Worse than I thought in Iowa

As one commenter at Aetiology pointed out, support for Intelligent design/creationism is included in the Republican Party of Iowa State Platform: 3.4 We support the teaching of alternative theories on the origins of life including Darwinian Evolution, Creation Science or Intelligent Design, and that each should be given equal weight in presentation. What I don’t […]

Iowa Lieutenant Governor candidate supports intelligent design

Vander Plaats supports teaching intelligent design “If we are going to teach evolution, there is another viewpoint and one that holds pretty good too (evolution) in regards to creation,” Vander Plaats said. “I think that is something that I would want to visit further along with Jim Nussle in regards to ‘Where are you at […]

Pandemic influenza awareness week: It’s that time again

Flu shots are rolling out, and there should be no shortage this year. A few new articles remind the public of the importance of these vaccinations, especially in high-risk groups (something that I touched on here regarding data showing that vaccination during pregnancy can help protect the newborn). You can find the guidelines for target […]

Second death in E. coli O157 outbreak

Toddler’s death blamed on E. coli, officials say Heartbreaking. As federal agents launched a criminal investigation into two produce companies involved in the contaminated spinach outbreak, Idaho health officials confirmed the death of a 2-year-old boy Sept. 20 was caused by tainted spinach. Kyle Allgood was the second confirmed death in the E. coli outbreak, […]

The puzzling migratory monarch–and using it to teach science

I’ve mentioned frequently how my kids are fascinated with bugs and things creepy-crawly, whether it’s spiders, giant moths, or butterflies. On that topic, via Bitch PhD comes this article from yesterday’s New York Times on monarchs, their endangered habitat, and what just about anyone can do to help out. (More after the jump…)

People out there never cease to amaze me

Regular readers out there will already be familiar with the groups of people who deny evolutionary theory, who deny that HIV causes AIDS, even those who deny that germs cause disease, period. Wilhelm Godshalk is even on the record for denying gravity. I don’t know what it is about this site, and science blogs in […]

A Tale of Three Vaccines

I write on a somewhat regular basis on here about vaccines: new research, new shots, addressing skepticism about how well they work or if they’re related to autism, etc. Recently, several vaccine stories have been in the news that I’ve not gotten to yet, so consider this a vaccine meta-post. More after the jump.