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Corrected textbooks adopted in Texas

The Texas state board of education voted to adopt a slate of social studies textbooks for use in the state on November 21, 2014. Among the books approved were several textbooks that, after criticism from NCSE and its allies in the scientific, educational, and civil liberties communities, were revised by their publishers (including Pearson and McGraw-Hill) to eliminate misrepresentations of climate science.

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Creationist legislation in Brazil

A bill introduced in the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies would, if enacted, require creationism to be taught in the country's public and private schools.

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On the road again with NESCent

The Darwin Day Roadshow is returning! The Roadshow is a project of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, in which NESCent staff shares their enthusiasm for evolutionary science with students, teachers, and the general public on the occasion of Charles Darwin's birthday, February 12.

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Opposition to new science standards in South Dakota?

A South Dakota state senator dislikes a proposed new set of state science standards, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader (November 18, 2014). At a November 17, 2014, public hearing — the second of four — on the standards, Phil Jensen (R-District 33) expressed concern about the treatment of evolution and climate change.

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Further progress in Texas

"McGraw-Hill, the second-largest educational publisher in the world, has removed key passages from a proposed Texas textbook that cast doubt on climate science," reports the National Journal (November 17, 2014). 

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Philae craft lands on comet

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2014-11-15 04:21
Rosetta headquarters announced a few moments ago that the Philae lander is now sitting on the surface of the comet and transmitting data. Unfortunately, the European Space Agency is not exactly releasing a trove of pictures. I know this is not biology, but where did you think those hydrocarbons came from in the first place?... Matt Young
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Michael Denton Rocks the Museum of Flight as Privileged Species Premieres in Seattle to a Packed House

Imagine you find an elaborately cut key, carry it with you for years, then stick it in a random door lock -- and it opens! David Klinghoffer
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More on Chimps Searching for Treats Under Cups

Nicholas Wade writes about the domestication of the dog from wolves, in East Asia, and the evolutionary question mark that leaves behind. David Klinghoffer
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For Artificial Intelligence, Humor Is a Bridge Too Far

Thoughtful reader Paul comments on Erik Larson's article "Yes, 'We've Been Wrong About Robots Before,' and We Still Are." David Klinghoffer
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From the Annals of Science: Chimp Cultures Are Less Complex than Human Cultures

Who would have thought? David Klinghoffer
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One Thing Comet Probe Hubbub Has Right: Water Is Vital to Life Chemistry

With the landing of a probe on comet 67P, excitement has centered on the idea that life arose in water carried here by comets. Daniel Bakken
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European Space Probe Lands on Comet, Heralded by Overheated Promises of Solving the Enigma of Life

At best, closely examining a comet may illustrate a scenario whereby organic molecules were delivered to our planet, or to another. David Klinghoffer
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Yes, "We've Been Wrong About Robots Before," and We Still Are

"Superintelligence" and the supposed "dangers" it poses to humanity are about where the global-warming scare was circa 2005. Erik J. Larson
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Privileged Species with Michael Denton, the Antidote to Cosmos, Will Have Its Southern California Premiere on Friday

A gorgeous new documentary investigates the special properties of carbon, water, and oxygen that make human life and the life of other organisms possible. Evolution News & Views
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Sibling Theories, Fraternal Twins: What Darwinian Evolution and the Multiverse Have in Common

Cosmologists Hiranya Peiris and Matt Johnson seek evidence in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) for past collisions of bubble universes with our own. David Klinghoffer
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RNCSE 34:6 now on-line

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line.

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Progress in Texas

"Climate scientists can breathe a bit easier," the National Journal (November 13, 2014) reports. "Pearson Education — the largest educational publisher in the world — has cut material from a proposed Texas social-studies textbook that cast doubt on the human causes of global warming."

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Net Neutrality and the Contrarian Backlash

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2014-11-14 07:20
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama gave a speech laying out strong support for “net neutrality”. Obama called on the FCC to change classification of broadband internet providers to “common carrier” class, meaning that they would be prohibited from privileging — or blocking — particular sorts of traffic passing through their systems. The backlash was […]
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The latest from Texas

The pressure on the Texas board of education to require the correction of errors in the coverage of climate change in social studies textbooks presently under consideration continues.

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Update from Scotland

The Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament heard testimony supporting the proposed ban on teaching creationism as scientifically credible in Scotland's public schools on November 11, 2014, according to the Press Association (November 11, 2014). The committee agreed to write to the Scottish government, the Educational Institute of Scotland, the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association and the Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland to receive their views on the matter.

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