Friday, July 11, 2008

Are black holes racist? Science literacy in the US of A

A county commissioner meeting in Dallas County, Texas, erupts into uproar and accusations of racism after

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections "has become a black hole" because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.
I kid you not. Read the article at the Dallas Daily News.

Speaking of scientific literacy, or the lack thereof, Razib at Gene Expression has an interesting set of posts exploring the results of a new survey of scientific literacy in the US population that allows for a detailed demographic breakdown, and comparison to other countries:

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