News to Note, February 23, 2008

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Getting Expelled from academia, the E-word, planets near and far, and the “frog from hell” round out this week’s News to Note.

1. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Coming This Spring

In what promises to be one of the most effective tools in recent times to expose the massive problems with naturalistic evolution as well as the ruthless tactics of its defenders, American actor, comedian, lawyer, writer, economist, game show host, and speechwriter Ben Stein is releasing the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed this spring. Make plans to see it!

2. Florida Now Supports the Teaching of Evolution

The Florida Board of Education has passed new standards for science education that, for the first time in the state’s history, support the teaching of “evolution” (as opposed to more vague descriptions of Darwin’s theory).

3. Livable Planets Believed to Be More Common

The search for life far from earth seems to expand every month, with greater attention—and money—focused on finding planets with “conditions suitable for life.” Now, a new study suggests these “livable” planets may be more common than we thought.

4. Mars Believed Too Salty to Support Life

In a pair of stories related to our above item, new evidence gathered by one of the Mars rovers indicates Mars “was too salty to sustain life for much of its history.” Even the hardiest microbes would have found it difficult to survive amid brackish water. Meanwhile, a Dutch–American study indicates that unique geological features on Mars were formed by “brief bursts of water.”

5. Giant Frog Fossil Unearthed

A team of American and British scientists has discovered a fossil frog so large it’s been dubbed “Beelzebufo,” or the “frog from hell.”

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