Cockatoos Learn To Make Tools By Watching Their Friends

More than fifty years ago, humans were pretty well convinced that they were special, different from the rest of the animal kingdom. That all changed in 1964 when Jane Goodall reported her observations of tool use in chimpanzees. Now we have evidence that Goffin's cockatoos, parrots that don't use tools in the wild,… » 9/03/14 5:23pm 9/03/14 5:23pm

An Anti-Evolution Bill In Ohio Almost Included A Ban On Aristotle

Legislation introduced in Ohio's House of Representatives would, if passed, rewrite the state's education standards by encouraging teachers to teach "both sides" of the "debate" on evolution and climate change. And, on top of that, an initial draft of the bill would have banned major works of thought and literature. » 8/20/14 9:20am 8/20/14 9:20am

Why Do Creationists Place So Much Importance On A Prehistoric Mollusk?

Along the Grand Canyon section of the Colorado River sits a canyon that was carved out of redwall limestone by flowing water. There, the rocks contain fossils of the orthocone nautioloid, which lived 500-200 million years ago. But a prominent young-Earth creationist says they're solid proof of Noah's flood. » 8/15/14 8:45am 8/15/14 8:45am

Why Are So Few People Left-Handed?

Today marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. To celebrate, let's look at why only around one in ten people is left-handed. Why, pray tell, are lefties are so rare – or, said another way, why are most of us righties? It seems like a simple question, but it's actually one of the biggest mysteries in all… » 8/13/14 12:20pm 8/13/14 12:20pm

What Real-Life Plants Could Groot Have Evolved From?

Where did Groot come from? In reality, he came from the imaginations of Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers, and Stan Lee. In the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, he came from another planet. In this essay, he came from the stuff in your yard. We'll see which plants might have evolved, over time, to become the world's most beloved… » 8/04/14 8:00am 8/04/14 8:00am