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Why Today’s Hobby Lobby Decision Actually Hurts People Of Faith

Tagged: separation of church and state

Car fumes interfere with pollinating insects’ ability to find flowers — The Verge

…for pollinating insects that travel at high speeds, being able to react quickly to odor molecules is crucial … a new study, published today in Science, demonstrates that fumes from cars not only compete with flowers, but also alter the way moths decode a flower’s scent. And this effect may be powerful enough to prevent these insects from finding — and therefore pollinating — agriculturally important flowers.
…“because pollination is important for food security,” these results have implications for native bumblebees, butterflies, and moths — not to mention “agriculturally important pollinators, like honeybees.”

Car fumes interfere with pollinating insects’ ability to find flowersThe Verge

…for pollinating insects that travel at high speeds, being able to react quickly to odor molecules is crucial … a new study, published today in Science, demonstrates that fumes from cars not only compete with flowers, but also alter the way moths decode a flower’s scent. And this effect may be powerful enough to prevent these insects from finding — and therefore pollinating — agriculturally important flowers.

…“because pollination is important for food security,” these results have implications for native bumblebees, butterflies, and moths — not to mention “agriculturally important pollinators, like honeybees.”

Tagged: pollution environment

The real complaint of science education advocates ought to be with the system by which we train and evaluate teachers and set curricula. We leave training to schools of education, the bottom feeders of academe. We require of would-be science teachers no comprehension of the history of science, no sensibility of the reliabilist rationales of scientific methodology, no demonstrated capacity for abstract reasoning. We leave curricula to state boards of education too often peopled by dentists and education professors.
Clark Glymour, “Cosmic Censorship”, Galileo in Pittsburgh

Tagged: science education

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