In 2009, science-respecting members of the State Board of Education succeeded in scrubbing the state's science curriculum standards of a requirement to discuss the "weaknesses" of evolution, which would have opened the gates to less scientific theories, namely intelligent design and creationism. But ... More >>
Wait. You knew that man and dinosaur walked the earth hand-in-talon, right? Happened about 6,000 years ago? "And on the fifth day God created dinosaurs and on the sixth He made man to rideth upon them."? Well how exactly do you explain these fossil things that keep turning up? I recommend you watch ... More >>
Update at 2:30 p.m.: Just got off the phone with Jim Halperin, Heritage Auction co-chairman who confirms that the Observer is a force for peace and good in the world and that it was indeed our blog post that prompted him to reach out to Painter.
As for what happens if the dinosaur turns out to be M ... More >>
My 3-year-old son is crushed. Yesterday, his dad was about $1,052,480 shy of purchasing a 75 percent complete fossil skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, sold by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. Or at least I would have been had I put in a bid.
It's just as well, though, because whoever purchased the ... More >>
Param JaggiSpend this morning learning how to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen -- by filtering it through algae, duh. Thanks, Param Jaggi! No, seriously. Thanks. The Plano East Senior High School senior's a genius. Says so right here, in the latest issue of Popular Science, in which he was name ... More >>
Perry: See, this hair doesn't just happen!How does one explain the follicle-by-follicle perfection of Gov. Rick Perry's imperturbable man-mane? Where does his mega-watt smile and its rows of pearly whites come from? Braces? No, silly. They come from God. God spoke, and Perry was born a man of ... More >>
Attorney and Friend of Unfair Park Bill Holston posts semi-regular pieces to FrontBurner under the header Law Man Walking, in which the nature-trekker documents his strolls through the heretofore oft-overlooked slices o' heaven that remain in and around the city limits. And when Bill's not pennin ... More >>
The first Texas gin and the first spirit ever created by a chef is about to make its debut. Former Coca-Cola executive Don Short and James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Del Grande are the two men behind the enterprise and look forward to its early June release here in Texas. Here's Short on ... More >>
Amy Chyao and President Obama at the White House in OctoberBefore the first bell rings this morning, this inspirational moment ...
Perhaps you recall: Back in October, 16-year-old Amy Chyao, a junior at Plano's Williams High School, was among the whiz kids invited to the White House to show-and-t ... More >>
The folks from Sprinkles just sent a box of cupcakes and a press release. The cupcakes feature a blue star on white icing (though the cake itself is the color of algae). The press release speaks of their arrangement with the Dallas Cowboys.Apparently if you buy these Cowboys-themed cupcakes (from Se ... More >>
Alexa SchirtzingerHere comes the Flood -- which is to say, Jim Flood, the man who's happy to take you on a hike.Once every spring, and only for two weeks, Texas buckeyes burst spectacularly into bloom. The tree is generally small and understated, with symmetrically grouped pale-green leaves and bunc ... More >>
Ted Cartwright, the environmental evaluator featured in Black Mold ExposureProducer-director Michael Roland Williams has a tough sell on his hands: a documentary about black mold and how it led to the shuttering of the 264-unit Saratoga Springs Apartments apartment complex in Addison, the subject of ... More >>
Moments ago, the Texas Freedom Network posted to its Web site a study conducted by Dr. Raymond Eve, a professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington, titled Evolution, Creationism & Public Schools: Surveying What Texas Scientists Think about Educating Our Kids in the ... More >>