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Announcing a climate bumper sticker contest!

It's time to sharpen your pencils, cudgel your brains, and consult your muse: NCSE is running a bumper sticker contest! This is your chance to help to spread the word about climate change education. Your brilliant idea could end up on the tail end of thousands of (carbon-dioxide-emitting) cars. Your climate change-themed bumper sticker can be funny, fierce, fiery — whatever, as long as it's good. Full details of the contest, and a list of the luscious prizes on offer, are available on NCSE's website. The contest ends on May 31, 2015.

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Evolutionary medicine: Studying disease in a Darwinian context

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2015-04-07 20:34
What do Charles Darwin, wisdom teeth, and cancer have in common? They are all related to an emerging field called evolutionary medicine, the application of evolutionary principles to understanding why and how organisms get sick. Scientists in the field believe that an evolutionary perspective can help improve our diagnosis and treatment of disease. In his keynote address at the inaugural meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (held March 19-21 in... Emily Thompson http://cartwrig.ht/people/
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Eudyptula Minor

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2015-04-07 20:34
Eudyptula Minor – little penguin, Kangaroo Island, Australia. These penguins are nocturnal, but are apparently blind to the red light. Unfortunately, according to Kangaroo Island Penguin Center, “Our nocturnal Penguin Tours ceased in November 2013 due to the very low numbers of Penguins in the Kingscote colony. Predation by the increasing numbers of New Zealand Fur Seals from 2010 onwards has decimated the Penguin Colony, because the seals kill the adult penguins as they swim... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Why St. Denis Should Be the Patron Saint of Evolutionary Theory

If PZ Myers hadn't designated April 7 "Paul Nelson Day" a few years ago, I'd never have learned just how intractable the problem of animal macroevolution would turn out to be. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
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The Heart of Human Exceptionalism Is Love

I've previously discussed the ethical ideas associated with Peter Singer. Now meet Jean Vanier. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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Super Crunch Time: Deadline for Summer Seminar Applications Is Tomorrow!

This is a fantastic opportunity, but open to selected applicants only. Evolution News & Views
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The Little Bird that Could

As geolocators get smaller and lighter, they yield more amazing discoveries from the world of animal migration. A small bird sets a new record for its size. Evolution News & Views
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What Could Be More Appropriate on Easter? Jerry Coyne Challenges Francis Collins on Metaphysics

The Principle of Sufficient Reason states that everything in nature has a sufficient reason for its existence and for its properties. Michael Egnor
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AP’s Pro-Animal Rights Bias Is Revealed in Stylebook Change

Animal rights and animal welfare are two different concepts. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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Public support for climate change education in West Virginia

"The vast majority of official comments on new statewide K-12 science standards — the first to require teaching about global warming in mandatory courses — were in favor of them, according to the West Virginia Department of Education," reports the Charleston Gazette (April 6, 2015). With the comments in hand, the West Virginia state board of education is expected to have its final vote on the standards at its April 8, 2015, meeting.

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Congratulations to the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship winners!

NCSE rafters examining Vulcan's Anvil, one of Grand Canyon's geological wonders. Photo by Josh Rosenau, 2014.

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the first teacher scholarships on our annual Grand Canyon raft trip: Alyson Miller of Nashua High School North, Nashua, New Hampshire, and Scott Hatfield of Bullard High School, Fresno, California. They will receive an all-expenses-paid eight-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon, guided by two members of NCSE's staff and joining twenty other NCSE members and supporters who purchased seats on the trip. The scholarship funds were donated by the generosity of NCSE's members.

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On Science, Passivity or Independence? A Conversation that Needs to Happen Among Conservatives

Are you or are you not allowed to think for yourself and draw your own conclusions? Does doing so violate norms of intellectual hygiene? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Haeckel's Fraudulent Embryo Drawings Are Pervasive in Biology Textbooks -- Here's a List

Since the 19th century these illustrations have been used to support the hypothesis of universal common ancestry. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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Evolutionary Conundrum: Is Religion a Useful, Useless, or Harmful Adaptation?

These theories about religion have two things in common. Denyse O'Leary
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What Should Politicians Say When Asked About Evolution?

Scott Walker is not the only Republican hopeful to have stumbled on this question. Stephen C. Meyer http://www.signatureinthecell.com
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In Biology as in Technology, Similarities Do Not Prove the Absence of Intelligent Design

The similarities between the history of life and the history of technology run deep. Granville Sewell
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Carnegie Council Pushes "Nature Rights"

"Rivers have river rights; trees have tree rights; birds have bird rights and humans have human rights." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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Another Paper with the Imprimatur of the National Academy of Sciences Glosses Over the Cambrian Explosion with Verbiage

Let's take a look at the three "strong and persistent evolutionary forces" that they say caused the Cambrian explosion. Evolution News & Views
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Fitness surfaces and searches: Dembski, Ewert, and Marks's search for design

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2015-04-01 23:02
This post is by Joe Felsenstein and Tom English Back in October, one of us (JF) commented at Panda’s Thumb on William Dembski’s seminar presentation at the University of Chicago, Conservation of Information in Evolutionary Search. In his reply at the Discovery Institute’s Evolution News and Views blog, Dembski pointed out that he had referred to three of his own papers, and that Joe had mentioned only two. He generously characterized Joe’s post as an... Joe Felsenstein http://evolution.gs.washington.edu/felsenstein.html
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Governor seeks dismissal of Ark lawsuit

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2015-04-01 23:02
Tom Loftus reports in the Louisville Courier-Journal that Gov. Steve Beshear has asked a federal court to dismiss the Ark Park’s lawsuit on the grounds that “[p]roviding the public funding sought for religious purposes …would constitute an unlawful establishment of religion” and thereby violate both the state and federal constitutions. Governor Beshear and his co-plaintiff, state Treasurer Bob Stewart, told the Courier-Journal that “the state’s denial of public funds for the ark park [sic] ‘reflects... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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