Friday Fluff – July 15th, 2011

By Razib Khan | July 15, 2011 2:24 pm


1) Post from the past: Race: the current consensus.

2) Weird search query of the week: “i, for one, welcome our aquatic overlords reddit.”

3) Comment of the week, in response to “What one (or more) genomes can tell us”:

An important constraint on mutation rate shifts is that chimpanzees and humans are almost exactly equally diverged from Gorilla (and Orang-Utan). As the mutation rate varies with generation time, this suggests that the mean generation time of humans and chimps since the split can’t be hugely different, and strongly argues against major mutation rate changes in our ancestors of the last few million years.

4) And finally, your weekly fluff fix:

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  • steve hsu

    Too bad the old comment threads from GNXP are no longer up. I recall a lot of good comments over the years (bad ones too, but ignore those).

  • Razib Khan

    i need to get those back. i think i can still do it via jskit or whatever. i closed them because jskit broke the javascript i wrote for haloscan to close comments to block spammers from flooding the thread after it went off the front page.


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