Without any one of the necessary systems being in place, the whole would fail and calcium control would be lost.
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Here are some tips for appearing at school board meetings.
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.
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.
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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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:
What can you do to support climate change education in your local community?
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....
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...
The Cartwright Lab at Arizona State University is looking for a Software Engineer to be part of a team developing software related to bioinformatics and phylogenomics. To apply visit http://links.asu.edu/job-23154BR. (Job ID is 23154BR.) The closing date is June 10th at 3PM Arizona Time. Requisition ID: 23154BR Job Title: Associate Scientific Software Engineer Salary Range: $51,100–$60,000 per year; DOE Close Date: 10-June-2016 The Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics is seeking an Associate Scientific Software Engineer...
Reed A. Cartwright
This is a warning about investor trawling, media hype, and the realities attendant to regenerative medicine.
Wesley J. Smith
Everything in ethics, every single weighty cultural issue I can think of, hinges on the question of biological origins.
Once again the damned-with-faint-praise field of adult stem cell research seems headed toward significant treatment breakthroughs.
Wesley J. Smith
Readers of Evolution News are probably familiar with -- perhaps even bored with -- the classic story of peppered moths.
Michael Flannery casts Wallace as a "prophet," in the Greek sense, one who interprets the text of nature.
Apparently Ben, an injured elephant, knew something that a lot of humans deny or want to forget.
Wesley J. Smith
A molecular machine mimics the actions of an irreducibly complex device, the mousetrap.
Evolution News & Views
Without Vitamin D, our earliest ancestors wouldn't have been able to absorb enough calcium to build up their bones and survive within the laws of nature.