The likely reason there’s so little news out there today is that creationists’ ideas of science were frozen in the time of the Babylonian Empire, so other than their endless complaining about the work that scientists do, it’s not surprising that we experience periods when they aren’t generating any news for us.
However, we’ve found a couple of items at PhysOrg that may stimulate you. They’re certain to stimulate the creationists. We’ll give you a few excerpts from each, with a bit of bold font added by us for emphasis.
The first is Scientists out for dinosaur blood, which says:
Scientists said Tuesday they have discovered what appear to be red blood cells and collagen fibres in dinosaur bones, a find that may boost prospects of prising organic remains from a much wider range of fossils. Using molecular microscopy, a British team analysed eight bone fragments from dinosaurs that lived some 75 million years ago, in the Cretaceous period.
You know this will excite the creationists. It’s happened before, which prompted us to write Dinosaur Fossils Found with Hot Red Meat? Here’s another excerpt from the PhysOrg article:
“What we found are structures that could be original red blood cells from the dinosaur specimens and also other structures that could be the original collagen fibres,” Bertazzo said by email. [That’s Sergio Bertazzo from Imperial College London.] … “Therefore we indicate that the likelihood of finding organic material in fossils is much higher than previously thought, at least at the microscopic scale,” said Bertazzo.
Does the discovery of such traces in dinosaur fossils really “prove” the Earth is young, as creationists claim? No, of course not, but we expect creationists to be jumping all over this anyway.
Here’s the second article we found. It’s even more likely to stimulate some discussion: Nobel laureate stirs storm with comments on ‘girls’ in labs. It says:
A Nobel Prize-winning British scientist apologized Wednesday for saying the “trouble with girls” working in laboratories is that it leads to romantic entanglements and harms science. But Tim Hunt stood by his assertion that mixed-gender labs are “disruptive.”
Oh dear, how insensitive! Who is that barbarian? Wikipedia has a write up on him — see Tim Hunt. Oh wait — it gets worse:
Connie St Louis of London’s City University tweeted that Hunt said when women work alongside men in labs, “you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.”
Gasp! One more excerpt:
Hunt is a fellow of the Royal Society, one of Britain’s most eminent science bodies, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006. The Royal Society said it did not share Hunt’s views.
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