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RNCSE 33:4 now on-line

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line.

A glimpse of Life's Ratchet

Life's Ratchet

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Peter M. Hoffmann's Life's Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos (Basic Books, 2012). The preview consists of the greater part of chapter 8, "The Watch and the Ribosome," in which Hoffman asks, "How do molecules evolve?" and replies, "Despite the histrionic debates in various American school boards, the mechanism of evolution is ... quite obvious when contemplated with an open mind." Hoffman addresses "irreducible complexity" and "the information challenge" in passing later in the chapter.

NCSE at "Communicating Climate Science"

"Communicating Climate Science" logo

The American Geophysical Union held a conference on "Communicating Climate Science: A Historic Look to the Future" — and NCSE was there in force.

Continuing concern over antievolutionism in Turkey

A funding application for a summer workshop on evolutionary biology in Turkey was denied because "evolution is a controversial subject," according to Science Insider (July 5, 2013).

Help wanted: RNCSE editor

NCSE is seeking to hire a new editor for Reports of the National Center for Science Education to replace Andrew J. Petto, who is retiring after more than sixteen years of editing RNCSE.

Climate education saved in Britain?

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education in the United Kingdom, "has abandoned plans to drop climate change from the geography national curriculum," reported the Guardian (July 5, 2013).

NGSS adoption update

"Five US states have adopted science education standards that recommend introducing two highly charged topics — climate-change science and evolution — into classrooms well before high school," reports Nature (July 3, 2013).

NCSE's Scott interviewed by Inside Climate News

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NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott was interviewed by Inside Climate News (July 2, 2013).

Teaching evolution in Turkey

American Physical Society

Writing in APS News (June 2013), Zehra Sayers and Zuhal Özcan address the state of evolution education in Turkey — and the news is not good.

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