Missouri bill redefines science, gives equal time to intelligent design | Portside

Each year, state legislatures play host to a variety of bills that would interfere with science education. Most of these are variations on a boilerplate intended to get supplementary materials into classrooms criticizing evolution and climate change (or to protect teachers who do). They generally don’t mention creationism, but the clear intent is to sneak religious content into the science classrooms, as evidenced by previous bills introduced by the same lawmakers.

Source: Missouri bill redefines science, gives equal time to intelligent design | Portside

Lice-Filled Dinosaur Feathers Found Trapped in 100-Million-Year-Old Amber | Portside

Anyone who’s had to deal with a lice infestation knows how annoying the persistent little pests can be. But humans are far from the first animals to suffer at the expense of these hair- and feather-inhabiting parasites. As far back as the Cretaceous period, insects that resemble modern lice lived and fed on the bodies of dinosaurs. 

Source: Lice-Filled Dinosaur Feathers Found Trapped in 100-Million-Year-Old Amber | Portside

The Expanse: A Mind Matters TV Series Review | Mind Matters

I love the deep mystery surrounding the show’s central narrative device, the proto-molecule. It is somewhat sentient and is desperately trying to figure out what happened to the civilization that created it and was then wiped out while it lay dormant in our solar system for millions of years.

Source: The Expanse: A Mind Matters TV Series Review | Mind Matters

Amidst the Climate Emergency Nature is Still Revealing Its Secrets 

The United Kingdom’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in southwest London is an internationally important botanical research and education institution and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to its website: “Biodiversity loss, climate change, rapidly-spreading pests and diseases combined with a soaring human population and fragile food security are negatively impacting communities around the world.

Source: Amidst the Climate Emergency Nature is Still Revealing Its Secrets | Portside

Dogs process numerical quantities in similar brain region as humans: Unique experiment explores canine ‘numerosity’ 

The results of a new canine numerosity study suggests that a common neural mechanism has been deeply conserved across mammalian evolution.

Source: Dogs process numerical quantities in similar brain region as humans: Unique experiment explores canine ‘numerosity’ — ScienceDaily

Consciousness: Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci skates around the main problems | Uncommon Descent

It’s time to revive dualism: “And lastly, Pigliucci insists, without offering evidence, that dualism is “antiscientific.” Dualism is a logical conclusion from our circumstances; we are beings of both mind and matter. And those who would refute dualism tend to involve themselves in stranger claims, a

Source: Consciousness: Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci skates around the main problems | Uncommon Descent