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Oklahoma's antiscience bill blocked

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 393 (PDF), which would empower science denial in the classroom, failed to receive a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives on April 27, 2017, the last day on which it could do so, and is therefore blocked — for now.

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Climate Change: Another Denialist Site

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2017-04-28 14:24
People link to the weirdest things. A Facebook discussion with a local climate change denier had him posting: Here’s a
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NCSE's counter-Heartland flyers

NCSE is pleased to announce the on-line release of three flyers addressing the Heartland Institute's recent mailing of unsolicited climate change denial propaganda to science teachers across the country.

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Alabama's antiscience resolution denounced

Writing on (April 27, 2017), Amanda Glaze denounced Alabama's House Joint Resolution 78 (PDF), which passed the House and is now headed for the floor of the Senate.

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Florida: Full-Bore Libertarianism Around the Corner

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Thu, 2017-04-27 08:52
Brandon Haught of Florida Citizens for Science discusses taking action concerning a Florida Senate bill about instructional materials. The bill
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Net Neutrality and Nincompoops

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Thu, 2017-04-27 08:18
Reason’s Nick Gillespie gave a fawning interview to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with the topic of net neutrality. Along the
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The Weather Channel on Idaho's science standards

A story on the Weather Channel's website (April 22, 2017) examined the controversy over the legislature's deletion of climate change from the state science standards in detail.

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Bunny vs. United

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2017-04-26 14:03
United Airlines can’t catch a break. The latest problem reported by the BBC involves the death of a giant rabbit
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Observations on Photo Printing

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2017-04-26 02:12
I think it was three years ago when I got our latest printer, a Canon Pro9000 Mk. II. This is a printer that will do photo prints on 13×19″ paper. I decided I wanted to print something large this evening. I’ll note that this printer spent about 15 months in a pod at a storage… Read More »
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Victory in Texas

In a victory for the integrity of science education in Texas, the Texas state board of education approved a revision to the state science standards that removed language that opened the door to creationism.

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Antiscience bills progress further in Florida

On April 20, 2017, House Bill 989 passed the Florida House of Representatives on a 94-25 vote, while its counterpart, Senate Bill 1210, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 16-0 vote. 

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Walter R. Hearn dies

Walter R. Hearn, a biochemist active in defending evolution within evangelical circles, died on April 11, 2017, at the age of 91, according to the American Scientific Affiliation (April 14, 2017).

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Florida's antiscience bills denounced

Florida's House Bill 989 and Senate Bill 1210  — bills aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools, with climate change and evolution clearly among the targets — were the subjects of sharp criticism in a pair of commentaries.

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Antiscience bill progresses further in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 393 (PDF), which would empower science denial in the classroom, was passed on a 4-3 vote by the House General Government Oversight and Accountability Committee on April 13, 2017. 

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NCSE at the Union of Concerned Scientists

NCSE's Ann Reid, Glenn Branch, and Steve Newton contributed a guest commentary discussing the Heartland Institute's mailing of climate change denial material to teachers to the blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (April 12, 2017).

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Antiscience resolution in Alabama progresses

Alabama's House Joint Resolution 78 (PDF), which would, if adopted, ostensibly urge state and local education authorities to promote the academic freedom of science teachers in the state's public schools, passed the House Committee on Rules and then the House on a voice vote on April 6, 2017. 

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Further progress for Florida's antiscience bills

One of the two bills aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools — whose supporters have evolution and climate change in their sights — progressed further in the Florida legislature.

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Arkansas creationism bill apparently dies

When the Arkansas legislature recessed on April 3, 2017, House Bill 2050 (PDF) — which would, if enacted, have allowed "public schools to teach creationism and intelligent design as theories alongside the theory of evolution" — apparently died.

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Don’t Let Heartland Fool Teachers!

The Heartland Institute is trying to fool teachers. NCSE is fighting back. You can help us.


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A glimpse of The Scopes Monkey Trial

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Randy Moore and William F. McComas's The Scopes Monkey Trial (Arcadia Publishing, 2016).

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