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Entries by Rob Brooks from 12/2012

Are Social Conservatives Just Being Squeamish?

| Posted 12.04.2012 | Science

The tendencies to adhere to tradition and submit to authority are all part of the socially conservative repertoire. As is a strong tendency to act unwelcomingly toward out-group members. Exactly the kinds of behaviours that would minimize the risks of infection during an epidemic.

The Princess and the Pregnancy: Some Fully Sick Royal News

| Posted 12.14.2012 | Celebrity

As we are due to endure incessant royal baby chatter and HG sympathy over the coming months, I thought I'd sneak in quickly with an important lesson that HG and pregnancy sickness illustrates about evolution.

New Ideas About the Evolution of Same-Sex Attraction

| Posted 12.14.2012 | Science

The idea is that when the epi-marks on genes that affect sexual orientation get passed from father to daughter, then some traits end up more masculinized. Likewise, mother-son transmission of epi-marks can result in the feminization of some traits.

Hands Are for Fighting, Not for Talking?

| Posted 12.21.2012 | Science

So many popular stories about evolution strive to pinpoint a single evolutionary force responsible for a particular trait. I am expecting that we will see a new tide of stories that are just so, given that news of a new biomechanical study of human hands and fists has hit the presses.