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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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Attention, filmmakers!

Scientists and science educators of all stripes — students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators — are invited to enter the Sixth Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.  

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Darwin Day approaches

It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than a month remains before Darwin Day 2016!

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Help wanted: Summer intern

NCSE is seeking to hire a full-time summer intern to work on science education activism projects, with a particular focus on climate change education.

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Springer Offers Books for Free PDF Download

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2015-12-30 05:21
Lifehacker notes thousands of scientific titles are available for free PDF download from Springer. LifeHacker article There’s a bunch of titles on evolution. And they even have Whit Au’s “The Sonar of Dolphins” available. I don’t mind paying $130 for my 1993 print copy, but a free PDF is a fine thing, too. Update: It… Read More »
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The Discovery Institute Does More Myth-Making: Looking at #10

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2015-12-16 15:11
Incredibly butt-hurt over Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District almost ten years after their reaming, the Discovery Institute has a series of advent devotionals that they are calling, I kid you not, “Ten Myths About Dover“. Yes, they make the pretense that they are deconstructing myths others have made, but when one reads… Read More »
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Utah Physician Recommends Staying Away from Hospitals

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Sun, 2015-12-13 23:55
(This is a copy of my diary on Daily Kos.) Utah state legislator Mike Kennedy (R) weighed in on the argument concerning extending Medicaid coverage. I first saw this content of Kennedy’s statements via a meme on Facebook. Knowing that false memes are a dime a dozen there, I had a look to see if… Read More »
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Programming is Presbyterian

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Sat, 2015-12-12 16:47
There’s a mind-expanding post at Coding Horror from 2006. Hey, can’t a guy have a nine-year backlog? The title: “Separating Programming Sheep from Non-Programming Goats”. The first link in that article does not work; use this link instead. This discusses work on incoming computer science students, finding that there is a bimodal distribution of performance… Read More »
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Exploiting Modern Laptop Hardware

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Tue, 2015-11-17 03:39
I’ve been in the pleasant position of developing strategy of how best to set up new hardware. Well, new to me, in any case. Through the generosity of Burt Humburg, I have a Razer Blade Pro laptop, which I think is a 2014 vintage model. My previous personal laptop is a 2007-vintage Gateway MT6458, a… Read More »
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The Origin of Life

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added October 31, 2006:A discussion of the main models on the spontaneous origin of life that aims to show how cellular complexity could have gradually emerged from simple systems - in contrast to the sudden appearance of complexity that creationists claim to have been necessary at the beginning of life. Central issues like the composition of the early atmosphere of the Earth and the origin of the homochirality of amino acids and sugars are reviewed as well.
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September 2006 Feedback

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added October 22, 2006:
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The Discovery Institute Quote Mines Stephen Jay Gould

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added October 9, 2006: The newest addition to the Quote Mine Project shows how Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute misrepresents what Gould and others wrote in a brief for Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.
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Awards, Honors, and Favorable Notices for The Talk.Origins Archive

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Updated October 9, 2006: Honors won by the TalkOrigins Archive.
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The Discovery Institute Quote Mines Judge Jones

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added September 28, 2006: The Discovery Institute selectively quotes Judge Jones' decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District in aid of its "bait and switch" claim of scientific evidence in support of intelligent design.
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Macroevolution

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Updated September 16, 2006: In evolutionary biology today macroevolution is used to refer to any evolutionary change at or above the level of species. It means the splitting of a species into two or the change of a species over time into another. This FAQ has been expanded, updated, illustrated, and rewritten.
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Hendren v. Campbell: Decision Against a Creationist Textbook

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added August 20, 2006: A 1977 decision of an Indiana superior court ruling against a textbook produced by the Creation Research Society. In some respects this case resembles a young-earth creationist version of the 2005 Kitzmiller case. Introductory material, links, as well as the full text of the judge's memorandum opinion are provided.
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