December 9, 2014

WE ARE ALL DESIGNIST NOW:

ROBOTIC EXPERIMENT RECREATES EVOLUTION IN OIL AND WATER : EVOLUTION IN THE ABSENCE OF BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES (Francie Diep, 12/09/14, Popular Science)
 
We've seen evolution enacted with early-Earth chemicals, with hermaphroditic robots, and even entirely virtually, using mathematical models. In each, scientists or engineers give the experiment some starting conditions, let it run... then see what happens dozens or hundreds of generations later. There's something appealing about such experiments. Who wouldn't want to play evolution?

Here's the latest evolution experiment I've found, which takes a tack I've never encountered before. The setup shows that evolution can occur in pretty minimal conditions. Other scientists could also use the setup to study how chemical structures evolve outside of biology. The experiment, run by a team of chemists from the U.K.'s University of Glasgow, is based entirely on oil droplets floating in a water-based solution. The study didn't include any biological molecules, although the robot in charge did follow important biological principles, including reproducing "fit" individuals and killing off unfit ones.

We never tire of proving Intelligent Design.

Posted by at December 9, 2014 7:05 PM
  

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