"It is by turns aloof and affectionate, serene and savage, endearing and exasperating." The origins of the house cat
, when and how it was domesticated, have been matters of scientific debate. However, according to this article
, it looks like we didn't adopt them; they
adopted us, and a lot earlier in our history than has been supposed.
posted by angiep
on May 26, 2009 -
The Hunt for the Origin of AIDS
"The notion that AIDS arose from a polio vaccine made with contaminated chimpanzee cells is far from the only theory about how the epidemic started, and it is hotly disputed. The quest for the source of the epidemic is intensifying, as researchers scour the jungle for clues and try to "walk back" the disease genetically with the help of the world's most powerful computers."
posted by the fire you left me
on Dec 1, 2002 -
Intelligent Grappling: the new creationism?
Teachers for Equal Time hopes that the addition of the warning stickers will pave the way for the teaching of its alternative theory, Intelligent Grappling, the theory that certain intelligent and conscious agents "push" things together. (hey its friday)
posted by skallas
on Sep 13, 2002 -
It appears England is made up of an ethnic cleansing event from people coming across from the continent after the Romans left. Our findings completely overturn the modern view of the origins of the English.
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 5, 2002 -
The Origins of AIDS
AIDS has become such a commonplace thing, hence the need for days like today. When is the last time you thought of how HIV/AIDS came about? Have you ever? Such interesting tidbits as the fact that it's been documented to 1959 can be found here.
posted by ashbury
on Dec 1, 2001 -