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Presidential candidates' positions on science-related issues

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2016-02-08 18:48
Just a day before a handful of candidates dropped out of the race, Science ran an article on the candidates’ positions “on some select science-related issues (keeping in mind that the candidates have yet to sound off on many topics of interest to researchers).” The article was necessarily a little shallow but gives a good idea where most of the candidates stand on critical issues like science policy, the space program, climate change, vaccination, and... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Antiscience bill in South Dakota dies

South Dakota's Senate Bill 83 is out of commission, following a February 4, 2016, hearing in the Senate Education Committee. The committee voted 4-3 to defer further consideration of the bill to the forty-first legislative day, and since the legislative session in South Dakota is thirty-eight days long in 2016, the bill is effectively dead.

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Darwin Day resolution in Arizona

Andrew Sherwood

Senate Resolution 1001, introduced in the Arizona Senate on February 2, 2016, would, if enacted, express the Senate's recognition of February 12, 2016, as International Darwin Day.

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Rainbow

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-02-03 13:55
Photograph by Debbie Garelick. Rainbow. The rainbow is formed from relatively nearby raindrops. It is evidently raining lightly, because you can see a light cloud cover behind the rainbow. Direct backscatter from the clouds probably accounts for much of the brightness of the sky inside the arc and helps make a dramatic picture. See also here.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Evolutionary Genomics Programmer Position Available

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-02-03 13:55
The Human and Comparative Genomics laboratory at the Biodesign Institute is looking for a Software Application Associate who will work in a collaborative environment to design, construct, test, document and maintain software packages. Typical projects involve implementing high performance algorithms for the statistical analysis of large genomic datasets for studying questions related to evolution and population genetics. To apply visit http://links.asu.edu/job19991BR or search for ID 19991BR at https://cfo.asu.edu/hr-applicant. If you have any questions about the... Reed A. Cartwright http://dererumnatura.us/
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Update from South Dakota

South Dakota's Senate Bill 83 — which would, if enacted, allow teachers to teach "the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information" presented in courses aligned with the state education standards — received coverage from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader (January 31, 2016).

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Congratulations to Sean B. Carroll

Sean B. Carroll

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Sean B. Carroll, a member of NCSE's Advisory Council and a recipient of NCSE's Friend of Darwin award, on winning the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. 

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NCSE is moving!

After fifteen years in the same office, NCSE is relocating. Effective February 1, 2016, NCSE will be at 1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Oakland CA 94612-2922. Please update your address book. (Telephone and fax numbers are unchanged, although individual telephone extensions may be changing. Mail to NCSE's old office and to its post office box will be forwarded.)

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Antiscience bill in South Dakota

Senate Bill 83, introduced in the South Dakota Senate and referred to the Senate Education Committee on January 25, 2016, would, if enacted, allow teachers to teach "the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information" presented in courses aligned with the state education standards.

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Judge rules in favor of Ark Park

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-01-27 05:04
A Federal judge ruled yesterday that the Ark Park is entitled to sales tax incentives that had been denied by the state of Kentucky, according to an article by Dylan Lovan. Briefly, District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove ruled that the state cannot exclude the Ark Park from receiving the tax incentive simply because the park has a religious purpose. Further, although Mr. Lovan does not note it, the judge opined that the Ark Park... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa

House File 2054, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on January 19, 2016, and referred to the House Committee on Education, would, if enacted, reverse Iowa's decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards — and there is reason to believe that part of the motivation is the NGSS's treatment of evolution and climate change.

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Florida: FSU Settles Title IX Suit for Less than $1M

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Mon, 2016-01-25 20:42
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article on the resolution of Erica Kinsman’s Title IX suit against Florida State University (FSU). FSU will pay around $950,000 to settle the suit. Kinsman alleged sexual assault by then FSU football star Jameis Winston, which FSU had famously responded to by finding Winston “not responsible” for the… Read More »
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A second antiscience bill in Oklahoma

House Bill 3045 (PDF), styled the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act, is the second antiscience bill in the Oklahoma legislature for 2016, joining Senate Bill 1322.

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Antievolution legislation in Oklahoma

Senate Bill 1322 (PDF), styled the Oklahoma Science Education Act, is the latest antievolution bill in the Sooner State.

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Climate in Science and Engineering Indicators 2016

Public opinion about climate change was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2016.

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Rainbow

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-01-20 16:42
Photograph by Gabrielle Hovinen. Rainbow, showing a primary and a secondary rainbow, plus a bevy of Hovinens. The primary rainbow is overexposed, but the photograph clearly shows how the sky is brighter inside the primary rainbow and outside the secondary rainbow. See Figure 6 here.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Target? TARGET? We STILL don't need no stinkin' Target!

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-01-20 16:42
As part of the year-end Kitzmas festivities, The Discovery Institute’s PR organ Evolution News and Views re-posted an earlier article titled Following Kitzmiller v. Dover, an Excellent Decade for Intelligent Design. This uncredited article from September 2015 included the following, which caught my eye: In fact, the decade since Dover has been an excellent one for ID. Casey Luskin noted some highlights not long ago:… Theoretical peer-reviewed papers taking down alleged computer simulations of... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
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PT is experiencing Technical Difficulties

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-01-20 16:42
Our server is having issues. The Crew is figuring out how best to proceed. For the moment, comments may not be working correctly. Stay tuned for updates.... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
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Evolution in Science and Engineering Indicators 2016

Public opinion about evolution and the Big Bang was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2016.

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Open Letter to the United Methodist Church on “intelligent design”

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2016-01-20 13:51
The Discovery Institute got upset that they weren’t allowed a table to promote “intelligent design” at the United Methodist Church’s general conference this year. The DI has been having quite the hissy fit over it, in fact, and has been encouraging people to be outraged about it and write the UMC to try to get… Read More »
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