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Wireless Photo Transfer

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Sat, 2016-07-16 15:24
I’ve got cameras, and I’ve got computers, and sometimes I’d like the camera I’m using to talk to a computer. Newer cameras are often equipped with Wifi capabilities of various sorts. I’m going to discuss some of what I’ve done and a new gizmo I’m trying out. Like many photographers, I’ve used the Eye-Fi SD… Read More »
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Climate Change in the American Mind: March 2016

Seven in ten Americans think that global warming is happening, and slightly over half think that, if it is happening, it is mostly owing to human activity, but only about one in ten know that nearly all climate scientists agree that global warming is happening as a result of human activity. Those were among the key findings of Climate Change in the American Mind: March 2016 (PDF).

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What's new on NCSE's YouTube channel

NCSE is pleased to announce the addition of Ann Reid's talk "Science Class is for Science, Right? Think Again," delivered at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, on March 31, 2016, to NCSE's YouTube channel.

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What's new on NCSE's YouTube channel

NCSE is pleased to announce the addition of Ann Reid's talk "Science Class is for Science, Right? Think Again," delivered at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, on March 31, 2016, to NCSE's YouTube channel.

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Climate change education bills in Congress

Senate Bill 3074, introduced in the U. S. Senate on June 16, 2016, would, if enacted, authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a climate change education program.

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Photography Contest VIII

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2016-06-21 08:06
Polish your lenses, dust off your tripods, search your archives (and, if you have entered before, remember that you are not limited to 3 good pictures per lifetime) – the eighth Panda’s Thumb photography contest, begins – now! Pierce extinction meter, still-camera version. They sold for $1.95 in 1946. We will accept entries from 12:00 CST, Monday, June 20, through 12:00 CST, Monday, July 4. We encourage pictures of just about anything of scientific interest.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Avida-ED Web, The Beta Release

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2016-06-21 08:06
Avida-ED is educational software that provides an accessible presentation layer on the Avida artificial life platform. The first version was released nine years ago, and today marks Prof. Rob Pennock’s release of version 3, with a formal presentation at Evolution 2016. Avida-ED is geared toward the needs of undergraduate and advanced high school curriculum use. The new version, Avida-ED Web 3.0, is a web application: it runs in your browser (Firefox or Chrome currently; Safari,... Wesley R. Elsberry http://www.antievolution.org
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A chance to help NCSE's archives!

NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our mission to preserve it for posterity — as well as for occasions such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement. And we are beginning to amass a similar trove of material on disputes over climate change education.

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Florida's Funny Numbers

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-06-15 05:35
Brandon Haught at Florida Citizens for Science does a deeper dive on the educational assessments coming out of the Florida Department of Education (DOE). The DOE says that student performance in science improved by a percentage point this past year. Haught shows that they redefined science performance in order to have an improvement, no matter how slight.... Wesley R. Elsberry http://www.antievolution.org
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Chrysomela sp.

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-06-08 05:35
Chrysomela sp. – leaf beetle. Thanks to a volunteer at BugGuide for the identification.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Facebook: n > 170,000

A milestone: there are now over 170,000 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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How to Testify at a School Board Meeting

Here are some tips for appearing at school board meetings.

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Ten Tips for Writing a Letter to the Editor

Although most of the battle against creationism has focused on the political and legal battles over textbooks and curriculum development, it is important to remember that public opinion plays a major role in determining the material actually taught in biology classrooms. One inexpensive and effective way to educate the public on the nature of science in general, and evolution in particular, is through the editorial pages. Letters to the editor are widely read, and fundamentalists have long used letter campaigns to push their agenda.

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Ten Major Court Cases about Evolution and Creationism

1. In 1968, in Epperson v. Arkansas, the United States Supreme Court invalidated an Arkansas statute that prohibited the teaching of evolution. The Court held the statute unconstitutional on the grounds that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not permit a state to require that teaching and learning must be tailored to the principles or prohibitions of any particular religious sect or doctrine.

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NCSE's Rosenau in the Portland Tribune

After the Portland, Oregon, board of education adopted a resolution on climate change education that called (PDF) for the elimination of instructional material "that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities," NCSE's Josh Rosenau wrote a column for the Portland Tribune (June 2, 2016) to put the resolution in context.

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Welcome to NCSE's new website!

Welcome to NCSE's new website! As you will see (as Ann Reid explains in detail in a new blog post), NCSE.com has not only been modernized and streamlined but also optimized to work with your phone or mobile device. All the great content and resources are still there for you, but the navigation and search functions have been improved.

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Voices for Climate Change Education

Many leading scientific and educational groups have expressed support for teaching climate change in college, high school, grade school and informal settings. Here are some of their statements:

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Supporting Climate Change Education

What can you do to support climate change education in your local community?

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Rush Limbaugh: "Why are there still apes?"

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2016-06-05 00:39
Media Matters reports that talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said on his May 31st, 2016 show By the way, you know there’s another factor in this, Snerdley? A lot of people think that all of us used to be apes. Don’t doubt me on this. A lot of people think that all of us used to be gorillas. And they’re looking for the missing link out there. The evolution crowd. They think we were originally apes.... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
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Dembski on his "Disillusion with Fundamentalism"

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2016-06-05 00:39
On May 30, 2016, Bill Dembski announced: I had the opportunity at the end of this month (May 2016) to update an interview I did four years ago at TheBestSchools.org. What I was dealing with in The End of Christianity is a more narrow problem, namely, how to account for evil within a Christian framework given a reading of Genesis that allows the earth and universe to be billions, rather than merely thousands, of... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
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