Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sad facts about teaching science in public education and the CIA’s fear of alien invasion

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Life - Norwegian scientists have found “mummified” pine trees, dead for nearly 500 years yet without decomposition. See article.
g Message - Here are some moving excerpts from the written testimony submitted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Department of Astrophysics and Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, to the "Life in the Universe" hearings held by the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics in 2001.
g Learning - Here’s an amazing figure: Teaching the age and history of our planet is included in only 55 percent of our 50 states’ science education standards. See article. Note: This article is from 2005.
g Aftermath - A raft of newly unclassified CIA documents reveal that the remote possibility of alien invasion elicited greater fear than a Soviet nuclear attack. See article.

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