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Scientists oppose intelligent design bill listen

02/23/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Legislature begins its regular session next week. Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, plans to introduce a bill requiring teachers who teach evolution to also present the idea of intelligent design.

The website for the Ben Stein movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed features a video message from Stein, who has been an actor, and a speechwriter and lawyer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Stein asks people to sign a petition for “acade...


Nanotechnology the topic of global technology roundtable listen

01/30/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater, executives from five weapons and technology companies, some with connections to the Tampa Bay area, discussed the future of nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology involves engineering on a very small scale. Most nanotech products are on the order of about 100 nanometers.

But just because a technology is small doesn’t make it nanotech. The properties or functions of the system must change at those small scales.

James Burns, senior vice...


Polk County ponders intelligent design listen

12/05/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Beginning next fall, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) will have a new set of Sunshine State Standards, with benchmarks for teaching science in kindergarten through the 12th grade. The DOE has set up a website for public comment on its proposed science standards.

Lawrence Lerner is a professor emeritus from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach. He read and critiqued the proposed Florida Science Standards for the National Center ...


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