As an organization, NCSE is focused on science education—and as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, it tries to stay out of politics as much as possible. With the recent Republican National Convention making headlines though, politics was definitely on my mind this week (and no doubt your mind too!)

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Astronauts surveying the geology of the Grand CanyonAstronaut Roger Chaffee and geologist Elbert King explore the Grand Canyon, March 5-6 1967.
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In “Your Neil Shubin and friendInner 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.

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