Peter Higgs, of the Higgs-Boson, Doesn’t Like Richard Dawkins’ Style

Peter Higgs has been a prominent figure in the world of physics for decades, but since the confirmation of the existence of the particle he postulated in 1963, he has become a household name and is in hot demand for interviews for general audiences. He gave one such interview to the Spanish daily El Mundo (you can see relevant bits in English here).

There is no real reason to ask a world-renowned scientist about religion, but Higgs was game. He gets this a lot, I’m sure, since the popular name of the Higgs-Boson particle is “the God particle.” The fact that Higgs himself did not give it this name, does not approve of it, and admits that the name itself was originally slated to be the “Goddamn particle” doesn’t seem to faze reporters one bit. This is the God particle guy, so questions about religion are automatically relevant! [Read more...]

An Amazing Rap for All Those Future Doctors

Some things are just too awesome not to share. [Read more...]

She Must Be a Scientist; She Works in Front of a Green Screen

This is Dr. Ann Gauger, a “Senior Research Scientist at Biologic Institute” (which is funded by the Intelligent Design-promoting Discovery Institute), talking about population genetics:

The commenters at Sandwalk have already dismantled everything she said… but a lot of viewers noticed something else even more interesting:

She’s not really in a lab. [Read more...]

Alabama Chief Justice-Elect Roy Moore: ‘Evolution Has So Distorted Our Way of Thinking’

Roy Moore, as you might recall, is the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. During his tenure, he made national headlines when he illegally installed a Ten Commandments monument into the courthouse. He was removed from office for his actions.

This past November, though, he was rewarded for his crimes and re-elected to his position atop the state’s judicial food chain.

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The Orleans Parish School Board in Louisiana Just Voted to Ban Creationism from Their Schools

Louisiana has a lot of problems when it comes to education. Governor Bobby Jindal, for example, passed a voucher plan over the summer that would give more than $11,000,000 of taxpayer money to private schools that teach Creationism, despite the fact that their curriculums wouldn’t meet the state’s science standards.

But one school district has taken a big step toward making science education better for students. [Read more...]