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Open Letter to the United Methodist Church on “intelligent design”

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2016-01-20 13:51
The Discovery Institute got upset that they weren’t allowed a table to promote “intelligent design” at the United Methodist Church’s general conference this year. The DI has been having quite the hissy fit over it, in fact, and has been encouraging people to be outraged about it and write the UMC to try to get… Read More »
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Attention, filmmakers!

Scientists and science educators of all stripes — students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators — are invited to enter the Sixth Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.  

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Darwin Day approaches

It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than a month remains before Darwin Day 2016!

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Help wanted: Summer intern

NCSE is seeking to hire a full-time summer intern to work on science education activism projects, with a particular focus on climate change education.

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Iridescence with wave clouds

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2016-01-08 18:16
Iridescence with wave clouds, Boulder, Colorado, December, 2015.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Update on the Tree of Birds

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2016-01-08 18:16
The tree of birds just got a bit more accurate with a study published last October. We first covered the ever-evolving tree in 2014, when we posted about a study in Science magazine that used phylogenomics and thousands of genes sequenced from 48 bird species to produce what was thought to be the most accurate phylogenetic tree of birds to date (Jarvis et. al., 2014; see their tree here). Since then, a different team of... Emily Thompson http://cartwrig.ht/people/
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Luskin: "I am leaving Discovery Institute"

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2016-01-08 18:16
From yesterday’s announcement on ENV: It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I write this to announce that, as the year 2015 closes, I am leaving Discovery Institute. I am doing so in order to fulfill a lifelong goal of furthering my studies. My colleagues, who entirely support this decision, are people of the utmost integrity and they have been incredibly generous and welcoming to me and my family. I know... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
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Dodging Darwin: How Ken Ham's Ark is slowly embracing evolution

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2016-01-08 18:16
By David MacMillan. David has been fascinated by the creation/evolution controversy for many years. Growing up, he was fully committed to creationist apologetics. He purchased a lifetime charter membership to the Creation Museum and even had blog posts featured on the Answers in Genesis website. During college, he continued to actively pursue creation apologism as he earned a degree in physics, but began to recognize the mounting religious and scientific problems with young-earth creationism. His... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Zack Kopplin interviews former Discovery Institute employee

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2016-01-08 18:16
Zack Kopplin, who has been opposing the antievolution nonsense in Louisiana since 2008, has an interesting new article in The Daily Beast: Kopplin, Zack (2015). Creationism Whistleblower: ‘Academic Freedom’ Is Sneak Attack on Evolution. The Daily Beast. December 28, 2015. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articl[…]olution.html Kopplin has really gotten the goods on what these “stealth creationism” bills mean on the ground – of course, what they mean is straight-up creationism taught in the public schools. Kopplin quotes from documents... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
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Lenticular cloud

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2016-01-08 18:16
Lenticular clouds, Golden, Colorado, November, 2012. The camera was facing east, with its back toward the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The clouds looked as if they may have formed on the leeward side of South Table Mountain.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Vacation creationism bill introduced in Kentucky

A bill introduced in the Kentucky legislature would extend the duration of summer vacation in order to boost tourism — including to a creationist attraction. 

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The latest poll on climate change

According (PDF) to the latest Monmouth University Poll, "a large majority of Americans acknowledge climate change is happening, although they are divided on whether human activity is mostly responsible for it."

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A preview of Evolution vs. Creationism

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of the classic Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction, second edition (Greenwood Press/University of California Press, 2009), by NCSE's founding executive director Eugenie C. Scott.

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Berbeco and McCaffrey on fostering educator resilience

What are the challenges to creating a resilient and confident educational community capable of addressing natural hazards and climate change in a scientifically accurate and pedagogically appropriate manner? That was the question that NCSE’s Minda Berbeco and Mark McCaffrey addressed in their "Fostering Educator Resilience: Engaging the Educational Community to Address the Natural Hazards of Climate Change."

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The Rabbinical Assembly adds its voice for evolution

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a statement from the Rabbinical Assembly, adopted in 2006.

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Springer Offers Books for Free PDF Download

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2015-12-30 05:21
Lifehacker notes thousands of scientific titles are available for free PDF download from Springer. LifeHacker article There’s a bunch of titles on evolution. And they even have Whit Au’s “The Sonar of Dolphins” available. I don’t mind paying $130 for my 1993 print copy, but a free PDF is a fine thing, too. Update: It… Read More »
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Antiscience bills in Florida

Two bills introduced in the Florida legislature — House Bill 899 and Senate Bill 1018 — are ostensibly aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools, for example on the grounds that they fail to provide "a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues." There is reason to believe that evolution and climate change are among the targets.

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"Creationism Whistleblower"

Zack Kopplin

Writing in The Daily Beast (December 28, 2015), Zack Kopplin reviews the last decade of antievolution strategies — with the assistance of a former employee of the Discovery Institute, the de facto institutional home of "intelligent design" creationism.

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Alfred G. Gilman dies

Alfred G. Gilman, via University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

The eminent pharmacologist and biochemist Alfred G. Gilman — a member of NCSE's Advisory Council — died on December 23, 2015, at the age of 74, according to The New York Times (December 24, 2015). Gilman and Martin Rodbell were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1994 for "their discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells." The Times explains that their "research helped scientists understand how the body receives signals and transmits outside stimuli like light and odor, and from a variety of hormones in the body" and also increased understanding of certain types of cancer and hereditary glandular disorders.

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The Royal Astronomical Society adds its voice for evolution

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a statement from the Royal Astronomical Society, adopted in 2011.

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