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Victory for evolution in Texas

Pop the champagne corks. The Texas Board of Education has unanimously come down on the side of evolution. In a 14-0* vote, the board today approved scientifically accurate high school biology textbook supplements from established mainstream publishers — and did not approve the creationist-backed supplements from International Databases, LLC.

Progress in Texas?

"Efforts to push creationist instructional materials into Texas science classrooms were dealt a setback today," the Texas Freedom Network reported on its blog (July 15, 2011).

A chance to help NCSE's archives!

NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our mission to preserve it for posterity — as well as for occasions such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement.

Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution adds its voice for evolution

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a statement from the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, which works to promote the study of ecology and evolution in Canada and to raise public awareness of the importance of ecology and evolution to Canadian society.

A preview of Merchants of Doubt

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway's Merchants of Doubt (Bloomsbury Press, 2010).

New photographs from the Scopes trial

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In honor of the anniversary of the Scopes trial, which ran from July 10 to July 21, 1925, the Smithsonian Institution Archives just released a new set of twenty-five portraits of scientists who agreed to testify on behalf of the defense, according to a post at The Bigger Picture, the Smithsonian Photography Initiative's blog.

RNCSE 31:3 now on-line

NCSE is pleased to announce the third issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education in its new on-line format.

Update from the Granite State

A columnist for the Nashua Telegraph (July 3, 2011) discusses the two antievolution bills on the horizon in New Hampshire.

"Creationism Crusade" in Church & State

Rob Boston's "Creationism Crusade," published in the July/August 2011 issue of Church & State, reviews the latest battles, in state legislatures and elsewhere, over the teaching of evolution.

Announcing a bumper sticker contest!

It's time to sharpen your pencils, cudgel your brains, and consult your muse: NCSE is running a bumper sticker contest!


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