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A Missouri amendment in Virginia?

Would a proposed amendment to the Virginia state constitution have undermined the teaching of evolution in the state's public schools?

Friend of Darwin awards for 2013

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2013: Baba Brinkman, of "The Rap Guide to Evolution" fame; Jay Labov, the senior advisor for education and communication for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council; and Sean B. Carroll, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin and Vice President for Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Kopplin profiled in the Houston Press

Zack KopplinZack Kopplin

Zack Kopplin, the young activist behind the initiative to repeal Louisiana's antievolution law and the effort to expose the funding of creationism through vouchers-for-private-schools schemes nationally, was profiled in the Houston Press (February 20, 2013).

Ten years of Project Steve

Project Steve — NCSE's lighthearted response to the creationist tradition of amassing lists of "scientists who doubt evolution" — debuted ten years ago, on February 16, 2003.

Anticlimate bill in Kansas

House Bill 2306 (PDF), introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives on February 12, 2013, is a novelty: a "strengths and weaknesses" bill directed at climate science alone.

Missouri's "intelligent design" bill under scrutiny

Missouri's House Bill 291, which would, if enacted, require "the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design," is receiving renewed attention.

A new poll on climate change

Duke Nicholas Institute

"The percentage of Americans who think climate change is occurring has rebounded ... and is at its highest level since 2006," according to a new poll conducted by researchers at Duke University.

Montana's antievolution bill tabled

Montana's House Bill 183, which purports to "encourage critical thinking regarding controversial scientific theories" such as "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, random mutation, natural selection, DNA, and fossil discoveries," was tabled in the House Education Committee on February 5, 2013.

Antiscience bill in Colorado fails

House Bill 13-1089 (PDF), which would have encouraged teachers in Colorado to misrepresent the scientific status of evolution and climate change, was rejected by a 7-6 vote in the House Committee on Education on February 4, 2013.

Darwin Day in The New York Times

The New York Times

"Two congressmen, two Christians and two very different views of the man who in 1859 published 'On the Origin of Species,'" writes Mark Oppenheimer in The New York Times (February 1, 2013).

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