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Huston Smith dies

The eminent scholar of religion Huston Smith died on December 30, 2016, at the age of 97, according to The New York Times (January 1, 2017).

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Need a speaker?

As the only national organization that is wholly dedicated to defending the teaching of evolution and climate change in the public schools, NCSE is the perfect place to find someone to speak to your organization or university about issues relevant to evolution and climate education and attacks on either or both.

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A preview of The Serengeti Rules

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Sean B. Carroll's The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters (Princeton University Press, 2016).

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NCSE's Reid on Trump's First 100 Days

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was featured in Scientific American's report "Trump's First 100 Days: Science Education and Schools" (December 5, 2016).

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Facebook: n > 180,000

A milestone: there are now over 180,000 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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RNCSE 36:4 now on-line

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line. 

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The New Abnormal: Presidential Conflicts of Interest

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Tue, 2016-11-29 01:31
The New York Times published an article detailing some of the many foreign business entanglements of the Trump Organization. Donald Trump has claimed, bizarrely echoing Richard Nixon, that a president cannot have a conflict of interest no matter what they do. That isn’t right. That is not normal. Presidents in modern times have divested business… Read More »
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Remember NCSE on Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is emerging as Giving Tuesday, a national day of charity and generosity at the beginning of the holiday season. On this Giving Tuesday — November 29, 2016 — please consider supporting NCSE and its important work to defend the integrity of science education by donating generously. (Your donations, as always, are tax-deductible!) And please share the appeal with your friends and family.

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NCSE's Reid on 13.7

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was interviewed by Tania Lombrozo for NPR's 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog (November 21, 2016) about the implications of a Trump presidency for climate change education.

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The New Abnormal: A Category for Uncharted Territory

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Tue, 2016-11-22 14:39
The Guardian in reporting Donald Trump’s election said the USA was heading into the political unknown. As Trump maneuvers the transitional ship-of-state, though, the exploration will turn the unknown into the known. Most of the time, transitions are dull as dishwater, producing little in the way of novelty. This one, though, is doing things never… Read More »
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A glimpse of Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Joseph Romm's Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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The end of COPE v. Kansas

On November 14, 2016, the Supreme Court declined (PDF, p. 2) to review COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al., thus bringing the case to a decisive end. At issue was Kansas's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards, which, according to the plaintiffs-appellants, "establish[ed] and endorse[d] a non-theistic religious worldview" in violation of the Constitution.

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Creationist classification of theropods

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2016-11-12 20:03
“Liaoning scene” by Emily Willoughby. Guest post by Jonathan Kane. Mr. Kane describes himself as an “armchair paleontologist” who worked as an intern at the New Jersey State Museum under natural-history curator David C. Parris from 2001 to 2005. He is the lead author of God’s Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism, coauthored by Emily Willoughby and T. Michael Keesey, shortly to be published by Inkwater Press. A major focus of... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Triboniophorus graeffei

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2016-11-12 20:03
Photograph by Paul Blake. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Triboniophorus graeffei – red triangle slug, Mount Castle area, Great Dividing Range, southwest of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Good morning and congratulations, President-elect Trump

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2016-11-09 11:53
I note that estimable source of journalism on American politics today, UK’s The Guardian, on the outcome of the US presidential election. Donald Trump shattered expectations on Tuesday with an election night victory that revealed deep anti-establishment anger among American voters and set the world on a journey into the political unknown. Good morning and… Read More »
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Ralph J. Cicerone dies

Ralph J. Cicerone, immediate past president of the National Academy of Sciences, died on November 5, 2016, at the age of 73, according to a memorial notice from the Academy.

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False promise of genetically modified crops

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-11-02 22:43
The Times is more polite than I am; today it ran an article Doubts about the promised bounty of genetically modified crops, by Danny Hakim. Well, I read the article and looked more closely at the supporting material, Broken promises of genetically modified crops, by Karl Russell and Danny Hakim, and I frankly have no doubts. As Mr. Hakim writes, An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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