We need to teach the teachers

We are so fucked.  Submitted without further comment:

Despite a court-ordered ban on the teaching of creationism in US schools, about one in eight high-school biology teachers still teach it as valid science, a survey reveals. . . . US courts have repeatedly decreed that creationism and intelligent design are religion, not science, and have no place in school science classrooms. . . . “It seems a bit high, but I am not shocked by it,” says Linda Froschauer, past president of the National Science Teachers Association based in Arlington, Virginia. “We do know there’s a problem out there, and this gives more credibility to the issue.”

(via New Scientist [there’s more on the original study at Pharyngula])

posted 5/20/08 at 3:41pm to Our Doomed Planet, Science!, Wingnuttery · 0 replies · permalink

Microscopic black holes will not eat you

I’m obsessed with the LHC –  it’s one of those things that tingles my inner particle physics geek.  So it’s good to know that the nice folks at CERN have ensured that their big new toy won’t kill us all:

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) can achieve energies that no other particle accelerators have reached before. The energy of its particle collisions has previously only been found in Nature. And it is only by using such a powerful machine that phyicists can probe deeper into the key mysteries of the Universe. Some people have expressed concerns about the safety of whatever may be created in high-energy particle collisions. However there are no reasons for concern.

Whew.  I feel better now, don’t you?

(via SEED)

(See also: this)

posted 4/3/08 at 9:46pm to Our Doomed Planet, Science! · 0 replies · permalink