Posted on January 29, 2014 * Comments

I grew up on the music of Pete Seeger. Indeed, given that my parents named me after Woody Guthrie, a familiarity with Pete Seeger’s work was probably inevitable. His death this week, at a vigorous 94, was hardly a surprise, but is still a shock and a tragic loss.

Posted on January 28, 2014 * Comments

House Bill 207, prefiled in the Virginia House of Delegates on December 27, 2013, and referred to the House Committee on Education and thence to the subcommittee on elementary and secondary education, enjoys the dubious honor of being the first antiscience bill in the 2014 legislative season.

Posted on January 27, 2014 * Comments
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In the last few weeks, we at NCSE have enjoyed getting to know our new executive director, Ann Reid. It’s been a big change, and bigger changes are surely going to follow, as Genie Scott ends her 27 years of leadership here and Ann begins setting a new direction.

Posted on January 27, 2014 * Comments

Lobbying for something we want or think we need starts at infancy. Want milk? Babies have a built-in mechanism for letting their needs be known as only a crying infant can. Over the years the landscape shifts, the needs become more complex, and the asks become more sophisticated. (Or not. Temper tantrums are still a tried and true advocacy technique with a variable success rate.)

Posted on January 27, 2014 * Comments


Photo by Paul Selden

Last week on Fossil Friday, I wove you a web of mystery...two spiders (a lady and a gentleman), only recently correctly identified. Who were these spindly spiders?  Where were they from? In what time period did they live?

Posted on January 24, 2014 * Comments

What happens when a huge lake disappears overnight? A disaster of epic proportions, that’s what!

Posted on January 24, 2014 * Comments


Photo by Paul Selden
 

This week on Fossil Friday, we're unveiling a celebrity fossil! Well, maybe not a celebrity, but it sure has been making news lately. These two spiders (a lady and gentleman) were originally misidentified as another species. What was that species, and what is the new identification? And can you also identify the fossil's geologic period and location?

Posted on January 23, 2014 * Comments

Woodrow WilsonWhen you hear the name of Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth president of the United States, what do you think of? His 1912 campaign slogan “The New Freedom”? His success in the three-way contest over Republican incumbent William Howard Taft and Bull Moose candidate Theodore Roosevelt? His 1916 campaign slogan “He kept us out of war”? The project of “making the world safe for democracy”?

Posted on January 22, 2014 * Comments

A few weeks ago, I gave you a polished slab of coral for Fossil Friday, thinking that the answer would be quite simple! I was told that it was obviously a Permian coral, specifically from the order Rugosa (aka horn coral).

Posted on January 21, 2014 * Comments