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Bible-as-reference bill vetoed in Idaho

Idaho's governor C. L. "Butch" Otter (R) vetoed Senate Bill 1342 (PDF) on April 5, 2016. The bill, passed by both chambers of the Idaho legislature, would have permitted the use of religious texts, including the Bible, "in Idaho public schools for reference to further the study" of various topics.

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Harold Morowitz dies

Harold Morowitz

The eminent biophysicist Harold Morowitz died on March 22, 2016, at the age of 88. Morowitz, according to the obituary in The New York Times (April 1, 2016), "was best known for applying thermodynamic theory to biology, exploring how 'the energy that flows through a system acts to organize that system.'" 

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NCSE and the Grand Canyon 2016

Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Reservations are still available for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon — as featured in the documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven. From June 30 to July 8, 2016, NCSE will again explore the wonders of creation and evolution on a Grand Canyon river run conducted by NCSE's Steve Newton and Josh Rosenau. 

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Alabama's disclaimer denounced

Writing on AL.com (March 31, 2016), Amanda Glaze denounced the recent decision of the Alabama state board of education to retain the "scientifically inaccurate and pedagogically inappropriate" evolution disclaimer affixed to biology textbooks in the state's public schools.

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Metaconglomerate rock

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-03-31 13:12
Photograph by Dan Phelps. Metaconglomerate rock (commercially known as marinace; if anyone knows why, please comment below). Mr. Phelps writes: I originally became interested in this rock after reading this blog post. The material was hard to find in small quantities, but I found a company that sells interesting rock slabs to use as cutting boards. If you notice, my slab has handles, which I will probably remove. The rock is actually a metaconglomerate from... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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New Federal education law deserves a closer look from those interested in science education

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-03-31 13:12
By Gaythia Weis. I want to call attention to the newly enacted legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which relinquishes Federal control over many aspects of the education of our nation’s children. In so doing, this law may enable religious activists to exert their influence to a greater extent than previously possible. I need not remind readers of The Panda’s Thumb of the manner in which creationists attempt to subvert the public education system... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Kentucky school takes class to Creation "Museum"

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-03-31 13:12
I do not know why it is coming to light only now, but a few years ago a Kentucky elementary school rewarded students with “perfect” attendance by taking them on a field trip to the Creation “Museum.” Americans United has reported the story here, and a few days ago we received a press release from Daniel Phelps, a persistent critic of the Ark Park and the Creation Museum. Mr. Phelps has sent his press release... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Back to 1981 in Louisiana

Louisiana's Senate Bill 156 (PDF), which would have repealed the state's Balanced Treatment for  Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, was rejected on a 4-2 vote in the Senate Education Committee on March 29, 2016, according to the Associated Press (March 29, 2016).

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Congratulations to Jay Labov

NCSE is delighted to congratulate Jay Labov on receiving the Distinguished Service to Science Education Award from the National Science Teachers Association.

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Polling meteorologists on climate change

A new survey of members of the American Meteorological Society finds (PDF) that nearly all respondents think that climate change is happening and that a majority of respondents think that human activity is causing most of the changes in the climate over the past fifty years.

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Science standards definitively rejected in Idaho

With the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 140 by both the House of Representatives and the Senate in the Idaho legislature, the Idaho state science standards adopted in 2015 have been definitively rejected. 

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Vestigial organs as proof of evolution

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2016-03-21 06:31
Interesting video, Proof of evolution that you can find on your own body, deals with several vestigial organs in the human body. It is certainly hard to see why a god might have included such organs if she had created humans by any method other than evolution. The video is only 4 min long; watch it!... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Billboard campaign vs. the Ark Park

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2016-03-21 06:31
The Sensuous Curmudgeon informs us today that the Tri-State Freethinkers of Newport, Kentucky, will launch a billboard campaign that, as they put it, intends to “counter” the grand opening of the Ark Park in July. They have launched an IndieGoGo campaign with an intended goal of $2000; when I checked a moment ago, it looked as though they had raised nearly $3100 in a single day. The billboard will read Genocide and Incest Park Celebrating... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Grus canadensis

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2016-03-15 00:56
Photograph by Robert Dullien. Grus canadensis – sandhill crane.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Intelligent design makes it into Plos One

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-03-03 05:31
We have just received an e-mail from one of the Panda’s Thumb crew to the effect that a paper “demonstrating” the intelligent design of the human hand has been published in the refereed journal Plos One. The paragraphs that caught the crew member’s attention are these: The explicit functional link indicates that the biomechanical characteristic of tendinous connective architecture between muscles and articulations is the proper design by the Creator to perform a multitude of... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Sage Grouse: The Love-Hate Thing Goes On

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2016-02-19 14:09
Out west, there is a problem. Sage grouse, those iconic sage desert birds, have long had declining populations, mostly due to habitat loss and human-related disturbance. Due to the distribution of sage grouse and the land use in the region, if sage grouse receive endangered species status, it will mean the curtailment of a lot… Read More »
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Another Hawk-Killer in Court

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2016-02-19 13:00
Why am I not surprised this jerk was a pigeon fancier? Prosecutors say Kapusta and another person are pigeon-racing enthusiasts who killed the predatory hawks because they saw them as threats to their pigeons.
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Florida: FSU Settles Title IX Suit for Less than $1M

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Mon, 2016-01-25 20:42
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article on the resolution of Erica Kinsman’s Title IX suit against Florida State University (FSU). FSU will pay around $950,000 to settle the suit. Kinsman alleged sexual assault by then FSU football star Jameis Winston, which FSU had famously responded to by finding Winston “not responsible” for the… Read More »
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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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The Origin of Life

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added October 31, 2006:A discussion of the main models on the spontaneous origin of life that aims to show how cellular complexity could have gradually emerged from simple systems - in contrast to the sudden appearance of complexity that creationists claim to have been necessary at the beginning of life. Central issues like the composition of the early atmosphere of the Earth and the origin of the homochirality of amino acids and sugars are reviewed as well.
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