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This announcement is related to another bigger one that’s coming in just a few hours. Six Apart (who runs MovableType, the blogging platform we use at ScienceBlogs) is giving away $30 philanthropic gift certificates for use on DonorsChoose. The only catch is that you have to contact Six Apart by noon today (Monday, October 1st)!…

Earlier this year, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an article for The New Yorker called “Open Secrets” in which he discussed the distinction between two types of problems: what he called “puzzles”, which are simpler, and “mysteries”, which are more complex. Building on the work of national security expert Gregory Treverton, he wrote: “Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts…

In the comments of a recent post, one reader asked for recommendations of good science-related causes to donate to. Not having much (or any) disposable income myself–being a poor grad student and all–I realized that I didn’t have many suggestions myself. So, I asked around, and I found, not surprisingly, that there are a ton…

For such a small planet (or non-planet now), Pluto sure has been making waves the last couple of weeks. I haven’t really weighed in and instead deferred to the experts. I’m not going to really say much now either, but, hell, I’ll admit it. I’m going to miss Pluto. A lot. Losing Pluto shakes the…

…Or at least that’s the impression that college freshmen with US Department of Education Smart Grants are getting, the The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Tuesday: Like a gap in the fossil record, evolutionary biology is missing from a list of majors that the U.S. Department of Education has deemed eligible for a new federal…

It has been known officially since 2002 that the sciences are hard, and, as much as we scientists love it when our friends and family tell us how smart and wonderful we must be since they could never understand what we do… is this elevated position going to cost us in the end? Big time?…

The ScienceBlogs/DonorsChoose Challenge is now officially over, and Janet Stemwedel has the results at Adventures in Ethics and Science: 195 of you made donations. Together, those donations added up to $16,097.27. You also helped 4 of the 19 challenges meet their goals, securing an additional 10% of the totals raised in those challenges ($841.53) from…

Before I get started here, I have a quick announcement. Seed is seeking reader-submitted questions to ask its ScienceBloggers, so if you have a burning question (and I know you do), submit it to askablogger@seedmediagroup.com. This week’s (or last week’s, rather) Ask a ScienceBlogger question is “What makes a good science teacher?” I probably put…

DonorsChoose Update

The latest word on the ScienceBlogs/DonorsChoose fundraising challenge is that as of Tuesday the total amount of donations had reached $12,325.59, plus $10,000 in matching funds from Seed. Here at The Scientific Activist we’ve raised $345.00 in generous donations, bringing us to 7% of our ambitious goal of $5,000. That’s great progress, but I know…

Today, the Interacademy Panel on International Issues (IAP), an organization of 92 scientific academies from around the globe, released a statement endorsing the importance of teaching evolution as a fundamental scientific principle. The IAP emphasizes the following uncontested evolutionary facts: In a universe that has evolved towards its present configuration for some 11 to 15…