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In 2013, pro-science supporters rallied before a Texas Board of Education public hearing on proposed new science textbooks. AP Photo/Eric Gay

30 years after Edwards v. Aguillard: Why creationism lingers in public schools

Thirty years after the Supreme Court ruled that creationism cannot be required in schools, 'creation science' is still taught in some schools. What are the implications for climate education?
Angustoniscus amieuensis, a New Caledonian cockroach that lives in the moist forests of the island. P.Grandcolas

How a humble cockroach rewrote the history of New Caledonia

The theory that New Caledonia was a piece of land that separated from the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana was a seductive one. But then a cockroach rose up to challenge it.
Local people at Tendaguru (Tanzania) excavation site in 1909 with Giraffatitan fossils. Wikimedia Commons/Public domain

It’s time to celebrate Africa’s forgotten fossil hunters

Africa has one of the world's richest fossil records, and evidence suggests that amateurs collected really important fossils long before professionals arrived on the scene.
Artificial intelligence can bring many benefits to human gamers. Sam Jordan Belanger

Computers to humans: Shall we play a game?

Twenty years after Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess, artificial intelligence can make games more fun, and perhaps even endlessly enjoyable, if it learns to adapt.
Did Puss in Boots have it all wrong? Flickr/zaimoku_woodpile

Curious Kids: Why don’t cats wear shoes?

Cats evolved in hot desert regions where there were lots of small animals to eat. So they evolved feet that are perfect for pouncing on prey, climbing, scratching and jumping from great heights.
Elephants express many extra genes derived from the critical tumour suppressor gene TP53. Stephen Tan/Flickr

What elephants teach us about cancer prevention

Elephants naturally avoid cancer after 55 million years of evolution. Scientists are studying if they can extract lessons that could help people.

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