South Korea’s Evolutionary Change

evolution-of-manSouth Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science & Technology (MEST) is set to remove specific examples of the theory of evolution from school textbooks across the country.

Evolutionary examples of horses and birds may remain, but examples of human evolution will be stricken from textbooks.

As reported by Slate, “…just like in the United States, tensions exist [in South Korea] between those who promote science education and those whose religious beliefs conflict with what’s being taught.” 

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Psychopath!

yelling-psychopathNext time you call someone “Psychopath!”, chances are you may be correct.

Science has proven that 2 out of every 100 people in any given society are callous, selfish, dishonest, arrogant, aggressive, irresponsible, impulsive, hedonistic, and are unable to feel empathy or remorse.

Really? Only 2 in every hundred?

I know. Feels like more. Especially near election time.

In any case, these people are, quite literally, psychopaths.

According to io9 Neuroscience, 3 to 6 million psychopaths live among us in the U.S. alone – with 3 to 5 percent of this portion found in the highest corporate and government sectors.

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Wet Mosquitoes Are Gremlins, Too

gathering-on-backyard-deckAh, summer!

Hot, lazy days. Warm, cozy nights on the deck.

Except when it rains.

Because after a rain, your evening/weekend deck paradise morphs into Mozzy-ville.

Starring you as the town pariah…your flesh the target of every self-respecting mozzy in the community.

Are you scratching yet?

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They Are Us

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Make endangered species a vivid presence in the lives of people.

Make it clear that every endangered species has a name, has a million-year history, has a place in the world.

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Bring us face-to-face with each one of those species. Make us know that they are our companions in the biosphere. They are not just something out there you look at once in a while but they’re a part of our existence…they are a part of us.

Edward O. Wilson

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Bulletproof Spiders

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If you come across a spider’s web, don’t bother shooting at it.

Dutch bio-artist Jalila Essaidi, and the Forensic Genomics Consortium in the Netherlands have come up with a virtually bulletproof skin made of spider silk and human skin cells.

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Cruel & Unusual

Redefining the phrase “cruel and unusual punishment,” 1950‘s Soviet scientist Vladimir Demikhov sliced a puppy in half, then grafted its upper torso onto the neck of a larger dog. He then dragged the poor animal around to medical shows, where it was poked at and prodded daily until its death six weeks later.

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You can actually see the suffering in both dogs eyes – especially the puppy. It hurts to look at the poor thing. Inflicting this kind of pain on animals is sociopathic and inexcusable, no matter what the reason. This brand of science, we can do without.

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