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AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

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Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

Evidence-based skepticism in the spotlight thanks to Bill Nye’s debate

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It’s so very exciting to see the reverberation of the Creation-Evolution debate continuing. And I am very happy to see Skeptical Inquirer play a role in it. This current issue of SI has an exclusive piece written by Bill Nye, The Science Guy himself, discussing the behind-the-scenes goings on that took place before and during…

No wiki woo woo

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We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.  If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to…

A paper linking conspiracy ideas to climate change denialism has been retracted

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We’ve posted several stories on the work of S. Lewandowsky. He makes climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists rather angry; angry enough to call him names and file complaints about the papers. A rundown of the rather complicated history of his disputed papers about climate change deniers can be found here. Journal pulls paper due…

Lazarus Moss: 1500 yr old land plants revived

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A new report details that scientists brought moss that was frozen back to life. They note this is “unprecedented millennial-scale survival and viability deep within an Antarctic moss bank preserved in permafrost.” Frozen Underground for 1,500 Years, a Moss Comes Back to Life A team of British researchers drilled core samples from moss beds on…

WTF, Arizona? Lawmakers bent on keeping kids uneducated

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This article was one small step away from The Onion material. How people can be so paranoid, ignorant and short-sighted boggles my mind. AZ Senate panel votes to bar Common Core standards. Ignoring pleas from business leaders, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 along party lines Thursday to bar Arizona from implementing the Common Core…

WA legislature moves to remove Christian Science faith healing exemption

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More news on religious exemptions for children’s health care. Remember we told you about a new law in Idaho proposed to address a religious shield law that protects parents when kids are treated only with faith-based healing. Now, the Washingon legistlature is taken steps to fix their laws. Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington…

The Great Debate: Science trumps Creationism

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Ham on Nye: Deny deny deny… In a sometimes frustrating, sometimes boring, but consistently civil discussion about the definition and importance of science, two speakers with opposing worldviews presented their evidence to a sellout crowd and hundreds of thousands of online viewers. Who Won Bill Nye’s Big Evolution Faceoff? – NBC News.com. Bill Nye the…

Something is amiss, I just can’t say exactly what

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The ability to detect something different or wrong has nothing to do with a sixth sense but subtle clues we don’t even consciously notice. Researchers dismiss sixth sense – and put their faith in common sense | Science | theguardian.com. A year-long University of Melbourne study, published in the journal Plos One, found that people…

Editorial by psi researchers calls for open mindedness

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An opinion piece in a journal catering to fringe claims calls for open mindedness in reassessing parapsychological phenomena. I have to say it leaves me scratching my head… Give us your thoughts. Frontiers | A CALL FOR AN OPEN, INFORMED STUDY OF ALL ASPECTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Science thrives when there…

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

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Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

The most absurd “scientific” research project you’ve seen all day

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We checked, this is NOT a story from the Onion! But it sure would fit. STUDENT “SCIENTIFICALLY PROVES” GAY MARRIAGE WRONG Amalaha says that his ‘groundbreaking’ experiments have shown that the north and south poles of two magnets are attracted to each other while same poles repel each other. He concludes that this “means that…

Texas and Kentucky are in denial

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Here’s a quick roundup from the National Center for Science Education on evolution/creationism/denialism news. Textbooks under attack in Texas | NCSE. Ideologues on official state textbook review teams are attacking the treatment of evolution and climate change in science textbooks under consideration in Texas, charged the Texas Freedom Network and the National Center for Science…

Manufacturing evolution controversy – trying to squeeze nonsense into Ohio schools

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Amazing that school boards still attempt to insert religious agendas into education. An Ohio district board is being warned, these proposals are a really bad idea. Creationism creates stir in Springboro School board defends… | www.mydaytondailynews.com. Local parents and the American Civil Liberties Union urged the Springboro school board on Thursday to abandon plans to…

Radiation fears prompt kids’ experiment that appears to confirm radiation fears. [Biased much?]

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Everyone hold up on the fear mongering about wifi in schools. One experiment in the classroom is not proof of anything. School experiment discovers garden cress won’t germinate near a router | Science! | Geek.com. A group of 5 girls have carried out a science experiment at Hjallerup School in North Jutland, Denmark that saw…

Get a masters of SCIENCE degree in… something… online

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Science… yeah… Holistic Health College Adds Four New Fully Accredited Master Degree Programs | ACHS. Last week, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) announced its four new fully online holistic nutrition, aromatherapy, and herbal medicine Master of Science degree programs open to students with Bachelor of Science degrees in all disciplines. YOU! Yes, YOU can…

World’s worst science quiz raised money for Christian school

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It’s difficult to forget about the world’s most pathetic science quiz. We have an update. Christian school: ‘atheist controversy’ over creationist quiz may keep academy open. The school, Blue Ridge Christian Academy in Landrum, S.C., put out a press release saying that the publicity from the quiz caused an influx of donations that will help…