Oblivious to Mendel’s work and significance, and to much else in the world of knowledge, the Texas State Board of Education debates how to frustrate the teaching of evolution with hearings in Austin tomorrow, and a vote on supplementary materials to texts in biology on Friday, July 22.
Mendel would urge, pray for Texas and the children who will be saddled with the decision of the Texas SBOE.
Nice pictures — the wallpaper is cooler than Google’s rather sterile white background. I’m not much fond of the way Bing shows images, with some down the side when you check out another, but without any identifying data to help you figure out which ones to check out.
But I stumbled into a major problem: At least on DDT, Bing favors the Tinfoil Hat Brigades™, featuring crank science almost exclusively on the first page in my early searches, compared to Google’s pointing first to the hard science.
Importantly, this tells me that Bing is not safe to assign to students doing research.
Bing will bear watching all summer. Can they get it up to speed by the opening of schools in the fall?
A plan to cap a vast, long-neglected deposit of the pesticide DDT on the ocean floor off Southern California got its first public airing Tuesday — nearly …
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090623/ap_on_re_us/us_ocean_ddt – Similar –
by Rachel Carson, Edward O. Wilson – 2002 – Nature – 378 pages
Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters” (Peter Matthiessen,…
Rachel Carson sounded the initial alarm against DDT, but represented the science of DDT… The use of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a … http://www.junkscience.com/ddtfaq.html – Cached – Similar –
… insect pests; the term commonly refers to chemical agents only. Chemical Insecticides
….. Click the link for more information.. First introduced during the 1940s, it killed insects that spread disease and feed on crops. Swiss scientist Paul Müller was awarded the 1948 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering (1939) DDT‘s …
The third entry goes to a wrestling maneuver, the fifth entry is the biggest crank science site. The ninth entry plunges back into crank science at its worst. This is much improved since I tried it last night and got nothing but crank science (Bing is improving quickly).
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Retired teacher of law, economics, history, AP government, psychology and science. Former speechwriter, press guy and legislative aide in U.S. Senate. Former Department of Education. Former airline real estate, telecom towers, Big 6 (that old!) consultant. Lab and field research in air pollution control.
My blog, Millard Fillmore's Bathtub, is a continuing experiment to test how to use blogs to improve and speed up learning processes for students, perhaps by making some of the courses actually interesting. It is a blog for teachers, to see if we can use blogs. It is for people interested in social studies and social studies education, to see if we can learn to get it right. It's a blog for science fans, to promote good science and good science policy. It's a blog for people interested in good government and how to achieve it.
BS in Mass Communication, University of Utah
Graduate study in Rhetoric and Speech Communication, University of Arizona
JD from the National Law Center, George Washington University