Archives for September 20, 2010

The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach — the new journal aspiring to promote accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience — is now published. Devoted to human evolution and edited by William E. H. Harcourt Smith, the issue (volume 3, number 3) features Tom Gundling on “Human Origins…

C. O’Donnell on Hitler, God, Jews & Lies

The Vigil After Dover: Part 2

Happy Birthday AAAS and NRC

The National Research Council first met on this day in 1916, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, or “Triple-A S”) first met on this day in 1848.

Stick Sci Cartoon Winners Announced

The winners of the Stick Science cartoon contest, sponsored by Florida Citizens for Science, were announced on September 19, 2010. “The basic concept here,” as FCFS’s Brandon Haught explained in announcing the contest, “is to draw a cartoon that educates the public about misconceptions the average person has about science.” And lack of artistic ability…

There is a reasonably high probability that tropical storm force winds from what is now Hurricane Igor will affect the Maritime provinces in Canada. Look for that to start happening Tuesday and later. Igor could actually be weaker than a hurricane is supposed to be (or close to it) over the next few hours, technically,…

Black Bodies and Quantum Cats

Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics, by Jennifer Ouellette, is an exploration of popular culture, including literature, movies, TV shows, and so on. Ouellette demonstrates a well studied knowledge of these areas of human endeavor, and she is an excellent writer. This means that when you have explored these aspects…

There is an old joke motif the origin of which is obscure (to me, perhaps you can inform us): A highly technical, or perhaps mundanely boring, or perhaps very formal or conventional thing … a police report, the new HR guidebook for a large company, the manual for your new programmable graphing calculator … is…

Continuing with our discussion of the Evolution 2008 conference … many things have been going on and I have more to report than time to report it. But I will get to all of it, I assure you. Tonight, I just want to cover part of today’s Education Symposium (moderated by your’s truly) … not…

Who’s running against Michele Bachmann?

Tarryl Clark. This is her latest ad: