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Alain Van Hout
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Somatic cell mutation rate in humans
A few years ago, Tomasetti and Vogelstein (2015) published a paper where they noted a correlation between rates of cancer and the number of cell divisions. They concluded that a lot of cancers could be attributed to bad luck. This conclusion didn't sit well...

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WTF
During discussion of a bill that would make abortions illegal after 20 weeks, a Republican lawmaker entertained a hypothetical question from a Democrat who asked if his daughter, now 20 weeks into her pregnancy, would be forced to carry a baby to term if she miscarried and her doctor found that the baby had no heartbeat. Her response:

"I would concur that in that instance, if your daughter's life is not in danger, that yes, she would have to carry that baby."

After the bill passed, she took a victory photo behind a crib full of 2000 baby shoes and American flags that represent half of the abortions in Iowa each year. Note that 94 percent of those abortions happen at 13 weeks or less, which means her visual is nearly as horrifyingly grotesque as the scenario she suggested about carrying a dead baby to term.

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The Saurischian Shakeup: A Phylogeny Uprooted
There are two main groups of dinosaur, it has been that way for as long as I can remember. First there are the lizard hipped Saurischians, more closely related to the House sparrow, which includes Theropods and Sauropodomorphs. Secondly there are the bird h...

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