Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.1

Creationists are still trying to undermine scientific education. “As with other anti-evolution bills, the Tennessee legislation does not actually mandate the inclusion of creationist or ID teachings. Rather, it says that educators may not be prohibited from ‘helping students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught.'” (via Scientific American)

California scientists aim to take the political controversy out of climate science. “[Richard] Muller is fed up with the politicised row that all too often engulfs climate science. By laying all its data and workings out in the open, where they can be checked and challenged by anyone, the Berkeley team hopes to achieve something remarkable: a broader consensus on global warming. In no other field would Muller’s dream seem so ambitious, or perhaps, so naive.” Good luck with that. (via The Guardian)

Genetics helps a descendent of former slaves trace his lineage back 50 generations – and finds he’s distantly related to royalty. “…[William] Holland is bringing the centuries-old saga of his family full circle by inviting his long-lost relatives to come from Africa to America. If Holland’s plan works out, African royalty will meet face-to-face with the descendants of slaves and slave owners in Virginia.” (via MSNBC)

Hopefully the last of the Oscar news. Heidi, Germany’s cross-eyed opossum, correctly picks all but one of the top Oscar winners. She picked 127 Hours for Best Picture. Heidi, Heidi, Heidi… (via Yahoo!)

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