Scientists To March On Earth Day, April 22nd

A “March for Science,” which is to be modeled after the January 21 Women’s March, has been gaining interest.

The date will be April 22nd, Earth Day. The main march will be held in Washington D.C., but organizers say they are expecting dozens of satellite marches in other cities on the same day.

https://www.marchforscience.com/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/02/03/scientists-plan-to-march-on-washington-but-where-will-it-get-them/?utm_term=.06e4ebad50f6

http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/for-science-supporters-an-earth-day-march-on-washington/

New Species in Human Lineage, Homo Naledi, Found in South African Cave


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Scientists have found more evidence possible human ancestors – Homo naledi – in a South African cave.

Salon writes:

“The discovery in South Africa of an inaccessible subterranean chamber filled with the broken bones of ancient human relatives — nobody yet knows quite how ancient — is exciting news indeed, and not only for specialists in paleoanthropology.”

The New York Times:

“Acting on a tip from spelunkers two years ago, scientists in South Africa discovered what the cavers had only dimly glimpsed through a crack in a limestone wall deep in the Rising Star cave: lots and lots of old bones.

“The remains covered the earthen floor beyond the narrow opening. This was, the scientists concluded, a large, dark chamber for the dead of a previously unidentified species of the early human lineage — Homo naledi.”

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks helps to put the discovery into a (humorous) political context in the video.

http://www.salon.com/2015/09/16/human_evolution_hasnt_been_a_process_of_gradual_fine_tuning_as_finds_like_homo_naledi_in_south_africa_make_plain/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/science/south-africa-fossils-new-species-human-ancestor-homo-naledi.html?_r=0

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/09/on_h_naledi_sep099461.html

Vintage Video: Marsha Blackburn Vs. Bill Nye


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In the U.S., climate change is still being debated among many.  Above is a vintage video from 2014 of Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Bill Nye debating climate change on NBC’s Meet The Press.

(Updated article)

Jeb Bush Supports Science Funding For Alzheimer’s

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According to The New York Times, former Governor Jeb Bush talked about his mother-in-law’s affliction with Alzheimer’s disease last week.  He also shed some light on what he thinks should be done to fight the illness.

“In an email exchange with Maria Shriver, the journalist, activist and author, Mr. Bush wrote that he has been getting a lot of feedback since revealing that his family has firsthand experience with the disease,” writes The Times.

Mr. Bush called for more research funding and a faster drug approval process to fight Alzheimer’s, which the CDC says afflicts some 5 million Americans, according to The NYT.  “We need to increase funding to find a cure,” Mr. Bush said.

(Updated article)

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/republican-compassion-hey-affects-me

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/26/jeb-bush-signals-more-funding-and-faster-drug-approval-for-alzheimers/

Climate-Change Denier Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA And Science Subcommittee

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According to the Huffington Post, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was named chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, where he will oversee NASA and science programs.

Appointed Jan. 8, Cruz is expected to be confirmed to the new role by the end of the month as one of many changes to the new Republican-controlled Congress.

But the Republican senator’s words and actions during his time in office have painted him to be a far cry from an advocate for the sciences, leaving many concerned about the future of space and science funding.

Cruz’s infamous hours-long speech in September 2013 led to a 16-day government shutdown barring 97 percent of NASA employees from appearing for work. Interns to the agency were temporarily displaced when the NASA-provided housing was closed during the shutdown, and many have said the agency suffered lasting damage due to the freeze.