From The New Zealand Herald:
Tiny bits of protein extracted from a 68-million-year-old dinosaur bone have given scientists the first genetic proof that the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex is a distant cousin to the modern chicken.
Ignoring for the moment how the author has not apparently learned the difference between the word ‘evidence’ and the word ‘proof’, this is an excellent example of what makes following the scientific research on evolution fascinating. I’d previously considered the birds<->dinosaurs theory to be, like many areas of evolutionary research, a problematic one. But the more the evidence of bird tissue in dinosaurs surfaces, the more it begins to look like the bird<->dinosaur link might be solid after all. The fascinating aspect of science I speak of is how the influx of evidence affects the probability that given theories may be true. Solid one day, shaky the next, then solid again.
Unless of course you’re a fundamentalist of one stripe or another. Then it’s “shaky all the time!” or “solid all the time!” depending on your prejurence.
(‘Prejurence’ is a word I invented on the spot to describe a preference that is also a prejudice. It sounds slightly better than ‘prefedice’, don’t you think? Let’s hope it catches on, because if there’s one thing the English language needs, it’s more words!)
H/T to GeekPress, where I never fail to find geeky news.
More exciting news (for geeks): Scientists discover how to make objects at close range invisible. They do it by splitting light in waves rather than in beams.
Scientists predict that invisibility will be possible for objects of any shape and size within the next decade.
But once we are able to make a land mine invisible (assuming we can’t already do this) we’ll have achieved the pinnacle of practical application of this technology.