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And most annoyingly, the wet ape proponents simply pretend alternative explanations don’t exist. Hairlessness or reduced body hair, for instance, has evolved independently in several groups: cetaceans, naked mole rats, domesticated pigs, elephants, hippos, etc. So there are different strategies or environmental conditions that can lead to these features, and you can’t simply say all hairless mammals had to have gone through a dolphin-like evolutionary stage, because there are no other situations that can favor hairlessness.
I’m sorry to report that Sir David Attenborough done screwed up. He is using his mellifluous voice and awesome reputation to promote the Wet Ape Theory. The show features all the usual suspec…
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We lost our fur...but he also lost his mind. And this is bad on top of bad. David Attenborough thinking this, and - yuck! - P.Z. Myers arguing against him.
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Discuss this comic in the forum. September 22, 2016. Discuss this comic in the forum. September 21, 2016. Not even joking - I had to upload this comic from my garage because we thought we had a carbon monoxide leak. So, while I was onlining things, there were actual firemen in my home.
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+Alain Van Hout Something tells me that if that were the case, people's acceptance of autism would be at an all time high.
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Pop Tarts.
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A nice overview of the main OOP principles

#solid #dry #demeter ...
Thou shalt not write duplicate code! Check out these rules to keep your code nice and clean in order to prevent unsightly errors.
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Why won't he stop crying?  He could never survive on Narn. 
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Make America on again.
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Maybe these “edge cases” are now more prevalent than when I was active, but I think the majority of the new questions are still coming from people too lazy to Google one or two different wordings of their problem.
A recent article about Stack Overflow's popularity inspired this post about a top user not contributing for years.
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Sadly, not only is the behavior seen only in captivity, but it can only be seen in captivity because the species that uses tools is extinct in the wild. Yes, it’s the Hawaiian crow, the ‘Alalā (Corvus hawaiiensis), once endemic to the Big Island but driven to extinction in the wild by the depredations of mongeese (is that the right plural?), rats, and feral cats. The birds now live only in captivity, and are being bred for eventual release.
The definition of “tool use” in animals is a bit controversial, depending as it does on whether the object is modified before it’s used as a tool. In its list of animal tool use, …
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NASA to hold press conference related to Jovian moon Europa

My guess is evidence for subsurface ocean. Tune in 1800 GMT Monday to find out.

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-nasa-reveal-jupiter-moon-europa.html
There's something going on beneath the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa. But what?
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Clouds.
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A bipartisan bill was passed by the U.S. Senate committee that oversees NASA space projects. The bill would allocate $19.5 billion in funds to NASA in 2017, but it has a critical mission for the space agency: send men to Mars.
A bipartisan bill was passed by the U.S. Senate committee that oversees NASA space projects. The bill would allocate $19.5 billion in funds to NASA in 2017, but it has a critical mission for the space agency: send men to Mars.
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+Larry Maxwell nah, if it had, we'd already be there by now
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I'm a software engineer with a background as a scientific researcher (biologist) and an interest in most things science. I enjoy forays into the world of programming languages and software architecture, with an affinity for development of Java-based web platforms.

I'm always up for a good discussion. And I don't mind being proven wrong, as that means I learned something new :-).

There are a couple of quotes that reflect what having a good conversation means to me; 

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
- Aristotle

you didn't come here to make the choice. You've already made it. You're here to try to understand why you made it
- The Oracle (The Matrix: Reloaded)

I'm made up of everyone I've ever met who's changed the way I think. 
- Sir Terry Pratchett
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Married to a sexy librarian ^_^
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