I have a column in the newspaper this week about drinking water fluoridation and a controversy that kicked up recently when three Dallas City Council members responded politely to an anti-fluoridation activist. Dallas Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd was acerbic, choleric and apoplectic, inv ... More >>
File this under State Board of Education news that isn't depressing and won't cause you to despair for Texas public education. The SBOE passed long-overdue rules Friday aimed at giving priority to the placement of experts and teachers with actual subject-matter expertise on textbook review panels. I ... More >>
The State Board of Education left us with a bit of a cliffhanger last month. Despite the concerted efforts of creationists, nearly all of the biology textbooks sailed through the adoption process. Two, however, became mired in completely unsurprising ideological objections from the appointed expert ... More >>
The creationists didn't win Friday when the State Board of Education took up new biology textbooks in an ideologically fraught, historically contentious adoption process. Most of the materials sailed through. But they didn't exactly lose, either. Biology, one of the top two or three most widely u ... More >>
Will anti-evolutionists be able to adapt and survive in a new textbook market?
Somewhere along the way, the purifying imperatives of evolution decided to dial back our bodies' ability to rapidly regenerate tissue. Nobody knows exactly why. It could be because cancer in mammals would grow like wildfire if it didn't. But this ancient property remains in fetuses and infants and d ... More >>
When Texas' State Board of Education convenes next month to adopt new biology textbooks, chairwoman Barbara Cargill will be disappointed. The Republican from The Woodlands is a staunch advocate of teaching "all sides of scientific explanations," which is code for more Genesis and less Darwin. Yet n ... More >>
The saga of Ty, the Tyrannosaurus bataar fossil smuggled out of Mongolia and into a May 2012 sale by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, effectively came to a close last month when Eric Prokopi, the "commercial paleontologist" behind the sale, pleaded guilty to illegally smuggling the specimen into the ... More >>
According to The Associated Press, MicroZap Inc. has developed a technology that allows bread to be stored for up to 60 days without growing mold. The device, which costs about $100 more than a standard microwave oven, makes use of the same energy to kill mold spores in a loaf with a 10-second blast ... More >>
Back in May, Houston attorney Robert Painter got a panicked dispatch from the president of Mongolia: A 70 million-year-old Tyranosaurus bataar skeleton that had been illegally smuggled from the country was about to hit the auction block, and the sale must be stopped. Painter leaped into action. He ... More >>
Two months ago, a judge in New York granted a request by the U.S. government issued a warrant for the arrest of one Tyrannosaurus bataar. The dinosaur's skeleton, which Dallas-based Heritage Auctions had attempted to sell the previous month, was suspected of being in the country illegally, having be ... More >>
Environmentalists fear plan will let invasive zebra mussels spread.
Steven DoyleRed tide, the naturally occurring algae bloom that causes toxicity in shellfish, continues to plague the state's coastline -- keeping Texas oysters out of local restaurants and threatening the $18.5 million Texas oyster industry. The state closed the entire coast of Texas to oyst ... More >>
Researchers at UT Southwestern published a study in the journal Nature Sunday identifying a cancer-specific metabolic pathway that fuels only the growth of certain kinds of kidney and adrenal tumors. This is a pretty remarkable finding, chiefly because if you can halt that specific metabolic process ... More >>
Steven DoyleHouston-based food journalist Robb Walsh wrote yesterday about the red tide outbreak, which has caused the delayed opening of Texas' oyster beds. Oyster harvesting was closed until further notice by the Texas Department of Health State Services (DSHS) on October 26, leaving Walsh ... More >>
Heritage expects the Allosaurus and Stegosaurus skeletons will go for upwards of $3 million. But that's for the pair. A bargain.I've taken the almost-8-year-old who lives in my house to several of 'cross-the-street neighbor Heritage Auction Galleries' dinosaur auction previews, because, right, ki ... More >>
Tony Fiorillo curates the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science's paleontology collection, and he's spent every summer since 1998 in Alaska, studying dinosaurs' tracks and bones. It wasn't till last year that he seriously considered all their crap. Fiorillo's also an adjunct professor at SMU, and h ... More >>
If you fell prey to the siren call of the Discovery Institute's 2007 Darwin vs. Design conference at Southern Methodist University, well, dust off your fossil records and get your ape suit to the dry cleaners, because next Thursday night we're gonna do it all again.Next week's panel discussion, " ... More >>
Courtesy Karen CarrKaren Carr, a New Mexico artists who used to live in Dallas, offers this peek at what Aetodactylus halli might have looked like back in, ya know, the day.Big breaking news in the world of paleontology today: Back in '06, Lance Hall, a member of the Dallas Paleontological Societ ... More >>
Steve Houser's the chair of the Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee, as well as the founder and former president of the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition, which is "a local citizens' group advocating protection and preservation of irreplaceable trees in urban landscapes." In other words, the dude's ... More >>
For a quarter-century Roy Abraham Varghese has been assembling God proofs. Along the way he won over the world's most influential atheist.
Hey, man. Dave's coming.
Will Texas pony up bucks to lead in stem cell research? Pro-lifers hope not.
The Chromosaurs, Dallas Museum of Natural History
A DNA researcher tracks down the causes of hereditary illnesses
Texas consumers take on the whirlpool business--and that mysterious black crud shooting out of their bathtub jets
The latest environmental hazard in Dallas and the country is displacing homeowners, covering walls and pets, and making lawyers even richer. Welcome to the weird world of "black mold."
Dallas-based Supreme Beef wins a major round in its court battle with the USDA
William Dembski thought Baylor University would be the perfect place to investigate a scientific alternative to Darwinism. He didn't know he'd be crucified for his cause.
Dallas-based Supreme Beef fought what it believes are unfair regulations, only to wind up on the USDA's killing floor
Can growing protests stem the tide of genetically engineered crops?
Life and Death in the Big Bend
Scientists from the former Soviet Union's top-secret biological weapons lab join with Dallas researchers to fight a common enemy: the deadly Ebola virus
The Disney formula goes disturbingly awry in the off-putting Dinosaur
Trade in dinosaur bones pits entrepreneurs against scientists
Cryptosporidium kills AIDS victims in Dallas. Who will the pathogen claim next?
Creation scientist Dr. Carl Baugh claims he's found evidence that will explode the 'myth' of evolution. But the biggest myth is Baugh himself.
The Dallas Museum of Natural History seeks a hot new concept to save itself from extinction