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Generally Speaking, Our Feelings Aren't Changed by Facts, Either

Larry Moran at Sandwalk posts a video that, he says, "does an excellent job of explaining the difference between science and superstition." While not exactly visually sophisticated, the video does include some good lines such as, "Facts aren't changed by our feelings about them" and "The person who declares evolution to be nonsense because no one's ever seen an ape mutate into a man is as conspicuously uninformed as the person who shouts 'Snap!' at a poker game, though of course their own lack of comprehension prevents them from seeing it."

If you've been in need of ammo for some of your "but evolution is just a theory!" friends, this video is for you.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.