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Celithemis eponina

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2016-04-26 21:01
Photograph by Robin Lee-Thorp. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Celithemis eponina – Halloween pennant.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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New York City Council calls for climate change education

The New York City Council adopted Resolution 0375 on April 20, 2016, calling on the New York state department of education to include lessons on climate change in the curriculum of the state's public K-12 schools — and NCSE was cited.
 

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Cope vs. Kansas State Board of Education loses on appeal

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2016-04-23 10:47
NCSE informs us that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has rendered a decision in the appeal of Cope vs. Kansas, which we reported on here. Specifically, the Court of Appeals upheld the District Court’s earlier dismissal of the case, largely on the basis of standing. Additionally, NCSE notes, “Interestingly, though, the decision observes in a footnote that COPE’s suggestion for ‘teleological’ explanations to be added to the standards would be unconstitutional.” NCSE’s report on... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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The Ark Park is hiring

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-04-21 00:51
Answers in Genesis is advertising a whole slew of jobs, but you do not have to read very far between the lines to realize that the hirees will be “detailed” to the Ark Park, presumably because AIG, as a religious organization, is allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion. I do not know why they are bothering, because recently a Kentucky judge ruled, in effect, that it was legal for the Ark Park itself... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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A decision in the COPE appeal

The creationist lawsuit seeking to reverse Kansas's 2013 decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards on the grounds that the state thereby "establish[ed] and endorse[d] a non-theistic religious worldview" failed again on April 19, 2016, when the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district court's dismissal of the case, COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al.

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Vacation creationism bill dies in Kentucky

Kentucky's Senate Bill 50 (PDF) died in the House Education Committee when the legislature adjourned on April 15, 2016. The bill would have extended the duration of summer vacation in the state's public schools in order to boost tourism — including to a creationist attraction. 

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Furor over creationism in Poland

A controversy is smoldering over the distribution of a creationist book to schools in Poland. According to Gazeta Wyborcza (March 2, 2016), unsolicited copies of Maciej Giertych's Ewolucja, Dewolucja, Nauka (Evolution, Devolution, Science) were sent to the biology teachers in public and private secondary schools across the country in early 2016.

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Attacus atlas

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2016-04-12 01:25
Photograph by Diogenes. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Attacus atlas – Atlas moth. This specimen is a captive male at the Museum of the Academy of Natural History of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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It's Paul Nelson Day, again

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2016-04-10 20:13
Solemn greetings, all. Today, as the more reverent among you know, is Paul Nelson Day. Today is the 12th annual feast day of St Nelson, patron saint of obtusity and procrastination, and we honor his contributions to science by...well, by not doing much of anything at all. You could make grandiose claims today and promise to make good on them tomorrow, a tomorrow that stretches out into a decade or more, I suppose, but that's... PZ Myers http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/
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Facebook: n > 160,000

A milestone: there are now over 160,000 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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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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