Only 1 in 5 people in North America live in a place where they can see the Milky Way. That’s the staggering finding of a new paper in Science Advances, in which the authors painstakingly matched satellite images with ground measurements of light pollution around the world.

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06.08.2016

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have been wondering where I disappeared to recently. Was I off on another maternity leave? Traveling the world? Silently moping in my office? Actually no, I’ve been working with our web developers on the new website you see here today.

How did I end up entangled with the website? Isn’t my specialty climate change? Well it is, but it turns out I have hidden skills—and one of them is working with websites. I owe it all to internships.

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Uncle Sam fixes a July 4th supper in the Grand CanyonThere are worse places to spend Independence Day than rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is an iconically American site, one full of American history and the spirit of independence and exploration. Native tribes believe that the first humans emerged from one of the springs that feed into the Canyon.

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Jack FriedmanThe big blue Institute for Creation Research logo at the top of the page stood out from all the other colorless, bland papers and letters. What the dickens was Duane Gish, ICR debater extraordinaire, writing about to Jack Friedman (right), NCSE board member and chair of the New York Council for Evolution Education? I didn’t expect to find correspondence between these two opponents in the Friedman Archives at NCSE.

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Donald ProtheroIs it possible that Donald Prothero, one winner of NCSE’s 2016 Friend of Darwin award, is actually several tiny paleontologists in a trenchcoat? Consider: His website says that he’s the author of “over 35 books.” That he seems a bit uncertain of the exact count is understandable when you start looking at the publication dates.

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Katherine Hayhoe, photo by Ashley Rodgers, Texas Tech UniversityKatherine Hayhoe, photo by Ashley Rodgers, Texas Tech University

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05.06.2016

Wristbands reading "Teach Evolution"A few weeks ago, we got an unusual query. A company—RapidWristbands.com—that manufactures the sorts of wristbands made famous by Lance Armstrong, wanted to donate the profits from a recent order to NCSE. The order by a creationist group that I won’t bother to identify had been for over 100,000 bands instructing the wearer to “DEBUNK EVOLUTION.”

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, how they’ve addressed challenges to the teaching of evolution, climate change, and related issues. Here is part of scholarship winner Crystal Davis’s description of an exercise she uses to help her inner-city high school students connect to the science of climate change, and the ways it affects people all over the world.

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, what lessons or knowledge they expected to gain from rafting the Grand Canyon, to enrich their students’, colleagues’, and neighbors’ understanding of evolution, deep time, climate change, and the natural world. Here is part of scholarship winner Crystal Davis’s explanation of how her time with NCSE in the Grand Canyon will benefit students in her Los Angeles-area high school.

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, how they’ve addressed challenges to the teaching of evolution, climate change, and related issues. Here is part of scholarship winner Brandon Haught’s explanation of how his experience fighting creationism in the Florida board of education differs from the challenge of addressing creationist students’ objections.

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