UK Evolution

Octopuses Can Defy Their Genetic Instructions - And It's Slowed Down Their Evolution

The Conversation UK | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

Are octopuses so clever because they ignore their genetic programming? Research has shown that octopuses and other cephalopods edit the messages sent from their DNA instead of following them almost exactly like most living things usually do.

Are Viruses Alive? Giant Discovery Suggests They're More Like Zombies

The Conversation UK | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

What the hell is that? Scientists ask this question every day when trying to work out how different living things are related to each other. The answers aren't easy or trivial. Biological affiliations are used not just to build a catalogue of life but also to understand how life has evolved into its many forms

We Might Have To Completely Redraw The Dinosaur Family Tree

The Conversation UK | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

A new paper published in the journal Nature suggests that scientists need to reorganise the major groups used to classify dinosaurs. This means we may have to revisit what we think we know about the first dinosaurs, what features they evolved first, and where in the world they came from.

Scientists Have Discovered The 'Oldest' Plants On Earth

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered plant fossils that date back 1.6 billion years, hundreds of millions before advanced life was thought to have evolved. The ...

If Altruism Is In Our Nature, Why Are We All So Selfish?

Chloe Schendel-Wilson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Schendel-Wilson

We have gone against billions of years of evolution to normalise an attitude of individualism, of narcissism, and of greed, and all of the evidence suggests that it is not good for us. So why do we do it exactly? If altruism is in our nature, why are we all so selfish?

Cheer Up - Innovation Is Coming To The Rescue

Paul Sloane | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Tech
Paul Sloane

It is not so much the big innovations that improve life as the countless incremental improvements in quality and usability of products and services. The motor car has continually become safer, more connected and more fuel efficient over the years. We currently have significant problems with pollution, traffic accidents and congestion.

Complexity Is The Enemy Of Clarity

Reuven Cohen | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Tech
Reuven Cohen

Einstein once said that "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." It's a spin on the idea of a 13th century Friar, William of Ockham, who wrote about the concept of "Occam's Razor."

Earth's Evolution Was Delayed By Two Billion Years

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Tech

If you feel like you spend your whole life waiting around because of delays, you might want to count your blessings that you weren’t around on Earth...

This Nightmarish Creature Has No Anus And Is Your Oldest Known Relative

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Tech

Don’t be alarmed, but what you’re about to see is humanity at its very lowest point. You see before we evolved into the incredibly handsome, produ...

Why Do Women Judge Each Other And How Do We Stop?

Emma Wood | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Wood

We've all encountered women who are judgemental. I've heard friends say that 'girls are mean' and 'women are bitchy,' and talk of run-ins with other women that left them emotionally or socially devastated. This is baffling to hear. It is 2017 after all, right?

A Human Operating System - Unlocking Optimal Health And Happiness

James Ford | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
James Ford

Technology hasn't created a fully integrated and optimised human operating system yet. So we must work with the one we have, which is pretty incredible by the way! We have to learn how our brains and bodies work so we can optimise them ourselves. It's a tough challenge that I've spent years trying to work out, and by no means have it mastered.

This Is Why We Have Five-Fingered Hands

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists have traced our fingers all the way back to our piscatorial ancestors in a new study which reveals why we have five digits on each hand. Re...

What Is This Obsession With Us?

Philippa Brakes | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Philippa Brakes

Many of us enjoy a walk in the woods, a trip to the beach or even a snorkeling holiday. Besides the escape from the digital grind, there is something ...

You're Not As Kind As You Think You Are, It's All Just Evolution

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Tech

We might believe humans are kind and charitable because we’re good people, we have been raised “properly” or we are just of a higher moral breed...

EU Referendum: Leave Voters Twice as Likely to Disbelieve Facts and Science

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Assaad W Razzouk

If you instead believe that climate change is an existential threat to human civilization; if you believe renewable energy's time has come; and if you believe in science and facts, get out to vote Remain on 23 June.

Fossil Discovery Reveals More About Origin Of Tiny "Hobbit" Humans

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Tech

A new fossil discovery in Indonesia could be the key to learning more about the ancestors of human ‘Hobbits’. A research team on the island of Flo...

Hero of Harlem Beats Ayn Rand With Altruism

Jeremy Howick | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jeremy Howick

Evolutionary theory would be compatible with altruism if we could expect the same in return. One monkey picks the parasites from the back of his monkey friend, then his monkey friend returns the favor. But it is hard to see how the 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours' gene could ever gain dominance in the first place.

Bursting the Blister Bubble

Chris Terrill | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Terrill

As an ultra runner who has trained with the Royal Marines I reckon I know more about blisters than most (I have sported some humdingers in my time) so here is my take on those ubiquitous pustules of pain that inflict us all - whatever gender, age, race or creed.

Texas Man Finds Evidence Of Noah's Flood While Digging In Aunt's Garden

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK

A man digging in his aunt’s garden in East Texas has found hard evidence of Noah’s flood. Wayne Propst made the historic discovery of snail fossi...

All Branches Lead to Darwin

Philippa Brakes | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK Tech
Philippa Brakes

He knew that behaviour was an important player in the evolutionary game. He was also aware that not all behaviours were inherited and some appeared to be acquired (learnt from each other) and he noted that some behaviour may be beneficial to the group rather than the individual.

Why Do Christians on Campus Put Themselves Out So Much?

Jack Harvey | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Harvey

Across many universities beside York, from St. Andrews to Chester, university Christian Unions are known for their regular acts of goodwill and their members' enthusiasm. 'Grilling a Christian' is not the first time that the University of York's Christian Union has hosted an atypical event on campus and it won't be the last.

Is Evolution Going Backwards?

Xavier Toby | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

These days a lot of people don't know what a book is, especially if they're under thirty. If you need to explain it, tell them a book is just like a small piece of the internet but on paper.

Sibling Rivalry - it's in the Genes

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Driscoll

Petty fights in the back of the car, temper tantrums over the possession of a favourite toy, irrational jealousy over who is the family favourite - squabbling brothers and sisters have infuriated parents for generations.

Dawkins Embarrasses Creationist Presidential Candidate For 'Not Knowing His Own Subject'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Richard Dawkins is upsetting the Godly… again. On Sunday, the scientist and author decried Republican primary candidates for their creat...

Natural Selection: Does Evolution Pull or Push?

Mark Brewer | Posted 23.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Brewer

Consider the following alternative. The forward-facing brain can almost certainly be traced back to the development of neural nets in all extremely simple organisms with bilaterian (symmetrical) body plans.