Archive for the ‘Science’ category

Inspiration from an Alien Robot

March 1, 2012

NASA has enlisted Optimus Prime (or the man who voices him) to give a rousing speech to inspire people to support space exploration. I myself have been disappointed by our progress in this area over the last, oh, 30 years. I don’t believe we should be investing in it at this precise time, due to economic troubles, but should sanity be brought into the government and spending reigned in, I believe we should make colonizing Mars the world’s top priority.

Check out the video below.

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World-first hybrid shark found off Australia – Yahoo! News

January 3, 2012

World-first hybrid shark found off Australia – Yahoo! News.

Although this is interesting, it has some fallacious thinking to it. Parts of it imply that the sharks are consciously deciding to interbreed in order to adapt to changing circumstances. This is entirely incorrect. Evolution is the result of a multitude of very simple facts culminating in a statistical pattern in which those that are more successful will push out those that are not.

There is no intent in Evolution. It is a blind process that is subject to random chance and does not always produce the most efficient solution. It only “selects” the most efficient solution amongst those available.

So! The fact that this hybrid species of black tip sharks breeds true and has a much larger range is not a decision of any kind, it is a semi-random occurrence which, because of the facts that culminate in Evolution, will most likely put this new species at a decided advantage over its two parent species.