The State Board of Education doesn't vote on new high-school biology textbooks until Friday, but the Discovery Institute -- an avowed foe of teaching evolution in public schools -- is bracing for the worst. Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, an institute board member, tells Evolution News and Views that the pr ... More >>
Don McLeroy, a Bryan dentist and former Texas State Board of Education Chairman who made a star turn as the anti-science Sunday school teacher in last year's "The Revisionaries", was unseated from the board in the 2010 Republican primary. Yet his crusade, to use science textbooks to explain the full ... More >>
Texas' State Board of Education no longer has the stranglehold on textbooks it did a dozen years ago, when it forced an environmental science textbook to include skeptical language on global warming, or four years ago, when an attempt to slip creationist language into science books sparked a nationa ... More >>
The culture war for young Texan minds is kicking back into high gear. The State Board of Education sent 28 invites to experts around the state to review high school biology textbooks. About a dozen showed up in Austin this week for the final phase of the review. They'll make their recommendations to ... More >>
When the fossils of a giant plant-eating reptile were found in South East Asia, paleontologists wanted to give the world's largest lizard ever discovered a proper name. They just couldn't decide between Jim Morrison, a rocker with an affinity for lizards, or Hunter S. Thompson, a rock & roll journal ... More >>
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 >>
In July we told you about Dr. David Shorrman, author of The Exchange of Truth: Liberating the World From the Lie of Evolution and a member of the state biology panel making recommendations to the Texas Board of Education. Turns out, Shorrman (pictured to the right) was riding in the vanguard ... 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 State Board of Education met yesterday to debate which supplemental materials the state should use to update its outdated science textbooks. To make things easier, before the meeting, the board's choices were narrowed down by allegedly reliable panels of stakeholders. But when it came t ... 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 >>
See some glittering rarities at the Heard
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 >>
An SMU biologist thinks the secret to the fountain of youth may be found by putting fruit flies on a diet.
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 >>
The Heard has dinos...Alive!
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