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Open Laboratory 2011 - submissions so far

For the background on what Open Lab is, see this post.The submission form for the 2011 edition of Open Lab is open. Any blog post written since December 1, 2010 is eligible for submission.We accept essays, stories, poetry, cartoons/comics, and original art.Once you are done submitting your own posts, you can start looking at the others', including on aggregators like, and I always do, I will keep posting the full list of submitted entries once a week until the deadline - see the listing under the fold.You can buy the last five annual collections here...

September 19, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Back to School: Teaching Evolution

Most kids are heading back to school this month. Last week, my friend, a high school biology teacher in Mt. Vernon, Washington, got the inevitable: "So are you saying we're related to monkeys?" To which she replied: "I'm saying you're related to yeast." For those who disagree back to school radio ads exclaiming "It's not what you learn, but what you wear" -- here are a few favorites and soon-to-be favorites in teaching evolution:--Neil Shubin's book Your Inner Fish and, more important, his interview with Stephen Colbert;--Jerry Coyne's book Why Evolution is True and blog of the same title; --Carl Bergstom's co-authored soon-to-be-released (November 2011) Evolution textbook;--Randy Olson's Flock of Dodos; --And, of course, South Park's version of the theory of evolution (not appropriate for all audiences)...

September 18, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet
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