Archives for March 6, 2012

A further defeat for Freshwater

From the NCSE: John Freshwater’s legal challenge to the decision to terminate his employment as a middle school science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, was defeated again, on March 5, 2012, when Ohio’s Fifth District Court of Appeals upheld (PDF) a lower court’s rejection of his challenge. It is still open to Freshwater to appeal…

Evolution, Carnival Of

The Carnival of Evolution is HERE at Splendour Awaits. Go look at it, click on the entries, and tweet and facebook and G+ them. Unless you are some kind of damn creationist or something. You’ve never seen a web carnival like this one before, I guarantee. Just go look.

Judy Scotchmoor gets Darwin Award

No, not THAT kind of Darwin Award. The other one .. the “Friend of Darwin” award: Master Educator, Young Activist, Honored By NCSE It’s an age-old story–the master and the newcomer. The expert who has devoted decades to keeping students on the right path. And the new kid who throws himself into the battle for…

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Wind power is like Ginger Rogers. You know what I mean. It isn’t judged by the same standards as other kinds of electricity generation. Click here to visit an interactive guide to wind power in Minnesota. I’m speaking specifically of the reliability of, or variation in, wind over time. Many people live in places where…

Almost exactly one year ago, a very large double strength tsunami struck the Pacific Coast of Japan and washed a huge amount of stuff out into the sea. The oceanic born debris of terrestrial origin looked in places like this: source Subsequently attempts were made to model the movement of the debris in the Pacific.…

How big is a medium size elephant again?

Human Subspecies and Race

This is something that started last midweek, but that travels, a cold, and intermittent internet connectivity conspired to distract me from until now. Jerry Coyne was writing about human “race” and in so doing may have made a number of statements that some people disagreed with, and one of those people contacted me and asked…