07.14.2016

NCSE's annual raft trip down the Grand Canyon just returned, and Teacher Scholarship winner Brandon Haught has a blog post up already, which he allowed us to repost. Enjoy, and consider donating to the scholarship fund to support future trips like this.

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07.13.2016

David Starr Jordan via Wikimedia Commons

In writing Fossil Friday/Answer Monday posts for the Science League of America, I don’t usually expect to discover fodder for historical posts. So it was a bit of a surprise to find, while composing a recent post asking readers to identify the provenance of a lovely specimen of Vinctifer comptoni from the Santana Formation of Brazil, a widely circulating mistake about David Starr Jordan’s involvement with the Scopes trial. V. comptoni, you see, was originally described as Aspidorhynchus comptoni by Louis Agassiz; it was relocated to Vinctifer by Jordan, a leading ichthyologist of his day, when, as I wrote, “he wasn’t frittering away his time as president of Indiana University or Stanford University.” As I was writing, I was sure that he served as president of Stanford University, but I wasn’t positive offhand about where his previous university presidency was, so I checked the entry for David Starr Jordan (right; 1851–1931) at Wikipedia.

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07.08.2016

Owing to a technical difficulty, I can't provide any illustration to accompany today’s What We’re Reading feature. But hey, you don’t only read it for the pictures, do you? In any case, please let us know in the comments section below what you think of our reading suggestions—and tell us what you've been reading, too. Have a great weekend!

 

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Last week on Friday Forage, you had to explore NCSE’s new section on Legislation and Court Cases to meet our challenge. Kudos to the folks who found the Kitzmiller piece I was talking about. A prize is on its way!

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07.07.2016

Long summer days mean lots of extra hours for resting, relaxing, and well, maybe a little exploring. For some of us that means finding cool new hangouts around town, trying different restaurants, or traveling somewhere exciting. For others, that means browsing Netflix and binge watching way too many shows.

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