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 >>
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 >>
Localizing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's most confident, depressing predictions yet is no mean feat for journalists. Which is why it helps when actual experts do it for you. Texas Climate News sought out the state's finest climatologists, oceanographers and public-policy experts. I ... More >>
A powerful ex-oil industry executive has proposed a new energy plan for Texas, and it may not surprise you to learn that his plan involves oil. Lots and lots of oil. Leonardo Maugeri used to be a top executive at Eni, a company that has the double honor of being Italy's biggest oil company, as well ... More >>
Andrew Beal isn't your typical banker. For starters, he's a lot richer. He's No. 43 on Forbes' list of the country's richest people, worth an estimated $8.5 billion. And he's always been less interested in conspicuous displays of wealth than in things like rockets, poker strategy and mathematical th ... More >>
It's freezing in New York--where the hell is global warming?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2013 It's cold this morning. Not quite freezing like in New York, but it's 40 degrees. In North Texas. In late April. It's a little odd, a bit of a surprise. Less surprising: That hord ... More >>
State Representative Bill Zedler's legislative career can be summed up as a quixotic attempt to foist his puritanical worldview onto the state's 26 million residents. Backdoor abortion bans, stripper licensing, Sharia law bans, making life unnecessarily difficult for gay college kids. Whatever your ... 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 >>
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 >>
Last winter was a godsend. After surviving the driest year in Texas history, we got one of the wettest winters on record. Since April, though, North Texas has been racking up rain deficits, according to the National Weather Service's winter outlook. October was drier than usual, and November saw vi ... 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 >>
There's a reason State Farm wants to insure Johnson County homes against earthquakes. Injecting millions of barrels of fracking waste water loosens faults the way whiskey loosens tongues. Cliff Frohlich of the Jackson School of Geosciences deployed seismographs throughout a 43-mile grid in the Bar ... More >>
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 >>
Courtesy the Museum of Nature & ScienceRoss ain't no dinosaur. At least, he wasn't.This just in from the Museum of Nature & Science: Paleontologists at the museum are set to introduce to the world a new species of the ceratopsid dinosaur Pachyrhinosaurus at the Society of Vertebrate Paleo ... More >>
It's all but official now. We've strung together the 12 driest months in Texas history. State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon estimates we got 13.69 inches for the year. The average is 27. It's been hell on ranchers, as we reported in this week's cover story. And it may get worse. Texas A&M put o ... 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 >>
SMU sends word that David Meltzer, the university's anthropology chair, is among the 255 members of the National Academy Science not amused at all with those who've been trying to dismiss climate change as a ... what did D's Trey Garrison call it? Oh, right: "Man-Made Climate Change Hoax." To tha ... More >>
They've stopped looking for pieces of the "fireball" down in West, where, apparently, it's plowin' season. And once the plows start turning up the fields, the samples, which already look like regular old rocks, are going to be difficult to spot. Furthermore, the landowners down there have gotten gre ... More >>
Hey, man. Dave's coming.
Einstein's genius blinds us
Scientist Tim Flannery tells us why
Tuesday, March 21, at the Granada Theatre
Plus: Viva la Alcaldesa!; Donkey Kong
The Chromosaurs, Dallas Museum of Natural History
The Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan could have chosen academia. Instead, he chose to rock.
Brian Fridge creates space to make images to create space with
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.
Disputed Reform Party candidate John Hagelin thinks he can change the world with the power of positive thinking. Does that make him nuts?
SEEDless in DISD
Life and Death in the Big Bend
The Disney formula goes disturbingly awry in the off-putting Dinosaur
The mega-hyped disaster flick Armageddon signals the death of storytelling
Creation scientist Dr. Carl Baugh claims he's found evidence that will explode the 'myth' of evolution. But the biggest myth is Baugh himself.