My visit to Heron Island revealed that evolution does not always generate elegant or even obviously efficient solutions. Instead, the island ecosystem, with its bird-killing trees and turtle-gobbling sharks, is built on what appear to be profligately inefficient exploitation of the rich resources generated by the reef.
In “Your Inner Monkey,” the third episode of PBS’s “Your Inner Fish,” Neil Shubin did his usual globe-trotting to meet interesting scientists and fossils while we learn about our ancestors gaining traits that humans now have—opposable thumbs, finger and toe nails, bipedalism, large brains, and bad backs. It’s a pretty short list (mammary glands were not mentioned) but Shubin gave extensive airtime visiting two researchers on NCSE’s Advisory Council, Donald Johanson and Tim White.
How would the creationism-evolution controversy have been different if World War I had never happened? Today the question is answered by Adam Laats, Associate Professor of Education and History at Binghamton University (SUNY). He is the author of The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education (forthcoming). He blogs about conservatism, creationism, and education at I Love You but You’re Going to Hell.
In last Sunday's Cosmos episode, “The Clean Room,” Neil deGrasse Tyson gave one of the most detailed and compelling explanations of how we know the age of the Earth. This predictably made some creationists grumpy.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).