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Revised Ohio Bill still guts science education, adds 'strengths and weaknesses' language

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2014-09-07 16:23
The authors of House Bill 597, which is aimed at derailing the Common Core standards in Ohio, have revised it (PDF). (Columbus Dispatch story here). Their revisions now embody the ‘strength and weaknesses’ trope of creationists. The Bill now says (iii) The standards in science shall be based in core existing disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics; incorporate grade-level mathematics and be referenced to the mathematics standards; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than... Richard B. Hoppe
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Ohio out of the frying pan

The antiscience provision was removed from Ohio's House Bill 597 by the House Rules and Reference Committee on September 4, 2014 — only to be replaced by a provision requiring students to "review, in an objective manner, the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories in the standards."

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Facebook: n > 80,000

A milestone: there are now over 80,000 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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NCSE and the Grand Canyon 2015

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.

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Canis lupus baileyi

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-09-01 19:40
Photograph by Dan Stodola. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Canis lupus baileyi – Mexican wolf, Brookfield Zoo, Illinois.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Victor J. Stenger dies

The physicist and popular science writer Victor J. Stenger died on August 27, 2014, at the age of 79, according to the Friendly Atheist blog (August 29, 2014).

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Giant panda fakes pregnancy

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2014-08-29 18:48
The Xinhua news agency reported the other day that a giant panda, Ai Hin, had faked pregnancy, possibly in order to receive better treatment in the form of a private room, air conditioning, and luscious bamboo. This observant and inventive panda is, of course, a distant relative of Professor Steve Steve.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Another case of ... erm ... Darwinist censorship

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2014-08-29 18:48
[sarcasm] Jeff Shallit calls attention to an egregious case of Darwinian censorship. [/sarcasm]. I think the “atheistic leaning neo-Darwinist blog” is Panda’s Thumb. Recall Nick Matzke’s critique here.... Richard B. Hoppe
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A glimpse of How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Seth B. Darling and Douglas L. Sisterson's How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate (The Experiment, 2014).

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Tradescantia occidentalis

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:26
Photograph by Rob Dullien. Tradescantia occidentalis – prairie or western spiderwort, near Coyote Buttes, Arizona, May, 2014.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Panda cub is 1 year old

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:26
That cub is Bao Bao, the cub born at the National Zoo in Washington. See here for a short video or here for still photos. Bao Bao is the second panda to have been born at the zoo and survived to her first birthday. She is, of course, a distant cousin, once removed, of Professor Steve Steve.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Ohio: Here we go again

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:26
Ohio is in the process of considering the Common Core standards to guide public education in a range of disciplines from English language arts to math and science. Ohio’s State Board of Education adopted the Common Core in June of 2010, and local districts have been creating curriculum materials under the Common Core for implementation this year. Now two state legislators, Republican Andy Thompson of Medina and Republican Matt Huffman of Lima have filed a... Richard B. Hoppe
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Creationism and Ohio's antiscience bill

A sponsor of Ohio's House Bill 597 — which if enacted would require the state's science standards to "prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another" — is giving mixed signals about his intentions.

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Toyota, WSJ, and Computers: An Update

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Mon, 2014-08-25 11:55
Back in 2010, I wrote about the sudden unintended acceleration problem (SUAP in the earlier article here, UA in the source I’m about to link) in various Toyota vehicles. Drivers would find their cars accelerating out of their control and braking was unresponsive. People died. Survivors spoke of their unsuccessful attempts to get their car […]
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A court battle on the horizon in Ohio?

"Count on a serious court battle if a few state legislators have their way and Intelligent Design and other religious interpretations of science are allowed to be taught in public schools," warns the Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 22, 2014). 

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ASIH calls for repeal of Tennessee's antiscience law

At its 2014 meeting held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists adopted a resolution encouraging the state of Tennessee to repeal the antiscience law — nicknamed the "monkey bill" — adopted there in 2012.

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Update on Ohio's antiscience bill

A sponsor of Ohio's House Bill 597, which if enacted would require the state's science standards to "prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another," confirmed that local school districts would be allowed to teach creationism along with evolution and global warming denial alongside climate science.

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Lonicera X bella

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:12
Honeysuckle, by Richard Meiss. Photography contest, Finalist. Lonicera X bella – Asian bush honeysuckle. Mr. Meiss writes, “This photo shows the coexisting ripe berries and new flowers of the Asian bush honeysuckle, an invasive species in the American midwest. This ‘second flowering’ in mid-September was induced by the very hot and dry summer of 2012. The phenomenon, an adaptation to environmental stress, was also widely noted in the British Isles; its prevalence is likely related... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Dallas "researchers" out to scientifically prove biblical version of creation

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:12
The scare quotes are my gloss, but that is the headline of a credulous Dallas Morning News article on the “research” being conducted at the Institute for Creation “Research.” The article quotes Pat Robertson to the effect that it is silly – or, rather, looks silly – to deny the clear geologic record, but mostly the author appears to take the “research” seriously. Indeed, he makes the point that Charity Navigator gives ICR a 3-star... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Dam burst in British Columbia threatens spawning salmon

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:12
A dam at a toxic waste pond burst last week and spilled 10 Mm3 of water and about half as much presumably toxic sludge into a tributary of the Fraser River in British Columbia. If you want to see what 10 Mm3 of water looks like, watch the video posted by The Guardian. The Fraser River empties into the newly named Salish Sea at Vancouver, B. C. The Guardian article barely mentions salmon, but the Seattle Post-Intelligencer... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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