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Evolution of Democracy

This guest post comes to us from a colleague and friend, Dr Michael Wolfe. Enjoy! The simultaneous celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the births of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin today offers a special opportunity to reflect on the state of our democracy and the status of science in our society. That these two…

If you read nothing else: Men with prostate cancer should avoid any dietary supplement containing testosterone (or anything that sounds like it) or that offers claims of increased virility, sexual performance, or increased muscle mass. Consumption of a herbal/hormone dietary supplement has been linked to two cases of aggressive prostate cancer as reported in a…

Leave it to PharmGirl, MD, to point me in the direction of a story that addresses the core theme of this blog: not only can medicines come from the Earth, but the Earth can itself be medicine. This time we’re not talking about South Carolina “sandlappers” as detailed in my inaugural post here as authored…

PZ Myers also noted this story that came via Brandon Haught of Florida Citizens for Science: a Florida Department of Education official used her professional affiliations (albeit via a personal e-mail account) to lobby against evolution being taught as the state updates its science educational standards: My name is Charlie Carraway and I’m a member…

I was looking through more links tonight after posting earlier on the Polk County school board’s intention to introduce intelligent design into the science curriculum. I saw this post, An Open Letter to the Polk County, Florida School Board from The Austringer, Dr Wesley Elsberry. Turns out that Elsberry is a product of [a] public…

All the kool kids are keeping their eyes on the Polk County, Florida, school board and their contention that ‘intelligent design’ should be taught alongside evolution in their public schools. Fortunately, several states have groups of concerned citizens who contend that actual science should be taught in schools, lest we continue to suffer as a…

The New York Times Book Review section had a review today of Chris Mooney’s new book, Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming. (Review here; Chris’ commentary here). The book was just released today and I look forward to reading it. But continuing on, I couldn’t help noting that Richard Dawkins reviewed…

Carl Zimmer in National Geographic

While sitting at Chez Pharmboi tonight preparing the belated Friday Fermentable, I picked up our Nov 2006 issue of National Geographic. Therein, is a superbly-written, photographically-dense article by SciBling colleague, Carl Zimmer, entitled, “A Fin is a Limb is a Wing: How Evolution Fashioned Its Masterworks.” The web link provides the text and photo gallery,…