Articles By: Daniel Bastian

Extinction Event Brought Closer to Resolution

Extinction Event Brought Closer to Resolution

An updated study from MIT brings us closer to solving the largest extinction event of our planet’s history.

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REVIEW: The Demon-Haunted World

REVIEW: The Demon-Haunted World

Carl Sagan’s passion for science and skepticism is alive and well in this rallying call to future generations.

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REVIEW: The Man From St. Petersburg

REVIEW: The Man From St. Petersburg

International intrigue is on the loose again in this fast-paced novel set in the lead-up to World War I.

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New Poll on Evolution Acceptance Finds Troubling Trend

New Poll on Evolution Acceptance Finds Troubling Trend

The latest Pew poll finds that more conservatives than ever reject evolution.

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REVIEW: Getting the Reformation Wrong

REVIEW: Getting the Reformation Wrong

In this handy distillation, James Payton, Jr. addresses some of the common misreadings of the Reformation–its ideas, its context, its trajectories–that so abundantly reside along the shoals of modern Protestantism.

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REVIEW: The Vision Revolution

REVIEW: The Vision Revolution

In The Vision Revolution, I wade into some of the fascinating research being done on the story behind human vision.

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REVIEW: Brain Candy

REVIEW: Brain Candy

I review Garth Sundem’s 2010 brain science compilation, Brain Candy.

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One Human, Multiple Genomes

One Human, Multiple Genomes

A series of recent studies promises to pile additional layers of complexity onto the already heavily ramified field of genomics. In the NY Times, Carl Zimmer introduces us to evidence that will change how we think about the human genome.

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The Bobbit Worm: The Stuff of Nightmares

The Bobbit Worm: The Stuff of Nightmares

It’s always a joy to be introduced to creatures that show us firsthand how much stranger reality truly is than fiction. Unlike cryptids like Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti, Chupacabra, the Mongolian death worm or Loch Ness, the bobbit worm is horrifyingly real.

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REVIEW: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

REVIEW: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

For more than a decade, Rebecca Skloot layered herself into the Lacks’ story, befriending and forging deep bonds with Henrietta’s children and cousinry. This is the culmination of her efforts to inject a human component into the longstanding scientific mystique surrounding HeLa.

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