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  • Michael Shermer gives free speech in Portland
    Famous atheist Michael Shermer is in town for a free event
    Oregonians for Science and Reason will sponsor Dr. Michael Shermer on his book tour for his latest book. This talk is free and open to the public. Go here for all event details: http://tinyurl.com/ky8jf8v .Event details:The Moral Arc: How Science...
  • Delaware Darwin Day Proclamation
    Delaware governor issues Darwin Day proclamation
    The First State has become the first state this year to issue an official Darwin Day proclamation. On Monday January 26, Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) released the proclamation honoring Charles Darwin.Chuck Dyke of the Delaware Atheists (a...
  • domestic dog evolution
    The evolution of domestic dogs and human interaction
    A new study was published yesterday on redorbit.com and in various other science publications referencing the study by Friederike Range and Zsofia Viranyi from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. This study looks at the ...
  • Ankle bones prove Earth’s first primates lived in trees
    Ankle bones prove Earth’s first primates lived in trees
    The first exhaustive comparison of the anatomy of ankle bones in Earth’s earliest primates to other ancient primates and modern primates indicates the first of Earth’s primates lived in trees. Stephen Chester, assistant professor at...
  • The much maligned Darwin
    The Doctrine of Evolution
    Fear not, gentle reader - we are not about to embark on yet another voyage of discovery trying to explain to fundamentalists why evolution is not heresy. This is a short piece on how we should label a body of knowledge.The problem with the word ...
  • Why are cats' tongues so sandpapery?
    Why are cats' tongues so rough, like sandpaper?
    If you've ever had a cat lick you, you know how rough their tongues are. If your cat likes to wash you in one spot, over and over again, it can feel like she's trying to sand your skin off. By contrast, if you've ever had a dog lick...
  • Neanderthals
    Recent study shows how the modern human diet evolved
    People trying to get away from modern food processing aren’t the only ones interested in the paleo diet; scientists have also been looking at the eating habits of our ancestors as a way of better understanding our evolution. By testing the...
  • Prince of Peace
    Criminals yes, religion no
    A large percentage of people are finally seeing criminals for who they really are, unless stupidity stepped in and blinded them. Who in their right mind would shoot total strangers for absolutely no reason at all? Who in their right minds would...
  • Creation Debate in Portland
    Creation/Evolution Debate at Portland State University on Tue. 1-13-15
    Bernie Dehler will be debating Dr. Bart Rask at Portland State University on Tue. 1-13-15, on the topic "Which Best Explains Man's Origin, Creation or Evolution?" Details for the event can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/lr9nqvt ....
  • Asian fanged frog
    Newly discovered frog doesn't lay eggs but gives live birth
    Anyone who spends a lot of time in ponds will tell you that tadpoles hatch from gooey piles of frog eggs. However, scientists working on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia found a frog that skips the whole egg stage and goes straight to giving...
  • Dinner social
    Portland-area atheists and agnostics gather for a social dinner on Tue. 1-6-15
    The Center for Philosophical Naturalism is hosting a dinner social in Beaverton on the night of Tue. 1-6-15. This is a time for atheists and agnostics in the community to get to know each other and share company without having to deal with people...
  • Advent of farming caused weaker human skeletons
    Advent of farming caused weaker human skeletons
    New research has shown that human beings developed lighter and more easily broken skeletal systems shortly after man became a farmer. Anthropologists and biologists from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and...
  • New study proves recent evolution in coelacanths
    New study proves recent evolution in coelacanths
    Coelacanths have been called a “living fossil” because the fish have been around for at least 300 million years and the most exacting genetic information shows the fish evolve very slowly. Magali Naville, Domitille Chalopin, and Jean...
  • Ancient mollusk shells found in Java
    Shell engraving could be oldest human art at half a million years old
    Neanderthals and other early humans get a pretty bad rap in the modern day. Often depicted grunting and shaking a stone club with a heavy browed and vacant expression on their face, our ancient ancestors have come to be synonymous with a lack of...
  • World in the hands of God
    Looking for our beginnings in all the wrong places
    Ten years ago, the European Space Agency launched a satellite calledthe Rosetta to look for our ancestors beginnings. It bummed aroundspace, not doing much of anything, just taking a tour of the universeto see what it can see. At least that as all...