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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mary Detweiler, The Alliance for Science info@allianceforscience.org Falls Church, VA — May 17, 2008. The non-profit Alliance for Science announced the results this week of its second annual National High School Essay Contest. Students were asked to write a 1,000 word essay on either “Agriculture and Evolution” or “Climate and Evolution”. Neal…

Here we have yet another example of evolution cobbling together new proteins from existing structures. And what do you know, it kinda matters: The TRIM5-CypA gene found in Asian macaques is a hybrid of two existing proteins, TRIM5 and CypA. This combination creates a single protein that blocks infections by lentiviruses. This is the second…

They put on a fantastic Darwin Day celebration in Iowa City. Excellent camaraderie, good times good people good beer and whatnot, and the turnout for all the events was exceptional. Massimo Pigliucci gave a nice interview for the local NPR station which you can find here. Darwin Day with evolutionary biologist Massimo Pigliucci In an…

Nice Evolution Primer Site

If you’re looking for a website that gives a nice intro to the nature of science and evolution, but doesn’t use lots of jargon, you should check out This View of Life. From the About page: The aim of this project is to present the topic of evolution in a scientifically accurate manner that avoids…

Here we see the consequences of social promotion; no, not the practice of advancing students who haven’t demonstrated competency in their subject matter, but of inappropriately advancing a concept that hasn’t attained scientific credibility. When said concept, in this case Intelligent Design, is shown to be scientifically vacuous, we send it back to the drawing…

Those crazy folks over at the Alliance for Science are putting up the notice for their 2nd Annual Evolution Essay contest!!! The first contest, while thrown together at the very last minute, turned out to be a success. Five high school students received cash prizes and a slew of autographed science books, plus a year’s…

Ha ha, fooled you! The Discovery Institute has just issued this on their blog, the inaccurately named Evolution News and Views: According to CSC senior fellow and leading ID theorist William Dembski, what follows is: “[A] big story, perhaps the biggest story yet of academic suppression relating to ID. Robert Marks is a world-class expert…

It looks like somebody either never heard of Dover, or refused to learn from their lesson. It seems the local ID supporters of Chesterfield County aren’t happy: So far, the official actions of the CCSB have been limited to issuing a rather vague and confusing statement. ID proponents had hoped to influence the selection of…

Happy Darwin Day!!! Earn Some Cash!!!

It’s official! In honor of Darwin Day celebrations everywhere, the Alliance for Science is having their first annual Evolution Essay contest! This year’s question: Why would you want your doctor to have studied evolution? Pop on over for contest details, if you’re a high school student. First prize is $300, Second is $200, etc. Plus…

1st Annual Darwin Day Essay Contest

Darwin Day is fast approaching! In honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday and his intellectual achievements, the Alliance for Science is starting an annual Darwin Day essay contest geared at high school students. We will be accepting essays from the 50 states, submissions sent by email. There will be cash prizes for the top entries, magazine…