Pyrophosphite’s Possible Role In Abiogensis

A new clue as to how life first arose: “It’s a chicken and egg question,” said Dr Terry Kee of the University of Leeds, who led the research. “Scientists are in disagreement over what came first — replication, or metabolism. But there is a third part to the equation — and that is energy.” “You [Read More...]

How Safe Are Our Doses?

Earlier this morning, I posted a new video from a scientist explaining that below certain thresholds of concentration various potential toxins are not dangerous to us.  In reply, The Vicar makes some interesting points about the difficulties in controlling how the toxins we create will concentrate in practice, even if individual products in isolation have [Read More...]

A Scientist On Relative Effects Of Different Toxic Exposures

A really interesting look at important issues and exposing some pseudoscience and overly fearful environmentalism.  Here is the description of the videos from the YouTube information bar: Chemical toxins are a real health risk. So is radiation. But should we be extrapolating the effects of certain toxins at high doses down to a low-level exposure? [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: With Great Power…

We’ve not been as daily with the Daily Hilarity this week as we normally are, so, to make up for it, here’s some more hilarity for today… Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Chemist Makes His Own Shroud Of Turin Medieval Style

Luigi Garlaschelli shows how the Shroud of Turin effect can be created with means available in the Middle Ages. The Shroud of Turin shows the back and front of a bearded man with long hair, his arms crossed on his chest, while the entire cloth is marked by what appears to be rivulets of blood from [Read More...]

The Evolution Of The Brain

An astounding natural process explained in fascinating detail: This video is the latest of 7.  Click here to watch the entire series on origins,  from the beginning. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Julia Child Makes Primordial Soup

Pretty neat stuff in which Julia Child explains theories of abiogenesis and goes on to demonstrate how the various chemicals would hypothetically be combined for it to happen (via Pharyngula): Your Thoughts? [Read more...]