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  • Teaching Evolution and the Nature of Science (conference) / April 21-22, 2006 / New York, NY / New York Academy of Sciences — this symposium will address the nature of scientific inquiry, the teaching of evolution as fundamental to modern biology, the difficulties currently encountered in this enterprise, and the scientific underpinnings that could provide support to counter the current challenges to evolutionary theory
  • The Case for Evolution, in Real Life / April 7, 2006 / David P. Barash / Chronicle of Higher Education
  • The PC Inquisition Comes to Baylor University / April 5, 2006 / Steven Plaut / Front Page Magazine — the vote to deny Francis Beckwith tenure was little more than an act of political censorship directed against his conservative political and religious views
  • Evolution vs. creation: the order of events matters! / April 4, 2006 / Terry Mortenson / Answers in Genesis
  • ACLU Demands and Dover Designs / April 4, 2006 / Joe Manzari and Seth Cooper / American Enterprise Online — a highly questionable path was taken to “stop” the Dover Area School District’s evolution policy that was at the heart of the controversy
  • UT Professor Clearing the Record on Speech / April 3, 2006 / KXAN news (Austin, TX) — University of Texas ecology professor does not want everyone on Earth dead
  • Study challenges prayers for the sick / 31 March 2006 / Helen Pearson / Nature (news@nature) — clinical trial of prayer draws fire from critics

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  • “Dinosaur Locomotion: Beyond the bones” / 16 March 2006 / John R. Hutchinson and Stephen M. Gatesy / Nature, v.440, n.7082, p.292 — computer simulation and other methods have told us much about how dinosaurs did and did not move, but they have not yet reached their full potential
  • A new carnivorous dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Solnhofen archipelago” / 16 March 2006 / Ursula B. Göhlich and Luis M. Chiappe / Nature, v.440, p.329-332
    • “Scales, feathers and dinosaurs” / 16 March 2006 / Xing Xu / Nature, v.440, n.7082, p.287 — A fossil dinosaur that ‘nests’ with feathered relations in the dinosaur phylogenetic tree did not, it seems, have feathers. The discovery will encourage a re-evaluation of feather evolution.
    • Editor’s Summary: Feather Outlook
  • Scaly Dino Find Complicates Feather Evolution / March 16, 2006 / David Biello / Scientific American News
  • Scaly New Dinosaur Creates Flap Over Feathers’ Evolution / March 15, 2006 / James Owen / National Geographic News
  • Fossil ruffles feather evolution theory / March 15, 2006 / CNN (Associated Press) — a 150 million-year-old fossil from southern Germany has paleontologists ruffled over how feathers arose in the line of dinosaurs that eventually produced birds
  • John D. Barrow / March 15, 2006 / Templeton Prize (2006) — announcement of this year’s winner of the $1.4 million prize
    • Math Professor Wins a Coveted Religion Award / March 16, 2006 / Dennis Overbye / New York Times — continuing a recent trend in which the world’s richest religion prize has gone to scientists, John D. Barrow, a British cosmologist whose work has explored the relationship between life and the laws of physics, was named the winner yesterday of the 2006 Templeton Prize for progress or research in spiritual matters
  • Paramount Takes on Intelligent Design / March 15, 2006 / Martha Fischer / Cinematical — the studio just hired Ronald Harwood to write a screenplay based on last year’s court decision ruling that a Pennsylvania school board didn’t have the right to force teachers to teach intelligent design
  • ‘Evolving Planet’ a Walk Through Time / March 15, 2006 / Jason M. Sparapani / OhmyNews — science and design come together in the $17 million exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum
  • Interview with ARN Executive Director Dennis Wagner / March 15, 2006 / Lindsay Hamilton / Access Research Network — a graduate student at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs writes an article on the teaching of intelligent design in schools
  • Unintelligent Design / March 2006 / Charles Siebert / Discover Magazine, v.27, n.3 — a monstrous discovery suggests that viruses, long regarded as lowly evolutionary latecomers, may have been the precursors of all life on Earth
  • Darwin’s Nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement / February 2006 / William A. Dembski (editor) / InterVarsity Press — see also Amazon

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  • One University Under God? / January 7, 2006 / Stanley Fish / Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “Ethiopia: Awash with fossils” / 5 January 2006 / Rex Dalton / Nature, v.439, n.7072, p.14
  • Board rescinds ‘intelligent design’ policy / January 4, 2006 / USA Today (Associated Press)
  • Did Jesus exist? Court to decide / January 4, 2006 / CNN (Reuters) — Rome: forget the U.S. debate over intelligent design versus evolution
  • Prove Christ exists, judge orders priest / January 3, 2006 / Richard Owen / Times Online (UK)
  • Making Darwin Right / January 1, 2006 / Rudy Takala / Opinion Editorials
  • The Faith of Great Scientists (seminar and discussion series) / January 2006 / MIT Independent Activities Period — How did the Christian faith, which so many great scientists professed, influence their scientific thinking, and how did their science affect their faith?
    • Johannes Kepler: Cosmology as a Christian Calling / 12 January / Owen Gingerich
    • Sir John Carew Eccles: The Conscious Soul / 19 January / Kevin Ford
    • Robert Boyle: Christian Virtuoso / 26 January / Edward Davis
    • James Clerk Maxwell and the Christian Proposition / 2 February / Ian Hutchinson

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