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s Kepler Mission Discovers a World Orbiting Two Stars Click image for multiple resolutions and full caption.Image: Where the Sun Sets Twice - NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one. The planet, called Kepler-16b, is the most "Tatooine-like" planet yet found in our galaxy. Tatooine is the name of Luke Skywalker's home world in the science fiction movie Star Wars.
James Randi Educational Foundation If you are a teacher who makes critical thinking, skepticism, or information literacy part of your curriculum, we want to hear from you. We at the JREF want to learn more about the various resources educators are bringing into the classroom to inform and inspire their students to take a more critical approach to navigating our information-rich world. It may be YouTube, Scooby-Doo, Flim-Flam! , Encyclopedia Brown, or The Demon Haunted World . Tell us what you are using and how you use it. Whether you teach kindergarten or graduate school, I know that many have battle-tested lists of books, movies, videos clips, demonstrations, games, and activities used to make the skeptical perspective more accessible and compelling.
Bureaucratic Insanity Last Sunday’s New York Times had an article highlighting the implementation of the new teacher evaluation system being put in place in Tennessee. The system is part of the Race-to-the-Top attempt to drive education reform in the states by dangling federal cash for reforms. As you read the article, you should begin to realize why “reform” fails and why many people in both the Government Education Complex and Education Transformation* movement find these rules so absurd.
Peter Ferrara before the House Committee on Small Business, Feb. 2, 2012
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Skeptic's Annotated Book of Mormon
The Mountain Pass Mine in California, which closed in 2002, is considered the country's best hope to combat China's trade dominance in rare earth elements. (WikiCommons) In 1949, two geologists found what they suspected to be a massive uranium deposit in the desert of southeastern California, about an hour’s drive from Las Vegas. A cache of uranium would have been an incredibly lucrative find, but the geologists were disappointed when further testing revealed the area to be full of deposits of rare earth elements. Troubled mine holds hope for U.S. rare earth industry
Dr. Peter Gleick - No Arrogance There At All... As a fellow trained in the sciences (chemistry) and who reveres the scientific method, I followed Dr. Peter Gleick’s pathetic, mean-spirited attempt to demean and degrade the Heartland Institute with a mixed sense of disgust and sadness. Fakegate – A Few Thoughts From A Humble Scientist
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