06.30.2016

The other day I was waiting at a bus stop in downtown L.A. during a scorching heat wave, when a young man sat down next to me and wiped the sweat from his brow. Noticing my own sweating, I turned to him and said, “This is gross; climate change is too real, man.”

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David Baum, a biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, corresponded with NCSE staff about a challenge he and his colleagues faced. He shared this account of his experience trying to publish research which, in part, attempted to put certain creationist claims to the test.

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It appears I’m in the mood for classics lately…or maybe it’s the researchers who are? I recently took to the blog to discuss the discovery of the jumping gene mutation responsible for turning white peppered moths black. Right on its heels has come another insight into the mutations responsible for yet another classic evolution case study.

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06.28.2016

Our fellow exhibitors at the Linn County Fair were busy setting up their booths.  As I set out our boxes, one of my interns approached me.

“Where have you brought us?” she demanded in a whisper, a wild look in her eyes.

I looked around. Our booth was conveniently sandwiched between not one but two anti-drug exhibits. On the other side of the hall, an astonishing number of people were preparing to distribute an equally astonishing number of apparently competing Bibles.

“Don’t worry!” I replied. “We'll be even more fun than not doing drugs!”

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