Science and Health

Missouri Lawmaker Wants To Make Biology Class An Elective

Filed in National, Science and Health by on February 14, 2014 7 Comments
Missouri Lawmaker Wants To Make Biology Class An Elective

Fact:  You cannot teach biology without evolution.

Several years ago, my 10th grade son was taking AP Bio.  My Bio major (and quite successful immunologist today) brother asked to see his textbook.  When I (art major sister) asked why, my brother said, “Just wanted to make sure the textbook started off with evolution.  It does, so all is fine.”

Which brings us to this nonsense:

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Republicans Become Dumber – Is That Possible?

Filed in International, Science and Health by on December 30, 2013 6 Comments
Republicans Become Dumber – Is That Possible?

Yep, it’s possible.

Belief in evolution among Republicans has dropped more than 10 percentage points since 2009, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.

Pew found that 43 percent of Republicans said they believed humans and other living beings had evolved over time, down from 54 percent in 2009. More (48 percent) said they believed all living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.

Oh my, that’s embarrassing.  Guess all this talk of the importance of STEM classes doesn’t resonate with the GOP.  Science, technology, engineering and math are obviously not Jesus approved.  Good luck with that.

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ABC Is Wrong To Hire Jenny McCarthy For The View

Filed in National, Science and Health by on July 17, 2013 7 Comments
ABC Is Wrong To Hire Jenny McCarthy For The View

I would really like to know ABC’s thinking on this.  First, the only subject that Jenny McCarthy seems to have had an opinion on is vaccines cause autism.  I’ve actually spent the last half hour googling her to discover if her activism crosses into areas other than autism and came up empty handed.  So why would ABC select one issue McCarthy to co-host a show that covers a multitude of issues?

And there’s concern over giving Jenny McCarthy such a large platform.

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Has Facebook’s Time Passed?

Filed in National, Science and Health by on April 5, 2013 10 Comments

Okay, I’ve never been a big Facebook user so I might be jumping the gun.  Here’s what I have noticed in the past six months – almost all of my new friend requests are coming from family and friends over 60.   What’s funny is the comments that accompany these friend requests.  Most say the same thing:  “Look who finally joined Facebook!”

Basically, I’m not the one to judge whether Facebook’s time has passed.  I have an account I glance at about once a month and while I find some of the comments/posts interesting, most are not.

Two years ago, my then 13 year old daughter deleted her Facebook account, citing its useless drama as the reason.  She did rejoin, because it was where her school posted its information on Cross Country and Track meets and practice changes.  The last time she posted anything on Facebook was on March 20, 2013.   Her previous post was on February 23, 2013.   Seems to me if Facebook is counting on her to keep them going strong they might be in trouble.

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Imagine If…

Filed in National, Science and Health by on September 21, 2012 27 Comments

Republicans embraced the anti-vaccine idiotic message:

I’m glad that (apart from Donald Trump) the anti-vaccine movement isn’t really linked to the right. Can you imagine if vaccine skepticism were seized on by the right-wing noise machine? It would spread like wildfire. A third of Americans simply wouldn’t vaccinate their children, insisting that the health effects of vaccination are just a “theory.” Every Republican in Congress would have to sign an anti-vaccine pledge. There’d be movements to make vaccines illegal in the red states, and dispensers of vaccines would be defunded in those states, and their offices would be shut down. Right-wing billionaires would bankroll documentaries linking vaccination to Hitler and eugenicism, and the Fox/talk radio crazies would flock to those documentaries, which would break box-office records. Half the books on the bestseller list would have covers depicting Democratic politicians as Dr. Mengele.

So… I guess there’s a silver lining?

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A Little Hot in Here

Filed in Science and Health by on September 12, 2012 12 Comments
A Little Hot in Here

Thank goodness for August. If the dog days didn’t cool down, we probably would have had the hottest summer on record.  As it was, Delaware experienced our third warmest summer on record since 1895. I’m glad that the Democrats are finally beginning to campaign on effects of climate change on our world. Summer 2012 officially […]

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I Have A Theory… Kentucky Republicans Are Idiots

Filed in Science and Health by on August 17, 2012 6 Comments

Kentucky Republican Senators were all on board for educational standards until they discovered that those standards included *gasp!* evolution. In an exchange with officials from ACT, the company that prepares Kentucky’s new state testing program, those lawmakers discussed whether evolution was a fact and whether the biblical account of creationism also should be taught in […]

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Measles Outbreak in UK

Filed in Science and Health by on May 2, 2012 3 Comments
Measles Outbreak in UK

In the Liverpool area of England, there has been an outbreak of measles with more than 200 cases reported. Those in the US who have chosen not to vaccinate their children and put them at risk should be worried.

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Homophobes Could Be Gay

Filed in Science and Health by on April 29, 2012 1 Comment
Homophobes Could Be Gay

Over the years as we’ve watched various homophobic leaders get caught in the closet, many of us have developed a theory that maybe these homophobes are in fact gay themselves. Well, now there’s a study that proves just that.

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Poll: Americans Believe That Global Warming Is Linked to Extreme Weather

Filed in Science and Health by on April 19, 2012 3 Comments

Yesterday, everyone was a buzz about the poll that showed Romney and Obama visually neck and neck. But this wasn’t the poll we should have been focused on, this is: Americans believe that global warming is linked to our extreme weather.

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Liberals and Conservatives Think Differently

Filed in Science and Health by on April 15, 2012 11 Comments
Liberals and Conservatives Think Differently

Science writer Chris Mooney discusses recent studies that show how Liberals and Conservatives think differently from each other.

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Nothing to See Here, Move Along

Filed in Science and Health by on January 21, 2012 1 Comment

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The Rap Guide to Evolution

Filed in Science and Health by on January 7, 2012 3 Comments

According to the artist — this may be the first peer reviewed rap album ever.

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The Crock That Is Homeopathy

Filed in Science and Health by on September 2, 2011 6 Comments
The Crock That Is Homeopathy

Making water from water and stealing money from suckers.

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Case Closed

Filed in Science and Health by on September 2, 2011 2 Comments
Case Closed

Maybe one day, it won’t be a “crime” to understand that humankind has caused global warming.

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BBC Criticized for “Fake Balance” in Science Reporting

Filed in Science and Health by on July 25, 2011 3 Comments

The British Broadcasting Corporation recently commissioned a report surveying the coverage of science topics across all of their departments and networks. Led by Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London, with content analysis support provided by a team from the Imperial College London.

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Let’s Hear It for Evolution

Filed in Science and Health by on June 20, 2011 11 Comments

The 2011 Miss USA “scholarship” pageant was held last night in Las Vegas. Out of the 51 contestants, only two of them said that they believed in evolution. Out of all the contestants in last night’s Miss USA pageant, only two affirmed they thought evolution should be taught in schools. The winner, 21-year-old Alyssa Campanella […]

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A Museum Curator Visits The Creation Museum

Filed in Science and Health by on April 18, 2011 7 Comments

PZ Myers passes along some observations from a museum curator who visited the Creation Museum in Kentucky and wrote about it in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Intelligent Design Is Not Science

Filed in Science and Health by on March 20, 2011 11 Comments

Read this statement: The measure from Republican state Rep. Bill Zedler would block higher education institutions from discriminating against or penalizing teachers or students based on their research into intelligent design or other theories that disagree with evolution. Zedler said he filed the bill because of cases in which colleges had been hostile to those […]

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Let’s Bomb The Global Warming Away!

Filed in Science and Health by on February 27, 2011 5 Comments

HuffPo has an article about nuclear winter reversing global warming.

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The Birds And The Bees

Filed in Science and Health by on January 5, 2011 23 Comments
The Birds And The Bees

The incidents of unexplained mass fish and bird kills in Arkansas painfully shows us what is wrong with the media.

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We’ll Have To Science That

Filed in Science and Health by on November 29, 2010 4 Comments

The December issue Scientific American is out and it covers some world changing ideas among many other issues. As one leafs through the issue, a reader could easily skip From the Editor, but this month’s column is interesting. Two items that Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina brings up are what are we doing about global […]

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Why Does It Take A Republican To Say This?

Filed in Science and Health by on November 19, 2010 21 Comments

Finally a politician communicates about the benefits of addressing climate change in innovation and technology. Surprisingly, it’s a Republican who’s doing this.

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DL interviews Chris Coons: Science!

Filed in Delaware, Science and Health by on October 29, 2010 4 Comments

In Part 2 of our interview with Chris Coons, Unstable Isotope asks Mr. Coons to talk about how he will use his background in science to inform his decisions in the Senate.

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Tornoe’s Toon: Christine O’Donnell and Evolution

Filed in Delaware, Science and Health by on October 20, 2010 22 Comments
Tornoe’s Toon: Christine O’Donnell and Evolution

I don’t know the last time someone had to vote on 2+2, but I’d still like my elected representative to know that the answer was four.

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