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February 2006 Post of the Month: Identifying Fossils

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Added March 18, 2006:
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January 2006 Post of the Month: Large Numbers and Deep Time

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Evidence for the Big Bang

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This article covers the evidence which leads cosmologists to believe the Big Bang happened, deals with common objections to the theory, and discusses alternative models and questions that still remain to be answered.
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December 2005 Post of the Month: Unanswered Questions

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How Old is the Earth: A Response to "Scientific" Creationism

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Added January 10, 2006: A classic and often-referenced 1984 paper by G. Brent Dalrymple. The paper contains short but accurate expositions of radiometric dating methods and discussions of creationist criticisms and attempts to date the Earth as young. It includes material difficult to find elsewhere, such as the discussion of mixing isochrons and the effect of neutron-capture reactions. Dr. Dalrymple is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a winner of the National Medal of Science, a former president of the American Geophysical Union, and the author of The Age of the Earth
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Equus quagga burchellii

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Photograph by Alice Levine. Equus quagga burchellii – Burchell’s zebra, Namibia.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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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 2015!

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A glimpse of Lost Antarctica

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of James McClintock's Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

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Outrage in West Virginia

"Groups that support teaching students about the evidence showing that humans are contributing to a global rise in temperatures are speaking out against West Virginia's changes to the state's new K-12 science education standards," reports the Charleston Gazette (January 4, 2015). 

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Would the Supreme Court defend public education from the religious right?

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2015-01-03 14:02
Anyone who relies on the Supreme Court to guarantee that creationism will not be taught in public school or that the Ark Park’s threatened lawsuit will necessarily fail might want to read an article by Erwin Chemerinsky in the January 1 issue of The Washington Spectator. In that article, which I take to be a longish abstract of his book, Chemerinsky argues that the Court has generally not lived up to its “lofty expectations” and... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Best ID Takedown of 2014 - Perhaps Ken Miller's Demolition of "Edge of Evolution"?

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2015-01-03 14:02
Michael Behe is very thrilled that a PNAS paper published this year “confirms a key inference I made in 2007 in The Edge of Evolution.” The Discovery Institute is also thrilled, enough so to reprint Behe’s July 14, 2014 op-ed on ENV as this year’s #4 in the top-story countdown. Says Behe, regarding what he describes as “the need for multiple, specific changes in a particular malarial protein (called PfCRT) for the development of resistance... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
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Proterozoic schists

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2015-01-03 14:02
Photograph by Jim Kocher. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Painted Wall – Black Canyon of the Gunnison River, Montrose, Colorado, May, 1999; Kodachrome 64. Proterozoic schists intruded by pegmatite dikes (~1.25 Ga). Vertical relief is ~2,200 ft.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Appeal in COPE v. Kansas

The dismissal of a creationist lawsuit seeking to prevent Kansas from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards on the grounds that doing so would "establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview" is now under appeal. The Associated Press (December 31, 2014) reports that the plaintiffs in COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al. filed a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on December 30, 2014. 

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Climate compromised in West Virginia

"At the request of a West Virginia Board of Education member who said he doesn't believe human-influenced climate change is a 'foregone conclusion,' new state science standards on the topic were altered before the state school board adopted them," reported the Charleston Gazette (December 28, 2014), in a detailed story.

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Bill to unblock NGSS introduced in Wyoming

Wyoming's House Bill 23 (PDF), introduced on December 23, 2014, would, if enacted, repeal the footnote in the law establishing the state budget for 2014-2016 that precludes the use of state funds "for any review or adoption" of the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Color vision may be 300 Ma old

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-12-29 01:48
According to a blurb in Science yesterday, researchers have discovered a fossilized fish whose eyes show traces of pigment and also fossilized rods and cones. The existence of the cones suggests that color vision developed at least 300 Ma ago. You may read the full article, which appears in Nature Communications, by following the link from the Science article; you can read it only on screen – a pdf will cost you $32. _____ P.S.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Nature to make many articles widely available

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-12-29 01:48
I would not exactly call it a Christmas present, but today I happened to learn of a press release circulated by the Nature Publishing Group on December 2 of this year. The press release was not exactly a model of clarity, but if I understand it correctly, subscribers to any of a number of the publishing group’s journals can legitimately make articles available to individual colleagues who are not subscribers. In addition, readers of “100... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Are men idiots?

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-12-22 23:51
That is, are male members of the species Homo sapiens idiots? No, but according to a recent article, they are more likely to be idiots than women are. The only thing surprising about this conclusion is that it is so unsurprising. For years now, whenever my daughter or I see a bicyclist dash madly across 4 lanes of traffic, we announce to each other, “Another male trying to improve the gene pool.” We are uncertain... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Congratulations to Patricia Kelley

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Patricia Kelley — a professor of geology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and a member of NCSE's Advisory Council — on her selection as one of four Outstanding Professors of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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