There are, plainly, still some fundamentally important things left out there to be discovered — although it seems that one of them just was:
“What a Newfound Kingdom Means for the Tree of Life: Neither animal, plant, fungus nor familiar protozoan, a strange microbe that sits in its own “supra-kingdom” of life foretells incredible biodiversity yet to be discovered by new sequencing technologies.”
This is an interesting and informative article:
In certain ways and at certain places, though, I have to admit that it struck me as perhaps more a declaration of a faith or an exposition of an ideology than a careful setting forth of scientifically demonstrated fact. Take this passage, for example:
I have no particular problem with evolution, but I sometimes wonder whether we really know enough to rule direction out altogether and to insist dogmatically on random mindlessness. If little nudges were given here and there — say, even at the molecular or quantum level — or if there were constraints or guide rails at some points, would we be in a position to detect them? Could they be seen in the fossil record, or even on the genetic level?
Changing gears and for the sake of variety, here are two pieces on very different subjects (though both, I suppose, involve fiery heat):