Sunday, February 21, 2016
Sunday Science Blog
Salps have a complex lifecycle, with an obligatory alternation of generations. Both portions of the lifecycle exist together in the seas—they look quite different, but both are mostly transparent, tubular, gelatinous animals that are typically between 1 and 10 cm (0.39 and 3.94 in) tall. The solitary life history phase, also known as an oozoid, is a single, barrel-shaped animal that reproduces asexually by producing a chain of tens to hundreds of individuals, which are released from the parent at a small size.
A reminder to all who value science and the scientific method. The late Justice Scalia, who sat on the most powerful court in America, believed that creation myths were as scientifically credible as settled Evolutionary science. This is a direct quote from Scalia's dissenting opinion in Edwards vs. Aguillard:
"The body of scientific evidence supporting creation science is as strong as that supporting evolution. In fact, it may be stronger…. The evidence for evolution is far less compelling than we have been led to believe. Evolution is not a scientific “fact,” since it cannot actually be observed in a laboratory. Rather, evolution is merely a scientific theory or “guess.”… It is a very bad guess at that. The scientific problems with evolution are so serious that it could accurately be termed a “myth.”… Creation science is educationally valuable… -
And we wonder why we lag behind other technologically developed countries in science and math scores? When you have a man sitting on the country's highest court writing nonsensical rubbish as Scalia did in that decision, it's not surprising. None of what Scalia wrote in that absurd statement is remotely factual.