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Bloodtype_photo1Here’s a very interesting and informative article about blood types (e.g. A, B, AB, O, etc) that does a really good job explaining the science behind ABO blood types. Author Carl Zimmer gives a brief history of the discovery of human blood types, including many draconian experiments such as transfusing animal blood and even milk into humans. These growing pains killed a lot of people before science began to get a grasp on how our blood actually works. Scientists and physicians readily admit they still don’t truly understand our blood types, their purpose or why they evolved, but we are finding patterns, disease susceptibilities and resistances, and other quirks inherited by different types of blood. Read more…

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Bad News for Bigfoot Believers

↳ Posted on July 12th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Bigfoot+believer+shares+hairs+3Another blow to the credibility of conspiracy theorists claims of the existence of the elusive Bigfoot has come from a prestigious university across the Atlantic. Oxford University’s Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics and expert in ancient human DNA, gathered dozens of fur and hair samples from cryptozoologists from around the world. It took the geneticist over a year to acquire 36 hair samples from as far away as Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia and the US. Read more…

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gayguysAccording to Dr. Neil E. Whitehead, PhD, homosexuals aren’t born with their sexual orientation, but they don’t choose it either – they discover it. Six studies were performed over an 11-year-span regarding the relationship between a person’s genes and their sexual orientation. Dr. Whitehead has a PhD in biochemistry and has been employed as a scientist by the government of New Zealand (for over 20 years) and the United Nations, but currently works as a scientific research consultant. His studies analyzed same-sex orientation among identical twins. This is because identical twins share the exact same genetic code (e.g. DNA). Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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The Endless Pit of U.s. Foreign Aid

Posted on February 1st, 2011 by Ben Spera

You hear politicians talk about U.S. foreign aid pretty frequently, but rarely do you hear them ever mention numbers. There is a reason for that. In 2008 we handed out a total of $50 billion dollars in foreign aid to just about every country on the face of the earth, minus North Korea, Iran and Syria. I can only imagine that in the 3 years since this report that number has only gone up. Now, there is a noticeable disparity in amounts between countries. Afghanistan is collecting a hefty $8.9 billion per year while Comoros only get’s a measly $2 million. Eritrea’s $3 million pales in comparison to Iraq’s $7.5 billion. Read more…

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