Long suspected to be biological in origin, desert varnish is confirmed to be the product of light-gathering microbes that concentrate manganese as sunscreen.
It could be anything, from a coelenterate-grade or sponge-grade organism to even a protist or an alga.
While discussions of science standards are often couched in bureaucratic-sounding language, the impact of these policies can be profound.
The Utah Board of Education last week began the state’s science standards review process.
Today New York Times reporter Kirk Johnson totally misrepresented what I said in his article “Anti-Darwin Bill Fails in Utah.” I said that to the extent that the bill supported critical analysis it was a loss, but we really didn’t care about this bill because it amounted to a meaningless disclaimer, and we’ve never thought disclaimers were a good idea. I totally made it clear that Discovery was NOT keen on this bill. Honestly, I don’t think this reporter was even listening to a word I said. I never called it purely a “local Utah matter”. What the heck does that mean? A “local Utah matter?” I never said anything like that. He asked if I thought this vote would Read More ›