Only 41% in Haryana believe in evolution

Following Satyapal Singh's denial of evolution, a small survey of over 1,700 individuals (both adults and children) from 12 States in India found that public acceptance of evolution was high at 68.5%. While only 5.5% did not believe in evolution, the percentage of people not sure about evolution varied from 14.6% in Delhi to 45% in Haryana. … Continue reading Only 41% in Haryana believe in evolution

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Humankind’s odyssey from Africa began more than two million years ago

Michelle Langley, Griffith University Can you imagine walking 14,000 km? Trekking across wide savannas, down creek beds, along mountain chains in terrain that is new and home to foreign types of plants and animals? Can I eat this? What is that? This long excursion – once thought only to have been attempted late in the … Continue reading Humankind’s odyssey from Africa began more than two million years ago

Aniket Sule, the scientist who torpedoed Satyapal Singh’s grand plan for evolution

“The petition addressed to Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh to retract his statement that the theory of evolution was ‘scientifically wrong’ was signed by nearly 5,000 scientists. But even if nobody had signed it and if I was targeted, there is no dearth of jobs,” says Dr. Aniket Sule, who … Continue reading Aniket Sule, the scientist who torpedoed Satyapal Singh’s grand plan for evolution

Three science academies denounce Satyapal Singh’s statement on evolution

In a first in recent times, three science academies in India have taken a stand and issued a statement denouncing Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh's statement on human evolution. Two days after Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of man … Continue reading Three science academies denounce Satyapal Singh’s statement on evolution

Editorial: Hyping up science

Published in The Hindu on January 13, 2011 Science when hyped loses credibility. Two separate incidents in a span of three weeks show how scientists who hype up and sensationalise their work end up diluting the significance of their discovery. In a paper published online in the Science journal in the first week of December … Continue reading Editorial: Hyping up science

Unlocking the secrets of human evolution

Published in The Hindu on February 19, 2009 Preliminary study of the Neanderthal genome reveals many thousands of differences between the two closest relatives The genetic makeup of chimpanzees and modern humans differ by only 1 per cent. And in the case of Neanderthals, the difference is as small as 0.5 per cent. The rough … Continue reading Unlocking the secrets of human evolution

Only a fraction of all species identified

Published in The Hindu on February 12, 2009 One hundred and fifty years since Charles Darwin published ‘On the Origin of Species,’ scientists seem to have a better grasp of the number of stars in our galaxy than the number of species on earth. What an irony. As of today, the number of species identified … Continue reading Only a fraction of all species identified