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What's Wrong with the Terms "Anti-Science" and "Anti-Evolution"?

A colleague forwards to me a confused article dealing with "antievolution state laws," aka academic freedom legislation. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa dies

House File 2054, which, if enacted, would have reversed Iowa's decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, died in committee on February 19, 2016, when a deadline for bills to be reported out of committee expired. The NGSS's treatment of evolution and climate change appears to have been part of the motivation for the bill.

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Polling climate in Alaska

"Three-quarters of Alaskans are sold on the existence and seriousness of global warming, but far fewer are convinced that it's caused by human activity, according to a poll commissioned by Alaska Dispatch News," reports Alaska Dispatch News (February 13, 2016).

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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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Sage Grouse: The Love-Hate Thing Goes On

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2016-02-19 14:09
Out west, there is a problem. Sage grouse, those iconic sage desert birds, have long had declining populations, mostly due to habitat loss and human-related disturbance. Due to the distribution of sage grouse and the land use in the region, if sage grouse receive endangered species status, it will mean the curtailment of a lot… Read More »
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Another Hawk-Killer in Court

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2016-02-19 13:00
Why am I not surprised this jerk was a pigeon fancier? Prosecutors say Kapusta and another person are pigeon-racing enthusiasts who killed the predatory hawks because they saw them as threats to their pigeons.
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What Graduates of Our Summer Seminars Say

I've been reviewing some of the comments we received from graduates of last year's Seminars. They are just great. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Reading Michael Denton's Mind...and Getting It Wrong

Dr. Denton's new book, Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis, is stirring controversy over what drives evolution -- natural selection or genetic drift. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
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Solar corona Cloud iridescence

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-02-18 08:25
Cloud iridescence. I am afraid that this is not a very good picture, first because the colors are not very well defined and second because I could not find a single, smallish object with which to block the sun, so I had to settle for this tree. I could not immediately find a halfway decent explanation of cloud iridescence. Wikipedia says it is a diffraction phenomenon, with no elaboration. Here is what I think... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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LIGO discovers gravitational waves

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-02-18 08:25
A friend of mine, a theoretical physicist, has been telling me for over 30 years that we will never discover a magnetic monopole, proton decay – or the graviton. So far, he appears to have been correct, but now scientists at LIGO have detected a gravitational wave that resulted from the collision and amalgamation of 2 black holes. The news was so exciting that the server at Physical Review Letters supposedly crashed earlier today. I... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Excavating the Intellectual Roots of Intelligent Design

There's a pair of matching, bookended myths about ID -- one pertaining to its origin, the other to its purported demise. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Conversations with Michael Denton: You Can Move the Statue if You Wish...

But you can't thereby dissolve the threat posed by the structuralism of Richard Owen to Darwinian adaptationalism. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Secrets of the Plant "Intranet" Are Coming to Light

Plants have an elaborate distributed communications network that keeps all the parts informed of what's going on outside. Evolution News & Views
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Immune Defense: How Antibodies Work

The proteins of the adaptive immune system work to help the body's immune defense with extra intelligence, firepower, and precision accuracy. Howard Glicksman
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Disinherit the Wind: An Interview with Matt Chait About His Play

I thought it would be interesting to talk with actor and playwright Matt Chait about what inspired him to write and produce Disinherit the Wind. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
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Researchers Proclaim: Instant Animals by Chance

Hype notwithstanding, both from scientists and the media, it takes more than a random mutation to build an animal. Evolution News & Views
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Lawrence Krauss Extols Human Exceptionalism

Many in the life sciences attack human exceptionalism as necessarily predicated on religion. It can be, but isn't necessarily so. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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A Bad Case of Expertitis

The days of extolling objective journalistic discussions of scientific and technocratic issues -- always a bit laughable -- are clearly over. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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Sleepless in Oakland: Big Bang Gives NCSE Staffer Insomnia

The evidence of a beginning to the universe didn't sit well with British astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington, either. Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
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Non-Adaptive Order: An Existential Challenge to Darwinian Evolution

If many of the taxa-defining homologs are non-adaptive, the whole Darwinian enterprise breaks down entirely. Michael Denton
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