The Musical Version of The Selfish Gene

Yep. Richard Dawkins‘ classic book has somehow/strangely/seriously been turned into a musical and it’s opening today. Jonathan Salway has a background in theatre, not biology, but when he read Dawkins’s book, the clarity of writing, the fascinating subject matter and even the humour so inspired him that he felt compelled to transform it into musical [Read More...]

You Mean They Don’t Believe in a God…? I’m Shocked

What do 50 of the most renowned academic minds have to say about God? Dr. Jonathan Pararajasingham put together a film with their responses. It’s over 30 minutes long, so if there are any particular parts you think we should pay special attention to, please leave the timestamp in the comments! Someone at 3quarksdaily pointed [Read More...]

An Evolution-Related Victory for Texas Schoolchildren?

It’s not often I get to say that, but the Texas Board of Education just approved “scientifically accurate high school biology textbook supplements from established mainstream publishers” by a unanimous vote: On Friday, the 15-member elected board voted 14-0 (with one absent) to approve the list of electronic supplements, with two biology textbook publishers agreeing [Read More...]

Save The James Webb Space Telescope

It’s no surprise that our country doesn’t take science very seriously — just look at how NASA’s budget is getting cut. There’s another (potential) budget casualty that’s not getting nearly the same press, but it’s just as frustrating. Congress may halt progress on the James Webb Space Telescope: The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science [Read More...]

Interview with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Host of NOVA scienceNOW

I can cross this off my Bucket List now. Last week, I had a chance to sit down with Neil deGrasse Tyson at The Amazing Meeting 9 in Las Vegas. We discussed the future of the space program and science education, among other things. Excerpts from that conversation are below. The remarks are entirely those [Read More...]