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Domesticated: Book review

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2015-07-29 22:13
A number of years ago, I found a family of raccoons living in my chimney.1 I got them out by dropping a trouble light down the flue and turning it on for a few days. According to Richard C. Francis, in his splendid book, Domesticated, animals such as raccoons living in urbanized areas represent the first step toward domesticating those animals. The full title of the book is Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World, and... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Polling evolution in western Canada

"[T]he entire west coast" of Canada is "moving away from creationism," reports the Vancouver Observer (July 23, 2015).

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Facebook: n > 110,000

A milestone: there are now over 110,000 fans of NCSE's Facebook page. Why not join them, by visiting the page and becoming a fan by clicking on the "Like" box by NCSE's name?

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Luskin makes more mistakes on the Cambrian and Cladistics

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2015-07-23 06:05
(edited to add a point on Aegirocassis and Parapeytoia) This week, the Discovery Institute Press put out another book called Debating Darwin’s Doubt. I took one for the team and bought it, in part because a a decent chunk of the book is responding to me. I’m pretty sure I’ve never been mentioned so much in a book! Sadly, though, looking through it, almost all of it is material re-hashed from the DI “Evolution News... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
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Melting of polar ice

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2015-07-22 18:54
Photograph by Dan Moore. Photography Contest VII: Winner. Melting of polar ice. Mr. Moore writes, “Our ship got caught in the ice and had to be freed by a Canadian ice breaker. Global warming – what?? Actually, yes – we could not get through because so much ice broke free further north near the polar ice cap and was blown south into the shipping channels.” Mr. Moore will receive a signed copy of Why Evolution... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Pluto and Spiderman

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2015-07-22 18:54
Spiderman Shpiderman – a penpal of mine, who can identify himself if he likes (I will of course understand if he demurs), asks, There’s a lot of excitement and amazement about the lack of cratering and the height and sharpness of the geological features on Pluto. It appears that, contrary to earlier speculation, Pluto is geologically active and thus geologically young…though “young” in the sense that these features are probably less than 100 million... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Little Ice Age coming?

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2015-07-22 18:54
I do not know what to make of this, but UPI reports that a team from the University of Northumbria, “saying they understand solar cycles better than ever, predict that the sun’s normal activity will decrease by 60 percent around 2030 – triggering the ‘mini ice age’ that could last for a decade.” That sentence is unclear, but I presume they mean “normal sunspot activity.” As they do not quite say, the northern hemisphere (at... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Why are giant pandas so lazy?

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2015-07-22 18:54
Professor Steve Steve informs us of an article Why are pandas so lazy? in Science Now. Professor Steve Steve takes exception to the claim that he is lazy. Yes, it is true that the giant panda’s daily energy expenditure is about 5 MJ: roughly one-third that of a dog and about the same as a three-toed sloth. It is also true that Professor Steve Steve moves slowly and basks a lot in the sun. Why?... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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No Senate resolution on climate education

Edward Markey

When the United States Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 on July 16, 2015, a proposed resolution acknowledging the scientific evidence for climate change and affirming the importance of climate science education was not included.

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Update from the Senate

Two of the three amendments concerning climate change education under consideration are out of commission as the United States Senate continues to discuss a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

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David M. Raup dies

David M. Raup

The paleontologist David M. Raup died on July 9, 2015, at the age of 82, according to a press release from the University of Chicago (July 14, 2015).

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A preview of Dire Predictions

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Michael E. Mann and Lee R. Kump's Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change (second edition, DK Publishing, 2015).

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Climate change education in the Senate

Climate change education is suddenly under discussion in the United States Senate, the National Journal (July 9, 2015) reports, with the introduction of dueling amendments to a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

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Photography Contest VII: Finalists

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2015-07-08 09:23
Here are the finalists of the 2015 photography contest. We received 16 photographs from 7 photographers, somewhat fewer than in previous years. This year we decided to choose 1 picture from each entrant and enlisted our wife to help with the choices. The text was written by the photographers and lightly edited for consistency. The finalists are given below the proverbial fold, in alphabetical order of last name. Please look through their photographs before voting... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Awful lot of gopher steel in this structure

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2015-07-05 00:30
Source.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Zenaida macroura

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2015-07-05 00:30
Zenaida macroura – mourning dove, Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat, Boulder, Colorado, spring, 2015. I have not seen nor heard a mourning dove within the city limits since the collared doves took over. Photography contest finalists next week, July 6, noon, CST.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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The leap second and the creationist

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2015-07-05 00:30
I have got to stop following links in e-mails from AIG. Today I read the most bizarre article by Dr. Danny Faulkner, an astrophysicist who must have slept through his celestial mechanics courses. Dr. Faulkner discusses the leap second that will be added at 23:59:59 UTC (GMT) on June 30. He notes correctly that the rotation of the Earth is slowing down, and the moon is consequently drifting farther from the Earth. He then observes,... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Zack Kopplin gets nice write-up in Mother Jones

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2015-07-05 00:30
You can read it for yourself here. But, for my money, Mr. Kopplin exposes Gov. Bobby Jindal’s inner hypocrite with these too kind words: “I mean, who knows? I could be totally wrong, and maybe Jindal believes this [creationism] with his whole heart. Which is more why I go back to what his kids are learning. I had their seventh-grade biology teacher at [University Laboratory School] where I went for middle school, and I know... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Will AIG return the Allosaurus fossil?

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2015-07-05 00:30
Dan Phelps alerted us to the fact that AIG’s Allosaurus fossil had been donated by an organization headed by Michael Peroutka, a man affiliated with “a white supremacist, neo-Confederate and pro-secessionist organization that has been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.” Mr. Phelps now writes, Interesting that this press release didn’t get any coverage when I sent out the information last year. The Creation Museum received an Allosaurus dinosaur fossil appraised... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Unidentified fossil

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2015-07-05 00:30
David MacMillan, who wrote an 8-part series on creationism for us, sent us these 4 photographs, along with the following request: “I recently moved back to central Kentucky. One of the things I came across while visiting my family was this fossilized object I discovered near my home here when I was about 9 or 10 years old. “Back in the late 90s, we were living in a new development and there was a... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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