This webinar, chaired by Josh Rosenau, shows activists, educators, and other concerned citizens how to counter science denial attacks in the classroom and in the community. This is the first in a new series of online workshops aimed at broadening and deepening the networks that make NCSE’s work possible. Where: online When: November 25, 2013.
I’m happy that the board is strongly opposing this lawsuit against science and reason. The laughable lawsuit tries to further faux Creationist victimhood at the cost of taxpayer dollars, which is something fundamentalists like these never seem to tire of wasting.
Will a federal court dismiss a lawsuit seeking to prevent Kansas from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards? In documents filed on December 5, 2013, the defendants in COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al. asked the United States District Court for the District of Kansas to dismiss the suit, saying (PDF) that the court lacks jurisdiction over all claims asserted in the complaint and that the complaint fails to state a claim against the defendants.
As NCSE previously reported, the complaint contends (PDF) that the NGSS and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (on which the NGSS are based) “will have the effect of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview … in violation of the Establishment, Free Exercise, and Speech Clauses of the First Amendment, and the Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment” (pp. 1-2).
The lead plaintiff, COPE, Citizens for Objective Public Education, is a relatively new creationist organization, founded in 2012, but its leaders and attorneys include people familiar from previous attacks on evolution education across the country, such as John H. Calvert of the Intelligent Design Network. The Kansas board of education voted to adopt the NGSS in June 2013, as NCSE previously reported, and COPE’s lawsuit is evidently attempting to undo the decision.
More: Kansas Answers COPE
I always thought they couldn’t get cancer.
A tumor on the lower jaw of a great white shark, near the Neptune Islands, South Australia. It’s the first documented tumor in this species. Image: Andrew Fox and Sam Cahir
Scientists have known for more than 150 years that sharks get cancer. And yet the belief persists that the animals don’t suffer from the disease.
That misconception is promoted in part by those who sell shark cartilage, who claim that the substance will help cure cancer, said David Shiffman, a shark researcher and doctoral student at the University of Miami. But no studies have shown that shark cartilage is an effective treatment, and the demand for the material has helped decimate shark populations, researchers say: Humans kill about 100 million sharks per year, according to a March 2013 study (although many factors contribute to the killing of sharks, including demand for shark-fin soup).
The vintage Super Guppy aircraft is quite a story in and of itself.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is just about ready to turn up the heat. The spacecraft’s heat shield arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday night aboard the agency’s Super Guppy aircraft.
The heat shield, the largest of its kind ever built, is to be unloaded Thursday and is scheduled for installation on the Orion crew module in March, in preparation for Orion’s first flight test in September 2014.
The heat shield completion and delivery to Kennedy, where Orion is being prepared, is a major step toward Exploration Flight Test-1 next year,” said Dan Dumbacher, NASA’s deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development in Washington. “Sending Orion into space for the first time is going to give us crucial data to improve our design decisions and develop Orion to send humans on future missions to an asteroid and Mars.”
Dangerous dogs which are outlawed in Britain may be no more unsafe than other breeds - they simply attract bad owners, researchers have suggested.
Currently under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is illegal to own certain types of dog including the Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Filo Brasileiro.
But the University of Lincoln has argued that the act stigmatises breeds which are not inherently more aggressive while making owners too trusting of dogs which are not banned.
This is me not surprised.
One month ago, the Swiss laboratory announced “moderate support” for the poisoning idea. Then the Russians declared that their tests were inconclusive. Today, the French scientists declared that they saw no signs of poisoning, that when Arafat died at age 75, he was just an ailing elderly man vulnerable to spreading infection.
In fact, this isn’t as much of a mixed message as you might think.
Before the French published their findings, the Swiss lab’s results had been called into question by a number of scientists, including the Belgium-based medical investigative reporter, Dr. Rudi Roth. You can find Roth’s inquiry here at his publication, Joods Actuel and translated here. As the translation reveals, Roth asked the head of the Swiss research group why their report lacked the standard margin of error calculations for polonium and was told that the lab had not based the numbers on “any specific evidence” but on their belief that the consistency of polonium levels in the samples was best explained by the supposition of poison. Unlike the French they also discounted the fact that the grave was contaminated with naturally occurring radon, which includes polonium in its decay chain. The inclination to see poisoning in these results also led Nicholas Priest, the former head of biomedical research at Britain’s Atomic Energy Authority, to dispute the findings and suggest that the laboratory was too closely allied with Al Jazeera.
A contraceptive pill for men has moved one step closer after Australian researchers successfully made male mice infertile, according to a study published Tuesday.
Monash University scientists genetically modified mice to block two proteins found on the smooth muscle cells which are essential for sperm to travel through the animal’s reproductive organs.
The result was that even though the mice had sex normally and were otherwise healthy, they were infertile, researcher Sabatino Ventura from Melbourne’s Monash University said.
“We’ve shown that simultaneously disrupting the two proteins that control the transport of sperm during ejaculation causes complete male infertility,” Ventura said.
“But without affecting the long-term viability of sperm or the sexual or general health of males. The sperm is effectively there, but the muscle is just not receiving the chemical message to move it.”
A comet that once promised to light up the night skies — then all but vanished, and later seemed to blaze back to life — is now fading away, astronomers say.
“I think for the most part it’s dead,” said C. Alex Young, the associate director for science in the heliophysics division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “The folks are finally pretty confident that’s the case.”
En route to its demise, the comet, ISON, has provided one twist after another. On Thursday, when it made its closest approach to the sun, the comet eluded observation, and scientists concluded that it had disintegrated and vaporized.
Japanese researchers have tested whether or not cats recognize their owners’ voices. The good news: they can. The bad news: they’re probably going to ignore it.
Two researchers, Atsuko Saito and Kazutaka Shinozuka, out of the University of Tokyo conducted an experiment to examine communication between cats and humans. The results were published in Animal Cognition and titled “Vocal recognition of owners by domestic cats (Felis catus).”
Ugh, once agian, I have a link in the part of the article I’m quoting that I can’t get to work.
India’s mission to Mars has embarked on its 300-day journey to the Red Planet.
Early on Sunday the spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes, giving it the correct velocity to leave Earth’s orbit.
It will now cruise for 680m km (422m miles), setting up an encounter with its target on 24 September 2014.
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, is designed to demonstrate the technological capability to reach Mars orbit.