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Photography contest VIII, coming up ...

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2016-05-31 19:40
… June 20. That is, we will accept entries from noon, June 20, to noon, July 3, 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 previous years’. We have not chosen categories yet, but please be assured that they (or it) will be all-inclusive. The number of entries has gone down monotonically... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Postdoc Opening Available

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-05-26 08:16
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU). This new Postdoctoral Research Associate will be part of the Cartwright lab (http://cartwrig.ht/) located in the Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics. The lab is focused on evolutionary research related to mutation and population variation, as well as developing statistical software to process large, genomic datasets to identify and study somatic and germline mutation patterns. A successful candidate will participate... Reed A. Cartwright http://dererumnatura.us/
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Hardground with borings

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-05-26 08:16
Photograph by Dan Phelps. Hardground with borings from the Grant Lake Limestone (Upper Ordovician, Maysvillian), Maysville, Kentucky. Mr. Phelps explains, “Hardgrounds are surfaces in the geologic record that lithified on the sea floor and then were bored into and encrusted by marine invertebrates, followed by the deposition of more sediments. They are common in Ordovician carbonates of Kentucky.” And adds, “The creationist explanations for hardgrounds can be hilarious. Especially look at the diagram with gas... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Judy Scotchmoor receives Pojeta award

Judy Scotchmoor

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Judy Scotchmoor on receiving the Pojeta Award, which recognizes "exceptional professional or public service by individuals or groups in the field of paleontology above and beyond that of existing formal roles or responsibilities," from the Paleontological Society.

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Judy Scotchmoor receives Pojeta award

Judy Scotchmoor

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Judy Scotchmoor on receiving the Pojeta Award, which recognizes "exceptional professional or public service by individuals or groups in the field of paleontology above and beyond that of existing formal roles or responsibilities," from the Paleontological Society.

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Branch reviews The Not-So-Intelligent Designer

NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch reviewed Abby Hafer's The Not-So-Intelligent Designer (Cascade Books, 2015) for California Classroom Science.

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Branch reviews The Not-So-Intelligent Designer

NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch reviewed Abby Hafer's The Not-So-Intelligent Designer (Cascade Books, 2015) for California Classroom Science.

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Ken Ham (and maybe Dan Phelps) to be featured on Australian TV

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2016-05-21 15:49
This link is a preview of an Australian television show about the “replica” of Noah’s Ark being built out of gopher steel and concrete in Kentucky. I think it will air next Sunday, and I hope that an online version will be available soon afterward. “Sunday Night” is apparently an Australian news magazine similar to 60 Minutes in the US. Ken (who you callin’ the a Messiah, bud?) Ham commented on the program here; he... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Youngstown, Ohio, teaches intelligent-design creationism as fact

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2016-05-21 15:49
A commenter on an earlier thread directed our attention to an article by Zack Kopplin in the Daily Beast, “School teaching creationism with video from Islamic sex cult.” The headline may be a bit over the top, but the gist of the article is that the school district is employing materials developed by Harun Yahya. To give due credit, here is what the commenter, “Charley Horse,” wrote on the earlier thread: A bit off topic... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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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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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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Need a speaker?

As the only national organization that is wholly dedicated to defending the teaching of evolution and climate change in the public schools, NCSE is the perfect place to find someone to speak to your organization or university about issues relevant to evolution and climate education and attacks on either or both.

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Need a speaker?

As the only national organization that is wholly dedicated to defending the teaching of evolution and climate change in the public schools, NCSE is the perfect place to find someone to speak to your organization or university about issues relevant to evolution and climate education and attacks on either or both.

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Intelligent-design creationist gets tenure at Ball State University

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-05-11 12:17
An article in The Star Press datelined Muncie, Indiana, today proclaimed, ‘Intelligent design’ professor earns tenure at Ball State. The professor in question is Eric Hedin, a physics professor who, as we reported in 2013, is apparently an intelligent-design creationist and once taught a course called Boundaries of Science. The class has, however, been canceled, and Professor Hedin has presumably been enjoined to not teach creationism in his physics classes. (No, my very dear trolls,... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Recurvirostra americana

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-05-11 12:17
Recurvirostra americana – American avocet, Cottonwood Lake, Boulder, Colorado, 3 days ago.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Evolution pros, crusading scientist/writers, a climate change evangelist, and an artist are honored by NCSE

NCSE recognizes Donald Prothero, Katharine Hayhoe, Dana Nuccitelli, John Abraham, Andrew J. Petto, Paula Spence, and Skeptical Science for their tireless work defending and promoting science education.

In our modern, Internet-drenched world, misinformation travels at the speed of light. Whether in a webinar or IM'ing, in a Facebook debate or an online classroom, science education is unceasingly attacked, distorted, watered down, or just plain ignored.

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Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2016

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2016: Andrew J. Petto, a physical anthropologist, who formerly served on NCSE's board of directors and as the editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education; Donald R. Prothero, a paleontologist and prolific author whose latest book is The Story of Life in 25 Fossils; and Paula Spence, a cartoonist and artist who has been contributing graphics of all sorts to NCSE for almost a decade.

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Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2016

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2016: Andrew J. Petto, a physical anthropologist, who formerly served on NCSE's board of directors and as the editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education; Donald R. Prothero, a paleontologist and prolific author whose latest book is The Story of Life in 25 Fossils; and Paula Spence, a cartoonist and artist who has been contributing graphics of all sorts to NCSE for almost a decade.

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A devastating critique of population genetics? The Discovery Institute thinks so

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2016-05-08 04:16
A retired European geneticist, Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, has made a point that he feels is devastating to population genetic arguments about the effectiveness of natural selection. In a post at the Discovery Institute’s blog Evolution News and Views. He pointed to an argument he made in 2001 in an encyclopedia article. The essence of his criticism is that many organisms produce very large numbers of gametes, or of newborn offspring. Most of those must die. Then... Joe Felsenstein http://evolution.gs.washington.edu/felsenstein.html
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A Slap on the Wrist for Creationism

Creationist effort results in windfall for group defending the teaching of evolution

Fiyyaz Pirani was perplexed. As the CEO of RapidWristbands.com, he was pleased to receive a massive order for over a hundred thousand wristbands. But as a socially responsible entrepreneur, he was not pleased that the order, from a creationist ministry, was for wristbands saying “DEBUNK EVOLUTION.”

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