Monthly Archives: January 2011

High school biology teachers reluctant to endorse evolution in class

The majority of public high school biology teachers are not strong classroom advocates of evolutionary biology, despite 40 years of court cases that have ruled teaching creationism or intelligent design violates the Constitution, according to Penn State political scientists. A mandatory undergraduate course in evolutionary biology for prospective teachers, and frequent refresher courses for current […] … learn more→

Test shows dinosaurs survived mass extinction by 700,000 years

University of Alberta researchers determined that a fossilized dinosaur bone found in New Mexico confounds the long established paradigm that the age of dinosaurs ended between 65.5 and 66 million years ago. The U of A team, led by Larry Heaman from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, determined the femur bone of a […] … learn more→

Students record video of the Earth from edge of space

Two University of Sheffield students have recorded a video of the Earth from the edge of space, using homemade equipment and on a shoestring budget. Alex Baker and Chris Rose, both PhD students from the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, sent a helium-filled balloon with two video cameras and a tracking device up into the […] … learn more→

Architecture graduates rallying the emergency troops!

A team of graduates from Aberdeen\’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture are gearing up to carry out a unique 10,000 mile charity rally. After six years of study which culminated in them both being awarded Master of Architecture degrees, Calum Hill (24) from Brechin, and Mark Hadfield (24) from Stonehaven, decided to undertake a challenge […] … learn more→

Pandora’s box and the demon of global warming

The recent widespread flooding in Queensland and Victoria, together with extreme weather events elsewhere in the world, reinforce the view that global warming and consequent climate disruption is real and poses a threat to civilisation. Despite spectacular advances in science, we still have much to learn from the wisdom of past civilisations in regard to […] … learn more→

Farrell’s vision of the Qld landscape

Lindsay Farrell paints natural form, portraying features of the landscape as metaphor. He explores the metaphysical, while expressing his concern for the environment. He says that what remains of Queensland, natural or near-natural landscape is threatened by agricultural and tourist development. … learn more→

Electrifying transportation: Devil is in the details

The technologies needed to begin seriously weaning the U.S. transportation system away from petroleum and toward alternatives such as hybrid and pure electric vehicles have made great progress, but harnessing them on a scale that would significantly lower greenhouse-gas emissions or oil imports is complicated by issues of choosing the right policies and of implementing […] … learn more→

‘Hidden plumbing\’ helps slow Greenland ice flow

Hotter summers may not be as catastrophic for the Greenland ice sheet as previously feared and may actually slow down the flow of glaciers, according to new research. A letter published in Nature on 27 January explains how increased melting in warmer years causes the internal drainage system of the ice sheet to \’adapt\’ and […] … learn more→

Ecocide: the fifth crime against peace?

“Every day 100 living species become extinct, 150,000 acres of tropical rainforest are destroyed, two million tons of toxic waste are dumped, and 100 million tons of greenhouse gases are released. Polly Higgins – an international environmental lawyer and activist voted by The Ecologist as one of the ‘World’s Top 10 Visionary Thinkers’ – has […] … learn more→

Ancient body clock discovered that helps to keep all living things on time

The mechanism that controls the internal 24-hour clock of all forms of life from human cells to algae has been identified by scientists. … learn more→