Monthly Archives: July 2007

How can evolutionary cousins be so different?

This is a good little essay on the relationship between humans and chimps in the Naples Daily News. It’s been known for more than 30 years that human beings and chimpanzees have more than 98 percent of their genes in … Continue reading

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Science for kids

A few ScienceBlogs writers recently highlighted science websites for kids. I’m going to link to the various blogs right now in this post so as to archive this good information before the group of blog posts fades away. Chaotic Utopia: … Continue reading

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No book ban here

Bravo to the Palm Beach County School Board for denying a woman’s request to ban about 80 books from the school system libraries. Wise and, in my opinion, easy decision. Ms. Lopez, who had not read any of the books … Continue reading

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Dover a win for “teach the controversy”?

We here in Florida are revising the state science standards, so this story about “teach the controversy” is worth reading and keeping in the back of your mind. Basically, the story claims that intelligent design’s tanking in Dover, Pa. was … Continue reading

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Deadline extended

Despite 23 candidates having applied for the Florida Education Commissioner position, the deadline for submitting applications has been extended for a week so as to have a “robust list of candidates.” Interesting.

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Don’t be afraid of question marks

This opinion piece concerning faith and science makes some very good points well worth considering: A religious body or faith community that speaks only with exclamation points but no question marks misses the complexity of creation and the beauty of evolution.

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Speaking for Cheryll

A post here back in May “Gospel fossil park vs. Cheryll” recently got some thoughtful comments from the folks who work at the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History. I find it quite distressing that non-scientific and pseudo-scientific organizations receive … Continue reading

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Science teacher is Florida Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to science-lab teacher Richard Ellenberg from Camelot Elementary School in Orlando for becoming Florida’s Teacher of the Year. Ellenburg, 54, was selected for “making science fun.” He has been known to sing and play guitar to students to get … Continue reading

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