Our good friends at the National Center for Science Education are branching out to confront misinformation on climate change. The NCSE has a lifetime record of unbeaten on the legal battles over creationism, as in they’ve never lost. NCSE evolution education specialist Joshua Roseneua explains the new effort:
In our time on those front lines, we keep hearing from teachers facing similar pressure about climate change. We hear it from teachers in workshops. We see it in newspaper stories. We track legislation lumping evolution and climate change together as “controversial” issues in science class, even though both are supported by over a century of unchallenged scientific research. And as we looked around, we realized that, while lots of groups exist to encourage good climate change education and provide positive content for classrooms, no one else was focused exclusively on blocking bad science from climate change lessons.
- Punchline: The release of Diablo III is starting to remind me of the New Boston Album, always rumored just over the horizon. And if you’re old enough to get both sides of that joke you just might be a middle-aged nerd, like me. Speaking of which, here’s the fall presidential field as D & D characters.
- A rare species of monkey in the tangled rain forest of Indonesia once thought gone may have escaped the scythe of extinction. At least for now.
- This sounds like the kind of humdrum thing the right could gin up into a giant conspiracy: Swiss socialist tinkerers unilaterally veto God’s celestial clock and take it upon themselves to “improve” on the Creator’s work, decreeing how you can and cannot measure time. And Obama stands by doing nothing!
- A gorgeous image by the talented space artist Inga Neilson accompanies Phil Plait’s fascinating post on a hellish terrestrial exoplanet held in a sizzling embrace by its quasi sun-like star:
[T]he fact that the planet is that close to the star really leaves just one idea: a rocky world, probably half the diameter of Earth, being vaporized by the heat of its parent star. Yegads.