our ancestors weren’t they? Though some might say nothing much has changed in the last 40,000 years, has it?