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Creationism on the rise in Texas?

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: April 27, 2011   View Article

Everything is bigger in Texas, the saying goes, which is why advocates for science education are concerned about proposed supplemental, web-based instructional materials for biology courses that appear to promote creationist arguments.

“This gets a foot in the door,” Joshua Rosenau, the programs and policy director of the National Center for Science Education, told me today. “In general, Texas is a concern with textbook issues because they buy so many textbooks. A publisher who was planning on being able to sell in Texas and then can’t is in real trouble.”

“No Two Snowflakes the Same” Likely True, Research Reveals

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 13, 2007   View Article

More than ten feet (three meters) of snow fell last week in parts of upstate New York, and more is forecast for the U.S. Northeast in the coming days.

In all that snow, however, scientists believe the chance that any two flakes are exactly alike is virtually zero.

Crows Have Human-Like Intelligence, Author Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 6, 2006   View Article

Crows make tools, play tricks on each other, and caw among kin in a dialect all their own.

These are just some of the signs presented in a recent book that point to an unexpected similarity between the wise birds and humans.

Dino-Era Fossils Inspired Monster Myths, Author Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 17, 2005   View Article

According to the Lakota, or Sioux, Indians’ “Water Monsters of the Badlands” legend, the rugged and eroded lands of southwestern South Dakota were the stage for an epic battle between water spirits and thunder and lightning spirits.

The water sprits were embodied by giant water monsters known as the Unktehi. Thunder and lighting spirits took the form of thunderbirds known as Wakinyan.

New Theory: Universe Created by Intelligent Being

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 11, 2004   View Article

On any given starry night thousands, perhaps millions, of people crane their necks skyward and allow their minds to swirl around two fundamental questions: Are we alone, and why are we here?

According to a lawyer and science enthusiast in Portland, Oregon, not only is the universe full of life, but some of it may be intelligent beyond our wildest imagination. He also says that collectively as intelligent beings we are entwined in our ultimate destiny: to give birth to another universe.

“Harry Potter” Owl Scenes Alarm Animal Advocates

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 16, 2001   View Article

A bespectacled 11-year-old boy’s name may be in the title of the movie, but British animal protection groups fear that Harry Potter’s lovable messenger/pet will steal the show and lead to a surge of interest in keeping owls as pets.

As the film based on author J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books about the adventures of Harry Potter at the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft debuts this month, several groups in the United Kingdom have voiced concern about the potential welfare of owls given as gifts this holiday season.

Book Report: Nature Returns to America’s Cities

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 23, 2001   View Article

The concrete jungle isn’t just for people anymore. Thirty years of good environmental stewardship combined with wildlife’s innate ability to adapt has given rise to a resurgence of nature in America’s urban centers.

In New York City, raccoons have walked through the front door and into the kitchen to raid the refrigerator. In southern California, mountain lions have been seen cooling off under garden sprinklers and breaking into homes near Disneyland. In Chicago, beavers gnaw and fell trees and snarl traffic.

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