Friday, January 28, 2005

You just don't see this every day...

Superb image of an airliner streaking across the sun's view during a solar flare, taken by amateur astronomer Jan Koeman from the Netherlands.
From today's NASA news....

Sunday, January 16, 2005

A federal judge in Georgia judge has, thankfully, seen through the ham-fisted tactics of some 'creationists' in Cobb County, a suburb of Atlanta; their latest ploy, to label science textbooks with the 'warning' that evolution is a theory, not a fact—apparently to ensure that their children are raised without a proper grounding in science—did not impress the court:
But the judge disagreed: “While evolution is subject to criticism, particularly with respect to the mechanism by which it occurred, the sticker misleads students regarding the significance and value of evolution in the scientific community.”
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Monday, January 10, 2005

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

A last parting shot at 2004:

And yet the truth is I rather like this annual Christmas controversy. For one thing it helps to debunk one of the more absurd myths about America that the rest of the world clings to — that it is firmly in the grip of some theocracy in which schoolchildren learn creationism by rote and White House officials slaughter the fatted calf before drawing up their foreign policy plans.

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