Posted on April 25, 2014 * Comments

Today in Oakland we actually got hit by what is becoming a rare occurrence around here—rain. The streets are flooded, my garden is blooming, and people are running through the streets screaming "I'm melting! I'm melting!"...Californians, you know?

Posted on April 25, 2014 * Comments

THERE’S TOO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT LAST SUNDAY'S EPISODE OF COSMOS.

Steve Newton and I have shared Cosmos reviewing duties, and this week Neil deGrasse Tyson and his team served us an overflowing plate.

Posted on April 24, 2014 * Comments

When esteemed experts question the value of education in addressing climate change–which  happened to me again last week at Stanford–I’m initially surprised. But then I remind myself that, while they may be experts in their realm, they don't necessarily appreciate the worth of providing young people with the background and skills so they can understand the causes, effects, risks, and responses to climate change.

Posted on April 24, 2014 * Comments


Back left: Glenn Branch, Ann Reid, Bill Nye, Genie Scott
Front left: Joshua Rosenau, Minda Berbeco, Lindsay Miller

What's it like to intern with the National Center for Science Education? Lindsay Miller, a current NCSE intern and undergraduate student at Northwestern University, shares her insights.

Posted on April 24, 2014 * Comments

“Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?” by Savile Lumley

How would the creationism-evolution controversy have been different if World War I had never happened? Today the question is answered by Ulrich Kutschera, Professor of Plant Physiology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kassel. Long involved in efforts to defend the teaching of evolution in Germany against creationist assaults, he is the editor of Kreationismus in Deutschland: Fakten und Analysen (2007).

Posted on April 22, 2014 * Comments

Over at the Discovery Institute, Senior Fellow Wesley Smith writes that “cruel” environmentalists “want to keep the world’s destitute in squalor” by delaying improvements in the developing world. In this supposed “war on humans,” improvements such as electrification will just have to wait until power can be supplied by renewable resources.

Posted on April 22, 2014 * Comments

“Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?” by Savile Lumley

How would the creationism-evolution controversy have been different if World War I had never happened? Today the question is answered by George E. Webb, Professor of History at Tennessee Tech University and the author of The Evolution Controversy in America (Lexington [KY]: University Press of Kentucky, 1994).

 

 

 

Posted on April 21, 2014 * Comments


Quick! What do you say when someone tells you that your entire body is covered in bacteria?

A) Yuck!

B) Yay!

If your answer was A, you’re not alone, but your gut would certainly disagree.

Posted on April 21, 2014 * Comments

Last week on Fossil Friday, I gave you an entire body (minus the head!) and a simple request: identify this fossil, where it was found, and what the heck a "synapsid" is. There were many valiant attempts, but the best came from Clayton Pilbro:

Posted on April 18, 2014 * Comments

Episode #2 of PBS’s Your Inner Fish—entitled “Your Inner Reptile”—comes complete with silly shots of people with scaly skin and snaky tongues. The slow-mo shots of leaping bikini-clad women tipped me off that the producers were mostly men. Fortunately for all of us, such silliness is brief and excellent content fills the program.