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A Big Day in Science

Two interesting science articles caught my eye today. One about evolution and  one about astronomy.

Evolution

Another ‘missing link’ has been found. From the BBC News comes the story of a fossil found in the Arctic which looks like a cross between an otter and a seal.

A skeleton unearthed in northern Canada shows a creature with feet that were probably webbed, but were not flippers.

Writing in the journal Nature, scientists suggest the 23 million-year-old proto-seal would have walked on land and swum in fresh water.

Great name thay have given it: Pujilla darwini.

Pujilla is an Inuktitut term for “young sea mammal”, and darwini is named after Charles Darwin who contented that land mammals would naturally move into the marine environment via a fresh water stage.

Read the rest of the story here.

Damned evilutionists you may have found another missing link, but where’s the crocoduck fossil? expected fundie question

Astronomy

A ‘blob’ has been found. Also from BBC News, comes the story that astronomers have found  a “Lyman-alpha blob”, which is 55,000 light years across,  and 12.9 billion light years away. Scientists are now wondering how such a large object formed so soon after the ‘big bang’.

“Many early theories of galaxy formation predicted a Lyman-alpha ‘fuzz’ around early galaxies,” said James Geach, an astronomer at the University of Durham who works on Lyman-alpha blobs.

“The problem is that no-one is entirely sure what mechanism gives rise to the extended emission; a number of theories of Lyman-alpha blob formation abound, but all are difficult to test”

Yeah I guess it would be quite difficult to test the creation of a universe, but I’m sure the scientists will eventually come up with a very good theory to explain how these ‘blobs’ formed.

blob‘ – is that the best name you scientists/astronomers could come up with?

Read the rest of the story here.

The scientists don’t have to wonder how the ‘blob’ got there, God put it there. expected fundie statement

Everyday more and more amazing things come to light in the science world; and more and more explanations for how the world and the universe works are discovered. But still there are those that cling to ‘goddidit’, how much further does science have to squeeze god out of the equation before people realise that there probably is no god?

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The End of the World is Nigh!

We are all doomed, at least so think some conspiracy theorists.

The Large Hadron Collider is due to be switched on Today (10 Sep 08) and for the first time a proton beam will be sent right around the 27km device. According to Professor Brian Cox, interviewed on Enough Rope last night (transcript, audio and video (excerpt) available here), a second individual beam will be sent in the opposite direction a few weeks later. Then, if all goes well, some time later this year two beams will be simultaneously sent in opposite directions eventually colliding into each other.

The aim – to re-create what happened a billionth of a second after the Big Bang.

Interestingly Brian stated that the collision will produce the hottest temperature ever created on this planet. Also the cooling system creates one of the coldest places in the universe.

… there are colder places in little laboratories but it’s true to say that if there were no intelligent civilisations in the universe then there would be nowhere this cold.

The CERN First Beam web site will be webcasting the startup (can’t imagine it will be overly exciting, it’s not like we will see much – unless they create a massive black hole and we all get sucked into it 😀 ), the BBC UK will also be broadcasting the event if you live in the UK and are interested (details from the LHC UK site). I guess other local media will have some coverage on the nightly news.

Update 10/09/2008 12:15 AEST

Has the LHC destroyed the World yet?

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