NOVA's Evolution Lab is an Interactive, Guided Tour of The Tree of Life

If you’re interested in biology, or are just curious what humans have in common with a mushroom, or how a bacteria could possibly be related to dinosaurs, the NOVA Evolution Lab is a crash course. You’ll learn how living things are related, what DNA is and how it works, and hear from biologists working in the field. » 5/09/15 5:30pm 5/09/15 5:30pm

This Thesis Defense Was Livestreamed From In The Pacific Ocean

Today, Mike Irvine defended his thesis in a pinstripe suit and scuba gear underwater from a dive site in the Pacific Ocean. With his committee connected by a livestreamed teleconference, the first submarine defense was a proof-of-concept for his research on how marine web cameras are impacting ocean education. » 4/21/15 12:40pm 4/21/15 12:40pm

Experiments in Education: Kicking Off A Semester of Active Learning

We have entire education systems set up to transition novices to experts, but do they work? Research repeatedly establishes that traditional university lectures are ineffective, and that active learning is a far more reliable alternative. I'm going to experiment on my students and see how it works. » 1/16/15 10:39am 1/16/15 10:39am

Judge Dismisses Creationist Lawsuit Against School Science Standards

In September, a Kansas group filed a lawsuit attempting to block the state from adopting new science guidelines, saying it was an attempt to indoctrinate students into a "non-theistic worldview." But a federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that it failed to sufficiently demonstrate any specific injuries. » 12/09/14 12:14pm 12/09/14 12:14pm

Behind the Campaign To Purge Textbooks of "Pro-Muslim Bias" in Texas

Science groups have been working to prevent the Texas State Board of Education from adopting controversial textbooks that misrepresent climate change. But now another organization has joined the fray, demanding extensive edits in science, geography and history textbooks to purge them of "pro-Muslim" bias. » 11/12/14 3:20pm 11/12/14 3:20pm

These Are The Pages Being Ripped From A Biology Text Book In Arizona

The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board in Arizona recently voted to "redact" a page from a ninth-grade biology text book because it includes a brief section on an abortion pill. School officials have responded by literally tearing the page from the texts. Thankfully, the Internet has come to the rescue. » 11/07/14 10:55am 11/07/14 10:55am

Creationists Stage a Surprise Attack on Science at Michigan State

As part of a "back door" strategy to teach intelligent design on college campuses, an Oklahoma-based creationist group is sponsoring an Origin Summit at Michigan State University. Faculty and students are divided over how to respond, especially since the event will be attacking the work of an eminent MSU scientist. » 10/28/14 11:10am 10/28/14 11:10am