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Dinosaur fossil donor affiliated with hate group

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
Kentucky geologist Daniel Phelps yesterday sent us a press release noting that AIG’s Allosaurus fossil will go on display this weekend; see the AP release by Dylan Lovan here. Mr. Lovan quotes Mr. Phelps to this effect: Daniel Phelps, president of the Kentucky Paleontological Society, said in a release Thursday that the Creation Museum “has decided, without doing research, that the dinosaur fossil is evidence of Noah’s flood.” What Mr. Lovan left out is far... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Can Darwin and Eden coexist?

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
Apparently not at Bryan College (yes, that Bryan) in Dayton, Tennessee (yes, that Dayton), according to an article in yesterday’s Times. The college, founded in 1930, requires faculty to sign a statement agreeing to certain reactionary views on creation and evolution, including, “The origin of man was by fiat of God,” according to the article by Alan Blinder. Several months ago, the college added a “clarification” to the effect that Adam and Eve “are historical... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Sarracenia purpurea

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
Photograph by Matthew Opel. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea – purple pitcher plant, growing in a floating sphagnum bog in Tolland County, Connecticut.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Photography contest, coming up ...

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
… June 2. That is, we will accept entries from noon, June 2, to noon, June 16, where noon is defined by the Panda’s Thumb server, which thinks it is still in Central Standard Time, or UTC(GMT) – 5 h. The rules will be essentially the same as last year’s. We have not chosen categories yet, but please be assured that they will be all-inclusive. So grease your shutters and be ready! Update, May 31: The theme of... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Expanding the genetic alphabet

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:36
By Gert Korthof. “It is a very, very hard problem. Getting all the pieces to work means re-engineering 3.5 billion years of evolution. It’s so ambitious.” These are the words of a scientist 14 years ago [1]. He was talking about the project of inventing new bases to include in DNA and let the new DNA function in a living cell. Now an important milestone has been reached towards that goal. Scientists have succeeded in... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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A new Bloomberg poll on climate change

A new Bloomberg News National Poll included (PDF) questions about whether climate change is a threat, whether it is worth increasing energy costs to prevent climate change, and whether scientists are to be trusted about climate change.

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Antievolution proposal rejected in South Carolina

The South Carolina state board of education rejected the Education Oversight Committee's proposal to revise the state science standards to require students to "[c]onstruct scientific arguments that seem to support and scientific arguments that seem to discredit Darwinian natural selection" at its June 11, 2014, meeting, according to the Charleston Post and Courier (June 11, 2014). 

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AHA award for NCSE's Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott, the former executive director of NCSE and the current chair of its Advisory Council, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Humanist Association at its annual conference in Philadelphia on June 7, 2014.  

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NCSE's latest in Evolution: Education and Outreach

NCSE's Glenn Branch's "Going Ape: Interview with Brandon Haught" (PDF) was just published in Evolution: Education and Outreach.

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A glimpse of The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman's The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change (Island Press, 2014).

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NCSE in the Best of the Scout Report

NCSE is proud to have been named in the Best of the Scout Report for 2014, as "the most shared resource by Scout Report readers" for the academic year 2013-2014. "There are many free excerpts to read and it's a fun way to trace the evolution of these popular and significant debates," the report commented.

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Wyoming scientists defend climate in standards

"A group of Wyoming educators has asked state education leaders to rethink their stance on a controversial set of science standards," the Casper Star-Tribune (June 3, 2014) reports

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The latest Gallup poll on evolution

There were no surprises in the latest Gallup poll on public opinion about evolution in the United States.

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Facebook: n > 70,000

A milestone: there are now over 70,000 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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Evolution to reach Israeli middle schools

"Evolution will soon be a mandatory part of the middle-school science curriculum, after years of being an optional subject that most students were never taught," according (registration required) to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (June 1, 2014).

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Criticism of the Wyoming legislature continues

The decision of the Wyoming legislature to prevent the state from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards because of concerns about their presentation of climate change continues to attract spirited criticism in editorial and opinion columns, both in Wyoming and nationally.

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A last-minute victory in Oklahoma

When the Oklahoma legislature adjourned on May 23, 2014, the attempt to derail Oklahoma's new state science standards was stymied.

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Gerald Edelman dies

The eminent biologist Gerald Edelman died on May 17, 2014, at the age of 84, according to The New York Times (May 22, 2014).

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NCSE's next webinar for activists

NCSE is pleased to announce the next of a new series of on-line workshops aimed at broadening and deepening the networks that make our work possible. The next workshop focuses on debunking and confronting science denial, describing resources and techniques as well as offering a chance to share experiences.

 

 

 

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Oklahoma House votes to derail science standards

House Joint Resolution 1099, which would reject the state department of education's rules implementing Oklahoma's new science standards, was passed by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 55-31 vote on May 21, 2014. Part of the reason, the Tulsa World (May 22, 2014) explained, was that "[s]ome legislators ... objected to language they said appeared to encourage an 'agenda' concerning climate change."

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