Why did I bother?

I don’t know why I bothered looking up molecule simulation software and capturing all those images. All I had to do was look at my collection of DNA molecules. One look at them should convince anyone that the videos in Expelled are not from original research.

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segment of DNA molecule, ladder segment of DNA molecule, ladder & double helix
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segment of DNA molecule, double helix with methyl groups segment of DNA molecule, double helix with methyl groups
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segment of DNA molecule, double helix, against sky segment of DNA molecule, double helix
segment of DNA molecule, in water segment of DNA molecule in water
segment of DNA molecule, double helix, against Stonehenge segment of DNA molecule, double helix, against Stonehenge
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Evil plan

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Some people just see evil plans everywhere.

Expelled: what plagiarism looks like

Expelled exposedMore evidence of plagiarism has turned up in the science video shown in the creationist movie Expelled.

Particular structures, camera angles, and establishing shots are used in the same way. The actin network in the Expelled video owes more to the XVIVO video than to real actin.

ERV has the details: Expelled exposed: actin networks.”

actin filaments in \ XVIVO’s and Harvard’s “The Inner Life of a Cell”
actin filaments in movie \ Expelled video with startling resemblance to XVIVO’s images
science - visualization of actin fibres an independently developed image
real actin filaments real life

Books: Bugs in the System by May Berenbaum

book, Bugs in the System, by May R. BerenbaumThis is a book that I read several weeks ago Bugs in the System: Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs is a breezy look at the taxonomy and economic impact of insects. The author, May R. Berenbaum, is an associate professor of entomology.

It’s so breezy that she thinks xylem and phloem are kinds of sap. But I was enlightened about the costs of controlling insects and the benefits of useful insects to our lives.

Prof. Berenbaum covers taxonomy, physiology (the physics of being very small), behavior and senses, social lives, herbivorous insects, predatory insects, parasites, other appetites, the effects of insects on people (e.g. diseases, pest control), and appreciating insects.

Are computers too secular for you?

There’s an easy answer. It’s not right, but it’s easy…  check out Overcompensating.

Secular Office products

Because Ben Stein is just as qualified to make software as he is to talk about evolutionary biology.

(Hat tip to Pharyngula)

Orang-utans

Orang-utan mother and baby

After the distressing state of human nature in the form of Bill Dembski, it’s a relief to turn to some sweet pictures of our cousins, the great apes. Orang-utans is a section of Primates.

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