"Darwin was the first to use data from nature to convince people that evolution is true, and his idea of natural selection was truly novel. It testifies to his genius that the concept of natural theology, accepted by most educated Westerners before 1859, was vanquished within only a few years by a single five-hundred-page book. On the Origin of Species turned the mysteries of life's diversity from mythology into genuine science." -- Jerry Coyne
Saturday, February 16, 2013
We were lucky to avoid an asteroid large enough to wipe out all of New York City. Only a few hours earlier a smaller rock (55 feet, 10,000 tons) smashes into Earth injuring 1,200 people and damaging thousands of homes. What are the odds?