Creationist Ken Ham Slams Bill Nye: ‘Science Guy’ Doesn’t ‘Understand Science Correctly’
Sep 20, 2013

Bill Nye has built his career on making scientific concepts accessible to the public. But according to a well-known creationist, the beloved "Science Guy" doesn't really getthe subject. “Bill Nye still doesn’t understand the difference between historical science and observational science — so he may be known as ‘Bill Nye the science guy’ — but he …

Climate Skeptic Groups Launch Global Anti-Science Campaign
Sep 20, 2013

Conservative groups at the forefront of global warming skepticism are doubling down on trying to discredit the next big report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In recent weeks, they've been cranking out a stream of op-eds, blogs and reports to sow doubt in the public's mind before the report is published, with …

Pope, Criticizing Narrow Focus, Calls for Church as ‘Home for All’
Sep 20, 2013

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics.   His surprising comments came …

Science, Evidently, Was in His Genes Richard Dawkins’s ‘Appetite for Wonder,’ a Memoir | NYTimes.com
Sep 19, 2013

“An Appetite for Wonder” is only the first half of Richard Dawkins’s projected two-volume memoir about his life in science. With typical unsentimental pragmatism, he notes that “the companion volume should follow in two years — if I am not carried off by the unpredictable equivalent of a sneeze.” No one will ever accuse this …

Dawkins on His Memoir, Pedophilia, and Twitter | Daily Intelligencer
Sep 19, 2013

In his first book, 1976’s The Selfish Gene, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” for cultural ideas that spread and mutate like genes. Thirty years later he published The God Delusion, a persuasive polemic for atheism that conferred on him the status of public intellectual. By then the term “meme” had itself become a …

Don McLeroy’s Strange Testimony on Texas Science Textbooks: ‘Support the Bible, and Adopt These Books’
Sep 19, 2013

In something of a tour de farce, on Tuesday arch-creationist and former State Board of Education chairman Don McLeroy returned to the same state board meeting room in which he led efforts to rewrite science curriculum standards for Texas public schools in 2008-09. Those controversial standards, he hoped, would “strike a blow” against evolution in science education and, in …

Resurrecting dinosaurs will remain a Jurassic Park dream
Sep 19, 2013

On the same day that the latest installment of the Jurassic Park film series has been confirmed, a study published in PLOS One has detailed experiments that seem to demonstrate once and for all that dinosaurs will never again walk the Earth. The 1993 film, based on a book by Michael Crichton, depicts a theme park island filled with dinosaurs, resurrected …

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed is Over
Sep 19, 2013

As a teen, I was taught abstinence-only sex education. I pledged purity, and I made it known to all the boys around me. In my freshman year of high school, I was even voted “Most Likely to Wait Until Marriage” by my peers. The very next year, at age 15, I became pregnant. Today, nearly …

Plankton Portal uses citizen science to measure ocean health
Sep 19, 2013

The Zooniverse online crowdsourcing platform has added plankton hunting to its repertoire, which already includes scouring the Serengeti and whale watching. The citizen science web platform has expanded rapidly since its first foray in 2007, when it asked the public to classify images of galaxies and identify stars, disks and such like. By last year, …

Ruling: Provide birth control despite religious objections
Sep 19, 2013

A Cincinnati appeals court ruled Tuesday that a company must provide health insurance with birth control coverage to its employees, even if the owners object for religious reasons. The case before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is one of several in the nation’s federal courts that challenge employer insurance requirements of President Barack …

The Jehovah’s Witnesses | The Thinking Atheist – blogtalkradio
Sep 19, 2013

Please go to the source link to listen or download Sponsored by Audible.com.  Get a FREE audiobook and 30-day trial today by signing up at www.audiblepodcast.com/thinkingathiest It's is one of the most unusual and mysterious churches (cults?) in the world.   But what, exactly, is a Jehovah's Witness?  What do JWs believe?   Do they truly …

Dinosaur wind tunnel test provides new insight into the evolution of bird flight
Sep 18, 2013

A study into the aerodynamic performance of feathered dinosaurs, by scientists from the University of Southampton, has provided new insight into the evolution of bird flight. In recent years, new fossil discoveries have changed our view of the early evolution of birds and, more critically, their powers of flight. We now know about a number …